Certificate Programs

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The NRES Professional Development Certificates provide current environmental professionals and people seeking to move into a related career with advanced course training in specific areas, building their expertise and expanding their professional opportunities. NRES offers Professional Development Certificates in the following areas:

  • Soil Science and Conservation
    The Soil Science and Conservation Professional Development Certificates is designed to prepare students for entry into and advancement in careers in land and natural areas management, environmental consulting, Soil and Water Conservation districts, and citizen scientists with soil-related interests.
  • Water Science and Conservation
    The Water Science and Conservation Professional Development Certificates is designed to prepare students for entry into and advancement in careers in water treatment, water quality monitoring and protection, environmental consulting, Soil and Water Conservation districts, and citizen scientists with water-related interests.


Requirements

  • Completing at least nine credit hours
  • Take courses for academic credit and earn a "B" or better for all courses
  • Please see the list below for specific course requirements for each certificate specialization


Coursework cannot be used to qualify for multiple certificates, but can count towards an Online Master's Degree.

Soil Science and Conservation Certificate Requirements

  • Complete NRES 474 Soil and Water Conservation (3 Hours)
  • Complete two approved graduate level courses. Approved graduate-level courses that meet this requirement are:
    • NRES 438 Soil Nutrient Cycling (3 Hours)
    • NRES 488 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (3 Hours)
    • NRES 586 Soil Organic Matter (4 Hours)
    • Other courses as approved by the certificate advisor.
  • For students wishing to complete both the soil and water certificates, NRES 474  will count for the specifically required course for both certificates, but students will only earn the second certificate by completing a third course from the list of approved graduate level courses.


Water Science and Conservation Certificate Requirements

  • Complete NRES 474 Soil and Water Conservation (3 Hours)
  • Complete two approved graduate level courses. Approved graduate-level courses that meet this requirement are:
    • NRES 401 Watershed Hydrology (3 Hours)
    • NRES 403 Watersheds and Water Quality (3 Hours)
    • NRES 490 Surface Water System Chemistry (4 Hours)
    • CPSC 417 Water and Agriculture in the 21st Century (3 Hours)
    • Other courses as approved by the certificate advisor.
  • For students wishing to complete both the soil and water certificates, NRES 474  will count for the specifically required course for both certificates, but students will only earn the second certificate by completing a third course from the list of approved graduate level courses.


How to Register for an Online Course

Professional Development Certificate students register through Illinois Online.

Tuition

Estimated tuition and fees for the Professional Development Certificate depend on the number of courses and hours taken. See Illinois Online for tuition and fee information.

Obtaining your Certificate

Upon successful completion of certificate requirements, please click on the link in the e-mail you were sent when you first applied to request your Certificate. Once completed and submitted, we will confirm all requirements are met and send your Certificate in the mail. If you can't find your acceptance email, please contact NRES Student Services.

Questions About Our Online Program?

Email NRES Student Services to request an appointment with Piper Hodson, Director of NRES Online Graduate Programs.