Certificate in Conservation Criminology

In today’s society, illegal and illicit opportunities surrounding the environment have grown. The Conservation Criminology certificate program prepares scholars and practitioners to improve efforts to reduce environmental problems. The certificate consists of three online courses that introduce key environmental risks and crimes, including wildlife poaching, illegal wildlife and hazardous waste trade, corporate environmental harms, environmental justice, eco-terrorism, climate change, and environmental security. The three courses are Environmental Risk Perception and Decision-Making; Corporate Environmental Crime and Risk; and Global Risks, Conservation, and Criminology.

These courses are based upon a peer-reviewed, research framework built on the contention that complex environmental issues which impact social and natural ecosystems require perspectives from multiple disciplines (Gibbs, Gore, McGarrell, and Rivers, 2010). Thus, course materials draw upon theories, methods, and interventions from criminology and criminal justice, natural resources management, and risk and decision sciences. Students who complete the certificate will have improved capacity to work with individuals from multiple disciplines and professionals working in the field to address real world environmental problems.

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Program Requirements

Application for Online Certificate

Once students enroll in their third class, they will need to fill out an application for the certificate. After enrollment and passing grades are confirmed, the certificate will be mailed to the address provided.

Description of Courses

CJ 845 – Environmental Risk Perception and Decision-Making

Credits: 3 | Offered: Spring of odd years
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Theoretical underpinnings of individual decision-making and risk perception processes. Case studies of the interplay of risk perception and decision-making in an environmental and/or criminological context.

CJ 846 – Corporate Environmental Crime and Risk

Credits: 3 | Offered: Spring of even years
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Theoretical accounts and multiple interventions relevant to corporate environmental crime and risk. Use of “Smart Regulation” principles in designing interventions to match specific problems.

CJ 847 – Global Risks, Conservation, and Criminology

Credits: 3 | Offered: Fall
 | Available To: Graduate Online Certificate

Theories, actors, characteristics, and legal instruments associated with risk, conservation, and criminology related to globalization. Current case studies in criminological conservation.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are not enrolled in a degree-granting program at Michigan State University, you will need to enroll as a Lifelong Education student. You will find information about Lifelong Education at reg.msu.edu under the Enrollment & Registration tab.

Lifelong Education students will need assistance enrolling, and can contact Melissa Christle at 517-353-7133 or burrier@msu.edu for help.

The tuition rate can be found here.  Click on Resident or non-Resident, then scroll to see Graduate Lifelong Education tuition rate in the Graduate Student section.