Graduate Certificate in 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. 


The certificate consists of a minimum of 21 credits, including three core courses, one internship or DIS resulting in the completion of a restoration-related project, completion of a manuscript of publishable quality and colloquium presentation based on the internship/DIS project, and three electives chosen from the two elective foci (both elective foci must be represented). All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to be counted toward the certificate.

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Course Requirements

Core Courses
EVR 6334 Environmental Restoration 3
EVR 6358 Restoration Implementation and Management 3
PCB 6045 Conservation 3

Other Requirements

1. One internship with a public or private restoration organization or Directed Independent Study (DIS) focused on environmental restoration research. Internship (preferred) or DIS should be taken under EVS 6905 or GEO 6908 for 3 credits.

2. A final draft of a formal, scientific-journal-style manuscript of publishable quality based upon the restoration-related project completed under the internship or DIS.

3.  Present the internship/DIS-based paper in a 15-minute presentation during the Environmental ScienceColloquium (EVS 6920) course.

Successful fulfillment of the manuscript and formal presentation will be assessed by a minimum of two of the members of the Restoration Certificate Committee of the Environmental Science Program Committee or their designees.

Elective Foci

Ecology Electives
BOT 5155 and BOT 5155L Flora of South Florida and Flora of South Florida Lab 4
BOT 6606 and BOT 6606L Coastal Plant Ecology and Coastal Plant Ecology Lab 4
GEO 5305 Biogeography 3
GLY6737 Coastal Environments 3
PCB 6046 Advanced Ecology 3
PCB 6307 and PCB 6307L Freshwater Ecology and Freshwater Ecology Laboratory and Field Studies 5
PCB 6317 and PCB 6317L Marine Ecology and Marine Ecology Laboratory and Field Studies 5
PCB 6406 Ecological Theory 3
PCB 6749C Environmental Physiology 3


Planning and Engineering Electives
URP 6465 Environmental Analysis in Planning 3
URP 6429 Environmental Policy and Programs 3
CEG 6124 Soil Stabilization and Geosynthetics 3
CWR 6235 Open-Channel Hydraulics 3
CWR 6236 River Mechanics and Sediment Transport 3
EES 6357 Stream, Lake and Estuarine Pollution 3
ENV 6441 Contamination of Aquatic Sediment 3
GLY 5575 Shore Erosion and Protection 3