Environmental Regulation and Permitting Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate program in Environmental Regulation and Permitting is designed for students who are employed or seeking employment as practicing professionals in academic, regulatory, industrial, military or consulting sectors.  Because this program matches government and industry needs, certificate owners will be sought-after environmental regulatory and permitting specialists.

The Graduate Certificate will provide practicing engineers documentation that demonstrates their understanding of environmental regulations and proper application to the permitting and construction of projects.  The program is excellent preparation for the practicing professional as well as students pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Environmental Science and Technology.

This program focuses on environmental permitting, laws, and regulations to fill a growing need for professionals with knowledge of these key subjects.  The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) are integral to environmental work in Alaska.  It is also necessary to understand state regulations, laws, and the permitting processes that are essential to developing a project plan in U.S. and Alaska environmental regulatory frameworks.   Finally, the capstone course encapsulates knowledge gained in other classes and stresses regulatory compliance and permitting processes on a project- or industry-specific basis to prepare students for real world environmental work.


Graduate Certificate Requirements

Students are required to complete the following courses:

AEST A604 Environmental Law, Regulation and Permitting

Introductory graduate level course on understanding and navigating environmental laws and regulations. Students will learn the principles of the major environmental laws in the U.S., practice interpreting regulations, and prepare permits.
3.000 Credit Hours
3.000 Lecture Hours

AEST A605 National Environmental Policy Act

Examines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, including process, roles and responsibilities of involved parties, impact analysis, alternative development, stakeholder involvement and environmental conflict resolution. Subject matter experts from State and Federal agencies, industry, environmental nongovernmental organizations and utilities will provide their perspectives on NEPA.
3.000 Credit Hours
3.000 Lecture Hours

AEST A606 Clean Water Act

Examines the Clean Water Act and its impact on the environment. The course will explore the history of the Act, and various programs established by the Act, including the Section 404 wetlands program and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pollution control program. Subject matter experts from State and Federal agencies, industry, environmental nongovernmental organizations and utilities will provide their perspectives on the Clean Water Act and its effectiveness.
3.000 Credit Hours
3.000 Lecture Hours

AEST A607 Environmental Permitting Project

Explores the complex relationship between environmental regulatory and permitting requirements and their application to engineering and science projects.
3.000 Credit Hours
3.000 Lecture Hours

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Alice Bullington, Assistant Professor; Civil Engineering, UAA

M.S., Environmental Quality Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks
B.S., Geology, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Robert Reges, Adjunct Professor; Civil Engineering, UAA

B.A., English (Biology minor), University of Alaska Fairbanks
J.D., University of Arizona




Who is qualified for this program?

In most instances, undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering are sufficient background to meet course prerequisites. Applicants not meeting these requirements may be accepted at the discretion of the admissions committee. If you have questions regarding these requirements please contact Zlata Lokteva: 907-786-1951 or zylokteva@uaa.alaska.edu

How much does the program cost?

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Regulation and Permitting consists of four courses at normal graduate tuition cost plus fees. Current tuition and fees can be found at UAOnline.