Continuing Education

The MSU Department of Forestry is pleased to offer non-credit course options for individuals interested in online, self-paced learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program. These courses are taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level. All participants that complete a course will receive a “Certificate of Completion." There are no pre-requisites for participation in these courses.

Available Non-credit Courses

Note: for-credit versions of courses listed below are available. Participants interested in earning graduate credit will need to complete an application for a graduate program. This can be part of a larger graduate program or can be completed as a standalone course. Reach out to FOR.ForestCE@msu.edu for more information.

Forest Biogeochemistry and Climate Change

(Available Summer Semester, Session I: May 11 - June 25)

    • This course will cover biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients within forest ecosystems. Disturbance, harvesting and forest management effects on the exchange of greenhouse gases between forest ecosystems and the atmosphere.
    • This course is taught at the graduate-level by Dr. Akihiro Koyama, koyamaak@msu.edu

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Michigan’s Forests

(Available Summer Semester, Session 1: May 11 – June 25)

(Available Fall Semester: September 2 - December 18)

    • This course will cover the ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan's forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.

    • This course is taught at the undergraduate level by Jim Rivard, rivard12@msu.edu

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Introduction to Forestry

(Available Summer Semester, Session II: June 29 – Aug 13)

    • This course will cover the historical development of forestry. Forest growth, protection, management, and products. Relationship of national and world economy and policy to forestry. Emphasis on multiple uses of forests.
    • This course is taught at the undergraduate level by Jim Rivard, rivard12@msu.edu.

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R Programming for Data Science

(Available Summer Semester, Session II: June 29 – August 13)

    • This course will cover programming in R and use of associated open source tools. Addressing practical issues in documenting workflow, data management, and scientific computing.
    • This course is taught at the graduate level by Andy Finley, finleya@msu.edu.


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Forest Ecosystems, Carbon and Climate Change

(Available Fall Semester: September 2 - December 18)

    • This course will cover forest ecosystem analysis and measurement, with a focus on policy and science of the global carbon cycle and climate change.
    • This course is taught at the undergraduate level by David Skole: skole@msu.edu.

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Forest Carbon Policy, Economics and Finance

(Available Fall Semester: September 2 - December 18)

    • This course will cover policy, economic and financial dimensions of the development and implementation of forest-based climate change mitigation projects, including: the role of forests in international agreements and policy, finance and investment approaches to forest carbon sequestration; emissions trading; biofuels; and valuation of ecosystem services.
    • This course is taught at the graduate level by Runsheng Yin, yinr@msu.edu.

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Human Dimensions of Forestry

(Available Spring Semester 2021: January 11 - April 30)

    • This course will cover the social factors underlying human decisions about and conflicts over forest resources. Societal and citizen values, knowledge and behavior with respect to forest resources. Forest governance, public participation, collaboration, conflict management and communication.
    • This course is taught at the undergraduate level by Emily Huff ehuff@msu.edu.

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Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon

(Available Spring Semester 2021: January 11 - April 30)

    • This course will cover skill-based training in forest carbon inventory and carbon accounting methods. National and international monitoring of forest carbon stocks. Applications of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to forest carbon inventory.
    • This course is taught at the graduate level by David Skole, skole@msu.edu.

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Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management

(Available Spring Semester 2021: January 11 - April 30)

    • This course will address social dimensions associated with the development and implementation of forest-based climate change mitigation projects, including: valuation of trees and forests by local communities vs. international community; community decision making; public participation; community engagement.
    • This course is taught at the undergraduate level by Lauren Cooper, ltcooper@msu.edu.

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Available Non-credit Short Courses

Professional Development Course Onboarding Information

Understanding Forest Carbon Management

This self-paced course takes 2-3 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:

  • March 15 - June 15 
  • July 15 - October 15
  • November 15 - February 15 

Please specify during registration which course period you would like to join. 

    • Understanding Forest Carbon Management is an online short course designed to provide a robust introduction to the benefits of forest land management specific to carbon while offering clear action paths. Topic areas include carbon cycle and storage science, domestic and international policy overview, project case studies, management considerations, measurement basics, and available tools and support.

    • This course is led by the MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) and is offered in partnership and with funding from the USDA.

    •  Additional details can be found on the Forest Carbon and Climate Program short courses page.


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Available Non-credit Mini Courses

Forest Certification and Climate Change

This self-paced course takes 6-8 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:

  • March 9 - June 9
  • July 9 - October 9
  • November 9 - February 9

Please specify during registration which course period you would like to join. 

  • Learners will develop a robust understanding of forest land values and ecologic services linking carbon management and climate change mitigation activities with forest certification.
  • This course is led by the MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) and is offered in partnership and with funding from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
  • Additional details can be found on the Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) courses page.

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How do I enroll?

Enrollment is a very simple 3 step process:

  • Step 1 – Purchase the course of interest at our cashnet storefront.
  • Step 2 – Our online education specialist will create your course access and will share additional details with you via email at the address used to purchase the course.
  • Step 3 – Login to D2L (Desire 2 Learn) to access your course homepage. Your course will be available on the first date of the academic semester. View academic calendar

Questions?

Any questions can be directed to the online education specialist.

For-credit versions of these courses are available to MSU undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in participating in a formal degree-granting program through the Department of Forestry, please visit our undergraduate page or our graduate programs page to learn more.

 

Course Refunds and Administrative Policies

A course refund is available for participants that withdraw from a short course within a specific timeframe from the date of the course start date. The MSU Department of Forestry non-credit course program follows the University-wide policy regarding course fee and tuition refunds, which can be viewed in full through the MSU Office of the Controller.