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

Doctor of Philosophy. Major in Water Resources - Science and Management 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. 

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 Science & Management 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 (6 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Chemistry or Physics or Biology/Ecology (6 credits total)

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):

Aquatic Ecology
FISH 503Workshop1-16
FISH 530Stream Ecology3
Fluvial Geomorphology and Aquatic Habitat
CE 526Aquatic Habitat Modeling (Max 6 credits)3
CE 535Fluvial Geomorphology and River Mechanics3
Physical Hydrogeology
BE 450Environmental Hydrology 13
FISH 515Large River Fisheries 12
ENVS 541Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants3
STAT 431Statistical Analysis3
Subsurface Hydrology
HYDR 509Quantitative Hydrogeology 23
SOIL 515Soil and Environmental Physics 23
Water Quality
BE 552Environmental Water Quality3

Elective Courses

As noted under Common Courses for Ph.D. only, an elective course must be in either the Engineering & Science 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.