Open to:

  • any current Ohio State undergraduate or graduate student
  • anyone with a bachelor’s degree
  • available as a standalone graduate program

The 12-14 credit hour Natural History Museum Curation Certificate will prepare undergraduate and graduate students for employment as a museum curator or curatorial assistant. The certificate is designed to provide both disciplinary expertise and curatorial training in museum curation. 

View course requirements below and visit the School of Earth Sciences website for more guidelines.

Course Requirements

1. Disciplinary courses (6-8 credits):     

  • EARTHSC 4421: Earth Materials (3)     
  • EARTHSC 4423: Introductory Petrology (3)     
  • EARTHSC 4501: Paleontology (4)     
  • EARTHSC 4502: Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4)     
  • EEOB 2210: Biodiversity of Ohio – Plants (2)     
  • EEOB 2220: Biodiversity of Ohio – Birds (2)     
  • EEOB 3310: Evolution (4)     
  • EEOB 3320: Organismal Diversity (3)     
  • EEOB 4210: Focused Study of Ecology and Evolution – Vertebrates (2)     
  • EEOB 4220: Focused Study of Ecology and Evolution – Mammals (3)     
  • EEOB 4230: Focused Study of Ecology and Evolution – Invertebrates (2)

**Students with demonstrated knowledge of the identification and classification of natural samples at the advanced undergraduate level may instead replace up to 6 credit hours with additional internship and museum curatorial practice/management hours.

1. A museum internship (3 credits minimum; 6 credits maximum):     

  • EARTHSC 5191.01: Museum Internship (3-6)     
  • EEOB 5610: Translating Evolution (3)

2. Curatorial and/or museum management experience (3 credits minimum):

  • EARTHSC 5501: Museum Data Curation (3)     
  • ARTEDUC 5671: Organizational Leadership in the Nonprofit Arts (3)     
  • ARTEDUC 5682: Nonprofit Arts Institution Governance and Board Leadership (3)     
  • ARTEDUC 5685: Arts/Cultural Organizations: Resource Management & Revenue Streams (3)     
  • ARTEDUC 5686: Cultural Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (3)    
  • ARTEDUC 7748: Museum Practicum (3)
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