Graduate Certificate Programs

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Information on our Certificates, course requirements, costs, and course details can be found below. For an application to any of the Certificates, click on a specific program and select "APPLY FOR...." to open begin the online application process.

Tuition*

$528.41 Per Credit Hour For Graduate Courses (Course Level 5000 - 9999). *Click on the link for a breakdown of the tuition and fees charged per credit hour. Please Note That Tuition Is Subject To Increase - Reviewed in Late June/Early July For The Upcoming Fall Semester*

  • Biodegradation & Bioremediation
    • Apply For: Biodegradation & Bioremediation CertificatE

      The courses included in this certificate program are intended to provide the student with a solid background in soil science, a fundamental understanding of basic processes controlling the fate of pollutants in soils, and the theoretical basis for remediation of contaminated lands.

      Core Courses Required Credits ODD FALL EVEN SPRING EVEN FALL ODD SPRING
      SWS 5050 Soils for Environmental Professionals 3 web web web web
      SWS 6262 Soil Contamination and Remediation 3 web web
      SWS 6366 Biodegradation & Bioremediation 3 web web
      Elective Courses - Choose One Credits ODD FALL EVEN SPRING EVEN FALL ODD SPRING
      SWS 5305C Soil Microbial Ecology 3 web web
      SWS 5605C Environmental Soil Physics 3 web web
  • Sustainable Land Resource & Nutrient Management
    • ApplY FOR: Sustain Land Resource & NutriENT Management CeRTIFICATE

      Soils perform various functions including (i) food and biomass production, (ii) environmental interaction (storage, filtering and transformation of nutrients and contaminants), (iii) serve as biological habitat, and more. To manage this critical zone minimizing adverse impacts on the environment while optimizing production and services requires knowledge of sustainable land resource and nutrient management.

      Core Courses Required Credits ODD FALL EVEN SPRING EVEN FALL ODD SPRING
      SWS 5050 Soils for Environmental Professionals 3 web web web web
      SWS 5234 Environmental Soil, Water, & Land Use 3 web web
      Elective Courses - Choose Two Credits ODD FALL EVEN SPRING EVEN FALL ODD SPRING
      SWS 5115 Environmental Nutrient Management 3 web
      SWS 5208 Sustainable Agricultural & Urban Land Management 3 web web
      SWS 5551 Soils, Water & Public Health 3 summer summer summer summer
      SWS 5605C Environmental Soil Physics 3 web web
      SWS 5716C Environmental Pedology 4 web web
      SWS 6134 Soil Quality 3 web
  • Soil Ecosystem Services
    • Apply FOR: Soil Ecosystem Services CERTIFICATE

      The functions performed by ecosystems that ensure natural cycles (e.g. water, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen), processes and energy flows continue to provide an environment that supports life, including human life. Learn about valuation of services provided by soils and ecosystems from local to global scales and sustainable land resource management. This certificate program integrates the assessment of biogeochemical properties across complex soil-landscapes as well as socio-economic and cultural values.

      Core Courses Required - Choose Two Credits ODD FALL EVEN SPRING EVEN FALL ODD SPRING
      SWS 5050 Soils for Environmental Professionals 3 web web web web
      SWS 5234 Environmental Soil, Water, and Land Use 3 web web
      SWS 6932 Forest & Soil Ecosystem Services 3 web web
      Elective Courses - Choose Two Credits ODD FALL EVEN SPRING EVEN FALL ODD SPRING
      SWS 5305C Soil Microbial Ecology 3 web web
      SWS 5721C GIS in Land Resource Management 3 web web
      SWS 6134 Soil Quality 3 web
      SWS 6262 Soil Contamination & Remediation 3 web web
  • Wetland & Water Resource Management
    • Apply FOR: Wetland & Water Resource ManagemenT CERTIFICATE

      Water is critical to sustain life, agricultural production and preservation of natural ecosystems such as wetlands. Understanding the hydrologic cycle, soil-water interactions, and how anthropogenic activities influence water balance and quality is essential for sustainable water resource management. Wetland management generally involves activities that can be conducted within, and around wetlands, both natural and man-made (constructed), to protect, restore, manipulate, or provide for their functions and values. To reduce wetland losses, improve and preserve soil and water quality of wetlands requires knowledge on wetland biogeochemistry. Assessment of ecological indicators is critical to optimize management of wetland ecosystems.

      Core Courses Required - Choose Two Credits ODD FALL EVEN SPRING EVEN FALL ODD SPRING
      SWS 5050 Soils for Environmental Professionals 3 web web web web
      SWS 5246 Water Resource Sustainability 3 web
      SWS 5248 Wetlands & Water Quality 3 web web
      Elective Courses - Choose Two Credits ODD FALL EVEN SPRING EVEN FALL ODD SPRING
      SWS 5247 Hydric Soils 2 web web web web
      SWS 5247 Hydric Soils 2 Also Offered Summer A/B Break Week *on campus*
      SWS 5716C Environmental Pedology 4 web web
      SWS 6134 Soil Quality 3 web
      SWS 6448 Biogeochemistry of Wetlands 3 web web
      SWS 6932 Wetlands & Watershed Seminars 1 web web web web

Overview

The Soil and Water Science Department announces graduate-level Certificate Programs in Biodegradation and Bioremediation, Sustainable Land Resource and Nutrient Management, Soil Ecosystem Services, and Wetland and Water Resource Management. The programs can be completed entirely online and are available to on-campus students as well. Individuals working in, or interested in learning more about, soil and water resource management can become certified in a body of knowledge in these specializations without formally pursuing graduate degrees if they so desire. These Certificate Programs are not to be confused with certification programs. The certificates are awarded by the University of Florida and also designated on student's UF transcript. The distance learning delivery mode allows students in remote locations to complete course assignments and communicate with faculty and other students anywhere and in their own time. The program maintains the high academic standards of the University of Florida. The Certificate Programs are designed for scientists, extension agents, consultants and others for professional development and continued education.

About The Programs

Each certificate includes a total of 12 semester hours of credit. There are core courses and elective courses required. In addition to the course requirements for the graduate certificate program, a competency exam is also required. The competency exam will be based on the core courses you completed and will not impact gpa. The core and elective requirements, including syllabus and descriptions, can be found on the following page. View individual Certificate Program details and courses:

  • Biodegradation & Bioremediation
  • Sustainable Land Resource & Nutritient Management
  • Soil Ecosystem Services
  • Wetland & Water Resource Management

Eligibility

Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree. 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 15 UF graduate-level credit hours (grade B or better) to their graduate degree program. 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.

Prerequisites and Computer Requirements

Prior to enrolling in any course, the student must ensure that either the prerequisites for the course, if any, have been met, or he or she must obtain approval from course instructor to waive the requirement. Students must have a PC with access to the internet and a UF Gatorlink account. High-speed connections to the internet are a prerequisite.

Enrollment

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Important Note

Enrollment is restricted to one graduate certificate program offered in the Soil and Water Science Department. Requests for enrollment in more than one graduate certificate program offered in the Soil and Water Science Department will not be approved.

Apply

Submit online application for the graduate certificate progam you are interested in joining, make sure to also upload an unofficial transcript showing awarding of Bachelor's degreee which is part of the online application process. It is required that you send an official transcript as soon as possible after applying to UF Office of Graduate Admissions - 201 Criser Hall, P.O. Box 114000 - Gainesville, FL. 32611-4000. You will not be meregd into the Registrar's system and set-up with a registration appointment until the official transcript has been received.

Request Graduate Certificate & Designation Of Completion of Graduate Certificate on UF Transcript

At the beginning of the semester in which you are taking your last course or courses in the graduate certificate program, please visit student isis and apply for graduate certificate.

Program Contact

For assistance or questions with the application process, registration process, etc, please contact the Academic Support Services Coordinator 1, Michael Sisk or call (352) 294.3152.