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Data Science Certificate

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Program Information

The Data Science for Environmental Applications Certificate is a nine-month online program geared towards those pursuing a career in data analysis and modeling. Environmental professionals need to be able to make sense of large and complex data. Learning to handle, visualize, analyze, and make predictions with big data is a prerequisite for careful decision-making in agencies, non-governmental organizations, and consulting.


Whether you are a recent graduate or an established professional, this certificate will help you to develop and improve your quantitative toolkit for analyzing environmental data. The emphasis throughout will be on applied methods to increase job-ready skills.


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Learn Critical Techniques

All courses will be taught in an open source environment using R, R markdown, and Shiny.

The core of the certificate is four classes:

  • Experimental Design
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Spatial Analysis

These are combined with one-credit or two-credit topical seminars in data visualization, machine learning, and app development.

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Develop Job-Ready Skills

The world of environmental data analysis is growing exponentially. Every day more and more data are available and scientists need a variety of statistical techniques to think quantitatively about the world around them.

Online program delivery accommodates working professionals, allowing you to put your skills to work right away.

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Earn Graduate Credit

The Data Science for Environmental Applications certificate will improve your toolkit for visualizing, analyzing, and making predictions with environmental data.

Earn the certificate on its own, or add it to your graduate degree with face to face options.

Cohorts begin every September and complete the certificate in June. 

Application Requirements

  • Current graduate students adding the certificate to their in-progress master's degree apply here.
  • New applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
  • Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended.
  • Additional application materials for all applicants are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
  • International Applicants: Please review the requirements for Degree Equivalency and English Language Proficiency. This program is delivered online and may not meet student VISA requirements.

Additional Application Requirement

  • A one page statement of purpose that addresses the following: 1) Your academic background and how it has prepared you for a certificate in data science; 2) Motivations for pursuing the certificate, and area of specialization that you are interested in; 3) Research interests, or applicability of data science in the professional sector.

Application Deadline

  • Fall: September 1