The certificate in hydrogeology and environmental geology 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 and bioremediation, and environmental site audits.
Coursework includes a minimum of 15 s.h. in the geological sciences.