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Restoration Ecology

Whether you work in the area of natural resource management, forest and wildlife management, environmental sciences and consulting or environmental education, a graduate certificate in Restoration Ecology from Auburn University can complement your professional skills or position you to transition to other opportunities, including graduate school.

Key Learning Outcomes

As many native ecosystems have been altered, damaged, degraded, and even totally destroyed, making ecosystem restoration and management decisions has become a critical part of how we respond to past land management choices.

The Restoration Ecology Graduate Certificate program at Auburn University is designed to

  1. Help students better understand natural processes in terrestrial ecosystems
  2. Provide students with information on processes and practices that are relevant to the restoration of these ecosystems
  3. Enhance students’ critical thinking and communication skills
  4. Prepare students to take on new professional responsibilities or perhaps go on to graduate school


To obtain a Restoration Ecology graduate certificate from Auburn University students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of online coursework.   Students are required to take the introductory course in Restoration Ecology (FOWS 7216) and then may choose from any of the following four courses as electives: Wildlife-Human Conflicts (WILD 6416), Forest History (FOWS 7226), Forest Stand Dynamics (FOWS 7236), Fire Ecology (FOWS 7246) or Longleaf Pine Ecology and Management (FOWS 7256).


To participate in the Restoration Ecology certificate program, students must apply to Auburn University Graduate School.   Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required, and there is no minimum GPA prerequisite.

Need help getting started?

For more information on Graduate Admissions Policies and Deadlines please contact Audrey Grindle (334.844.9250).  Specific questions concerning the Restoration Ecology Certificate and courses can be address to Dr. Becky Barlow (334.844.1019).


Quick Facts

  • Earn a certificate in less than 3 years
  • Only 15 credit hours required
  • Credit may be applied to a graduate degree
  • No GRE required for enrollment
  • No minimum GPA requirement