The UNH Graduate Certificate in Citizen and Community Science offers students and professionals the opportunity to develop competencies in both the theory and practice behind robust and authentic citizen and community science projects in a natural resource management setting.
Why get a graduate certificate in citizen and community science?
The emerging fields of citizen science and community science have expanded in recent years, providing new connections between scientific research and community decision-making. With the expansion of the use of and opportunities for citizen and community science, dedicated study through a graduate certificate enables students to focus on conducting robust and authentic citizen and community science projects. It will help students understand both the theory and practice behind this work, including best practices for effective design of projects and teams including data management and sharing, partnering with volunteers, audience motivation and engagement, and issues of social justice in citizen science.
Why study citizen and community science at UNH?
UNH houses extensive research and partnership infrastructure to support students and professionals with interests in conducting robust and authentic citizen and community science projects. This graduate certificate provides a bridge across existing UNH graduate course offerings paired with the significant applied expertise found in UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Sea Grant. Those who complete the certificate will be prepared for a range of careers, given the focus on preparing students to work in and interact with a variety of organizations.
Potential career areas
- University teaching/research
- Community engagement through science
- Cooperative Extension (bridging academic and community settings)
- Non-profit sector community science coordinator
- Natural resource management
- Science education
- Environmental consulting