Graduate Certificate in the Design and Analysis of Environmental Systems: Watershed Assessment and Restoration

Graduate Certificate in Biological and Agricultural EngineeringPost-baccalaureate studies and training provide excellent opportunities for practicing engineers and other environmental professionals to stay abreast of new technologies and current government regulations. Our Graduate Certificate in Biological and Agricultural Engineering online program offers high-level course work with the benefit of more in-depth study than offered in short courses and workshops. This program is a mixture of face-to-face and distance education courses, allowing you to select courses which reflect your interests and learning style.

With our Certificate program, you can formally certify competency in environmental engineering with an emphasis on watershed management and restoration. Although not a graduate degree, this Graduate Certificate in Biological and Agricultural Engineering online program may satisfy many of your needs for professional development. Should you later decide that a formal graduate degree best suits your needs, then some course work from this program may transfer. However, successful completion of this program does not guarantee admission to a graduate degree program.

Graduate Certificate in Biological and Agricultural Engineering Online Program Objectives

  • Enable students and practitioners from many disciplines to study the technical and engineering aspects of design and analysis of environmental systems with an emphasis on the watershed-scale.
  • Provide students the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in engineering systems targeted at environmental issues, particularly related to non-point sources and their impact on water quality at the watershed-scale.
  • Provide practicing engineers and other professionals a source of graduate level engineering education in the environmental field.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Biological and Agricultural Engineering online program, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • B.S. in accredited undergraduate engineering program with a GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0 or an overall GPA ≥ 2.8 and a major GPA ≥ 3.0.
  • B.S. in appropriate science curriculum with a GPA ≥ 3.0 and have completed calculus, differential equations, physics and chemistry with a C or better.  A program that includes fluid mechanics or hydraulics is highly recommended.
Engineering Science
Overall GPA > 3.0 > 2.8 > 3.0
Major GPA > 3.0
Pertinent Course GPA* > 3.0

*Courses include calculus, differential equations, physics and chemistry. Recommended to include fluid mechanics and hydraulics.

Other environmental professionals may qualify based on experience. Contact the program director for details.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Final transcript of Baccalaureate program
  2. Transcript of post Baccalaureate course work
  3. Personal statement of reasons for pursuing the program

Current NC State graduate students may submit a copy of their graduate school application and a personal statement of reasons for pursuing the program.

Approved Certificate Courses

The Graduate Certificate requires 12 credits of coursework from this list of approved classes.  At least 9 credits must be from BAE courses. A grade of C- or better is required to receive credit for a course. To receive a graduate certificate, the student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on all certificate coursework.

  • BAE 502 — Instrumentation for Hydrologic Applications
  • BAE 528 — Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes
  • BAE 535 — Precision Agriculture Technology
  • BAE 536 — GIS Applications in Precision Agriculture
  • BAE 573 — Introduction to Surface Hydrologic / Water Quality Modeling
  • BAE 575 — Design of Structural Stormwater Best Management Practices
  • BAE 576 — Watershed Monitoring and Assessment
  • BAE 578 — Agricultural Waste Management
  • BAE 579 — Stream Channel Assessment and Restoration
  • BAE 581 — Open Channel Hydraulics for Natural Systems
  • BAE 582 — Risk and Failure Assessment of Stream Restoration Structures
  • BAE 583 — Ecohydraulics and River Corridor Function
  • BAE 771 — Theory of Drainage – Saturated Flow
  • BAE 774 — Theory of Drainage – Unsaturated Flow
  • BAE 574 — DRAINMOD
  • BAE 584 — Introduction to Fluvial Geomorphology
  • BAE 585 — Integrating AutoCAD Civil3D and GIS
  • BAE 580 — Introduction to Land and Water Engineering
  • BAE 590 — Introduction to Biogeochemical Processes
  • BAE 590 — Wetland Design
  • BAE 590 — Water / Nutrient Management for Sustainability
  • BAE 572 — Irrigation & Drainage
  • MAE 585 — Physical Hydrogeology
  • SSC 570 — Wetland Soils
  • SSC 511 — Soil Physics
  • SSC 521 — Soil Chemistry
  • SSC 545 — Remote Sensing in Soil Science and Agriculture
  • CE 580 — Flow in Open Channels
  • CE 584 — Hydraulics of Groundwater
  • CE 586 — Engineering Hydrology
  • CE 775 — Advanced Water Management Systems
  • CE 784 — Ground Water Contaminant Transport
  • CE 785 — Urban Stormwater Management
  • GIS 521 — Surface Water Hydrology with GIS

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