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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Salmon Enhancement: Community Education Certificate

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Department of Environmental Studies, College of the Environment

32-34 credits


The Salmon Enhancement: Community Education Certificate provides the training and experience needed for College of the Environment students to apply a variety of skills toward community education and engagement in environment and sustainability. Throughout the two-year program, students engage in courses for an in-depth look at human and environmental systems interactions and the importance of practices, curricula, and interpretation while also participating in hands-on practicum work through paid internships with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) a local salmon recovery organization.

Why Consider a Salmon Enhancement: Community Education Certificate?

Do you care about the health of our planet, and a caring community that supports a sustainable future? Are you interested in environmental education, interpretation, and environmental studies research? Do you want to learn more about careers in community-based environmental education? Are you looking for work experience with a local environmental nonprofit dedicated to community-based action? Consider this certificate in Salmon Enhancement: Community Education.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Rebekah Paci-Green
Arntzen Hall 206

Certificate Advisor
Nick Stanger
Arntzen Hall 201

 Sample Careers

Environmental Conservation | Environmental Education/Teaching | Nonprofit leadership | Natural Resource Management | Community Engagement | Conservation Psychology | Environmental Research | Volunteer Management

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Admissions to the Salmon Enhancement: Community Education Certificate is competitive and space is limited. Applications will be open from March 1 to April 18 each year, with an April 18 deadline. Applicants should be declared College of the Environment majors and be enrolled in, or have completed, ESCI 225 and ENVS 303 by the time they apply.

To apply, see our website for detailed instructions and deadlines at cenv.wwu.edu/NSEA. Application will include an essay and transcript.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s certificate courses, and supporting courses for certificates.


Natural Environment Knowledge (4 credits)

❑ Complete one of the following courses:

Community Education and Engagement Skills (4-5 credits)

❑ Complete one of the following courses:

Analysis Skills (4 credits)

❑ Complete one of the following courses:

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Internship (8 credits)

❑ Eight credits of combined credit from:

  • Credits: 1-15
  • Credits: 1-15
  • Credits: 1-15
  • Students may complete additional internship hours for experience in consultation with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association. These additional hours do not have to be taken for credit. Before registering for internship credits beyond the eight credits required here, students should consult with their advisers to ensure credits support degree requirements.


    Certificates on their own may not be eligible for financial aid. See a financial aid advisor for eligibility.

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