Applied Hydrogeology

Graduate Certificate

hydrogeology students in saftey equipment

Program details

Credits required: 15

Location(s) offered
  • Online: Requires one field course in Kalamazoo
Program type(s)
  • Online with one in-person field course

Industry highlights

Employment of hydrogeologists is expected to grow 16 percent between 2012 and 2022Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Get in-demand experience to enter a growing field

There is currently a shortage of trained professionals needed to solve problems concerning water resources and treatment. Environmental regulations supporting clean water and a large number of geoscientists reaching retirement age have increased the demand for qualified hydro- and environmental geologists. In fact, over the last five years, nearly half of WMU Department of Geosciences graduates are employed in the environmental field, mostly throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

This increased demand inspired WMU to expand our existing summer hydrogeology field course into a graduate certificate program. Whether you're a graduate student or industry professional, this certificate will give you marketable experience and credentials to help you pursue these expanding career opportunities.

Earn your credentials from the country’s premier hydrogeology program

WMU’s applied hydrogeology graduate certificate combines our highly regarded six-week field course with geoscience electives. Since its inception in 1987, our hydrogeology field course has been attracting students and industry professionals from across the nation and the world. The field course is offered in Kalamazoo, Mich. each summer.

You’ll spend six weeks in the field getting hands-on experience in:

  • Environmental field data collection
  • Water and sediment sampling
  • Drilling and water well installation
  • Environmental assessment and hydrogeologic measurement
  • Data presentation and analysis

The three geoscience electives (nine credits), can be taken online or at our main campus in Kalamazoo, Mich.

This program prepares you for the Certified Ground Water Professional—NGWA—licensure exams.

Get hands-on experience alongside students and industry pros

If you're already a professional in the environmental field, a certificate in applied hydrogeology can give you additional endowments without having to commit to a full-time graduate program. If you're currently a graduate student looking to bolster your credentials, a certificate in applied hydrogeology can increase your employability. One employer wrote, 

  As anticipated, [the applicant’s hydrogeology field course] experience was one of the main qualifications that set him apart from other candidates … as an employer, we are excited to see that an entry-level candidate has the experiences which can only be acquired during field camp.   Kate Fayling, P.G., GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Open doors to rewarding career opportunities

Graduates of the hydrogeology field course have reported earning positions with the Environmental Protection Agency and consulting firms around the country. Employment of hydrogeologists is expected to grow 16 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, the 2014 Status of Geoscience Workforce report predicts a future workforce shortage of 135,000 geoscientists due to large swaths of retirees.
Employment opportunities include:

  • Environmental consultation and regulation
  • Hydrogeologic investigation
  • Wetland mitigation
  • Flood prediction
  • Pollution abatement and remediation
  • Environmental geochemistry

Graduates of the hydrogeology field course have reported earning positions with the Environmental Protection Agency and consulting firms around the country.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.