Surface Water Science Certificate

The Surface Water Science certificate is a specialized joint offering of UW-Stout & UW-Oshkosh.
Degree Type Certificate
CAREERS AND SALARY Certificate Outcomes
Delivery Hybrid

The Surface Water Science certificate will prepare you for work in freshwater careers or graduate school. You'll learn principles of surface water pollution, monitoring, and management in the contexts of human-impacted and natural systems.

The certificate is designed to provide students with a foundation in surface water science and management and then expand the student experience with specialized hands-on skill development in field and laboratory settings at UW-Stout and UW-Oshkosh. Students will gain practical skills in sampling, analyzing, and proposing management strategies for real-life surface water issues.

Program Objectives

  1. Explain the spatial and temporal dynamics of surface water systems
  2. Identify the causes of surface water impairment common in the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes Region
  3. Conduct fundamental research on water systems in preparation for careers in water resources or post-graduate study
  4. Evaluate the efficacy of various strategies to improve surface water quality in lake, river, and wetland ecosystems

Certificate Requirements

The certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills.



Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.