Graduate Certificate Programs

Geoenvironmental Engineering

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Program Description:

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

A minimum of two of the following geotechnical courses must be taken:

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

A minimum of two of the following environmental courses must be taken:

  • CIV ENG 5640: Environmental Law And Regulations
  • CIV ENG 5630: Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater and Soil
  • CIV ENG 5670: Solid Waste Management
  • CIV ENG 5660: Introduction To Air Pollution
  • CIV ENG 5360: Water Resources And Wastewater Engineering
  • CIV ENG 5650: Public Health Engineering

Please check the Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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CIV ENG 5744: Geosynthetics in Engineering
Geotechnical principles are applied to design of geosynthetic systems for foundation support, earth retention, drainage, and disposal of hazardous conventional wastes. Geosynthetic testing and identification. Emphasis is on design of geosynthetic earth reinforcement, roadway stabilization, filters, and waste containment systems. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3715 with grade of "C" or better. 

CIV ENG 5715: Intermediate Soil Mechanics
General principles of soil mechanics and their applications, including mineralogy, soil structure, flow through porous media, shear strength, slope stability and consolidation. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 3715 with grade of "C" or better.

CIV ENG 5729: Foundation Engineering II
Classical earth pressure theories. Analysis of shallow and deep foundations to include bearing capacity and settlement of footings, rafts, piles, and drilled piers. Analysis of stability and design of retaining walls and anchored bulkheads. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 4729 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5729).

CIV ENG 5640: Environmental Law And Regulations
This course provides comprehensive coverage of environmental laws and regulations dealing with air, water, wastewater, and other media. The primary focus is permitting, reporting, and compliance protocols. The course topics include U.S. and international legal systems and judicial processes, liability, enforcement, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act (NPDES) permitting), Safe Drinking Water Act, OSGA, TSCA, RCRA, AND CERCLA. Case studies will be emphasized. (Co-listed with Env Eng 5640).

CIV ENG 5630: Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater and Soil (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Course covers current in-situ and ex-situ remediation technologies. Current literature and case studies are utilized to provide the focus for class discussions and projects. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 3615, Geo Eng 5237 or Graduate Standing. (Co-listed with Env Eng 5630).

CIV ENG 5650: Public Health Engineering
A comprehensive course dealing with the environmental aspects of public health. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2601 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Env Eng 5650)

CIV ENG 5670: Solid Waste Management
A systematic study of the sources, amounts and characteristics of solid wastes and methods used for their collection, reclamation, and ultimate disposal. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2601 with grade of "C" or better; or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Env Eng 5670).

CIV ENG 5660: Introduction To Air Pollution
Introduction to the field of air pollution dealing with sources, effects, federal legislation, transport and dispersion and principles of engineering control. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3330; or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Env Eng 5660).

CIV ENG 5360: Water Resources And Wastewater Engineering
Application of engineering principles to the planning and design of multipurpose projects involving water resources development and wastewater collection/treatment/disposal/systems. Latest concepts in engineering analysis are applied to evaluation of alternative solutions. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 3333, 3335, 3615. (Co-listed with Env Eng 5360).

Complete course descriptions are provided in the Graduate Course Catalog.

* Other courses approved by the geoenvironmental faculty may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The Assistant Chairman for Distance Education must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

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This certificate program is open to all individuals who hold a bachelor's, master'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 are admitted to the certificate program on a non-matriculated basis; however, if you complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, you can enroll in the master's 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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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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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 2015-16 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016)

 

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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).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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Classes are offered over the internet via live-streaming video. There will be a PowerPoint presentation available on the Internet to enhance the class lecture so that you can view the PowerPoint slides and watch the video simultaneously. Tests and reports are arranged by the course instructor. If you view the video online in real time, a technician can help resolve any communication problems, and when you need to ask a lecture-related question, you can call the instructor. If you view the lecture video offline, you can communicate with the instructor through email.

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