The Certificate broadens the knowledge base for practicing groundwater professionals holding advanced degrees in Geology with other field specializations. Additionally, the curriculum may interest other scientific graduate students. This Certificate, with 15 additional hours of geology at the undergraduate or graduate level, meets the education requirement for certification as a professional Geologist by the Florida Department of Professional Regulation.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

The student must hold an earned bachelor's degree in Geology from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA. If the degree is not in Geology, deficiencies may prevail in the undergraduate coursework. This issue should be discussed with the department contact. Students must have successfully completed one year of Calculus, Physics and Chemistry before entering the Certificate curriculum.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


The curriculum consists of 15 credit hours and must include the following:


The fifth course is an elective the student may select from the various hydrogeology-related courses offered within the Geology Department. However, this elective must meet approval by the department contact.

Time Limits

The time limit is set within the department and should be verified by the student.

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Twelve credit hours of certificate-related courses; however, the student must meet GRE and other admission criteria as well.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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