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.
General Education Requirements (34-37 credits)*
Major Departmental Requirements (42 credits)
Students in the water resources major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.
Required Core Courses
- ESC 211 Introduction to Meteorology*
- ESC 222 Introduction to Water Resources*
- ESC 318 Watershed Sciences
- ESC 350 Computational Methods in the Field Sciences
- ESC 391 Writing in the Earth Sciences
- ESC 412 Hydrology
- ESC 494 Senior Research*
- ESC 495 Senior Seminar*
- GEL 201 Introduction to Physical Geology*
- GEL 460 Hydrogeology
- 14 credits of designated electives by advisement from:
- ESC 300 Physical Oceanography
- ESC 311 Synoptic Meteorology I
- ESC 312 Synoptic Meteorology II
- ESC 313 Environmental Climatology
- ESC 314 Environmental Climatology Lab
- ESC 420 Radar and Satellite Meteorology
- ESC 455 Introduction to Soils Science
- ESC 462 Hydrometeorology
- GEL 418 Geomorphology & Surface Processes
- GEL 450 Low Temp Geochemistry
- GEL 463 Environmental and Engineering Geology
- ENV 419 Limnology
- ENV 436 Water Quality Analysis
- GEL 411 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Total Number of Core Credits (42 credits)
Major Corequisite Requirements (27 credits)
- MTH 201 Calculus I*
- MTH 202 Calculus II*
- CHM 205 Chemistry I*
- CHM 206 Chemistry II
- ESC 251 Scientific Computing
- PHS 235 Physics I*
- PHS 240 Physics II
Total Number of Corequisite Credits (27 credits)
*Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements.
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.
Electives (14-17 credits)
Total Credits (120 credits)
Additional Degree Requirements
- Completion of all college-wide degree requirements
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.