Online Graduate Programs in Environmental Geology

The Department of Geology now offers an online Master's degree and graduate-level certificate in Environmental Geology. The certificate and Master's degree are designed to meet the existing high demand for advanced geology expertise to solve industry problems, including:

  • Groundwater and Numerical modeling
  • Contaminant Migration Characterization
  • Water Chemistry and Bioremediation
  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Multi-scale Geodata analysis

The graduate-level certificate is a 12-credit program and provides an ideal bridge into the 32-credit hour online Master's degree should students desire to continue on for an advanced graduate degree. The certificate and Master's degree programs are fully online, which precludes the need for an extended absence from a current job and/or familial responsibilities, and maximizes learning flexibility.

How to Apply

Environmental Geology Online Graduate Certificate Program Application

Please complete the certificate application form to begin the certificate application process.

You may also directly contact the Online Program Faculty Coordinator in Geology, Dr. J. Cory Pettijohn for additional information regarding the certificate or Master's degree program or complete the form below to request more information. 

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Environmental Geology Master's Degree Program Application

Prospective graduate students interested in the online Master's program will apply through the Graduate College website. Students may track their admissions status progress and make electronic payment for the application fee through the website.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall 2022 – 6/15/2022
  • Spring 2023 – 11/15/2022
  • Summer 2023 – 3/13/2023

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You may also directly contact the Online Program Faculty Coordinator in Geology, Dr. J. Cory Pettijohn if you have additional questions or need assistance. 

 

Coursework

Students completing the Environmental Geology Online Graduate Certificate Program must complete three or four (number of courses needed varies by the credit hours granted for each course) of the following courses, for a total of 12 credit hours:

Students pursuing the Environmental Geology Online Master's degree will complete 32 total credit hours of coursework which will include courses from the list above, and may also include other adviser-approved electives. The program requirements will conclude with 4 to 8 hours of the program capstone course (GEOL 598 Capstone Research Project). If courses are taken for the certificate sequence, they may also be applied to the Master's degree requirements. Students should consult with a program advisor to discuss a program plan of study for the Master's program. 

Prerequisites
  • Bachelor of Science degree (in a physical science discipline) from an accredited college in the United States or an approved international institution of higher education.
  • GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher for the last 60 semester hours of their Bachelor of Science program. Students who do not meet the 3.0/4.0 GPA criterion may still be eligible to enroll if they have significant experience outside of the classroom. Such students are encouraged to contact Dr. J. Cory Pettijohn, Online Program Faculty Coordinator at: jcpettij@illinois.edu
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