University Catalog 2023-2024

Environmental Assessment (Certificate)

The graduate certificate program in Environmental Assessment provides students and professionals the opportunity to develop recognized academic credentials and advanced expertise in Environmental Assessment. The certificate program provides excellent opportunities for practicing environmental professionals to stay abreast of new technologies and current government regulations.

The curriculum consists of 12 credit hours selected from the required course listing for the MEA degree. Students may transfer up to 12 credit hours from the Certificate into the Masters of Environmental Assessment (MEA). Students may earn the Certificate as a stand-alone credential or as part of a graduate degree and may apply for entry into the MEA degree while in the Certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the certificate program requires proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree in an environmental, science, natural resources or related degree. Experience in the environmental field may be substituted for students with a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field. All applicants should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Interested individuals should be prepared to submit a personal statement, a resume identifying educational preparation and work experiences, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.

With proper notification, students are not required to be enrolled continuously. The certificate must be completed within four (4) calendar years from the date the student starts the first course. Awarding of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better in all of the required courses.

Certificate Requirements

Award of a certificate requires a GPA of 3.0 or better for the certificate courses (required and elective) and a grade of B- or better in all of the certificate courses.

Other Relevant Information

The Certificate is entirely online.

Plan Requirements

Core Course
EA 505Environmental Assessment Law & Policy3
or PA 536 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Select three of the following:9
Environmental Stressors
Environmental Risk Assessment
Environmental Exposure Assessment
Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Fundamentals of Geospatial Information Science and Technology
Total Hours12