Graduate Certificate in Environmental Forensics

Overview of the Graduate Certificate Program in Environmental Forensics

The Graduate Certificate Program in Environmental Forensics (EF) provides graduate students and working professionals with the analytical, interpretive, and communication skills needed to enter or advance within the EF profession, including the use of scientific techniques to investigate violations of environmental regulations and to apportion responsibility for environmental damages. The program examines the characterization of contaminants and determination of their origins, even if the discharge occurred decades ago. The methods employed include those of analytical (geo) chemistry, field geology and biology, and remote sensing, among other disciplines. Practitioners must also understand the legal framework and have considerable computational and statistical expertise. This program emphasizes both theory and hands-on experience in the geochemical fingerprinting of environmental matrices using polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), petroleum biomarkers, and trace metals, as well as in applying electron and optical microscopy of Earth materials to forensic problems.

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