Graduate Certificate in Hydrology

The URI Graduate Certificate in Hydrology provides students and working professionals specialized education and advanced training in the practice and processes that affect the availability and quality of groundwater- and surface water resources.  These hydrologic processes influence management decisions and influence ecosystems, human health and economic vitality.

On completion of the hydrology graduate certificate, you will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • 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.
  • Integrate information required to develop hydrologic analysis of water issues.
  • Appreciate the relationships between raw data and their interpretation(s), and how lack of knowledge or uncertain knowledge influence decision making relevant to water.
  • Critically analyze quantitative and qualitative data relevant to water quality, use and management.
  • Manipulate quantitative data and develop conceptual models of complex systems.

After completing the URI Hydrology Certificate program, you will have the opportunity to use your newly acquired skills in class projects and specialty courses such as modeling watersheds or devising remediation strategies for polluted water resources.



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

Admission requirements

Working professionals and new students:
  • College transcripts certifying successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from peers, mentors, or colleagues attesting to your ability to complete graduate-level coursework, and
  • A personal written statement explaining why you are seeking a graduate certificate in hydrology.
  • No GRE’s required
  • Submit the application to the URI Graduate School at:   On that website, the Hydrology certificate can be found under Interest Area: Environmental Sciences.
Current URI graduate students:
Current URI undergraduate students
  • Can enroll in the Graduate Certificate Program after completion of at least 75 credits and a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • No GRE scores or letters of recommendation needed.
  • Must apply through the URI Graduate School at:   On that website, the Hydrology certificate can be found under Interest Area: Environmental Sciences.
  • Important: Undergraduate students cannot count courses for the Certificate toward their undergraduate degree.
  • Certificate will be issued only after receiving the bachelor’s degree and only after registering for at least a one Graduate level credit course, such as GEO 599 Independent Study supervised by Dr. Boving, in the semester following the completion of the B.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 483 Hydrogeology (3 Lec., 1 Lab cr.)
GEO 586 Hydro Reading Seminar (1 cr)
NRS 461 Watershed Hydrology and Management (4 cr.)  or
NRS 518 Ecohydrology (3 cr.)
GEO 482/582 Innovative Soil and Groundwater Remediation Technologies (4 cr.)  or
GEO 484/584 Environmental Hydrogeology (3 Lec., 1 Lab cr.)
Additional 3 Credits from the core courses or from the following strengthening courses:
GEO 590 Environmental Hazards & Response (3 cr.)
GEO/NRS 535 Geospatial Watershed Modeling (4 cr.)
GEO 491 J-Term Indonesia (3 cr., Off-campus travel)
GEO 468/590 Aqueous Geochemistry (4)
OCG 480/580 Introduction To Marine Pollution (3 cr.)
OCG 519 Organic Geochemistry Of Natural Waters (3 cr.)

Example Schedule for a Hydrology Certificate Student:

Fall Semester Spring 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:  8 Total:  7
Graduate Certificate in Hydrology
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