Graduate Certificate in Acoustics

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Why get a Certificate in Acoustics?

Sound is a sensory mode that shapes our everyday lives. It provides a sense of geographical, perceptual and emotional sense of place. Acoustics is the branch of physics concerned with the properties of sound.  The science of acoustics spreads across many facets of human society—music, medicine, architecture, industrial production, warfare and environment. Applied uses of acoustics are playing an important role in addressing many of the societal challenges our nation faces. Acoustics has proven to be a valuable tool for monitoring and assessing impacts related to national security concerns, food security, energy, environment, and health. Acoustics is the only practical underwater sensing modality, and on land and in air, has become directly linked to a variety of applications in environmental acoustics. Because acoustics is so broad and interdisciplinary, very few programs offer formal degrees in acoustics. The Certificate in Acoustics provides a recognized mastery of fundamental acoustics concepts to enhance traditional degrees that employers are looking for in this growing field.

Why choose UNH’s acoustics program?

Acoustics students at UNH can choose from a number of tracks leading to the Graduate Certificate in Acoustics, all of which can be done in person or remotely. The two required certificate courses provide the fundamentals needed for any acoustics sub-discipline, and the electives offered allow students to focus in their area of interest including bioacoustics, underwater acoustics, and signal processing. Our faculty span the major sub-disciplines of acoustics, and additional courses are being added every year to meet student interests and demands. Acoustic-related facilities at UNH include a semi-anechoic chamber, the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences Departments, and Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. Graduates are well-suited to jobs that require knowledge of acoustic processes, data analysis, modeling, and applied uses of acoustics.

Faculty research expertise includes:
  • Underwater acoustics
  • Animal behavior/communication
  • Speech communication
  • Acoustical oceanography
  • Signal processing for acoustics
  • Sonar engineering/calibration
  • Noise effects on wildlife
  • Acoustics education
  • Noise impacts on recreation
  • Fluid-structure interaction
Potential Career Areas:
  • University level teaching/research
  • Acoustic consulting
  • Government research (Navy, NOAA, USGS, BOEM, USDA)
  • Non-profits
  • Energy industry (wind, oil & gas, hydrokinetic)
  • Technology industry
  • Regulation and policy

curriculum and requirements


Jennifer Miksis-Olds
Director, UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education

Anthony Lyons
Associate Director for Research, UNH Center for Acoustics Research and Education

Michelle Fournet
Associate Director for Education, UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture