Certificate in Wetland Science & Management

Investigate the Unique Properties of Wetlands


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,375

Next start date

October 3, 2017

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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.

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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 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 

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.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

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