Certificates

The Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science offers several three-course certificates for professional engineers and scientists seeking to enhance their careers without committing to a full master's degree program. The overall goals of the certificate programs are to:

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  1. Provide an opportunity for working professionals to expand and update their knowledge base to facilitate promotion career advancement;
  2. Provide first step for those not willing to commit to an advanced degree program; and
  3. Enhance interactions with current graduate and undergraduate students with working professionals in a combined classroom setting.

Upon completion of one of more certificates, the student may formally apply for the Master of Science programs in Civil Engineering or Environmental Science. If accepted, all courses completed toward the certificates can be applied towards the master’s degree.

Certificates are offered in Civil and Environmental Engineering through the following programs:

  • Climate Change Solutions: Learn the current knowledge on climate change impacts and explore opportunities for climate adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable solutions; explore climate model projections and carbon accounting, and engage in climate change policies, treaties, conventions, and governance from around the world.
  • Groundwater Management: Learn the fundamentals of groundwater hydrology; how to manage groundwater basins for optimum yield, quality, and environmental considerations; and study water resources systems modeling.
  • Solutions for Sustainable Development, Health, and Equity: Learn the scientific understanding of climate change and its impact on natural, human and social systems; explore opportunities for adaption, mitigation and sustainable solutions; explore climate model projections and carbon accounting; understand environmental health sciences, issues and solutions, transitioning these into sustainable development policies with a focus on health and equity targets.
  • Sustainability: Learn the engineer’s role in sustainability and sustainable design; understand and apply the principles of sustainable engineering and development and the levels of green building practices; explore the principles in climate modeling, the factors affecting climate change, and the climate change impacts on California and the Western U.S. water supply.
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment: Explore the theory and practice of the physical and chemical treatment processes used to treat water and wastewater; learn about biological treatment of wastewater and wastewater residuals; and explore either membrane treatment systems or water and wastewater systems design.
  • Water Quality Management: Learn the basic principles of water quality management; study aquatic chemistry with an emphasis on calculation methods for solving for chemical speciation in natural and treated aquatic systems; and explore the physical, chemical, and biological processes governing the movement and fate of chemicals in surface water and the subsurface.

Certificate Program Admission Requirements

All applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science B.S. or higher degree in any science or engineering discipline (or obtain consent of the program director) and submit the following:

  • A completed application form and $50 application fee
  • Official Transcripts (two copies) of all colleges and universities attended
  • One or more of the following: Resume/Curriculum Vitae; a one-paragraph professional biography; a brief letter of intent describing the candidate's background, career goals, and interest in the program
  • At least one letter of recommendation attesting to the candidate's ability to succeed in the certificate program based on previous academic and/or professional performance.

The department may require applicants who lack an adequate background in mathematics, chemistry, and/or science to take additional courses prior to being admitted into the program.

International applicants should submit the items listed above plus the additional items required by LMU Graduate Admissions.

Certificate Program Completion Requirements

To obtain a certificate, students must complete the required courses with a minimum 3.00 grade point average ("B").