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Management of Regulated River Systems

Track Advisor: Daniele Tonina, Civil Engineering (Boise)

Track prerequisites: At a minimum, students entering the program in this track are expected to have successfully completed at least nine (9) credits in calculus, three (3) credits in differential equations, three (3) credits in statistics for scientists/engineers, four (4) credits in chemistry, and six (6) credits total in physics or biology/ecology. Many of the courses offered for this track are civil engineering courses and require a more specific set of prerequisites.

Professionals trained in this PSM degree track will be able to work for a variety of agencies and firms in the West that specialize in aspects of regulated flowing water, especially including the major tributaries to the Columbia and Klamath Rivers.

Graduate course work will expand the opportunities available through the Ecohydraulics program in Boise, including courses in riparian ecology, river restoration, engineering hydrology, open channel hydraulics, fluid dynamics, sedimentation, aquatic habitat modeling, channel flow, water resources systems analysis, stochastic hydrology and fluvial geomorphology.

Students in this track will be trained for mid to upper range technical positions, and will be eligible for employment with industries and agencies that whose mission it is to manage regulated river systems, and consulting firms that provide technical support to these entities.

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):

  Management of Regulated River Systems
FISH 515 Large River Fisheries
2 cr.
FISH 430 Riparian Ecology and Management
3 cr.
CE 421 Engineering Hydrology
3 cr.
CE 428 Open Channel Hydraulics  (EO*)
3 cr.
CE 520 Fluid Dynamics (EO*) 
3 cr.
CE 521 Sedimentation Engineering (EO*)
3 cr.
CE 526 Aquatic Habitat Modeling (EO*)
3 cr.
CE 535 Fluvial Geomorphology (EO*)
3 cr.
CSS 573 Planning and Decision Making for Watershed Management (www)
 3 cr.
CSS 510 Communications Theory in Natural Resource Management
 3 cr.
*Courses available through Engineering Outreach