Water Science

The certificate consists of 12 credits. A minimum of 3 credits is required in each of the following areas: (1) water quality, (2) hydrology, and (3) water management and policy. Students must earn a grade of 'B' or better in each class to qualify for a certificate. 

The certificate requires the following courses. Other courses can be taken live, online, through Engineering Outreach, or through independent study. Any substituted courses must be approved by the Environmental
Science Program.

Wetland Restoration Ecology 

FISH 540, 3 credits | Fall
Option area: water quality
Prerequisites: At least two semesters each of biology and ecology.

This web-based course contains modules covering wetland science, restoration ecology, freshwater restoration, coastal restoration, and monitoring/maintenance. The emphasis is on the science of wetland ecosystems and the applied ecology/practice of restoration, with additional consideration of cultural and socio-political contexts. Extensive readings, an assignment, and a study guide are required for each module. Students apply their learning in and contribute relevant professional experience to weekly online discussions. Students are also responsible for obtaining documentation of at least one wetland restoration site in their region and conducting a site visit in order to evaluate the success of the restoration project. A final exam (re-design of a failed restoration project) is administered online, with partial credit earned through discussion with an interdisciplinary team of classmates and the remaining credit earned through individual analysis and synthesis.

Environmental Hydrology 

BAE 450, 3 credits | Spring
Option area: hydrology
Prerequisites: Analytic Geometry and Calculus

The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the hydrologic processes associated with the environmental processes. Includes components of the hydrologic cycle, analysis of precipitation and run off, evapotranspiration, routing, peak flow, infiltration, soil and water relationships, snowmelt, and frequency analysis.

Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management 

CSS 573, 3 credits | Fall
Option area: water management and policy
Prerequisites: none 

Focus on ecological and human factors in process-oriented approaches to watershed analysis and planning for effective decision-making; emphasis on practical applications of current tools and approaches, e.g., GIS, MAU Theory, collaborative management.

Hydrologic Applications of GIS & Remote Sensing 

GEOG 524, 3 credits | Spring
Option area: water management and policy
Prerequisites: a basic course in GIS

Concepts of area-based hydrologic modeling and assessment and the various types of spatially distributed information commonly used in these activities, such as topographic data, vegetation cover, soils and meteorologic data. Hands-on experience in manipulating these types of data sets for hydrologic applications.