Certificate in Wetland Science & Management

Investigate the Unique Properties of Wetlands


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $4,950

Next start date:

September 2020

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About this Program

Wetlands play a critical role in our natural and human environments, improving water quality, mitigating flooding and erosion, and supporting a 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 rigorous, five-course certificate program, we’ll explore the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of wetlands and their many functions. You’ll get in-depth training in identifying, delineating, classifying and evaluating wetlands using plant, soil and hydrologic data. We’ll also delve into the complex wetland regulatory environment that facilitates the protection, restoration and prudent management of wetlands. You'll apply what you've learned in the program-long practicum, where you'll undertake a research project at a wetland site and synthesize your findings into a written report and presentation. 


Professionals who work on wetland issues and those who want to enter the field.

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Video Overview

Graduates and instructors of the Certificate in Wetland Science & Management share highlights of the program.

Duration: 02:53

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 the effects of landscape modification
  • Identification of common freshwater and estuarine plants in the Puget Sound region

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Design and implement a research project at a selected wetland site under the guidance of a wetland science professional
  • Write technical documents typical of wetland science work, including wetland delineation reports and wetland rating and functional assessments

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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