Urban and Community Forestry Certificate
Urban and Community Forestry Certificate




The Undergraduate Certificate in Urban and Community Forestry will embolden students to critically examine the role of green infrastructure in the sustainability and health of the built environment. Modular in structure, one goal of this certificate is to draw students from a diversity of majors into a pre-defined pathway that will enhance their major coursework, providing a suite of urban and community forestry skills that students will carry forward as they move into their professional careers.

Introductory Course

This course will introduce students to core concepts related to urban and community forestry. It seeks to provide a solid foundation in how trees in cities function, how they benefit communities, and how they can be better supported. This course will consist of an introduction to urban and community forestry including modules such as (1) trees and tree health, (2) green infrastructure, planning, and design, (3) environmental education, and (4) trees, human health, and wellness.

Nine Hours of Elective Credit

Choose from:

A study of the basic concepts of botany related to woody species and their use, along with basic soil and site characteristics in the identification of trees and forest vegetation.

Principles and operations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applied to forestry and natural resources. Students will learn to collect necessary field data to create GIS maps and digital spatial data sets, perform basic spatial analysis, and integrate social and economic data to solve spatially related natural resource problems.

Lectures primarily address principles and concepts. Laboratories use a hands-on approach to demonstrate insect collecting and identification techniques, ecological concepts and management approaches, and use of reference materials.

An introduction to the history, purpose, and objectives of planning with emphasis on urban and regional planning, planning processes, techniques, and legislation.

A survey of the emergence of modern professional medicine in America, from colonial time to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the social and scientific context of medical thought, education, organization, and regulation.

An introduction to cultural landscape preservation activities as design strategies. Exploration of regional landscape preservation case studies and applications of preservation methods to landscape preservation issues with an emphasis on research and process.

The application of design principles to the functional and aesthetic use of plant materials in the landscape.

An introduction to the concepts and methods of compilation, management, analysis, and display of spatially-referenced and tabular data utilizing vector and raster data models. Lecture will be complemented with computer based laboratory exercises.

This course provides an overview of the field of environmental education by introducing concepts, techniques, and theories that would be useful for those in the fields of environmental science, natural resources, sustainability, agriculture or other related areas. This is a hands-on, participatory style class. Students will participate in an environmental education workshop for which they will receive appropriate certification.

A 2-week summer field experience where students will visit several College of Agriculture, Food and Environment farms, partner farm operations, and agricultural sector industries to learn from researchers, extension specialists, and agronomists demonstrating the fundamental principles of agronomic production and management of agroecosystems in support of a sustainable food, fiber, feed, and fuel production future.

A sociological study of the inter-relationship between human societies and the natural environment. Topics may include population growth; food systems; energy; climate change; risk perception; disasters; sustainability; social movements; and environmental justice.

This course will outline the history of epidemiology as a science and examine its wide-ranging contributions to the fields of public health, medicine, and the social sciences. This course will focus on epidemiological methods to investigate health outcomes and identify associated and causative factors of disease in populations.

Capstone Course

Completing this course will prepare students to work with the public and make a difference in people's daily lives. Students in this course will synthesize cross-disciplinary concepts related to urban and community forests and be provided with real-world experiences to strengthen their knowledge base. This course will build upon UCF 300, facilitating student specialization in their field of study while applying topics across different disciplines and careers that connect to urban and community forests.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Thomas Poe Cooper Building Lexington, KY 40546-0073