The Program

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Geophysics is designed to give students a competitive edge in research and the job market. This is achieved by guiding students to cross over from their graduate program to relevant courses in other science and engineering graduate programs. The requirements are simply three courses in graduate programs outside that of the student’s graduate program- including one geophysics course. The courses are selected by the student and their graduate advisor to broaden and strengthen the student’s background in their field of interest. Students who have earned The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Geophysics find that the multidisciplinary background opens opportunities in both academia and industry.

Participating graduate programs currently include:

For students of geological, oceanographic and environmental sciences, the program can provide reciprocal training and training in engineering that enhances their skills, knowledge base, and capabilities. For students of engineering and computer sciences, the program provides training in geophysical methods and a scientific context for engineering applications.

The program encompasses multidisciplinary field, laboratory, and modeling studies using state-of-the art geophysical, engineering, and oceanographic practice and theory. A comprehensive suite of research facilities is available for these studies, including geophysical, engineering, and marine field and laboratory instrumentation.

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Geophysics program also presents a Seminar Series which is announced each semester. The seminars are selectively compiled from offerings of the participating programs. The Seminar Series is open to the entire university and provides a wide spectrum of cutting edge science and engineering topics and a chance to meet the speakers and to make contacts and connections across the disciplines.

Certificate Requirements

Students must fulfill all degree requirements in their major program of study. M.S. and Ph.D. students in the certificate program will take three courses in the participating graduate programs outside the graduate program of their degree, including at least one course in geophysics. The selection of courses within and outside of the graduate programs of participating departments will be determined by each graduate program and tailored to the individual needs and directions of the students.

Research Facilities

Equipment and Laboratories


Rutgers’ library system, with holdings of more than 3.7 million volumes, ranks among the top 30 research libraries in North America. As part of its Digital Library Initiative, Rutgers is actively expanding electronic access to journals, bibliographic databases, and quantitative data.

Graduate Courses

Courses in the program include, but are not limited to, the following:

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Fundamentals of Contaminant Mass Transfer, Advanced Transport Phenomena 1 - Fluid Mechanics, Advanced Transport Phenomena 2 - Heat and Mass Transfer, Fluid-Particle and Granular Flow

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Soil Dynamics, Laboratory and Field Soil Dynamics, Environmental Geotechnology, Groundwater Engineering, Groundwater Engineering II, Coastal Engineering, Advanced Transport Phenomena I - Fluid Mechanics, Advanced Transport Phenomena II - Heat and Mass Transfer, Fluid Particle and Granular Flow, Biogeochemcial Engineering, Sediment Transport, Environmental Management of Maritime Infrastructure, Environmental Informatics

Earth and Planetary Sciences
Introduction to Geophysics, Geodynamics, Marine Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Sedimentology, Sedimentary Geology, Ecodynamics, Marine Sedimentology, Structural Geology, Geohydrology

Electrical and Computer Engineering
System Analysis, Digital Signals and Filters, Optimum Signal Processing, Image Coding and Processing, Computational Methods for Signal Recovery, Multi-dimensional Signal Processing Algorithms, Computer Graphics, Machine Vision, Visualization and Advanced Computer Graphics, Robust Computer Vision

Environmental Sciences
Principles of Air Pollution, Air Sampling and Analysis, Atmospheric Chemistry, Physical Climatology, Large-Scale Weather Systems, Modeling of Climatic Change, Air Pollution Meteorology, Remote Sensing of the Ocean & Atmosphere, Aerosol Sciences, Soil Physics

Geospatial Information Science
Intermediate Environmental Geomatics, Advanced Environmental Geomatics, Advanced Remote Sensing

Materials Science and Engineering
Advanced Powder Processing, Physical Properties of Crystals, Crystal Chemistry of Ceramic Materials, Kinetics of Materials Systems

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Stress Waves in Solids, Theory of Elasticity, Fluid Mechanics I, Fluid Mechanics II, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Acoustics, Conduction Heat Transfer, Convection Heat Transfer

Physical Oceanography; Dynamics of Waves, Currents, and Sediment Transport on the Continental Shelves; Numerical Modeling of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Certificate Program Representative

Professor Peter A. Rona
Director, Graduate Certificate Program in Engineering Geophysics
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Cook Campus

Graduate Program Representatives

Professor Zoran Gajic
Director, Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering
EE Building, Room 222, Busch Campus

Professor Hae-Chang Gea
Director, Graduate Program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Engineering Building, Busch Campus

Professor Nenad Gucunski
Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Busch Campus

Professor Lisa C. Klein
Director, Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering
Engineering Building, A225, Busch Campus

Professor Richard G. Lathrop
Director, Geospatial Information Science
Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Building, Cook Campus

Professor Alexander V. Neimark
Director, Graduate Program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Engineering Building, C258, Busch Campus

Professor John R. Reinfelder
Director, Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences Building, 260, Cook Campus
732-932-9800 ext. 6211

Professor John Wilkin
Director, Graduate Program in Oceanography
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, 214C, Cook Campus

Professor James D. Wright
Director, Graduate Program in Geological Sciences
Wright Geology Laboratory, Busch Campus


Prosenjit Bagchi (Ph.D., Illinois)
Computational and analytical fluid dynamics, nonlinear dynamical systems

David Daut (Ph.D., Rensselaer)
Communications and information processing, digital communication system design and analysis, image coding and transmission

Daniel Gimenez (Ph.D. Minnesota)
Soil structure; water movement and solute transport through soils; soil quality

Scott Glenn (Ph.D., MIT and Woods Hole)
Physical oceanography, satellite remote sensing

Nenad Gucunski (Ph.D., Michigan)
Soil-structure interaction, nondestructive testing, numerical methods, soil and structural dynamics

Dale Haidvogel (Ph.D., MIT and Woods Hole)
Physical oceanography, numerical ocean circulation modeling

David Hill (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Environmental Systems and Informatics

Richard G. Lathrop (Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison)
Remote sensing, landscape ecology

Ali Maher (Ph.D., Michigan)
Soil/site improvement, soil composite materials, geosynthetics, soil dynamics, environmental geotechnology

Adrian Mann (Ph.D., Oxford)
Characterization and fabrication of materials using scanning and nanoprobes with particular emphasis on studying the nanomechanics of materials and biological systems.

Monica Mazurek (Ph.D., UCLA)
Air quality engineering, organic geochemistry, molecular markers as tracers for biogeochemical processes and environmental remediation.

James Miller (Ph.D., Maryland)
Air-sea interactions, remote sensing, climate modeling, earth system science

Gregory S. Mountain (Ph.D., Columbia)
Seismic reflection and refraction, seismic stratigraphy, general geophysics, geology of the Atlantic continental margin

Andrew Norris (Ph.D., Northwestern)
Dynamics of solids, wave propagation, mechanics of composite materials

Henrik Pedersen (Ph.D., Yale)
Biochemical engineering, reactor design, plant cell culture

Richard Riman (Ph.D., MIT)
Hydrothermal synthesis; mixedness-modulated solid-state synthesis; reactive atmosphere sol-gel synthesis

Alan Robock (Ph.D. MIT)
Climate change, climate modeling, soil moisture

Peter Rona (Ph.D., Yale)
Oceanic ridge processes, seafloor hydrothermal processes, marine geology and geophysics

Deborah Silver (Ph.D., Princeton)
Visualization, computer graphics, computational geometry, numerical analysis

David Tulloch (Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison)
GIS applications, public participatory GIS, environmental planning and design

Financial Aid

Rutgers offers assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships to qualified graduate students with strong academic achievement and financial need. Graduate stipends are competitive, and most awards carry remission of tuition. Many other forms of financial aid are available. Applications for financial awards must be received by March 1 to be considered for the fall term.


Applicants interested in pursuing graduate work in engineering geophysics at either the master’s or doctoral level must apply to one of the participating graduate academic degree programs. A curriculum plan will be developed with an appropriate faculty adviser in that program. For application forms and additional information about admission to the participating degree programs (including deadlines, GRE scores, and other requirements, which vary by program), contact:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,
18 Bishop Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8530 (732/932-7711)

For More Information

Professor Peter A. Rona
Director, Graduate Certificate Program in Engineering Geophysics
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8521

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

As a university strongly committed to graduate education and research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, provides graduate programs of exceptional academic quality taught by distinguished faculty. Chartered in 1766, Rutgers is now one of the nation’s premier research institutions and a member of the select Association of American Universities. The Graduate School–New Brunswick offers master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 50 disciplines. The large graduate student community (more than 3,700 in the Graduate School–New Brunswick, of whom more than half are in residence at any given time) is engaged in the larger national research community through active lecture and seminar series, attendance at conferences, editorships of student-run journals, and cooperative endeavors with nearby institutions, especially Princeton University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Rutgers’ proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia is a notable asset for the cultural and academic opportunities that these cities afford.

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