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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.
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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.
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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).
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|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 Quality Chemistry|
|Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I|
|Environment Chemistry: Atmosphere|
|Water Supply and Pollution Control|
|Legal Aspects of Resource Management|
|Wetland Science and Sustainability|
|Watershed Management Laboratory|
|Geography of Water Resources|
|Water Resources Geochemistry|
|Techniques in Environmental Geochemistry|
|The Organic Geochemistry of Natural Waters and Sediments|
|Landscape Soil and Water Management|
|Nutrient Management in Agricultural Systems|
|General Fishery Science|
|Ecology of Fishes|
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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.
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.
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.