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Certificate in Wetland Science & Management

Investigate the Unique Properties of Wetlands


Program Details

  • Location: Online, Downtown Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends, Flexible
  • Cost: $5,425

Next start date:

September 2022

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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, six-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

  • Wetland ecosystem processes and how to identify, delineate, classify and rate wetlands
  • The fundamentals and application of wetland regulation law
  • Landscape assessment and geospatial analysis tools for wetland resource management and conservation planning
  • Identification of common wetland plants in the Puget Sound region
  • Processes for planning, development and implementation of wetland restoration and mitigation

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


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats


Alumni working in field

Sample Employers

The Watershed Company, Herrera Environmental Consultants, ESA, Parametrix. Shannon & Wilson, various government agencies


Projected job growth for environmental specialists in Washington state (2018-2028)


Average salary for environmental specialists in Washington state (2020)


Want more info about this offering? Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more. Or if you need help finding the right certificate program or course for you, reach out to explore your options.  

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

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Enjoy a blend of in-person classes and online study. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the program, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Closed Sessions

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