Graduate School

Sustainable Water Resources Systems—Certificate

Broaden your understanding of water management

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.

What you need to know

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.

The certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Systems requires a total of 15 credits.

At least 9 of the total certificate credits must be at the 5000-level or higher.

At least one class must be from each of the following categories:

  • Natural Systems
  • Policy and Societal Systems & Economics
  • Physical Hydrology and Engineered Water Resources Systems

All students must take Water and Society Colloquium (UN5100, 1 credit). 

All students must take a hydrology course equivalent to the 3000-level or higher, and worth at least 3 credits.

Upon completing this certificate, students 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.

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.