Admission and Program Requirements

Admission criteria

The Environmental Monitoring and Sampling certificate program is open to all persons holding a B.S., B.A., M.S., or Ph.D., degree. Student must, of course, satisfy all prerequisites for any courses they take in the program; or they must obtain instructor approval to waive any prerequisites. Once admitted to the program, the student must take a minimum of four courses as designated and approved by the program director and must have an average cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better to receive the certificate.

Students who complete the four-course requirement for the certificate with a grade of B or better in each course may be admitted directly to the respective M.S. program in Geospatial Sciences in Geography, Geology and Planning if they so choose. This admission does not waive the necessity for students to take required prerequisites for other required courses that are part of the M.S. degree. The certificate credits taken will count toward the requirements for the M.S. degree.

Program requirements – 12 hours

Select 2 (6 hours) of the following 3 required courses:
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
GLG 680 Geochemistry 3 hrs
GLG 782 Contaminant Geochemistry 3 hrs
GLG 690 Applied Geophysics 3 hrs
Select 2 (6 hours) electives from the following list:
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
GLG 647 Water Resources 3 hrs
GLG 672 Geohydrology 3 hrs
GLG 673 Engineering Geology 3 hrs
GRY 731 Environmental Assessment 3 hrs
CHM 660 Chemistry of Environmental Systems: Water and Land 3 hrs
GEO 770 Advanced Field & Laboratory Methods 3 hrs

Other courses approved by the program coordinator and the departmental Director of Graduate Studies may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. However, the certificate program coordinator (in consultation with the departmental Director of Graduate Studies) must approve the substitution prior to the student enrolling in a course.

Completion requirements

Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 for completion of certificate program.