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Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificate Online

Environmental engineers provide safe, palatable and ample water supply; proper disposal of waste and wastewaters; manage solid and hazardous waste; provide adequate drainage of urban and rural areas for sanitation; and control water quality, soil contamination, and air pollution.

Research conducted by Environmental Engineering and Water Resources (EEWR) faculty is geared toward understanding the fundamental physical, chemical and biological principles of engineered and natural systems. The research has a strong emphasis on practical applications as demonstrated by bench-scale experimentation, pilot- and field-scale demonstration projects, and computer modeling and simulations.

The certificate in Environmental Engineering allows students to improve their technical skills through advanced study without committing to a full master’s program.  By earning the certificate, students will learn more in the growing and advancing field of water supply, wastewater treatment, environmental protection, recovery of byproducts, and improved management of wastes.

Admission Requirements

Entry into the Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificate Program requires a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with a grade point average of 3.0 or more.  Relevant experience may substitute for lower grades.  Students may transfer up to 6 credits from other institutions, subject to approval by the Environmental Engineering Division faculty.  Admission and application procedures can be found on the Graduate College website.  Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program.

Certificate Requirements

The Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificate consists of a minimum of 12 approved graduate credits.  Students must maintain a grade average of B or higher in all coursework.  Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.
*Two core courses from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

  • CE 520 Environmental Engineering Chemistry
  • CE 521 Environmental Biotechnology

*Two elective courses selected from a number of courses offered by different departments at ISU. Other suitable related courses may be approved.

  • CE 522 Water Pollution Control Processes
  • CE 523 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • CE 524 Air Pollution
  • CE 525 Industrial Wastewater and Resource Recovery
  • CE 527 Solid Waste Management
  • CE 529 Hazardous Waste Management
  • CE 569 Environmental Geotechnology
  • CE 570 Applied Hydraulic Design
  • CE 571 Surface Water Hydrology
  • CE 572 Analysis and Modeling Aquatic Environments
  • CE 573 Groundwater Hydrology
  • CE 574 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • CE 590 Special Topics
  • AE 530 Agricultural Water Quality Engineering
  • AE 533 Erosion and Sediment Transport
  • AE 573 Microbial Systems Engineering
  • BRT 501 Fundamentals of Biorenewable Resources
  • ChE 562 Bioseparations

*A seminar presentation in an attendance course, CE 591

* Some of the courses are offered once per year, others once every two years.
* Completion of introductory courses may be required for no credit of students who are deficient in environmental engineering background
* Credits gained could count towards a subsequent master’s degree

Contact Information

Hans van Leeuwen
leeuwen@iastate.eduEngineering-LAS Online Learning
800-854-1675 or 515-294-7470