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Water Resources

Are you interested in becoming a top-notch professional in water resource service, research, and education?  SPEA’s rigorous Water Resources concentration prepares students with the skills to address myriad environmental issues including water quality treatment, pollution prevention, watershed assessment, water resource management, storm water management, permitting, risk assessment, wetland reclamation, wastewater treatment, and sustainable urban growth.

Stream Ecology Lab

Careers in Water Resources

Our graduates possess a complete set of tools applicable to careers with federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as nongovernmental agencies, private sector environmental consultants, and environmental management departments within industry.

Graduates leave SPEA with professional expertise and tools to approach the vast variety of water resource needs. The diversity and accomplishments among the SPEA faculty allow flexibility for SPEA graduate students to tailor their degrees to best match their environmental career goals.  Join SPEA graduates working at the EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, consulting firms, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and many more...

Water Resources Curriculum

Students begin to develop needed technical tools with the MSES core
(18 credit hours).

The Applied Ecology concentration also includes specific advanced courses and 12 credit hours of electives that allow a student to tailor their individual program towards their interests.  Below is a list of possible elective courses. Students also may enroll in courses in Geology, Geography, and other departments after consultation with a faculty advisor.

  • Wetlands: Biology and Regulation (E 440)
  • Limnology (E 455)
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Management (E 460)
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Management Laboratory (E 461)
  • Environmental Toxicology (E 520)
  • Habitat Analysis - Aquatic (E 523)
  • Forest Ecology and Management (E 528)
  • Restoration Ecology (E 534)
  • Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (E 537)
  • Aquatic Chemistry (E 539)
  • Subsurface Microbioloty and Bioremediation (E 544)
  • Lake and Watershed Management (E 545)
  • Stream Ecology (E 546)
  • Groundwater Flow Modeling (E 554)
  • Watershed Hydrology (E 555)
  • Conservation Biology (E 557)
  • Surface Water Hyrdology (GEOL-G 550)
  • Advanced Hydrology (GEOL-G 551)
  • Water Law (LAW-B 768)

Students pursuing the thesis options will sign up for Research in Environmental Science (E625) to fulfill some portion of their concentration electives.

Students pursuing the non-thesis option generally complete an appropriate internship during the summer between their first and second year in the program.  The coursework in each concentration culminates in a project-oriented course (capstone) that integrates knowledge gained throughout the program and applies it to issues related to the student’s concentration.

Dual Concentrations

Dual concentrations with Water Resources and other concentrations offered by SPEA—such as Applied Ecology—offer unique advantages for those wanting to make a difference in particular areas of environmental science. Our faculty work to accommodate these specialized professional interests in the design of student programs.

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