Watersheds and Water Resources, Minor

Program Code: WWR_UMNR

Program Description

Watersheds are important landscape features that control the biogeochemistry of natural waters. This interdisciplinary minor enables students to learn the fundamental processes governing the transport and chemical evolution of surface and subsurface waters. It provides a complement to elective and required coursework in Earth sciences, resource management, wastewater treatment, and/or environmental planning. Students in this program will learn to apply fundamental concepts of chemistry, biology, geoscience, and landscape evolution to processes operating at the watershed scale. Learning objectives for the minor include excellence in written and oral expression, the ability to collect and interpret data from dynamic natural systems, and rigor in scientific thought.

What is Watersheds and Water Resources?

Population growth, land-use changes, and global environmental change are among the factors that will place further demands on an already stressed global fresh water supply. The Watersheds and Water Resources minor brings together courses from the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, and Science to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on water resources to help address local and global water challenges.

You Might Like This Program If...

You want to improve the quality of life for people locally, nationally, or worldwide by providing adequate sources of fresh water for human needs, while being sensitive to the needs of other plant and animal species and maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 18 credits (at least 6 credits at the 400 level) from the WWR committee's approved list of courses, which includes but is not limited to the following:18
Soil and Water Resource Management
Principles of Soil and Water Engineering
Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Water-resource Engineering
Water Quality Chemistry
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
Chemistry in the Environment
Water Supply and Pollution Control
Hydrology
Contaminant Hydrology
Legal Aspects of Resource Management
Limnology
Wetland Conservation
Watershed Management
Watershed Management Laboratory
Geography of Water Resources
Earth Materials
Geomorphology
Water Resources Geochemistry
Techniques in Environmental Geochemistry
The Organic Geochemistry of Natural Waters and Sediments
Hydrogeology
Landscape Soil and Water Management
Hydropedology
Nutrient Management in Agricultural Systems
General Fishery Science
Ecology of Fishes

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

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Jodi Vender
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
305 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-5730
advising@geog.psu.edu

Career Paths

Students earning the Watersheds and Water Resources minor learn a wide range of research and analytical skills that are highly valued by employers. Students with expertise in watersheds and water resources find jobs in all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, and in industry.

Careers

Students earning the Watersheds and Water Resources minor are well positioned to find employment with diverse organizations spanning business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Such organizations may include (but are not limited to): AECOM; CH2M; Dewberry; Dow Chemical; Gannett Fleming; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Tetra Tech; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and  Wildlife  Service;  U.S.  Geological Survey; local, regional, and state agencies; environmental and engineering consulting firms; policy research institutes; private corporations; conservation associations; and humanitarian organizations.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The Watersheds and Water Resources minor is useful for students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in the environmental and social sciences and engineering. Alumni enter graduate and professional studies in a variety of programs, including (but not limited to) geosciences, geography, environmental sciences, ecology, sustainability, public policy, emergency management, planning, business, engineering, and law. They sometimes begin graduate or professional programs directly after finishing undergraduate studies, but often get several years' work experience before returning to school, either full or part-time.

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Contact

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DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY
302 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3433

geography@psu.edu

http://www.geog.psu.edu