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Certificate - Environmental Geoscience

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 increase 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 in Environmental Geoscience at UMass Lowell with a GPA of 3.500 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 credits 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.

ARAdmission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree in science, engineering, or similar area from an accredited institution with a Minimum GPA of 3.000. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has a significant professional experience or submits other evidence supporting the likelihood of academic success.
  • Graduate Certificate Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcript from the baccalaureate institution.
  • Citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in he United States must submit TOEFL scores.

CPCertificate Pathway

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


Area 1. Surface Processes (Elect 1) (3 cr)

Area II. Geochemistry and Geophysics (Elect 1)

  • GEOL.5150 Topics in Environmental Geochemistry (3 cr)
  • GEOL.5310 Isotopes in Environmental & Geosciences (3 cr)
  • GEOL.5560 Applied Geophysics (3 cr)

Area III. Electives

  • GEOL.5200 Structural Geology (3 cr)
  • GEOL.5220 Structural Geology Laboratory (1 cr)
  • GEOL.5410 Environmental and Engineering Geology (3 cr)

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

Total Credits (12 cr)