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.

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

BOT 6606 and BOT 6606L

Coastal Plant Ecology and Coastal Plant Ecology Lab

4

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