Tulane University and the U.S. Army Engineer Corps of Engineers have partnered to provide a unique, graduate-level certificate program that focuses on teaching students both the science and engineering associated with river management. There is an emphasis on the academic underpinnings as well as pragmatic applications, and the interdisciplinary nature of rivers is stressed by including faculty who work in geology, civil engineering, geomorphology, river mechanics and engineering, biogeochemistry, ecology and numerical modeling. This program is offered fully online, combining self-taught modules with weekly Live Sessions and is available to students everywhere. This certificate program can, but does not have to, serve as a step toward a graduate degree in the subject.
The River Science and Engineering program will consist of the completion of one required course, RCSE 6800 Intro to River Science & Eng (3 c.h.), that will be offered every Fall and Spring semester initially, and four of five additional courses (more elective course may be added in future semesters) that will begin being offered in the Fall 2018 Semester. The existing coursework in the program is:
|RCSE 6800||Intro to River Science & Eng (offered every Fall and Spring)||3|
|RCSE 6810||River and Stream Restoration (offered every Fall beginning Fall 2018)||3|
|RCSE 6820||Hydraulic/ Hydrologic Modeling (offered every fall beginning Fall 2018)||3|
|RCSE 6830||River Mechanics & Management (offered every Spring beginning Spring 2019)||3|
|RCSE 6840||Methods in River Sampling (offered every Spring beginning Spring 2019)||3|
|RCSE 6900||Independent Study (offered every Fall and Spring)||1-3|
|Total Credit Hours||16-18|
Students must complete the intro course prior to enrolling in advanced courses unless permission is obtained from the RCSE department chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the class instructor. This exception will be made for students who are not initially interested in completing the full certificate program and that also meet the instructor’s prerequisites for entrance into the course. Each of the courses in the program will be three credit hours. Those completing 15 credit hours of required coursework will be granted a certificate of completion.1 All six courses will be taught on the standard Tulane Fall and Spring semester schedule.
A transcripted certificate degree is currently under development.