The TCD certificate program consists of two to three required core courses (6 credits for Master’s students and 9 credits for Ph.D. students), plus one course in tropical ecology (3 credits) and one social science course (3 credits) relevant to tropical conservation and development.

Program coursework includes social science theory, principles of tropical ecology, patterns and trends of tropical resource use and conservation, and research design. The TCD Practicum course provides academic credit for supervised professional activities outside the classroom, allowing students to build competence in essential practical skills.

Course substitutions can only be made with prior approval from the TCD Program. To request a course substitution, send an e-mail message to TCD Academic Advisor, explaining the proposed substitution. Attach an electronic copy of the alternate course syllabus.

Throughout the curriculum, emphasis is placed on communication and presentation techniques, proposal writing, facilitation and conflict management, participatory methods for research and project implementation, and project design, analysis and evaluation.

If you are interested on the TCD Program graduate certificate please fill out the TCD enrollment form and contact the TCD Academic Advisor to schedule an appointment to discuss your course plan.

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Course Substitutions

Course substitutions can only be made with prior approval from the TCD Program. To request a course substitution, send an e-mail message to TCD Academic Advisor, explaining the proposed substitution. Attach an electronic copy of the alternate course syllabus.