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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.

Application process for applicants that are not current PSU students and current PSU students with a post-baccalaureate status: 

Apply via PSU Graduate Admissions: Link to online application 

Please note, PDF copies of transcripts of college and university work are required for the online application. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the review process. Before you receive an official acceptance letter you will need to provide official transcripts.) For information on what an acceptable unofficial transcript is see the Office of Graduate Studies requirements

If you have questions regarding the online application, please contact Graduate Admissions in the Office of Graduate Studies at 503-725-8410 or askogs@pdx.edu

Application process for current PSU Master's, Doctoral and Graduate Certificate students: 

Apply by submitting an application form with unofficial transcripts to the department. Applications may be submitted via email (esmoffice@pdx.edu) or in person (SRTC 218). In addition to this application, you will also need to submit a GO-19M (for masters and graduate certificate students) or a GO-19D (for doctoral students) to the department.  

Please note the term of admit for the Hydrology Certificate for applicants already admitted in to a PSU Master's, Doctoral, or Graduate Certificate program will be the term in which applicants are accepted in to the Hydrology Certificate program, submit a GO-19M (for masters and graduate certificate students) or a GO-19D (for doctoral students) to the department, and are registered for classes at PSU.

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). Currently this certificate cannot be completed fully online. 

Surface Hydrology Core Courses: (Select one course)

CE 564, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling, 4 credits (Spring Term)
CE 565, Watershed 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)    
    **ESM 575, Limnology, 4 credits (Fall Term) will also count towards Water Quality Core Course requirement
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, Watershed 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)
  **ESM 575, Limnology, 4 credits (Fall Term) will also count towards Water Quality Specialty Area requirement
BI 577, Limnology Laboratory, 4 credits (Fall Term)
  **ESM 577, Limnology Laboratory, 2 credits (Fall Term) will also count towards Water Quality Specialty Area requirement
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. 

 

Forms & Links

Online Application (for applicants not formally admitted to PSU and current post-baccalaureate PSU students)

Department Application Form (for current PSU Master's, Doctoral, and Graduate Certificate students)

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

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

Graduation Application Instructions for Awarding of the Graduate Certificate