graduate certificate in Hydrology

The URI Graduate Certificate in Hydrology provides students with advanced training in the practice and processes that affect the availability and quality of groundwater- and surface water resources. These two are major sources of drinking, agricultural and industrial water.  Hydrologic processes and management influence ecosystems, human health and economic vitality.

On completion of the hydrology graduate certificate, students will have the knowledge and skills to (1) understand water resources in the region, the USA, and the world in the context of the complex interplay between climate, land use, geology, soils and human demands (2) integrate information required to develop hydrologic analysis of water issues, (3) appreciate the relationships between raw data and their interpretation(s), and how lack of knowledge or uncertain knowledge influence decision making relevant to water (4) critically analyze quantitative and qualitative data relevant to water quality, use and management; and (5) manipulate quantitative data and develop conceptual models of complex systems.

Students completing the URI Hydrology Certificate program will have the opportunity to use their newly acquired skills in class projects and specialty courses such as modeling watersheds or devising remediation strategies for polluted water resources. The URI Hydrology Certificate program does not require any new classes or FTEs. It is based on a strong collection of existing classes offered across campus. The classes can accommodate new students pursuing the Hydrology Certificate.

Admission requirements: To apply you will need to provide:
  1. College transcripts certifying successful completion of a bachelor’s degree,
  2. Two letters of recommendation from peers, mentors, or colleagues attesting to your ability to complete graduate-level coursework, and
  3. A personal written statement explaining why you are seeking a graduate certificate in hydrology.
  4. GRE’s are not required.
Graduate students currently enrolled at URI fill out the “Request to change/Add a Degree Program” form and have it approved by the certificate coordinator, Dr. Boving.
Currently enrolled undergraduate students can enroll in the certificate program but must apply through the Graduate School: Undergraduate students will receive their Certificate only after they have received their bachelor’s degree.

Applications for Fall semester admission should be completed by 10 August and applications for Spring semester admission should be completed by 1 December.

Required courses:

In addition to 12 credits from core courses, 3 credits additional are to be chosen from either additional core courses or from the list of strengthening classes. There are no free electives

Total Credits Required to Complete Certificate = 15 credits.

12 credits from the following core courses:
GEO 483Hydrogeology (3 Lec., 1 Lab cr.)
GEO 586Hydro Reading Seminar (1 cr)
NRS 461Watershed Hydrology and Management (4 cr.)  or
NRS 518Ecohydrology (3 cr.)
GEO 482/582Innovative Soil and Groundwater Remediation Technologies (4 cr.)  or
GEO 484/584Environmental Hydrogeology (3 Lec., 1 Lab cr.)
Additional 3 Credits from the core courses or from the following strengthening courses:
GEO 590Environmental Hazards & Response (3 cr.)
GEO/NRS 535Geospatial Watershed Modeling (4 cr.)
GEO 491J-Term Indonesia (3 cr., Off-campus travel)
GEO 468/590Aqueous Geochemistry (4)
OCG 480/580Introduction To Marine Pollution (3 cr.)
OCG 519Organic Geochemistry Of Natural Waters (3 cr.)


Example Schedule for a Hydrology Certificate Student:

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
GEO 483 Hydrogeology (Lec/Lab 4 cr.)GEO 484/584 Environ. Hydrogeology (4 cr.)
NRS 461 Watershed Hydrology (4 cr.)NRS 518 Ecohydrology (3 cr.)
Total:  8Total:  7
Graduate Certificate in Hydrology

Dr. Thomas Boving
Department of Geosciences,
Phone: (401) 874-7053
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