Hydrogeology Certification

The Hydrogeology Certificate of Completion offered by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is available to both graduate students and non-degree seeking professionals. This certificate is designed for professionals who wish to be recognized as obtaining a broad background in the area of hydrogeology without completion of an advanced degree. This may include geologists currently working in the petroleum industry who wish to obtain positions in the environmental industry, as well as those with hydrogeology positions but lacking formal course work in that area. Classes for certification are part of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences regular course offerings and thus are generally offered once every two years.


Admissions requirements:Students seeking the Hydrogeology certificate must have completed an undergraduate degree in geoscience, engineering or a related field with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0) in the last 60 hours of all course work. In addition, they must be admitted either

  1. To the graduate program in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Houston, or
  2. Obtain post-baccalaureate status at the University of Houston.

Students seeking only the Hydrogeology Certificate should apply to the Geosciences graduate program as "non-degree seeking" students. Transcripts and GRE scores are required. For students enrolled in the graduate program, courses used for certification can also be used towards a graduate degree. Contact Dr. Regina Capuano (713-893-1402) for course information or Sylvia Marshall (713-743-3401) for registration information.

Certificate Course Requirements: The certificate requires successful completion (B- or higher) of 15 credit hours from the following courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0:

Section A - Core Courses Total 12 Credit Hours

  • GEOL 6366 - Hydrogeology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6341 - Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6346 - Geochemistry of Water-Rock Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6388 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • Course substitutions may be allowed on an individual basis.

Section B - Electives, Select 3 Credit Hours from the following:

  • GEOL 4379 - Groundwater and Engineering Geophysics - 3 Credit Hours
  • GEOL 6332 - Air Pollution Meteorology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6335 - Atmospheric Numerical Modeling Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6370 - Integrated Biogeochemical Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 6197 - Selected Topics-Geology (Topic: Advanced Environmental Science Field Research) Credit Hours: 3.0
  • And Other Approved Elective.

12 Credit Hours Rule: At least 12 Credit Hours must be earned in residence at the University of Houston. All requirements must be completed within a five-year period of enrollment.