Certificate in Wetland Science & Management

Investigate the Unique Properties of Wetlands


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $4,596

Next start date:

October 2019

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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 


You may be eligible to apply for a UWPCE Certificate 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. See the scholarship page for eligibility information and application instructions.

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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