Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog Program: Environmental Sciences Certificate Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Environmental Sciences Certificate

Watershed characterization and management is a relatively new, holistic approach that is currently being used nationally to address water quality and quantity issues. The watershed approach is a coordinated framework for environmental management that focuses public and private sector efforts to address the highest priority problems within hydrologically‑defined geographic areas (watersheds) taking into consideration both ground and surface water flow. The aim of the watershed approach is to work with the regional community to prevent pollution and achieve and sustain environmental improvements.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) is central to the watershed approach and is the tool that is employed to assimilate, analyze, and present the various data that is collected. Since this data is collected by professionals from a variety of disciplines, e.g., engineers, geologists, hydrologists, biologists, chemists, political, and social scientists, it is imperative that the well‑trained GIS technician have a fundamental understanding of the role that each of these disciplines have in the overall watershed process.

Students that complete the Environmental Science Certificate will be able to conduct watershed investigations on small watersheds and assist as a team member in watershed characterization on larger, more complex systems.

Those that complete both the Environmental Science and the GIS certificate programs will be able to play a pivotal role in the entry, analysis, and presentation of the data collected by the multi‑discipline watershed characterization and management team.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement:  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be earned at UNG.

Required Courses (22 hours)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ESCI 3001K - Land Use and Conservation
ESCI 3003K - Soils
ESCI 4003K - Hydrology
ESCI 4010K - Environmental Chemistry
BIOL 4001K - Freshwater Ecology
BIOL 4002K - Limnology


All of the courses in the Environmental Science Certificate Program are offered on the Gainesville Campus of UNG as a component of the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis. Courses in the Environmental Science Certificate Program may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Spatial Analysis.