Graduate Certificate in Environmental Engineering

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GS
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Program Information

Students interested in increasing their knowledge of environmental engineering can take a series of courses and earn a certificate. The certificate program offers courses in the following disciplines civil & environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering.

Certificate program only. Not a degree program. Awarded only with completion of a graduate degree program (M. Eng., M.S., Ph.D.) at Speed School of Engineering.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Admission to the Speed School of Engineering division of higher studies (M.Eng.) or the graduate school (M.S. or Ph.D.) in engineering.
  2. All admission applications for the graduate certificate program shall include:
    • a completed application for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies,
    • an application fee,
    • official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework.  All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.
    • The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution or current enrollment in an undergraduate Speed School program.

All students enrolled in a graduate certificate program are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward the completion of the certificate. Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 12 months will be considered to have withdrawn from the certificate program. Students who seek to return after such a period of time must contact the graduate program director.

    Certificate Requirements

    The following certificate requirements are mandatory of all graduate certificate candidates:

    1. The certificate program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy certificate requirements.
    2. Completion of a graduate degree program at Speed School of Engineering (M.Eng., M.S., or Ph.D.).
    3. Graduate certificate students must take all certificate course work at the University of Louisville. No transfer credits will be accepted toward a graduate certificate.


    Students must complete 12 credit hours at the 500 and 600 level, with at least 6 hours at the 600 level. Courses are to be selected from the following list. All prerequisites must be met.
    Course #  DescriptionCredit Hours
    500 level   Environmental Engineering Electives (choose 0-6 credit hours from this list)
    CEE 561  Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems3
    CEE 570  Applied Hydraulics3
    CEE 571  Applied Hydrology3
    CEE 572  Open Channel Hydraulics3
    CEE 573  Groundwater Hydrology3
    CHE 509  Environmental Process Systems3
    CHE 533  Chemical Engineering Safety and Health3
    CHE 534  Industrial Waste Management3
    CHE 535  Pollution Prevention3
    ME 560   Nuclear Engineering3
    ME 570   Sustainable Energy Systems3
    ME 580   Air Pollution Control3
    BIOL 521 Stream Ecology3
    BIOL 522 Aquatic Ecology3
    BIOL 568 Conservation Biology3
    600 level Environmental Engineering Electives (choose 6-12 credit hours from this list)
    CEE 670 Advanced Hydraulics3
    CEE 673 Advanced Hydrology3
    CEE 674 Water Resource Systems3
    CEE 675 Surface Water Quality3
    CEE 681 Green Engineering & Sustainable Design3
    CEE 694 Adv Environmental Processes & Systems3
    CEE 694 Air Quality3
    CEE 694 Stream & Wetland Restoration; Wetland Design3
    CHE 620 Transport Phenomena I3
    CHE 637 Advanced Stagewise Processes3
    CHE 638 Advanced Absorption3
    CHE 650 Membrane Separations3
    CHE 662 Advanced Process Control3
    CHE 694 Renewable Energy Systems3
    CHEM 622 Analytical Separations3
    BIOL 662 Ecosystems Ecology3
    ME 614  Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning3
    ME 667  Solar Energy Applications3
    Total Credit Hours12
    Graduate courses not shown in the list above require approval from the certificate program director.
    Certificate courses do not constitute a degree program but may be applied toward M.Eng., M.S., or Ph.D. degree requirements.


    Nageshwar R. Bhaskar


    Mark N. French

    Professor of Civil

    Omid Ghasemi-Fare

    Assistant Professor

    Young Hoon Kim

    Assistant Professor

    Zhixia Li

    Assistant Professor

    W. Mark McGinley


    J. P. Mohsen

    Department Chair

    Arthur C. Parola


    Thomas D. Rockaway

    Associate Professor

    Zhihui Sun

    Associate Professor

    Qian Zhao

    Assistant Professor