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Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Environmental-BiotechnologyEnvironmental 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