College of Science Certificate Programs

Our certificate programs offer specialized training that help students build skills that are attractive to employers and graduate schools. The College of Science offers multiple undergraduate and graduate certificates across a variety of disciplines. 

Undergraduate Certificates

Actuarial Science

The certificate in actuarial science enables students to pursue a course of study relevant to actuarial science. The required curriculum provides students with necessary mathematical foundations of the field and exposes them to practical applications relevant to their chosen area of specialization. Each course must be completed with a grade of at least C-.

Biotechnology

The Biotechnology Certificate Program is open to all FAU Biology and Chemistry students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and all students with a Bachelors degree in Biology or Chemistry regardless of the institution. This program is designed to encourage and recognize students preparing for a career in biotechnology. In addition to the requirements for the bachelors' degree sought, students must complete the following courses, or the equivalent with the indicated minimum grade. MCB 3023--General Microbiology -- (3 credits) C- MCB 3023--General Microbiology laboratory-(1 credits)B- BSC 4403--Biotechnology I laboratory -- (2 credits) B- BSC 4405L--Biotechnology II laboratory -- (2 credits) B- BCH 3103L--Biochemistry laboratory -- (3 credits) B- PCB 3063--Genetics -- (4 credits) C- Students in other departments who feel they may have, or will have, equivalent academic experience should contact Dr. Binninger, SC 210, (561) 297-3323 or Email address: binninge@fau.edu. There are no fees or charges associated with this program above those for normal class registrations.

Environmental Sciences

The Environmental Studies Certificate Program allows students to explore environmental issues through a broadly-based interdisciplinary program. The program is designed to: introduce students to the major environmental issues facing our rapidly-changing society; to provide in-depth analysis in several areas of study, including such vital concerns as environmental health, environmental ethics, management strategies for our global and local natural resources, environmental planning and policies, and environmental economics. Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree may pursue the certificate as a non-degree-seeking student, or in conjunction with a second bachelor's degree. All courses taken in the curriculum may be applied toward other general and specific graduation requirements, and courses taken to fulfill other requirements may be applied to the certificate curriculum.

Geographic Information Systems

The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduates a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and an Advanced Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Departmental majors or other students who complete the programs with a grade of "C" or better in each course are entitled to the GIS Certificates. Students should consult with their departmental advisor or another faculty member about registration for these programs. Students may use these courses in the completion of a major.

Pharmacy Technician Training Program

The Pharmacy Technician Training Program is designed to prepare students to work as a licensed professional pharmacy technician in the state of Florida. This 24 week program will prepare students for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Students will develop the interpersonal skills, communication skills and customer service skills necessary to interact with a diverse patient population. More info. Flyer.

Statistics

The certificate program in statistics enables students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study in statistics. The required curriculum provides students with necessary statistical foundations of the field and exposes them to practical applications relevant to their chosen area of specialization.

Graduate Certificates

Cyber Security

Cybercrime-related issues especially impact the State of Florida because a significant part of the state's economic development comes from tourism, international banking and high-tech industries. The number of scientists, engineers and experts needed with special skills in cyber security exceeds the number available. The Cyber Security certificate provides opportunities for graduate students to expand their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the cyber security field. Due to their extensive expertise and facilities, the departments of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences have jointly designed the Cyber Security certificate. This 12-credit certificate program has two tracks: Computer Science (CS) and Mathematics (Math).

Environmental Restoration

The Environmental Science Program offers the Environmental Restoration certificate for graduate students who wish to pursue an environmental restoration position upon graduation or for professionals looking to increase their knowledge base, advance professionally or change careers. The certificate is interdisciplinary, drawing on courses from environmental science, geosciences, biology, urban and regional planning and civil engineering. The certificate also includes considerable opportunity for experiential learning in the form of course field trips to actual restoration projects; internship opportunities with local, state and federal agencies conducting restoration; and primary research experiences with future, ongoing and recent environmental restoration projects in South Florida. These opportunities also provide the prospect of meeting, networking and interacting with professionals from public and private environmental restoration organizations.

Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate for graduate students is offered jointly by the Department of Geosciences and the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Graduate students who complete the program below with a grade of "B" or better in each course are entitled to receive the certificate. Students should consult with the director of the GIS Center or their graduate advisor about registration for this program. Students shall use the courses below to complete the certificate.

Medical Physics

The Department of Physics offers the Master of Science in Medical Physics (MSMP) degree—a professional, innovative program that develops advanced scientific knowledge and specialized skills. MSMP is interdisciplinary and provides hands-on learning through on-site training. It aims to engage students with professional goals and help them become scientists uniquely suited to the 21st-century workplace. Medical physics is an applied branch of physics devoted to the application of concepts and methods from physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease as well as the planning and development of treatment equipment. The professional MSMP is a 41-credit-hour program. It provides professional training in partnership with area hospitals.

Neuroscience

Neuroscience constitutes a truly interdisciplinary area of scientific study and research that incorporates physiology, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, development, psychology and cognitive sciences, computer sciences and network modeling, biochemistry and behavior. FAU offers a graduate Certificate Program in Neuroscience that has been designed to provide incoming Masters and PhD students with an integrated background in the Neurosciences. This is a 14-credit graduate certificate program that provides students with an understanding of the essential principles of neuroscience and elective concentrated study in Theoretical and Dynamical, Molecular and Cellular, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience. While administered through the Dean's Office of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the program consists of a multi-departmental curriculum comprised of selected courses from Departments within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E.Schmidt College of Science, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Professions

The Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program at Florida Atlantic University was designed to prepare you for your future career as a health care provider through challenging pre-requisite coursework, unique medical opportunities and comprehensive advising and support. We welcome those interested in changing careers or those that were always inspired to pursue a health related career.

Remote Sensing

The Department of Geosciences offers graduate students a certificate in Remote Sensing. Graduate students who complete the required courses with a grade of "B" or better in each course will earn the certificate program. Students should consult with the director of the GIS Center or their graduate advisor about registration for this program. Students shall use the courses below to complete the certificate.