The undergraduate Certificate in Applied Hydrogeology provides students with field, technical, and analytical skills that prepare them for successful careers in hydro- and environmental geology. Through online offerings, classroom and field studies students will learn how to collect environmental field data, water and sediment sampling techniques, the principles and practices of near-surface geophysics, drilling and water well installation methods, environmental assessment and hydrogeologic measurement techniques, field geochemistry, scientific writing, data presentation, data analysis, and problem-solving skills. Trained environmental professionals are needed to solve problems concerning drinking water supplies, wastewater treatment, water resources availability, subsurface contaminant transport, water quality and quantity 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 consulting, environmental regulations, hydrogeologic investigation, wetland mitigation, flood prediction, pollution abatement and remediation, and environmental geochemistry.
Coursework includes a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Geosciences.