Graduate Certificate in Environmental Geoscience

This certificate is designed for students who have an interest in the environmental aspects of the geosciences. Students who would benefit from this certificate are:

  1. individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in geo/environmental science who want to increditsease their technical skills with additional geoscience courses,
  2. individuals with an undergraduate degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering who want to broaden their expertise and
  3. individuals who hold other science and engineering degrees and work in the environmental field.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate Geoscience at UMass Lowell with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may waive the GRE requirement if applying to the MS Environmental Studies - Environmental Geoscience (option) program. Upon acceptance into the Environmental Geoscience program, the 12 creditsedits from the Graduate certificate in Environmental Geoscience with a course grade of 3.0 or higher may be transferred into the MS Environmental Studies-Environmental Geoscience (option) program.

 Admission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree in science, engineering, or similar area from an accreditsedited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has significant professional experience or submits other evidence supporting the likelihood of academic success.
  • Graduate Certificate Application Form.
  • Application Fee.
  • Official transcreditsipts from the baccalaureate institution.
  • Citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores.

 Certificate Pathway:

Four courses (minimum of 12 credits) are required for an Environmental Geoscience Certificate. SElective one course from Area I and one course from Area II. Select two additional courses from any of the three areas.


  • Area I. Surface Processes (Elective 1) (3 credits)
    • 89.502 Quantitative Geomorphology (3 credits)
    • 89.510 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (3 credits)
    • 89.524 Regional Hydrogeology (3 credits)
  • Area II. Geochemistry and Geophysics (Elective 1) (3 credits)
    • 89.515 Topics in Environmental Geochemistry (3 credits)
    • 89.531 Isotopes in Environmental & Geosciences (3 credits)
    • 89.556 Applied Geophysics (3 credits)
  • Area III. Electives (3 credits)
    • 89.520 Structural Geology (3 credits)
    • 89.522 Structural Geology Laboratory (1 credits)
    • 89.541 Environmental and Engineering Geology (3 credits)

Two Additional courses from of of the above three areas (6 credits)

Total credits (12 credits)