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Hydrogeology Certificate (undergrad & grad)

Hydrogeology Certificate

The 12-15 credit hour Hydrogeology Certificate (HydroGeo-CT) will provide undergraduate and graduate students with a competitive advantage in beginning a career in a hydrologeological field or pursuing entrance into a graduate degree program in fields related to hydrogeology. The certificate is designed to enhance both critical thinking and the technical skills necessary for practicing hydrogeology.

Note: At this time certificates are not offered online–they are strictly in-person.



  • 12-15 required credit hours
  • Maximum of 50% overlap with degree program (i.e. major, minor, other certificate, or GE)
  • Minimum C- for course to be listed on certificate
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for certificate (3.0 for graduate students)
  • X193 credits not permitted
  • If the certificate is not complete on the DAR, the student must consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Coordinating Advisor
  • The certificate program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor
  • Once the certificate program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by the College of Arts and Sciences Coordinating Advisor


Required Coursework

  1. One groundwater course (4 credits):
    • EARTHSC 5651: Hydrogeology (4)
  2. One surface water course (3 credits):
    • EARTHSC 5665: Land Surface Hydrology (3)
    • ENR 4285: Watershed hydrology (3)
    • CIVILEN 5130: Applied Hydrology (3)
  3. Electives (at least 5 credit hours)
    • EARTHSC 5656: Ecohydrology in a Changing Climate (3 units)
    • EARTHSC 5751: Quantitative Reservoir Modeling (4)
    • EARTHSC 4450: Water, Ice and Energy in the Earth System (3)
    • EARTHSC 5203: Geo-environment and Human Health (3)
    • EARTHSC 5621: Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
    • EARTHSC 5550: Geomorphology (4)
    • ENR 5268: Soils and Climate Change (2)
    • ENR 5261: Environmental Soil Physics (3)
    • ENR 5273: Environmental Fate and Impact of Contaminants in Soil and Water (3)
    • CIVILEN 5220: Open Chanel Hydraulics (3)
    • AGSYSMT 4575: Applied Agricultural Water Management (2)
    • GEOG 5210: Fundamentals of GIS (3)


View the two-year course schedule here.


Advising Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies (Earth Sciences): Professor Ann Cook, cook.1129@osu.edu

Undergraduate Academic Advisor (Earth Sciences): Dr. Karen Royce, royce.6@osu.edu, 614-292-6961

Director of Graduate Studies (Earth Sciences): Professor Mike Durand, durand.8@osu.edu