The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Undergraduate Certificates

Traditional Wildlife Conservation and Management consists of the study of wild animals, their biology and the interrelationships with each other, with humans, and with the physical and biological environment that makes up their habitat. Managers and biologists are concerned with maintaining species diversity, improving conditions for declining and endangered species, and managing populations that are hunted or fished.   In recent years, zoological parks and aquaria have played an increasing and important role in conservation from education to active roles in captive breeding.

The purpose of this undergraduate certificate is to provide a specialized program of study for students wishing to pursue a career in zoological parks and aquariums.  Few universities provide opportunities to specialize in zoo biology in the U.S.  Additionally, many students will be exposed to a broader spectrum of conservation efforts and will benefit from this breadth. 

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This 12 unit program offers an amazing opportunity to visit some of the least-visited places on the planet: Namibia, Ecuador, and Australia!   Whereas many travel abroad experiences involve looking through a tour bus window, we offer a more intimate look at the cultures and natural history of Australia, Ecuador, and Namibia. Students participate in actual research related to conservation and environmental science, and these classes fulfill course requirements for a variety of majors. Honors credit is available for the Study Abroad courses.

Courses offer direct UA credit sponsored by the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science. These programs are run by Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann, Associate Research Scientist, Wildlife Conservation and Management, School of Natural Resources and the Environment and Dr. Thomas Wilson, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science.

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The Certificate in Rangeland Management provides disciplinary knowledge and field experience in the science of ensuring the sustainable use of arid and semi-arid grasslands, savannas and shrublands. These types of landscapes cover about 50% of the global land surface. Rangelands provide all four types of ecosystems services: Provisioning Services include domestic livestock and wildlife species, water catchments, and energy development; Regulating services include the capture and sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide; Supporting services include the primary production of plant mass through photosynthesis; and Cultural services include scientific discovery, recreation, and spiritual fulfillment.  The basic challenge for Rangeland managers is to sustain these ecosystem services in the face of increasing human populations, changing climate conditions, and conversion of rangelands to cities and industrial uses.

The Certificate includes coursework and field experience about plant ecology, grazing ecology and management, inventory and monitoring of rangeland conditions, vegetation management practices, and rangeland planning. The Certificate is for those seeking to supplement an existing BS degree and gain advantages in job acquisition and promotion with state or federal agencies, or increased consulting opportunities.


The University of Arizona offers state-of-the-art training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) through courses and hands-on application through the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the School of Geography and Development. The Undergraduate Certificate in GIS program is for undergraduate students who wish to augment a bachelor’s degree with a technological skill set or formalize their training in GIS.

The program can be completed in as little as one year (12 months).  The Undergraduate GIS Certificate is designed for students wanting to quickly complete a program of study in order to enhance their resumes and begin advancing in their intended careers as soon as possible.



General School Information

Katelyn Loomis, Academic Advisor

Environment and Natural Resources 2, room N322



Katie Hughes, Academic Advisor

Environment and Natural Resources 2, room N321,



Katelyn and Katie are the go to people for academic advising, learning about internships, finishing your degree check, learning about research/academic opportunities, and discussing University policy. 


Dr. Rachel Gallery, Associate Director/Professor,SNRE

621-4685, Environment and Natural Resources 2, room N335,



Faculty Advisors

Every student should have a faculty advisor. If you don’t remember who your advisor is, email Katie or Katelyn.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Nancy Rodriguez, Associate Director - Advising, Orientation and Retention

621-3616, Forbes 203n,

Nancy can help you with general education advising, and serves as a contact with the College if you are butting up against University policy. If it is a college-level question, see her first. Also, she can help with transferring of course work.


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Ombuds Program

The University of Arizona Ombuds Program provides an informal means of problem resolution if you have a University-related concern, conflict, or dispute. An Ombuds is not empowered to change a decision, but through intervention or a clarification of matters, information may emerge to assist in the resolution of the problem. Call the Director of the Ombuds Program at (520) 626-5589 or call an Ombuds directly if you need help.


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Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) offers psychological counseling and psychiatric services to students to help them cope with personal problems so that they can successfully achieve their educational goals.