Environmental Nanoscience and Risk, Certificate

This cross-disciplinary certificate provides the fundamental concepts and principles of environmental nanoscience and risk to constitute a common ground for multiple STEM disciplines. The certificate will serve employees of agencies and organizations related to regulation and governance of nanoscience and nanotechnology who wish to enhance their professional credentials by adding the foundations of environmental nanoscience and risk to their expertise. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify and define the basic scientific concepts underpinning environmental nanoscience
  2. Students will be able to identify and describe the properties of materials at the nanoscale level, synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials
  3. Students will be able to identify and describe the fate and behavior of nanomaterials in environmental systems
  4. Students will be able to identify and describe nanotoxicology and risk assessment
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate using a suite of laboratory methods, specifically, the tools used in environmental nanoscience such as various separation methods, spectroscopy, microscopy, and other analytical techniques


  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Baccalaureate degree Transcript of Record
  • Brief Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Completed UofSC Application Form and fee

Certificate Requirements (18 Hours)

Required Courses (15 hours)

Course Title Credits
ENHS 764Principles, Methods, and Issues in Air Quality3
ENHS 771Environmental Health Sciences Seminar (1 hour per semester)1
ENHS 793Special Topics in Environmental Health Sciences1-6
ENHS 862Special Research Topics in Environmental Health Sciences (Approved Research Component)3

Electives (3 hours)

Course Title Credits
Suggested Courses:
CHEM 742Surface Science3
CHEM 745Introductory Crystallography3
ENHS 660Concepts of Environmental Health Science3
ENHS 670Environmental Pollutants and Human Health3
ENHS 772Human and Ecological Risk Assessment3
EPID 747Environmental Epidemiology3