In today’s world of big data, rapid technological change and natural resource scarcity, Earth scientists with data science expertise are in high demand. The Earth Data Analytics - Foundations professional graduate certificate is designed to provide students with a powerful combination of skills in earth science, data analytics, interdisciplinary collaboration and science communication.
The nine-credit professional graduate certificate consists of three courses and can be completed over a 9 month period online. The certificate can be used to start or advance a career in the rapidly expanding world of data-intensive environmental inquiry and tool development.
The Earth Data Analytics - Foundations professional certificate provides core skills required for a career in computationally-intensive earth sciences. These skills, identified through a survey of both industry representatives and the scientific community, and supplemented by a literature review, include the ability to:
The technical skills acquired through this certificate can help start or advance a career as a:
The interdisciplinary earth data science skills learned in this program can also support existing career tracks in fields including hydrology, geosciences, environmental engineering, urban and regional planning and natural resources.
The 2019 certificate application is open.
Required application materials include a resume/CV, undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and a statement of interest. The statement of interest should consist of approximately 500 words describing your reasons for applying to the Certificate Program, how it will further your career and what aspects of your background (relevant prerequisite coursework, work experience, etc.) have prepared you to succeed in the program. If you would like to review the content of the application prior to starting it, a pdf can be found here.
This certificate is appropriate for recent graduates, experienced Earth Science professionals and professionals who want to change career tracks. If you are a current CU student or employee more information can be found here.
The Earth Data Analytics - Foundations professional graduate certificate requires three sequential courses beginning in the August semester and ending in May.
In order to earn the certificate you will need to:
The cost of all three certificate courses (nine credits) is $9,000 for in-state students and $10,800 for out-of-state students. Students are permitted to enroll in just one or two of the certificate courses (three credits each) at the rate of $1,000 per credit for in-state and $1,200 per credit for out-of-state students.