Watershed Assessment and Restoration (Certificate)

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The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering offers a Graduate Certificate Program in Watershed Assessment and Restoration.


  • Provide a focus and formal program for students from many disciplines to pursue training in the technical and engineering aspects of designing and analyzing environmental systems with an emphasis on the watershed-scale.
  • Provide students the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in engineering systems targeted at environmental issues, particularly related to non-point sources and their impact on water quality at the watershed-scale.
  • Provide practicing engineers and other professionals a source of graduate level engineering education in the environmental field.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed an accredited undergraduate engineering program with a GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale), or with an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8  coupled with a 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate major, or be currently enrolled in a graduate engineering program.  Applicants with a four-year undergraduate science degree who have successfully completed (with a C or better) calculus, differential equations, physics and chemistry will also be considered.  A program that includes fluid mechanics or hydraulics is highly recommended.  Environmental professionals who do not meet the above criteria may also qualify if appropriate experience can be demonstrated.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 12 hours of coursework selected from the list below. One course can be selected from outside of BAE (up to 2 credit hours), but at least 9 credit hours must be BAE courses.

Plan Requirements

Core Courses9
Select three of the following courses:
Precision Agriculture Technology
GIS Applications in Precision Agriculture
Irrigation and Drainage
Introduction to Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling
DRAINMOD: Theory and Application
Design of Structural Stormwater Best Management Practices
Watershed Monitoring and Assessment
Agricultural Waste Management
Wetlands Design and Restoration
Introduction to Land and Water Engineering
Open Channel Hydraulics for Natural Systems
Risk and Failure Assessment of Stream Restoration Structures
Stream Corridor 3 Es: Ecohydraulics, Engineering and Ethics
Introduction to Fluvial Geomorphology
Theory Of Drainage--Saturated Flow
Elective Course3
"Elective Course" will be determined in conjunction with the academic committee
Total Hours12