TCD Certificate Requirements for Affiliate Department Master's Students
For the TCD Certificate, Master’s students from affiliate departments are required to earn 12 credit hours.
Interdisciplinary Core Courses (6–9 credits)
Master’s students must take two of the interdisciplinary core courses: LAS 6290 and LAS 6291.
LAS 6290 Tropical Conservation and Development (3 credits)
Social and biological perspectives on biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being in the tropics. Theory, concepts and case studies, bridging global to local scales.
LAS 6291 Conservation and Development Skills (3 credits)
Development of practical skills deemed critical for conservation and development professionals, such as conflict management and negotiation, conservation planning and policy, green entrepreneurship, group facilitation and collaborative decision making, impacting policy, effective presentations and communication, workshop organization and delivery.
Disciplinary Courses (6 credits)
Master’s students must take:
- One tropical ecology course (3 credits)
- One social science course relevant to tropical conservation and development (3 credits)
For students in natural science departments, the social science course must be taken outside their major department.
To fulfill the tropical ecology and social science requirements, students select from existing courses taught across campus that have been approved by the TCD Academic Advisor. Courses may be counted from the student’s major (except for the case noted above).
TCD Concentration Requirements for Affiliate Department Master's Students
For the TCD concentration, Master’s students from affiliate departments must complete the coursework required for the TCD certificate and focus on tropical conservation and development in their thesis, dissertation, or final project (in the case of non-thesis degree programs). Also, one member of the student’s supervisory committee must be a TCD affiliate faculty member.