The University of Georgia

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Description

The Undergraduate Water Resources Certificate Program prepares students for related careers in environmental science and management. Protecting the long-term ecologic health of our rivers and streams is an important national goal. Yet our society has ever-increasing demands for inexpensive supplies of high-quality water.

The Program provides a common curriculum to meet the educational needs of the next generation of environmental scientists and managers. Many of the courses provide hands-on experiences in an outdoor setting to learn about water resources.

The purpose of the program is to train students to manage our scarce water resources for the maximum benefit of the world’s population, while at the same time preserving the ecologic integrity of our aquatic resources.

Certificate Requirements

There are two requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate in Water Resources.

An enrolled undergraduate student must complete of three credit hours in five of the following six categories:

  • Water Resource Foundations
  • Water Quality Foundations
  • Hydrologic Processes
  • Biological Interactions
  • Management, Economics, and Policy
  • Applications

A list of classes making up these categories can be obtained by going to this web link.

The second requirement is the completion of six water resources seminars. Attendance at each seminar must be documented by providing a one-paragraph summary of the presentation to Jenny Yearwood. A list of current Water Resources Seminars can be found at our calendar. A maximum of three (of the six) seminars can be taken online at Cyberseminars.

In order for a student to add or remove this certificate to their program of study, they must choose the (MyPROGRAMS) option in Athena.

How and When is the Certificate Awarded

After the program of study is completed, students should do two things:
1. submit all their seminar material to Jenny Yearwood via email at, and
2. “Apply to Graduate” the CERTIFICATE in Athena. This will allow Ms. Yearwood to clear the certificate to be added to your transcripts.
The Director of the Program and Ms. Yearwood will check the students course work and seminar summaries. If everything is in place, Ms. Yearwood prepares the paper Certificate and notifies the Registrar of the University that the student has successfully completed the Certificate.

The Certificate is signed by the Director of the Water Resources Program, the Dean or Department Head where the student is enrolled, the Provost of the University, and the President of the University. The Certificate is usually mailed after the graduation ceremony because a Certificate can NOT be awarded until the undergraduate students has earned a major.

Contact Information

Contact us for further information:

Todd Rasmussen – (706) 542-4300
Jenny Yearwood – (706) 542-4284