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


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):

  • BIOL.5040 Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL.5230 Biology of Global Change (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5780 Biological Wastewater Treatment (3 credits)

Elective courses (choose six to eight credits):

  • CHEM.5800 Advanced Analytical Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM.5140 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 credits)
  • BIOL.5050/5070 Bioinformatics (4 credits)
  • CHEM.5260 Chromatography (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5670 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5680 Environmental Fate and Transport (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5950 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation (3 credits)
  • BIOL.5670 Recombinant DNA Techniques (3 credits)
  • BIOL.5690L Recombinant DNA Techniques Laboratory (2 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)

  • ENGN.5500 Introduction to Nanotechnology (3 credits)

Core Courses: (choose one)

  • CHEN.5410 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM (3 credits)
  • CHEM.5100 Electron Microscopy of Advanced Materials (3 credits)
  • CHEM.5250 Analysis of Advanced Materials (3 credits)

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


  • CHEN.5060 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids (3 credits)
  • CHEN.5270 Nanomaterials Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  • MECH.5780 Advanced Materials (3 credits)
  • PLAS.5130 New Plastics Materials (3 credits)
  • PLAS.5980 Smart Polymers (3 credits)


  • CHEN.5230 Electronic Materials Processing (3 credits)
  • CHEN.5240 Self-assembly and Nanotechnology (3 credits)
  • CHEN.5350 Cell & Microbe Cultivation (3 credits)
  • CHEN.5450 Isolation & Purification of Biotech Products (3 credits)
  • EECE.5040 VLSI Fabrication (3 credits)
  • ENGN.5510 Nanomanufacturing I (3 credits)
  • ENGN.5260 Nanoscale Plastics Processing (3 credits)
  • PLAS.5020 New Plastics Processing Techniques (3 credits)

Design and Devices

  • EECE.5020 VSLI Design (3 credits)
  • EECE.5120 Electronic Materials (3 credits)
  • EECE.5080 Quantum Electronics for Engineers (3 credits)

Health and Environmental Impacts

  • PUBH.5030 Toxicology and Health (3 credits)
  • PUBH.5140 Aerosol Science (3 credits)
  • PUBH.5250 Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics (3 credits)
  • PUBH.5570 Toxic Use Reduction (3 credits)
  • PUBH.6100 Exposure Assessment (3 credits)
  • PUBH.6170 Measurements of Airborne Contaminants (3 credits)

 Sustainable Infrastructure for Developing Nations

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


Jackie Zhang, Ph.D.

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. CIVE.5760 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.

  • CIVE.5270 Geotechnical and Environmental Site Characterization (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5590 Design of Masonry Structures (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5640 Water Supply Systems and Management (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5700 Wastewater Treatment and Storm Water Management Systems (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5730 Solid Waste Engineering (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5760 Geographic Information System Applications in Civil & Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • ENVE.5010 Wetlands Ecology (3 credits)
  • ENVE.5100 Water Resource System Assessment (3 credits)
  • ENVE.5350 Global Environmental Science (3 credits)
  • MECH.5210 Solar Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • MECH.5270 Solar Systems Engineering (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5820 Capstone Practicum (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5460 Ground Transportation Infrastructure* (3 credits)
  • CIVE.5800 Public Health and Solid Waste Engineering* (3 credits)
(*Proposed future offering)