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Certificate in Environmental Engineering and Management

Unfortunately, due to retirements in the Department and the resulting reduction in relevant courses, we are no longer accepting applications for the Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM).


The College of Engineering at the University of Florida announces a graduate-level Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM). Administered by the Environmental Policy Center of the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, the program includes courses offered by the College of Law and the Food and Resource Economics Department of the College of Agriculture. The CEPM is offered entirely online and is available to on-campus students as well. Individuals working in, or interested in learning more about, environmental policy and management can become certified in a body of knowledge in these specializations without formally pursuing graduate degrees if they so desire.

The CEPM emphasizes scientific, technologic, economic, legal, political, and social dimensions of policy formation and implementation, and environmental management. The distance learning delivery mode allows students in remote locations to complete course assignments and communicate with faculty and other students anywhere and in their own time. The program maintains the high academic standards of the University of Florida.


Applicants must have earned a bachelorís degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applicants may apply for admission to the UF Graduate School, may be admitted as post-baccalaureate (6-EG) students, or they may be admitted as non-degree seeking students (0-EG). It is not necessary to be admitted to the Graduate School to earn a certificate, but students who are admitted under the 6-EG classification, and later enroll in a graduate program, may petition to transfer up to 15 credit hours to their graduate degree program. To earn the certificate, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better for the entire certificate program. A grade of C in one course only will be accepted, providing the overall 3.0 average is maintained. No grade below C will be accepted. Prospective students should contact the following:

For more information about the Certificate, contact:

Mark T. Brown, Director
University of Florida
Center for Environmental Policy
P.O. Box 116350 - Phelps Lab
Gainesville, FL 32611-6350
Tel: (352) 392-2425
Fax: (352) 392-3624

Course enrollment information for distance learning students:

Visit the UF Edge website for tuition rates, critical dates, admissions information, registration information, etc: UF EDGE (Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering) information for prospective students.

Ms. Ruth E. Bryant
University of Florida
E117 CSE Building
P.O. Box 112024
Gainesville, FL 32611-2024
Tel: (352) 392-9670
Fax: (352) 846-2255


Unfortunately, due to retirements in the Department and the resulting reduction in relevant courses, we are no longer accepting applications for the Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM). Program information remains on this webpage for current certificate students.

Click here for Notification of Completion of the Certificate Program in Environmental Policy and Management. If you enrolled in the certificate prior to January 2014, you may use the older Notification of Completion here.

Prior to enrolling in any course, the student must ensure that either the prerequisites for the course, if any, have been met, or he or she must obtain approval to waive the requirement.

Computer Requirements
Students must have a PC with access to the Web and e-mail. High speed connections to the web are preferred. Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0 or higher should also be available, but can be downloaded through the course web site.

The Program
The CEPM program includes a total of 15 semester hours of credit. There are 3 core requirements. The other 2 courses are electives. The core requirements are specified below. The electives may be chosen from the courses shown below which are not taken as part of the core.

Program requirements
(updated January 2014, students enrolled in the program prior to Summer 2013 may still use the older requirements found at the bottom of this page.)

Required Courses


EES 5075 - Environmental Policy (3 cr) [Spring]


ENV 6932 – Green Engineering Design and Sustainability
-- or --
EES 5307 – Ecological Engineering (3cr) [Spring]



EES 6051 – Advance Env. Planning and Design (3 cr) [Fall]


Electives (chose 2)
ENV 6441 - Water Resources Planning and Management (3cr)
EES 5245 - Water Quality Analysis (3 cr)
EES 5305 - Ecological & General Systems (3 cr)
ENV 6932 - Wetland Treatment Systems (3 cr)
EES 5306 - Energy Analysis (3 cr)
EES 6xxx - Spring Systems (3 cr)
ENV 6932 - Global Environment - Policies & Institutions (3 cr)
ENV 6932 - Adv. Environmental Resources Management (3 cr)
EES 5415 - Environmental Health (3 cr)
ENV 6511 - Biological Wastewater Treatment (3 cr)
EES 6007 - Advanced Energy and Environment (3 cr)
SWS 5246 - Water Resource Sustainability (3 cr)
EES 6308C - Wetlands Ecology (3 cr)
ENV 6932 - Wetland Restoration and Management (3 cr)
FOR 5157 - Ecosystem Restoration Principles and Practice (3 cr)


REQUIRED Course Descriptions

ENV 5075 - Environmental Policy (3) Policy analysis, policymaking, and policy implementation. Analytical methods for evaluating alternative policies. Legal, social, political, and economic patterns and processes which shape the climate within which environmental policy is made.

ENV 6932 - Green Engineering Design & Sustainability (3). The design of products and processes from a “green” engineering perspective, where one of the primary objectives is minimization of environmental impacts. Three scales of pollution prevention will be covered: macroscale (life-cycle assessments), mesoscale (unit operations design), and microscale (molecular level).

EES 5307 - Ecological Engineering (3) Principles and practices in design and management of environment with society; systems concepts for organization of organization of humanity, technology, and nature.

EES 6051 - Advanced Environmental Planning and Design (3) Sustainable communities and regions. Quantitative methods for evaluation of environmental impacts and carrying capacity. Theories of spatial and temporal organization of systems of humanity and nature.

ELECTIVE Course Descriptions

ENV 6441 – Water Resources Planning and Management (3). Principles and practice of water resources planning and management. Protocols employed at local, state, federal, regional and international levels. Plan formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Stakeholder involvement in planning processes. Analytical tools. Case studies.

EES 5245—Water Quality Analysis (3) Prereq: CHM 2046, EES 4201, or 6208, or consent of instructor. Principles of analytical chemistry applied to the determination of chemical composition of natural waters and wastewaters. Emphasis on methods used in routine determinations of water and wastewater quality and interpretation of data.

EES 5305—Ecological and General Systems (3). Systems ecology, including examples, languages, theoretical formulations and models for design, synthesis and prediction of systems of man and nature.

ENV 6932— Wetland Treatment Systems (3). Applied and theoretical aspects of wetland use for water quality improvement; natural and constructed treatment wetlands, ecological and engineering design of wetland systems for sustainability and ancillary  benefits.

EES 5306—Energy Analysis (3). Energetics of systems of environments and economics; energy analysis of environmental systems, agroecosystems, regional and national economies; energy evaluation of public policy.

EES xxxx — Spring Systems (3). Occurrence and importance of Florida artisan springs, their flora and fauna; structure, function, organization,  and ecological significance; water quality issues, human uses, development threats.

ENV 6932A - The Global Environment Policies and Institutions (3) A study of global environmental policies, laws, and institutions. Issues of coordinating environmental policies among international governing bodies, nations, and state and local governments. Links between global environmental policy and sustainable development.

ENV 6932—Adv. Environmental Resources Management (3). Theory and application of engineering economics and systems analysis to the design of environmental management systems. Systems analysis techniques include classical and evolutionary optimization techniques and risk analysis and risk optimization for engineering design.

EES 5415—Environmental Health (3). Effects of environment pollution on health. Methods of evaluating, treating, and preventing pollutants of health significance.

ENV 6511—Biological Wastewater Treatment (3). Theory and current research associated with biological treatment processes.

EES 6007 Adv. Energy and Environment (3) Energy basis for systems of humanity and nature, including principles of systems ecology, ecological economics, and public policy.

SWS 5245: Water Resource Sustainability (3) Quantitative description of human impacts on hydrologic ecosystems (aquifers, watersheds, coastal zones, lakes, and wetlands). Case studies show the detrimental effects of unsustainable resource use and beneficial management strategies.

EES 6308C: Wetland Ecology (3) Prereq: BSC 2005 or EES 4103. Defining and classifying major wetland ecosystems, formation of wetlands, wetland functions and values; wetlands ecological engineering and management; and integrating wetlands into developing landscape. Emphasizes everal field trips to natural and altered wetlands.

EES 6308C: Wetland Restoration and Management (3). Theoretical and applied aspects of the restoration and management of wetland ecosystems.

FOR 5157: Ecosystem Restoration Principles and Practice (3) Application of ecological theory and economic and political constraints to restoration practice. Emphasizes regional, national, and international case studies.

The former Certificate requirements can still be used for students enrolled in the certificate program prior to Summer 2013:



EES 5075—Environmental Policy (3 cr) [Spring]
-- or --
ENV 6441—Water Res. Planning and Management (3 cr) [Fall]



EES 6932—Natural Res. and Envir. Policy (3 cr) [Spring]
--or --
ENV 6932P – Env. Institutions and Regulations (3 cr) [Spring]



EES 6318 – Principles Industrial Ecology (3cr) [Spring]
-- or --
EES 5307 – Ecological Engineering (3cr) [Spring]



EES 6051 – Advance Env. Planning and Design (3 cr) [Fall]
-- or --
ENV 6932 – Restoration Planning [Fall]



ENV 6441 – Water Resources Planning and Management (3cr)
EES 5245—Water Quality Analysis (3 cr)
EES 5305—Ecological & General Systems (3 cr)
EES 6932—Wetland Treatment Systems (3 cr)
EES 5306—Energy Analysis (3 cr)
EES 6932 – Spring Systems (3 cr)
ENV 6932A—Global Environment- Policies & Institutions (3 cr)
ENV 6932—Adv. Environmental Resources Management (3 cr)
EES 5415—Environmental Health (3 cr)
ENV 6511—Biological Wastewater Treatment (3 cr)
EES 6007—Advanced Energy and Environment (3 cr)
SOS 5246—Water Resource Sustainability (3 cr)
ENV 6932Q - Green Engineering Design & Sustainability (3 cr)
EES 6308C - Wetlands Ecology (3 cr)


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