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Water Resources Management

Track Advisor: Jerry Fairley, Hydrogeology

Track prerequisites: At a minimum, students entering the program in this track are expected to have successfully completed at least one college level introductory course in biology or ecology, physics and statistics, and at least two college level courses in calculus.

This track expands an existing non-thesis MS degree program in Environmental Science to include a wider range of water management subject matter. This PSM track is intended to complement the more issue-specific tracks described below and will train professionals with the broader range of knowledge that is required to be an effective water resource manager.

Students in this track will be trained for entry-level management positions in industries and agencies that offer a diversified portfolio in water resources management. Coursework for this track includes curricular elements that are currently part of the University’s premier program in water resources, Waters of the West. Students will select courses that review wastewater operations, hydrology, water quality, watershed management, ground water engineering, water policy, water resources systems analysis, wetland restoration, remote sensing, geochemistry, and hydrogeology.

Students will complete a minimum of 35 credits composed of the following:

  • 15 credits in the student’s focused science curriculum
  • 12 credits of professional skills courses
  • 3 credits of internship with an area employer
  • 3 credit elective science skills course
  • 2 credits of non-thesis research experience and seminar 

Science Curriculum (15 credits):

  Water Resources Management
BAE 450 Environmental Hydrology (live & www)
3 cr.
BAE 552 Environmental Water Quality 
3 cr.
CSS 573 Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management (www) 
3 cr.
ENVS 546 Drinking Water and Human Health 
3 cr.
FISH 540 Wetland Restoration (www)
3 cr.
FOR 462 Watershed Science and Management
3 cr.
GEOG 524 Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing (www or videoconferencing)
3 cr.
HYDR 512 Environmental Hydrogeology
3 cr.
WR 506 Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources (live in Moscow, video to Idaho Falls & Boise)
 3 cr.
CSS 510 Communications Theory in Natural Resource Management
 3 cr.