Engineering and Science


Entry Requirements

Coursework in the following is required for (M.S. and Ph.D.) admission to the Water Resources Engineering & Science Option Area. Provisional admission for M.S. students may be granted to those who have completed the majority of this coursework, provided the remaining coursework is completed as deficiency requirements.

  • Calculus (minimum of 9 credits)
  • Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • Statistics for Scientists/Engineers (3 credits)
  • Chemistry (minimum of 4 credits)
  • Physics (minimum of 4 credits)
  • Engineering Fluid Mechanics (minimum of 3 credits)


Common Courses

The following courses are required of both M.S. and Ph.D. students in all of the Water Resources Option Areas.

  • WR 501 Water Resources Seminar (1 cr.)
  • WR 506 Integrated Water Resources Methods (3 cr.)
  • WR 507 Integrated Water Resources Projects (3 cr.) *Available spring 2009
  • A 500 (or 900 in LAW) level elective in either Science & Management or Law, Management & Policy Option Areas (3 cr. for Ph.D.)


Core Courses

All students in the Water Resources Engineering & Science Degree Option Area are required to take: BAE 551 Advanced Hydrology (3 cr.) Additionally, M.S. students are required to take 6 credits, and Ph.D. students are required to take 9 credits from the following:

  • CE 421/BAE 451 Engineering Hydrology (3 cr.)
  • CE 428/BAE 458 Open Channel Flow (3 cr.)
  • BAE WS565 Hydrologic Processes and Modeling (3 cr.) or WSU BSysE556 (3 cr.) or  Biol515 Plant Environmental Biophysics (3cr.) & Biol 436 Lab (1 cr.)
  • HYDR 509 Quantitative Hydrogeology (3 cr.)
  • BAE 558 Fluid Mechanics of Porous Media (3 cr.)


Electives for Engineering & Science Option Area

As noted above, one elective must be in either the Science & Management or Law, Management & Policy Option Areas for PhD students. A core course may be considered an elective course once the core requirements are satisfied. Electives not listed below will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • BAE 458 Open Channel Hydraulics (3 cr.)
  • BAE 552 Environmental Water Quality (3 cr.)
  • BAE 553 Land Surface Hydrology (3 cr.)
  • BAE 555 Natural Channel Flow (3 cr.)
  • BAE WS 556 Natural Systems for Wastewater Treatment (3 cr.)
  • BAE 559 Irrigation System Design (3 cr.)
  • BAE WS 566 Constructed Wetlands for Pollution Control (3 cr.)
  • BAE WS 590 Adv. Theory of Irrigation Water Requirements (3 cr.)
  • CE 402 Applied Numerical Methods for Engineers (3 cr.)
  • CE 520 Fluid Dynamics (3 cr.)
  • CE 521 Sedimentation Engineering (3 cr.)
  • CE 523 Water Resources Systems (3 cr.)
  • CE 524 Water Resources Planning (3 cr.)
  • CE 526 Aquatic Habitat Modeling (3 cr.)
  • CE 528 Stochastic Hydrology (3 cr.)
  • FOR 515 Physical Hydrology (3 cr.)
  • GEOE 428 Geostatistics (3 cr.)
  • GEOL 421 Environmental Geophysics (3 cr.)
  • GEOL 518 Geomicrobiology (3 cr.)
  • GEOG 524 GIS & Remote Sensing Applications in Hydrology (3 cr.)
  • GEOL 564 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3 cr.)
  • HYDR WS 566 Groundwater Geochemistry (3 cr.)
  • HYDR 568 Aquifer Test Design and Analysis (3 cr.)
  • HYDR 576 Fundamentals of Modeling Hydrogeologic Systs (3 cr.)
  • HYDR 577 Computer Applications in Hydrogeology (3 cr.)
  • HYDR 581 Hydrogeological Data Analysis (3 cr.)
  • MATH 539 Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • MATH 540 Partial Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • SOILS 415 Soil and Environmental Physics (3 cr.)
  • STAT 507 Experimental Design (3 cr.)
  • WSU BIOL 510 Plant Environmental Biophysics (3 cr.)


Core Courses Prerequisites:

  • BAE 551 Advanced Hydrology: BAE 355/CE325 (Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering)
  • CE 421 / BAE 451 Engineering Hydrology:BAE 355/CE325 (Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering)
  • CE 428 / BAE 458 Open Channel Flow: CE 322 (Hydraulics) or BAE 352 (Soil & Water Engineering)
  • BAE 556 Hydrologic Processes and Modeling: BAE 355/CE325 (Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering)
  • CE 527 Computational Hydrology: BAE 355/CE325 (Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering); knowledge of a computer programming language
  • Hydr 509 Quantitative Hydrogeology: Math 275, Statistics 251 or 301
  • BAE 558 Fluid Mechanics of Porous Media: Math 275, Math 310, Groundwater or Soils or Fluid Mechanics

 Course descriptions are detailed in the university catalog.