Water Resources Engineering and Science Option (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy. Major in Water Resources - Engineering and Science Option

Common Courses

Students in both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs are required to fulfill a set of common courses, applicable to all three Water Resources Option Areas. The common courses are:

WR 501Seminar1-16
WR 506Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources3
WR 507Integrated Water Resources Projects3
Select one 500-level Elective course: 13

Entry Requirements

Coursework in the following is required for M.S. and Ph.D. admission to the Water Resources Engineering & Science Option Area. Provisional admission for M.S. students may be granted to those who have completed the majority of this coursework, provided the remaining coursework is completed as deficiency requirements.

  • Calculus (minimum of 9 credits)
  • Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • Statistics for Scientists/Engineers (3 credits)
  • Chemistry (minimum of 4 credits)
  • Physics (minimum of 4 credits)
  • Engineering Fluid Mechanics (minimum of 3 credits)

Core Courses

M.S. students are required to take 6 credits, and Ph.D. students are required to take 9 credits from the following (6 or 9 cr):

BE 552Environmental Water Quality3
BE 558Fluid Mechanics of Porous Materials3
CE 421Engineering Hydrology3
CE 526Aquatic Habitat Modeling 13
CE 535Fluvial Geomorphology and River Mechanics 13
HYDR 509Quantitative Hydrogeology3
HYDR 576Fundamentals of Modeling Hydrogeologic Systems3
SOIL 515Soil and Environmental Physics3

Elective Courses

As noted under Common Courses for Ph.D. only, an elective course must be in either the Science & Management or Law, Management & Policy Option Areas. A core course may be considered an elective course once the core requirements are satisfied. A detailed list of elective courses for this option area is provided on the Water Resources Program web site.