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How long will it take?

15-18 hours

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Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer.


Geosciences, Certificate in Water Sciences

The undergraduate certificate in water sciences is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the quality and quantity of water in the environment and modern techniques to assess, model and remediate aquatic environmental problems, and understand the social context and implications of water resources.

This certificate is an excellent complement to undergraduates pursuing careers in natural resources or environmental fields.

The Department of Geosciences includes a diverse faculty of scholars from the disciplines of geography, geology and hydrology. Research clusters in the department investigate pressing urban environmental issues, including water (from water governance to water quality and quantity), climate change and quantity, geochemical processes, and geographical information systems and informatics.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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Students are required to take five courses from different groupings to meet 15-18 credit hours: 1) GEOG 4646 (Water Resources), and, either GEOG 4650 (Surface Water Hydrology) or GEOL 4002 (Hydrogeology), 2) two courses of the following options (BIOL 4451, GEOG 4642, GEOG 4650, GEOG 4784, GEOL 4002, GEOL 4008, GEOL 4010, GEOL 4235), and 3) an additional course from the previous group or one of the following instead (GEOG 4640, GEOL 4003, GEOL 4017, GEOL 4042, GEOL 4530).

For more details, see the course catalog.

For general tuition information, check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

Students in this certificate program will develop the skills needed to apply analytical, research and communication skills regarding the quality, quantity, and stewardship of water resources in a wide range of public and private professional settings.



A strong demand exists in the public sector and private industry for the understanding of aquatic systems. Careers in water resources include a variety of applications in industry, policy, consulting, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies at all levels.


Department of Geosciences
Langdale Hall
Suite 730
38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-413-5750
Fax: 404-413-5768
Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
Department of Geosciences
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.