Investigate the Unique Properties of Wetlands
Next start date
October 3, 2017
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.
This program is designed for students with a four-year degree and at least one year of professional experience working on natural resource related projects. Prospective students should have at least 20 college-level credits of natural resource science. Extensive professional experience working on natural resource related projects may replace education and is determined on an individual basis.
All students must have:
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Graduates and instructors of the Certificate in Wetland Science & Management share highlights of the program.
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.
Wetland Science & Ecological Processes
Wetland Law & Policy
Landscape Understanding of Wetland Setting, Processes & Management
Restoration & Field Botany
Identification & Delineation
Certificate in Wetland Science & Management
Approved by the UW Department of Biology and the UW Department of Landscape Architecture.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Clayton J. Antieau, Environmental Permit Specialist, Seattle Public Utilities
Elizabeth Binney, Principal - Senior Ecologist, Pacific Ecological Consultants, L.L.C.
Ann Boeholt. Wetland Biologist, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
McKay Caruthers, Program Manager, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Catherine Conolly, Wetlands Program Manager, ESA Adolfson
Caren Crandell, Wetland Plant Ecologist & Instructor - University of Idaho and University of Washington Bothell
Kim Harper, Environmental Planner, WA Dept. of Ecology
Greg Hood, Sr. Research Scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative
Marti Louther, Senior Environmental Planner, Sound Transit
Sarah Sandstrom, Fisheries Biologist, The Watershed Company and alumni
Linda Storm, Ecologist, Aquatic Resources Unit, U.S. EPA
Jennifer Thomas, Thomas and Associates
Katie Walter, Vice President/Natural Resources Manager, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
Emily Swaim, a graduate of the Certificate in Wetland Science & Management, explains how the program helped launch her on an exciting new career path.
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
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.
Not available for this program
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.
Wetlands Unit Supervisor, Northwest Regional Office, Washington State Department of Ecology
Senior Specialist, Environmental Review and Environmental Permitting, Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle
Wetland Specialist, Washington State Department of Ecology
Senior Wetland/Plant Ecologist, ESA Adolfson
Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Senior Research Scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative
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