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Hydrology Certificate

Introduction

The Graduate Certificate of Hydrology is designed to give students advanced training in hydrology, and leads to professional certification with the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH).

Application Deadlines

There are two department application deadlines and admission cycles per year. An application deadline of April 1st, allows for the following summer term start. An application deadline of October 1st, allows for the following winter term start. You may submit your department application (application and transcripts) to the department at  esmoffice@pdx.edu. (Please be aware you must also apply to the University.)

If you are a current Masters or Doctoral student at PSU, you will also need to submit a GO-19M (for masters students) or a GO-19D (for doctoral students) with your application to the department.  

Course Requirements

Course requirements for this Certificate include successful completion of one of three surface hydrology core courses (4 credits total); one of two hydrogeology core courses (4 credits total); one of three water quality core courses (4 credits total); an additional Category I course (4 credits total); and two Category II courses (8 credits total), for 24 total credits (6 total courses).

Surface Hydrology Core Courses: (Select one course)

CE 564, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling, 4 credits (Spring Term)
CE 565, Advanced Hydrology, 4 credits (Fall Term)
ESM 525, Watershed Hydrology, 4 credits (Fall Term) 

Hydrogeology Core Courses: (Select one course)

CE 569, Intro to Subsurface Flow and Contaminant Transport, 4 credits (Fall Term)
G 543, Ground Water Geology, 4 credits (Fall Term)

Water Quality Core Course: (Select one course)

BI 575, Limnology, 4 credits (Fall Term)
CE 578, Water Quality Modeling, 4 credits (Fall Term)
G 548, Chemical Hydrogeology, 4 credits (Winter Term)


Category I courses: (Select one course)
 

Hydrology specialty area: 

CE 561, Water Resources Systems Analysis, 4 credits (Winter Term)*
CE 564, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling, 4 credits (Spring Term)
CE 565, Advanced Hydrology, 4 credits (Fall Term)
CE 566, Environmental Data Analysis, 4 credits (Fall Term)
CE 567, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design, 4 credits (Spring Term)
CE 572, Environmental Fluid Mechanics I , 4 credits (Fall Term)
CE 573, Numerical Methods in Environmental and Water Res Engineering, 4 credits, (Spring Term)
CE 576, Environmental Fluid Mechanics II, 4 credits, (Winter Term)
ESM 525, Watershed Hydrology, 4 credits (Fall Term)
GEOG 514, Hydrology (emphasizes hydrometerology), 4 credits (Fall Term)

Hydrogeology specialty areas: 

CE 569, Introduction to Subsurface Flow and Contam Transport, 4 credits (Fall Term)
CE 570, Numerical Modeling of Subsurface Flow and Contam Transport, 4 credits (Winter Term)
G 541, Ground Water Modeling, 4 credits (Winter Term)*
G 543, Ground Water Geology, 4 credits (Fall Term)
G 544, Well Dynamics, 4 credits (Spring Term)*
G 548, Chemical Hydrogeology, 4 credits (Winter Term)*

Water Quality Specialty Area: 

BI 575, Limnology, 4 credits (Fall Term)
BI 577, Limnology Laboratory, 4 credits (Fall Term)
CE 578, Water Quality Modeling, 4 credits (Fall Term)
ESM 524, Ecological Toxicology, 4 credits (Winter Term)
ESM 526, Ecology of Streams and Rivers, 4 credits (Fall Term)
G 545, Geochemistry, 4 credits (Spring Term)


Category II courses: (Select two courses)

Hydrology and Hydrogeology specialty areas:

GEOG 511, Climatic Analysis, 4 credits (Spring Term)
GEOG 512, Geomorphology, 4 credits (Fall Term)
GEOG 546, Water Resource Management, 4 credits (Fall Term)
GEOG 582, Environmental Remote Sensing, 4 credits (Fall Term)
G 520, Applied Geophysics, 4 credits (Spring Term)
G 521, Fluid/Rock Interactions, 4 credits (Fall Term)*
G 547, Sedimentology, 4 credits (Fall Term)*
G 561, Environmental Geology, 4 credits (Winter Term)*
G 570, Engineering Geology, 4 credits (Winter Term)*
G 571, Advanced Engineering Geology, 4 credits (Spring Term)*
G 574, Geomorphic Processes, 4 credits (Spring Term)
PH 626, Hydrodynamics, 4 credits (Fall Term)*

Water Quality specialty areas:
BI 523, Microbial Ecology, 4 credits (Winter Term)
BI 545, Algal Physiology, 4 credits (Spring Term)
CE 574, Unit Operations of Environmental Engineering, 4 credits (Fall Term)
ESM 524, Wetland Ecology, 4 credits (Spring Term)

* Indicates an alternate year course offering 

 

For course descriptions, please see the PSU bulletin

Courses must be completed within seven years of the award of Graduate Certificate, and a cumulative GPA of 3.000 must be attained in all courses to be used for the Certificate. At least two thirds of the credits for the Graduate Certificate or 15 credits, which ever is larger, are required to be taken at Portland State University.

 

Program Completion

Once all coursework has been completed, students must submit the Application for Awarding a Graduate Certificate to the Office of Grad Studies.

 

Forms

Hydrology Application (Department only) You must also apply to the University

GO-19M - Petition for Change of Major (Master's Level)

GO-19D - Petition for Change of Major (Doctoral Level)

Application for Awarding of Graduation Certificate