Civil & Environmental Engineering

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates in Civil & Environmental Engineering

The UMass Lowell Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers three interdisciplinary graduate certificates.

Graduate Certificate Application Form (pdf)

Environmental Biotechnology

Biology, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering departments

Contact:

Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga  
978-934-4715
juliette_rooneyvarga@uml.edu

Environmental biotechnology refers to the application of biological technologies to monitor, understand, and remediate environmental problems. This certificate combines courses that explore the ecological impact of anthropogenic environmental change with courses that provide training in current biological technologies that can be brought to bear on environmental problems. Recent advances in biotechnology are providing new avenues for investigating biologically mediated environmental processes, many of which were inaccessible using traditional approaches. New biological technologies are being developed to mitigate environmental problems. These include the biological remediation of pollutants, biological treatment of wastewater and drinking water, source tracking of microbial pathogens, and mitigation of toxic algal blooms. As environmental resources are increasingly strained and new biological technologies with the potential to improve our environment become available, the demand for professionals with training in environmental biotechnology will continue to increase. 

Required Courses (choose two):

  • 81.504 Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)  
  • 81.523 Biology of Global Change (3 credits)  
  • 14.578 Biological Wastewater Treatment (3 credits) 

Elective courses (choose six to eight credits):

  • 84.580 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry (3 credits)  
  • 84.514 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 credits)  
  • 81.505/507 Bioinformatics (4 credits)  
  • 84.526 Chromatography (3 credits) 
  • 14.567 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 credits)  
  • 14.568 Environmental Fate and Transport (3 credits)  
  • 14.595 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation (3 credits)
  • 81.567 Recombinant DNA Techniques (3 credits)  
  • 81.569 Recombinant DNA Techniques Laboratory (2 credits)

Total: 12-14 credits

Nanotechnology

Civil & Environmental, Mechanical, Plastics Engineering departments

Contact:

Dr. Jackie Zhang 
978-934-2287 
jackie_zhang@uml.edu

The program will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of nanotechnology and is intended to respond to the increasing demand for trained professionals in nanoscience and technology. The certificate is designed for students with a background in chemistry, physics, biology, or any branch of engineering who want nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing workforce preparation. Students may focus on a concentration area based on their interests and background. Courses in each concentration area are carefully designed to provide both analytical and practical competence. Students may take any combination from the electives list.

Core Course:  (required)

  • 25.550 Introduction to Nanotechnology (3 credits)

Core Courses:  (choose one)

  • 10.541 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM (3 credits)  
  • 84.510 Electron Microscopy of Advanced Materials (3 credits)  
  • 84.525 Analysis of Advanced Materials (3 credits)

Elective Courses:  (choose two courses from one of the following topic areas)

Materials

  • 10.506 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids (3 credits)  
  • 10.527 Nanomaterials Science and Engineering (3 credits)  
  • 22.578 Advanced Materials (3 credits)  
  • 26.513 New Plastics Materials  (3 credits) 
  • 26.598 Smart Polymers (3 credits)

Manufacturing

  • 10.523 Electronic Materials Processing (3 credits)  
  • 10.524 Self-assembly and Nanotechnology (3 credits)
  • 10.535 Cell & Microbe Cultivation (3 credits)  
  • 10.545 Isolation & Purification of Biotech Products (3 credits)  
  • 16.504 VLSI Fabrication (3 credits) 
  • 25.551 Nanomanufacturing I (3 credits)  
  • 25.526 Nanoscale Plastics Processing (3 credits)  
  • 26.502 New Plastics Processing Techniques (3 credits)

Design and Devices

  • 16.502 VSLI Design (3 credits) 
  • 16.512 Electronic Materials (3 credits)  
  • 16.508 Quantum Electronics for Engineers (3 credits)

Health and Environmental Impacts

  • 19.503 Toxicology and Health (3 credits)  
  • 19.514 Aerosol Science (3 credits) 
  • 19.525 Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics (3 credits)  
  • 19.557 Toxic Use Reduction (3 credits)  
  • 19.610 Exposure Assessment (3 credits)  
  • 19.617 Measurements of Airborne Contaminants (3 credits)

Sustainable Infrastructure for  Developing Nations

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Contact:

Dr. William B. Moeller  
978-934-2295
william_moeller@uml.edu

This 12 credit certificate prepares engineers and allied professionals for work in developing regions. It develops the special skills and awareness necessary for development of functionally sustainable infrastructure. The technical material provides advanced knowledge fully applicable to situations of both domestic and international infrastructure development.

Required Courses:

A pair of closely related courses (6 credits) that develop an area of concentration from among the list of offerings is required. 14.576 Practicum may be taken as one of these.

Elective Courses: 

The certificate may be completed with any two additional courses from the list below. Individual programs of courses for the certificate will be developed in consultation with faculty.

  • 14.527 Geotechnical and Environmental Site Characterization (3 credits)  
  • 14.559 Design of Masonry Structures (3 credits)  
  • 14.564 Water Supply Systems and Management (3 credits)  
  • 14.570 Wastewater Treatment and Storm Water Management Systems (3 credits) 
  • 14.573 Solid Waste Engineering (3 credits)  
  • 14.576 Geographic Information System Applications in Civil & Environmental Engineering (3 credits)  
  • 18.501 Wetlands Ecology (3 credits)  
  • 18.510 Water Resource System Assessment (3 credits)  
  • 18.535 Global Environmental Science (3 credits)  
  • 22.521 Solar Fundamentals (3 credits)  
  • 22.527 Solar Systems Engineering (3 credits) 
  • 14.582 Capstone Practicum (3 credits)  
  • 14.546 Ground Transportation Infrastructure* (3 credits)  
  • 14.580 Public Health and Solid Waste Engineering* (3 credits)
(*Proposed future offering)