Graduate Certificate in Subsurface Water Resources Geological Engineering

About the Certificate

This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of subsurface water resource engineering, with emphasis on groundwater extraction, protection, and remediation.


Required Course:

  • GEO ENG 5331 Subsurface Hydrology –or– GEO ENG 5332 Fundamentals of Groundwater Hydrology –or– GEOLOGY 4411 Hydrogeology (co-listed)
  • GEO ENG 5381 Intermediate Subsurface Hydrology and Contaminant Transport

Choose two courses from the following:

  • GEOLOGY 4431 Karst Hydrogeology
  • GEOLOGY 4451 Aqueous Geochemistry
  • GEO ENG 5233 Risk Assessment in Environmental Studies
  • GEO ENG 5235 Environmental Geological Engineering
  • GEO ENG Subsurface Exploration
  • CIV ENG 5630 Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater and Soil
  • CIV ENG 5635 Phytoremediation and Natural Treatment Systems: Science and Design
  • CIV ENG 5640 Environmental Law and Regulations
  • GEO ENG 5782 Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
  • GEO ENG 6331 Advanced Subsurface Hydrology

Curriculum is subject to change. Other courses approved by the program coordinator may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis.

The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in geology, geophysics, geological engineering, geotechnics or civil engineering or who are currently accepted into a graduate degree program in one of these fields at Missouri S&T.

The certificate program consists of four courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken.

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate adviser is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will be admitted to the M.S. degree program in geological engineering or geotechnics, if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count toward their master’s degree.

Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

Students applying for a graduate certificate must submit the following:

  • Completed Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts

Online Application

  • When you start a new application, select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select the certificate program.
  • Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.
  • Statement of purpose should be 2-3 paragraphs explaining why you are applying for this program. 
  • Statement is to be submitted electronically on the online application; you'll copy and paste it into the provided text box.

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admit decision. 

  • Upload your transcripts on the online application under your "Institutional Data." If you previously attended S&T, you must upload your transcript. An unofficial transcript can be requested through Joe’SS. How to Request Unofficial Transcripts (pdf)  
  • PDF scans are preferred.
  • The university requires official transcripts from all schools attended before a student may register for a second semester.
  • In order for a transcript to be counted as official it must be sent directly from the school to S&T, it cannot come from a student. 

Official transcripts should be mailed to Global Learning:

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Office of Global Learning
G8 Norwood Hall, 320 West 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409


Pathway to a Master's Degree

Are you a working professional who wants to earn your master's degree, but you don’t have time to take the GRE/GMAT? Then start in a graduate certificate program. Graduate certificates were designed as a pathway to a master's degree.* The admission requirements are more relaxed and credit earned will count toward your degree. Once you successfully earn your graduate certificate, you can continue with the corresponding master's degree without having to take the GRE/GMAT.

Related Degrees

This graduate certificate may act as a pathway to the following master’s programs:

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply.


Contact Us

Missouri S&T Online Education

Sylvia Skouby, Associate Director for Online Admissions

Phone: 573-341-6903


Dr. Ryan Smith
Assistant Professor of Geological Engineering
129 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: 573-341-4466