About this Program
Wetlands play a crucial role in our natural environment, improving water quality, mitigating flooding and erosion, and supporting a vast diversity of flora and fauna. This importance is reflected in the steady job growth in the field of wetland science and management in the private, nonprofit and government sectors.
In this five-course certificate program, we’ll explore the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of wetlands and their many functions. You’ll become familiar with different classification and sampling methods. We’ll investigate the complex land-use laws that apply to wetlands and affect their management and protection. We’ll also examine the processes and considerations involved in restoration work.
Professionals who work on wetlands issues and those who want to enter the field.
Graduates and instructors of the Certificate in Wetland Science & Management share highlights of the program.
what you'll learn
- Concepts of wetland functional assessment
- Federal, state and local land-use policies and regulations
- Fundamental ecosystem processes affecting wetlands
- Diagnostic tools for assessing wetland landscape modification
- How to identify common freshwater and estuarine plants in the Puget Sound region
Get Hands-On Experience
- Complete a research project at a selected wetland site
- Write a wetland delineation report with a wetland rating and functional assessment