Graduate Certificate in Geoenvironmental Engineering

Departement of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of geoenvironmental engineering.

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Admission Requirements:

This certificate program is open to all individuals who hold a B.S., M.S., or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12 months of post-BS professional employment experience.

Once admitted to the program, you must take four designated courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, you must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-matriculated status; however, if you complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, you will be admitted to the MS program, if you so choose. The certificate credits you've taken will count toward your master’s degree. If you do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the course in the certificate program, you can take “bridge” courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, you are given three years to complete the program so long as you maintain a B average in the courses taken.

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Choose two courses from the following three:

  • CIV ENG 5744: Geosynthetics in Engineering
  • CIV ENG 5715: Intermediate Soil Mechanics
  • CIV ENG 5729: Foundation Engineering II

Choose two courses from the following six:

  • CIV ENG 5640: Environmental Law And Regulations
  • CIV ENG 5630: Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater and Soil
  • CIV ENG 5650: Public Health Engineering
  • CIV ENG 5670: Solid Waste Management
  • CIV ENG 5642: Sustainability, Population, Energy, Water, and Materials
  • CIV ENG 5360: Water Resources And Wastewater Engineering

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Course Descriptions:

Course description can be found in the catalog at

Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Civil Engineering (MS) 
Environmental Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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