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Hydrogeology Certification

The Hydrogeology Certificate of Completion offered by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is available to both graduate students and non-degree seeking professionals.  This certificate is designed for professionals who wish to be recognized as having a broad background in the area of hydrogeology without completion of an advanced degree.  This may include geologists currently working in the petroleum industry who wish to obtain positions in the environmental industry, as well as those with hydrogeology positions but lacking formal course work in that area.  Classes for certification are part of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences regular course offerings and thus are generally offered once every two years

Admissions requirements:

Students seeking the Hydrogeology certificate must have an undergraduate degree in geology (although students with a degree in civil engineering or a related field will be considered) and must hold graduate or post-baccalaureate status in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Houston. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must have been obtained in the last 60 hours of coursework for unconditional admission.

For students enrolled in the graduate program, courses applied to the certificate can also be used toward a graduate degree. Students must fulfill the prerequisites for all required courses.  Submission of official transcripts and verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing GRE scores are required.

Certificate Course Requirements:

The certificate requires completion of 15 credit hours from the following courses with a grade of B or higher in all courses used for the certifice and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all graduate course work:

Section A - Core Courses Total 12 Credit Hours

  • GEOL 6366 - Hydrogeology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6341 - Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6346 - Geochemistry of Water-Rock Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6388 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Credit Hours: 3.0  

        Course substitutions may be allowed on an individual basis.

Section B - Electives, Select 3 Credit Hours from the following:

  • GEOL 6332 - Air Pollution Meteorology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6335 - Atmospheric Numerical Modeling Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6370 - Integrated Biogeochemical Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6197 - Selected Topics-Geology Credit Hours: 1.0

        (Topic: Advanced Environmental Science Field Research) 

        And Other Approved Elective.

12 Credit Hours Rule: 

          At least 12 Credit Hours must be earned in residence at the University of Houston.