Certificate and Interdisciplinary Concentration in Wetland Sciences
The goal of the Certificate and Interdisciplinary Concentration in Wetland Sciences (ICWS) is to establish a standard set of courses and activities that provide graduate students knowledge and experience that complement their majors with preparation for wetland-related careers. Students meeting the curriculum requirements will receive official recognition of having completed the concentration by a statement on the participating student’s transcript and signified by a certificate issued by the faculty of the ICWS.
Because of the multidisciplinary nature of wetland science and management, educational programs in wetlands must involve the cooperative efforts of various natural science disciplines (e.g., limnology, ecology, pedology, botany), engineering disciplines (e.g. environmental, agricultural, civil), social sciences (e.g., resource economics, political science), and law. Thus participation of faculty from all UF Colleges having wetlands-related expertise is envisioned. The emphasis of the ICWS is to ensure that students gain a solid understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of wetland processes occurring at a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, as well as develop skills in wetland management and policy. To address existing and emerging issues related to wetland science and policy, the ICWS emphasizes broad training, but not at the expense of rigor in specific areas of expertise. Furthermore, the program requirements recognize the inherent diversity of academic backgrounds and professional goals of the students. Thus, flexibility in selection of a suite of courses, while maintaining exposure to the multidisciplinary subject matter of wetlands, is an essential feature of the program allowing students to develop individualized academic plans of study.
Academic Requirements of the ICWS
Students wishing to participate in the ICWS should notify the ICWS Coordinator at the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands as early in their coursework as possible. Below is a list of the courses (15 credit-hours) required to earn the Wetlands Certificate, divided into three categories: required, policy/law, and ecological systems/organisms/methods. To fulfill the interdisciplinary nature of the ICWS, at least 3 of the required courses must be taken outside of the students "home department".
Successful Completion of ICWS Requirements
It is the responsibility of each student wishing to qualify for the ICWS certificate to complete a certificate application form (see link below or obtainable at the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands). With successful completion of course requirements, the student should complete the "Notification of Completion" form (see link below or obtainable at the Howard T. Odum Center Wetlands) and submit it to the ICWS Coordinator at the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands. Upon verification by the Board, a certificate will be conveyed to the student by the Board. If you are an Environmental Engineering Sciences student, make sure you check the box marked "Wetland Sciences" listed under Areas of Concentration when submitting your supervisory committee form. This will ensure that the certificate program gets added to your official transcripts after completion of the required coursework. Other departments will handle this differently, so please inform your home department that you are enrolled in this concentration/certificate program.
Students may formally petition the Board to include graduate coursework from other institutions to satisfy one or more of the required subject areas. In addition, students may petition to have an alternative course from the University of Florida substitute for one of the required courses. A formal petition should include the course taken, the institution where it was taken, and the grade received. The petition may be filed for a course already taken or a course the student plans to take in the future. A catalog description or syllabus of the course should accompany the petition, and the petition should include the signature of the student's graduate advisor.
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