WR Curriculum

Water Resources is an interdisciplinary graduate program. The term "Water Resources" is used here in the
broadest sense: the study of how water moves through and interacts with natural systems, its chemical and
biological components, and the physical, social, economic and legal aspects of human interaction with the
water cycle.

Over 50 faculty in 13 departments in 7 colleges are currently involved in the program. The program trains
students to address complex water resources issues by building disciplinary depth in concert with
interdisciplinary breadth to understand focused problems and communicate across disciplines. We strive
to educate scientists and engineers to be more politically aware and policymakers to be more scientifically
knowledgeable. To accomplish both objectives, the program is designed to have three overlapping degree
option areas in both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs: engineering & science; science & management; and, law, management & policy. 

Additionally, concurrent JD/MS and JD/PhD degree options are available with any of the three option
areas. Cross recognition of courses allows a JD/MS to be completed in 4 years and a JD/PhD in 6 years.

WR Engineering & Science
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WR Science & Management
Explore water issues through broad scientific and land management lenses.
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WR Law, Management & Policy
Examine advanced topics related to the legal and public policy aspects of water management.
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Water Resources Concurrent Degree in Law
Study the scientific, social, philosophical and legal aspects of environmental issues. The program is designed to allow students to obtain both a J.D. from the College of Law as well as an M.S. Water Resources from the College of Graduate Studies in as few as eight semesters.
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