Wetlands Certificate

Graduate Certificate / Interdisciplinary Concentration in Wetland Sciences

  • Introduction

    The goal of both the Graduate Certificate in Wetland Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Wetland Sciences (ICWS) is to establish a standard set of courses and activities that provide 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 Certificate or Concentration by a statement on the participating student’s transcript. The Graduate Certificate is aimed at professionals and non-degree seeking students, while the Concentration is more appropriate for degree-seeking grdaute students. The Certificate credits cannot be used to earn the Concentration at a later date.

    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 and Gradaute Certificate 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 program 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 Interdisciplinary Concentration in Wetland Sciences (ICWS)

    Students wishing to participate in the ICWS should notify the student services personnel in their academic department as early in their graduate program as possible. To participate in the ICWS, a student must be admitted and enrolled in one of the academic units participating in the ICWS: Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Botany, Civil Engineering, College of Law, Environmental Engineering Sciences, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Geography, Geology, Landscape Architecture, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Soil and Water Sciences, Urban and Regional Planning, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and Zoology. Students will complete the concentration for either the Master's or Ph.D. but not for both degrees if awarded at the University of Florida.

  • Academic Requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Wetland Sciences

    Students wishing to participate in the Graduate Certificate should notify the Coordinator at the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands. Records will be kept at the Center for Wetlands. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. Students without a background in environmental science or engineering, soil and water science, geology, natural resources, biology, ecology, hydrology, microbiology, horticultural science, agricultural engineering, agronomy or a related field may have to complete pre-requisite courses at a local institution before applying for admission to the graduate certificate program. It is not necessary to be admitted to the Graduate School to earn a certificate, but students who later enroll in a graduate program may petition to transfer up to 16 UF graduate-level credit hours (grade B or better) to their graduate degree program (but not the ICWS). To qualify for a certificate, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better for the entire program. A grade of C in one course only will be accepted, providing the overall 3.0 average is maintained. No grade below C will be accepted, and any C grade credit will not transfer.

  • Successful Completion of Graduate Certificate or ICWS

    Below is a list of the 16 credits of course requirements to be met for earning the Certificate or the 18 credits for the ICWS. If pursuing the ICWS, there is also a reserach component and at least 3 of the required courses for the Concentration must be taken outside of the students "home department".

  • It is the responsibility of each student wishing to qualify for the Graduate 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 Coordinator at the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands. 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.

  • Course and Research Requirements

    • WETLANDS RESEARCH (Concentration only) (2)
      Two credit hours of research are required. Candidates may fulfill this requirement with thesis/dissertation research, individual work, supervised research or a special topics course dealing with wetlands.
    • WETLANDS (required)
      • ENV 6935 (also SW S6932) Wetlands Seminar (1 credit, Letter/S/U) (1 credit minimum)
      • SWS 5248 Wetlands and Water Quality (3 credits) - or - EES 6309 Wetland Design and Restoration (3 credits)
      • ENV 6508 Wetland Hydrology (3 credits)
      • SWS 6448 Biogeochemistry of Wetlands and Aquatic Systems (3 credits)
    • POLICY/LAW (select 1 course)
      • ENV 5075 Environmental Policy (3 credits)
      • FNR 6669: Policy and Economics of Natural Resources (3 credits)
      • LAA 6382 Ecological and Environmental Policy (3 credits)
      • LAW 6471 Environmental Law (3 credits)
      • LAW 6472 Natural Resources Law (3 credits)
      • LAW 6930 Conservation Clinic (3-6 credits)
    • ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS, ORGANISMS, AND METHODS (select 1 course)
      • BOT 5695C Ecosystems of Florida (3-4 credits)
      • EES 6309 Wetland Design and Restoration (3 credits)
      • EES 6307 Advanced Ecological Engineering (3 credits)
      • EES 5305C Ecological and General Systems (3 credits)
      • EES 6335 Springs Ecosystems (3 credits)
      • ENV 6932 Special Problems in Environmental Engineering – Section Title: Coastal Systems (3 credits)
      • PCB 5307C Limnology (4 credits)
      • PCB 5338 Principles of Ecosystem Ecology (3 credits)
      • SWS 5235 South Florida Ecosystems (3 credits)
      • FNR 6564 Ecohydrology (3 credits)
      • SWS 5247 Hydric Soils (2 credits)
      • WIS 6934 Topics in Wildlife and Range Sciences – Section Title: Wetlands Management and Restoration (3 credits)
  • Application

University of Florida College of Engineering

Kirk Hatfield, Director
P.O. Box 116580
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: (352) 392-9537, ext. 1400
Fax: (352) 392-3394

Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands
100 Phelps Lab | Museum Road
P.O. Box 116350
Gainesville, FL 32611
Telephone: (352) 392-2424
Fax: (352) 392-3624
University of Florida

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