Water resources majors must earn a minimum of 42 credits in required core courses. Additional requirements are two semesters each of calculus, college chemistry with lab, and college physics with lab. This major prepares students for careers in hydrology, resource management, and pollution control; the course of study includes courses recommended for federal employment as a hydrologist. The major is offered to meet the growing demand for hydrologists and other water resources professionals by federal, state and local government agencies; private sector environmental and consulting firms; and industrial and educational institutions.
Admission to the Program
Any undergraduate student can declare this major.
Students in the water resources major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.
Required Core Courses
- ESC211 Introduction to Meteorology
- ESC222 Introduction to Water Resources
- ESC318 Watershed Sciences
- ESC350 Computational Methods in the Field Sciences
- ESC391 Writing in the Earth Sciences
- ESC412 Hydrology
- ESC494 Senior Research
- ESC495 Senior Seminar
- GEL201 Introduction to Physical Geology
- GEL260 Hydrogeology
- 14 credits of designated electives by advisement from:
- ESC300 Physical Oceanography
- ESC311 Synoptic Meteorology I
- ESC312 Synoptic Meteorology II
- ESC313 Environmental Climatology
- ESC314 Environmental Climatology Lab
- ESC420 Radar and Satellite Meteorology
- ESC455 Introduction to Soils Science
- ESC462 Hydro Meteorology
- GEL418 Geomorphology & Surface Processes
- GEL450 Low Temp Geochemistry
- GEL463 Environmental and Engineering Geology
- ENV419 Limnology
- ENV436 Water Quality Analysis
- GEL411 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Total Number of Core Credits: 42
Required Corequisite Courses
- MTH201 Calculus I
- MTH202 Calculus II
- CHM205 Chemistry I
- CHM206 Chemistry II
- ESC251 Scientific Computing
- PHS235 Physics I
- PHS240 Physics II
Total Number of Corequisite Credits: 27
Physics, calculus, and college chemistry should be taken by the end of the sophomore year.
ESC 350 and ESC 391 should be taken in the junior year.
ESC 494 and ESC 495 should be taken in the senior year.
Student Learning OutcomesUpon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Explain the manner with which variables and data, relevant for Water Resources, are properly collected using discipline appropriate methodology (Fieldwork, Instrumentation, Remote sensing, or derived products from Models).
- Properly Interpret Water Resources data using discipline-accepted qualitative analysis.
- Properly Interpret Water Resources data using discipline-accepted quantitative analysis.
- Define a scientific question and develop a methodology for answering it.
- Locate, evaluate and interpret primary source scientific literature.
- Effectively express Water Resources concepts and research results following the accepted written format for the discipline
- Explain Water Resources concepts and communicate research results following the accepted oral format for the discipline.