Environmental Engineering Certificate for Professionals

At the Opus College of Engineering, we are world-class engineers who will lead bold, innovative change to serve the world in the Jesuit tradition.

The certificate in environmental engineering is designed to allow engineers from a variety of disciplines the ability to expand their depth and breadth of knowledge to solve complex environmental engineering problems to protect public health and the environment. Students will gain a greater technical understanding of problems associated with air, land and water resources. 

Flexible, affordable graduate certificates

We recognize the importance of flexibility to those pursuing graduate education, especially to practicing engineers. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to complete our certificates on a full- or part-time basis. 

In an effort to support engineers completing their certificates, the Dean of the Opus College of Engineering is offering up to 5 tuition scholarship credits for those enrolled in a 12 credit certificate. For more information, please speak with our admissions specialist.



Credit Hours


Months to Complete*

online program delivery

      Online and On-Campus 


 *12-18 months to complete, based on a student's individualized plan  


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Topic Areas

  • Air pollution emissions inventory, permitting and control
  • Storm water management
  • Hydrology and water resources engineering
  • Water treatment technologies
  • Water resource recovery facilities (i.e., wastewater treatment facilities)
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Industrial waste management and biological treatment
  • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure planning and design

Additional Program Highlights

Flexible course of study

Students can achieve their professional goals with great autonomy by selecting courses that help them achieve this goal.

Industry focused

The certificate has been designed with input from a wide range of industry partners.

Study with expert faculty

Learn from our expert faculty in the Water Quality Center, which brings together researchers, industries, government agencies, private foundations and others to solve problems. Meet the faculty>>

Learn from industry experts

Industry experts will participate in this certificate program through workshops and guest lectures, allowing students to learn and apply their skills based on their expertise.

Expanding depth and breadth of knowledge

The program allows engineers from a variety of disciplines to expand their depth of knowledge within the environmental engineering subdivision as recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES).

Beyond technical expertise, students will also have the opportunity to develop essential skills around leadership, communication and business fundamentals that will help them to succeed as they continue to advance in their professional careers.

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Course Options:

  • Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management
  • Geographical Information Systems in Engineering and Planning
  • Engineering Decisions Under Uncertainty
  • Urban Planning for Civil Engineers
  • Law for Engineers
  • Air Quality Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Industrial Wastewater Management
  • Treatment Plant Design and Operation
  • Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management
  • Environmental Engineering Microbiology
  • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • Environmental Fate and Transport
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Topics in Civil Engineering1
  • River Engineering
  • Water Quality Modeling and Management
  • Advanced Hydrology
  • Modeling in Water Resources Engineering
  • Biochemical Transformations in the Environment
  • Environmental Laboratory - Analyses
    or Environmental Laboratory - Processes
  • Hazardous Waste Remediation Technologies
  • Physical and Chemical Processes of Environmental Engineering
  • Fate of Micropollutants
  • GIS Applications in Water Resources Engineering
  • Biotechnology - Microbial Communities
  • Advanced Topics in Civil Engineering1
  • Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Design

1Specific topic must be preapproved.

Learning Outcomes

The knowledge and skills gained in course offerings, students will be able to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of the built and natural environment. This will include resource management, pollution control, waste and hazardous material disposal, health and safety protection, conservation, and requirements for protection of special materials and related work environments. 

Upon certificate completion, you will be able to:

  • Analyze complex environmental challenges with potential impacts on public health, ecosystems and the environment.
  • Integrate advanced concepts, modern engineering tools and best practices to design technologically and socially appropriate solutions.
  • Communicate and effectively explain environmental problems and proposed solutions to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Reflect on the contributions of each course to achieve desired professional growth, including the technological, social, financial and environmental impact of the student’s work.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are likely to find positions in a wide range of organizations across industries, including:

  • Governmental agencies
  • Municipal engineering departments
  • Consulting engineer companies
  • Construction companies


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  • Admission Requirements
  • Application Details
  • Application Deadline
  • Meet the Faculty

Ready to learn more about Marquette's environmental engineering graduate certificate programs? Reach out directly to our program recruiter or fill out the form below (all fields required) and we will respond to you shortly. 

Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

phone: (414) 288-7139

email: tim.carter@marquette.edu

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Applicants who do not have an engineering degree must complete prerequisite engineering requirements. The list of required prerequisite course(s) is determined during the academic advising process. Students who do not meet the 3.000 requirement, but have completed one year of engineering work experience, are reviewed and considered based upon a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to determine the applicant’s ability to complete advanced course work.

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply and submit all application materials any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions – August 1
  • Spring term admissions – December 15 

Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (scholarships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall term: February 15
  • Spring term: November 15

Dr. Brooke Mayer

Dr. Brooke MayerBrooke Mayer (PhD, Arizona State University) is a licensed Professional Engineer and Associate Professor with over 15 years of experience in nutrient removal and recovery from water/wastewater and mitigation of pathogens and disinfection byproducts for drinking water treatment. Dr. Mayer co-leads an annual Emerging Contaminants short course.




Dr. Daniel Zitomer

Dan H. ZitomerDaniel Zitomer (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is a licensed Professional Engineer and Chair and Professor with over 30 years of experience specializing in anaerobic biotechnology for water treatment and renewable biofuels.  Dr. Zitomer is the Director of the Marquette University’s Water Quality Center and leads the Anaerobic Treatment short course in collaboration with industry partners. Dr. Zitomer is also the site director for the NSF sponsored Water Equipment and Policy research center that develops the next generation of water technologies with industry members.


Dr. Walter McDonald

Dr. Walter McDonaldWalter McDonald (PhD, Virginia Tech) is an Assistant professor specializing in urban stormwater, remote sensing, and hydrology. His research integrates an innovative span of environmental monitoring, stormwater management, and data analytics. Specific projects include drone remote sensing of hydrologic processes, real-time control of stormwater systems, and monitoring of stormwater best management practices.




Dr. Patrick McNamara

Dr. Patrick McNamaraPatrick McNamara (PhD, The University of Minnesota) is an Associate Professor specializing in emerging contaminants, antibiotic resistance, and biosolids management for wastewater treatment.  Dr. McNamara co-leads an annual Emerging Contaminants short course.






Dr. Anthony Parolari

Anthony ParolariAnthony Parolari (PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is an Assistant Professor specializing in ecohydrology with applications to natural and engineered systems, like green infrastructure. His research interests include model development and data analysis for improved operation and management of engineered water systems.




Dr. Jeffrey Starke

Jeffrey StarkeJeffrey A. Starke (PhD, University Wisconsin-Madison) is a PE with over 16 years of experience with the US Army.  Dr. Starke teaches the environmental laboratory courses as well as the hazardous and industrial waste course.






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