River Studies and Leadership Certificate

The River Studies and Leadership Certificate (RSLC) offers a foundation of knowledge, skills and experience in river-based science, policy, conservation, education, and recreation for undergraduate students who aspire to be a river professional.

Students will collaborate with a faculty advisor to design and complete a personalized academic program that provides a strong basis for addressing real world challenges facing our nation’s rivers.  RSLC requirements include an emphasis area and hands-on river-related experience via an internship, professional employment or independent study.   


Core curriculum includes one in Geographic Information Systems, River Science, River Policy, and Swiftwater Rescue. One of of three emphasis areas will provide students knowledge in River Science; River-based Policy and Management; or River-Based Recreation, Education and Tourism. Students will also complete an internship/course-related professional experience and complete work for either presentation at a RMS conference or publication in the RMS Journal.

River Studies and Leadership Courses


The University of Utah offers this certificate in partnership with the River Management Society (RMS), a national organization whose mission is to support professionals who study, protect and manage North America’s rivers. Students receive a one-year membership to the River Management Society, which includes a subscription to the RMS Journal and access to national and regional chapter events such as chapter floats, workshops, and the RMS List serve. Students also have a number of exciting opportunities for professional networking and collaboration.

For more information please contact Dr. Kelly Bricker.

Undergraduate Advising

Eric Gardner

Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: 801-585-0832
Email: eric.gardner@utah.edu

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Online ST&HM Program

Preston Tanner

Online Program Coordinator 

Phone: 801-587-7357
Email: preston.tanner@utah.edu 

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