The graduate Certificate in Sustainable Water Development requires 15 s.h. of credit, including at least 9 s.h. earned at the University of Iowa. The 5000-level courses required for the certificate must be taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.50 in work for the certificate. The certificate is open to graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Iowa who are completing a degree program.

The Certificate in Sustainable Water Development requires the following coursework.

Required Courses

All of these:
CEE:5096Water, Energy, and Food Nexus Seminar (taken for two semesters)0
CEE:5350Watershed Hydrology and Ecosystem Processes3
CEE:5410Politics and Economics of the Food, Energy, Water Nexus3
URP:6209/SDG:6000Sustainable Communities Lab I3


Students take two elective courses selected from the following list. For more information about approved certificate electives, contact the Sustainable Water Development Program coordinator.

Two of these for at least 6 s.h.:
CEE:4104/EES:4660Groundwater Modeling3
CEE:4107/CBE:4410Sustainable Systems3
CEE:4118Statistical Methods in Water and the Environment3
CEE:4158/OEH:4920Solid and Hazardous Wastes3
CEE:4187/OEH:4540Statistics for Experimenters3
CEE:4370Open Channel Flow and Sediment Transport3
CEE:4385International Perspectives in Water Sciences and Management3
CEE:5156Physical and Chemical Environmental Processes3
CEE:6223Environmental Boundary Layers4
CEE:6253Environmental Organic Chemistry3
CEE:6255Environmental Biotechnology and Bioremediation3
ABRD:3445India Winterimarr.
ACCT:4300Accounting Ethics and Law3
ANTH:3110/GHS:3110/NAIS:3110Colonialism and Indigenous Health Equity3
BIOL:3663Plant Response to the Environment3
CBE:5140/CEE:5513/ME:5113Mathematical Methods in Engineering3
CBE:5405Green Chemical and Energy Technologies3
CBE:5415/IGPI:5415Satellite Image Processing and Remote Sensing of Atmosphere3
CBE:5425/CEE:5115Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics3
CBH:5305Evaluation: Approaches and Applications3
CBH:6205Designing and Implementing Interventions3
CHEM:4760Radiochemistry: Energy, Medicine, and the Environment3
CHEM:4873Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry3
CPH:3500/GHS:3500Global Public Health3
ECE:5630Sustainable Energy Conversion3
ECON:3345Global Economics and Business3
ECON:3625/URP:3135Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
ECON:3800Law and Economics3
ECON:4090Natural Resource Economics3
ECON:4140Labor Economics3
EES:3390Integrated Watershed Analysis3
GEOG:3070/GHS:3070Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food3
GEOG:3780/GHS:3780/HIST:3240U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context3
GEOG:4150/GHS:4150/IGPI:4150Health and Environment: GIS Applications3
GEOG:4500/IGPI:4500Advanced Remote Sensing4
GEOG:4520/IGPI:4520GIS for Environmental Studies: Applications3
GEOG:4580/IGPI:4581Introduction to Geographic Databases3
GEOG:4650Simulation in Environmental Geography3
GEOG:4750/URP:4750Environmental Impact Analysis3
GHS:3620Global Health and Human Rights2-3
LAW:8433Environmental Law2-3
LAW:8622International Environmental Law3
LAW:8992Water Lawarr.
MATH:4740/CS:4740/IGPI:4740/STAT:4740Large Data Analysis3
ME:4048Energy Systems Design4
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
OEH:4260/GHS:4260Global Water and Health3
OEH:5620Occupational Health3
OEH:6460Quantitative Exposure Assessment: Study Design and Evaluation3
OEH:6710Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment3
PHYS:5811Classical Electrodynamics I3
PHYS:5812Classical Electrodynamics II3
URP:6205/PBAF:6205Economics for Policy Analysis1,3
URP:6225/PBAF:6225Applied GIS for Planning and Policy Making1-3
URP:6227Spatial Analysis in Planning and Policy Making3
URP:6233/PBAF:6233Public Finance and Budgeting3
URP:6242Planning and City Administration1
URP:6253/PBAF:6253Designing Sustainable and Healthy Cities1-3
URP:6256/PBAF:6256Environmental Policy3
URP:6257/PBAF:6257Environmental Management3
URP:6258/PBAF:6258Systems and Scenario Thinking3
URP:6273/PBAF:6273Community Development Through Creative Placemaking3
URP:6295/PBAF:6295Economic Development Policy3

Students must:

  • be in a relevant science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field;
  • submit their University of Iowa transcript;
  • have a graduate g.p.a. higher than 3.00 if in doctoral program or a g.p.a. higher than 2.75 if in master's program;
  • submit their résumé or curriculum vitae;
  • provide a statement of purpose of 500 words or less about their core research and training program, and why the certificate program will benefit their training and goals for career placement; and
  • provide a letter of endorsement from their advisor.

Admission to the certificate program is competitive. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by the Sustainable Water Development Program; applications can be submitted online along with pertinent materials. Students receive an email after an admission decision has been made.