Environmental Monitoring and Sampling Graduate Certificate

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Clean water and grounds for all

Be a caretaker for water and soil quality.

Assess potential risks and solutions. Qualify for geological and environmental jobs—surveying, resource conservation, consulting and more.

Certificate in Environmental Monitoring and Sampling

Melida Gutierrez, Certificate Advisor
Temple Hall, Room 319; Phone 417-836-5967

Program description

This certificate program is designed to provide graduate-level education in environmental monitoring and sampling including environmental application of geochemistry, water chemistry, sediment quality, groundwater and karst, and geophysical methods to sample and characterize soils, sediments and water to assess the degree and amount of potential contamination. It is anticipated that this program would be attractive to working professionals in such organizations as the US Geological Survey, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Consulting Companies, Non-Profit environmental organizations and Earth science high school educators.

Admission criteria

The Environmental Monitoring and Sampling certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, BA, MS, or PhD, 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 MS program in Geography and Geology 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 MS degree. The certificate credits taken will count toward the requirements for the MS degree.

Program requirements – 12 hours

Select 2 (6 hours) of the following 3 required courses:
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
GLG 680 Geochemistry 3 hrs
GLG 782 Contaminant Hydrology 3 hrs
GLG 690 Applied Geophysics 3 hrs
Select 2 (6 hours) electives from the following list:
Course Code Course Title Credit 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 SEES 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 SEES 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.

Apply online

Apply to this program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.

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