Geoenvironmental science and engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Graduate certificate
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You’re intrigued by natural sciences and how they are influenced by social science, or the study of human interaction and its impact on Earth. You want to learn how to design for and use assessments to protect and conserve natural resources by completing risk assessment investigations. Problem-solving is a core area of interest for you and you want to expand your geoscience and engineering background to succeed in the geoenvironmental consulting or regulatory fields. In this graduate certificate program, you’ll explore water resources before diving deeper into various topics like hazardous waste management, microbiology, bioremediation, risk assessment and more.

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in geoenvironmental science and engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

College of Engineering and Computing | Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


Military credit hours


Military estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Graduate certificates give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in a particular discipline, learn the latest in developing fields, and stay competitive in today’s marketplace. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge within a field of study.

Program structure

This program is 100% online: no campus visits required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one class per semester and finish the program in two years.


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

1 class per semester

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? Then start in a graduate certificate program. 

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. 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. If you are applying to a PhD program, you are still required to submit GRE scores.


Missouri University of Science and Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Stephen Gao

Areas of interest: Theoretical and applied geophysics, structure and dynamics of the Earth's crust and mantle, earthquakes, seismic anisotropy, and receiver function analysis.

Stephen Gao, PhD
Professor, Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Jeremy Maurer

Areas of interest: Geodesy, earthquake and fault mechanics, induced seismicity, inverse problems and modeling, uncertainty quantification, crustal deformation, and geophysical methods.

Jeremy Maurer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Kelly Liu

Areas of interest: Exploration of Earth's interior using geophysical methods especially passive and active seismology. Oil and gas exploration, hazard mitigation, crustal thickness and composition, mantle velocity structure and dynamics and crustal and mantle seismic anisotropy.

Kelly Liu, PhD
Professor, Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Leslie Gertsch

Dr. Leslie Gertsch earned her PhD from Colorado School of Mines in 1989. 

Areas of Interest: extra-terrestrial mining and excavation, rock mechanics, mechanical rock cutting, near-Earth objects (NEOs), mine planning, mine equipment selection, planetary surface operations, space resources, space exploration, sustainability of mineral production, Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets.

Leslie Gertsch, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

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