Sustainable Water Resources Systems—Certificate
- The University maintains its own research vessel, the Agassiz, which allows researchers to take advantage of the largest freshwater laboratory in the world, Lake Superior.
- Faculty are research experts from Biological Sciences, School of Business & Economics, Geological Sciences, Social Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and School of Forest Resources
- Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society (MTCWS) is a virtual Research Center that brings together a consortium of people to provide multidisciplinary perspectives and tools to manage water-related problems of local, regional, and international interest.
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Systems
The certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Systems requires a total of 12 credits. Students who complete this certificate will have a set of core competencies in understanding current water resource issues and develop an advanced understanding of the problems and new technology development in their field of expertise. This certificate will be useful to students in such fields as natural resource management, business and policy, environmental and civil engineering, geology and geological engineering, and environmental policy.
Students who complete this certificate will be able to demonstrate that they understand water resource management from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes policy, natural sciences, and applied sciences. Increasingly, water managers have to work effectively on problem solving that crosses disciplines. For instance, a community water resource management issue may involve the failure of multiple homeowner onsite wastewater systems causing lake eutrophication with negative impacts on fisheries. Solving this problem effectively necessitates an understanding of how to work effectively with the homeowners, communicate fisheries impacts, work within existing state law governing onsite wastewater management, and the technical dimensions of the wastewater systems in use. While no one individual is likely to have deep knowledge in every area, our certificate will give students literacy in multiple areas allowing them to absorb information outside of their core discipline.