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Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology
Certificate in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology program
prepares students for employment and future studies in the
environmental field. This post-baccalaureate program provides
students with experience in water and soil sampling techniques,
hydrologic measurement techniques, chemical analyses, scientific
writing, data presentation, and data analysis. Trained
environmental professionals are necessary to solve problems
concerning drinking water supplies, wastewater treatment, water
resources availability, subsurface contaminant transport, stream
habitat and water quality assessment, the effects of climate and
land-use change on water and wetland resources, and many other
environmental issues. Employment opportunities may include work
dealing with: environmental regulations, hydrogeologic
investigation, wetland mitigation, flood prediction, pollution
abatement, bioremediation, and environmental site audits.
includes a minimum of fifteen s.h. in the Geological Sciences.
The certificate requires completion of 9 s.h. in Hydrogeology
and Environmental Geology (3 of the following courses: GEOL
5150, 5700, 5710, 7710, 7711, 7920), 3 s.h. in Geochemical Processes
(GEOL 5450 or 7930), and 3 s.h. in Geological Characterization
and Quantitative Analysis (GEOL 6250, 6550, 6705, 6950, 7910 or
a 3 s.h. elective). A list of the appropriate courses is
available from the certificate coordinator. The certificate is
open to degree and nondegree graduate students
admission to the Certificate in Hydrogeology and Environmental
Geology program the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree
from an institution accredited by a regional association and
have either an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on all
undergraduate work or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in either the
undergraduate major work or work taken during senior year. A
satisfactory standardized test score is also required.
Applications can be filed online through the Graduate School at:
. For current graduate students, already enrolled in the M.S.
to add a certificate program form
is all that is
required for application to the certificate program.
fall, the application deadline is June 1 and for spring, the
application deadline is October 15. For more information please
contact Dr. Michael O’Driscoll at firstname.lastname@example.org