The UMass Lowell Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers three interdisciplinary graduate certificates.
Graduate Certificate Application Form (pdf)
Biology, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering departments
Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D.
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):
Elective courses (choose six to eight credits):
Total: 12-14 credits
Civil & Environmental, Mechanical, Plastics Engineering departments
Jackie Zhang, Ph.D.
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)
Core Courses: (choose one)
Elective Courses: (choose two courses from one of the following topic areas)
Design and Devices
Health and Environmental Impacts
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
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.
A pair of closely related courses (6 credits) that develop an area of concentration from among the list of offerings is required. CIVE.5760 Practicum may be taken as one of these.
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.