Environmental Assessment

 

Graduate Certificate | Environmental Assessment

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment provides students and professionals the opportunity to develop recognized academic credentials and advanced expertise in Environmental Assessment. The program provides excellent opportunities for practicing environmental professionals to stay abreast of new technologies and current government regulations. The certificate is NOT a master's degree. Individuals who already have a master's degree who may want to update their skills or those who want to broaden their knowledge may be interested in the certificate program.

For details about the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment, please see the program web site.

Eligibility

Admission to the certificate program requires proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree in an environmental, science, natural resources or related degree. Experience in the environmental field may be substituted for students with a bachelors degree in an unrelated field. All applicants should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Interested individuals should be prepared to submit a personal statement, a resume identifying educational preparation and work experiences, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.

With proper notification, students are not required to be enrolled continuously. The certificate must be completed within four (4) calendar years from the date the student starts the first course. Awarding of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better in all of the required courses.

Cost

This 12-credit graduate program includes four 3-credit graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,436 for North Carolina residents and $15,132 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Choose one of the following two courses:

EA 505 - Environmental Assessment Law & Policy

Units: 3

This course provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the principles of environmental law and policy. Emphasis is on the US legal system and litigation process relevant to environmental law, covering topics such as: the National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA], the Pollution Prevention Act [PPA], the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. Throughout the course, a case study is integrated into the conceptual lecture material with the intent of providing practical examples to conceptual material.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

PS 536 - Global Environmental Law and Policy

Units: 3

International organizations, laws and policies addressing global environmental problems including: population growth, atmospheric pollution, climate change, use of oceans, forests and biodiversity. Relationship between environment and Third World economic development.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Summer Term 1

Choose three courses from the following:

EA 501 - Environmental Stressors

Units: 3

Introduces students to how organisms are affected by and respond to changes or stressors - both natural and human-induced - in the environment. With a focus on the concepts most significant to the field of environmental assessment, the course emphasizes the fundamental processes and effects of pollutants and naturally-occurring substances in the environment, including emerging issues and historically significant cases.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

EA 502 - Environmental Risk Assessment

Units: 3

This course provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the principles of environmental risk assessment including: Hazard Identification, Toxicity Assessment, Exposure Assessment, and Risk Characterization. Emphasis is placed on contemporary problems in human health and the environment, and it will be based on the most current methodologies described in the "Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund." Enrollment in the course requires graduate standing or consent of the instructor. Two semester sequence of college biology & college chemistry.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

EA 503 - Environmental Exposure Assessment

Units: 3

Provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the principles of environmental exposure assessment including the sources, transport and fate of chemicals in the environment. Emphasis is on contemporary problems in human health and the environment, covering topics such as: transformation and degradation processes, classes of contaminants a well as predicting environmental fate and exposure. Enrollment in the course requires graduate standing or consent of the instructor. Two semester sequence of college biology & college chemistry.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

EA 504 - Environmental Monitoring and Analysis

Units: 3

Monitoring and analysis of chemical and biological impacts to the environment. Theory of chemical, physical, biological, and ecological monitoring. Planning and conducting environmental sampling and monitoring programs. Management, analysis, and quality assurance and control. Enrollment in the course requires graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

Offered in Summer

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2019 Summer Term 1

GIS 510 - Fundamentals of Geospatial Information Science and Technology

Units: 3

This course provides an advanced overview of how geographic information systems [GIS] facilitate data analysis and communication to address common geographic problems. Students improve spatial reasoning and problem definition expertise while emphasizing geographic data models and structures, data manipulation and storage, customization through programming, and the integration of geospatial analysis and modeling into project-based problem solving applicable to a variety of disciplines. Skilled application of both desktop and cloud-based GIS software supports these areas. Extensive independent learning and computer experiences include virtual laboratory sessions, alongside optional online or in-person weekly help sessions to facilitate student learning.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallApr 15
SpringSept 30
Summer 1
Summer 2

Linda Taylor

Lecturer, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

College of Natural Resources

919.513.3972
lr_taylor@ncsu.edu