Graduate Certificate Program Hydrogeology

Two researchers taking a water sample in a bog

Hydrogeology Graduate Certificate Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Hydrogeology provides practicing geologists an opportunity to upgrade their hydrogeology credentials while continuing to hold full-time jobs.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
100% online
Combination of online and on campus
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Hydrogeology Graduate Certificate: Why PSU?

Join our team of expert scientists right at the center of a geological paradise that will get into the field and into Portland’s science community. Our experienced faculty takes pride in providing you with quality education and mentoring that prepares you for a successful career in the geosciences.

Our location in Portland, midway between the coast and the Cascade Range, offers you unmatched opportunities to study geology, from extinct and active volcanoes to landslides, the Columbia River flood basalts, glaciers atop Mount Hood, and subduction-related events along the coast.

Our faculty excel at both teaching and research, with areas of expertise that include geochemistry and petrology, geophysics, geoscience education, hydrogeology, quaternary geology and geomorphology, urban geology, and geologic hazards, tectonics, and planetary science.

With specialized studies in hydrogeology, geomicrobiology, environmental geology, engineering geology, geomechanics, glaciology, and applied stratigraphy, you can branch out or deepen your knowledge in an area that best fits your interests and career goals.

You will also have opportunities to work closely with faculty in their research labs and on projects with local businesses, government, and regional universities.

Our student clubs, including Portland State's chapters of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the Association of Petroleum Geologists, provide you with opportunities to network with professionals and learn about the work being done in the field.

What can I do with a graduate certificate in Hydrogeology?

This Certificate program can represent a portion of a professional geologist’s recognized training, as well as a portion of the background needed by a registered professional geologist in the state of Oregon. Practicing professional geologists can use this Certificate to indicate added skills and background gained in their professional development. This Certificate program enhances professional development and can put students in a better position to pursue a graduate degree.

Required Courses

  • G 543 Groundwater Geology
  • G 548 Chemical Hydrogeology
  • G 501/601 Research: Written Paper


  • G 561 Environmental Geology
  • G571 Advanced Engineering Geology
  • GEOG 546 Water Resource Management
  • GEOG 594 GIS for Water Resources
  • CE 570 Groundwater Modeling
  • CE 571 Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology
  • CE 572 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • CE 578 Water Quality Modeling
  • ESR 579 Fate and Transport of Toxics in the Environment


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).