2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Watershed Management (WSM) Minor

This interdisciplinary minor is a cross-college program among five colleges (11 departments) and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC) which serves as the program host.

A minimum of 20 credit hours to include:

A. Required Core
FREC 4354Forest Soil and Watershed Management3
or UAP 4374 Land Use and Environment: Planning and Policy
ALS/WATR 4614Watershed Assessment, Management, and Policy2
B. Additional Courses
1. Watershed Hydrology
Select one of the following:3
Small Watershed Hydrology
Field Methods in Hydrology
Groundwater Resources
Open Channel Flow
Principles of Watershed Hydrology
Groundwater Hydrology
Watershed Sensitive Site Design and Construction
2. Watershed Water Quality
Select one of the following:3
Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Control
Introduction to Watershed Modeling
Land-based Systems for Waste Treatment
Water Quality
Watersheds and Water Quality Monitoring
3. Watershed Ecology
Select one of the following:3
Freshwater Ecology
Environmental Microbiology
Aquatic Entomology
Managed Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, and Sustainability
Forested Wetlands
Fish Ecology
4. Watershed Geospatial Information Systems
Select one of the following:3
Geographic Information Systems for Engineers
Information Technologies for Natural Resource Management
Forest Photogrammetry and Spatial Data Processing
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
5. Watershed Law, Policy, and Planning
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Law
Environment and Sustainable Development Economics
Sustainable Development Economics
Water Resources Policy and Economics
Water, Environment, and Society
Land Analysis and Site Planning
Community Involvement
Law of Critical Environmental Areas
Total Credits20


  • Courses for the Watershed Management minor and the Water: Resources, Policy, and Management major overlap significantly. Therefore, students may not pursue this major and minor concurrently.
  • Minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 overall for courses taken towards the minor.

Prerequisites: Some courses in the requirements listed above may have prerequisites. Be sure to consult the University Course Catalog or check with your advisor. Students must plan to satisfy course prerequisites outside of the 20 credits required toward the minor.

For more information or to declare the minor, consult with an academic adviser in The Advising Center in 138 Cheatham or the program coordinator, Dr. Kevin McGuire in the Water Resources Research Center in 210 Cheatham Hall. If students are requesting course substitutions, the request forms can be received in the CNRE Advising Center and should be completed in consultation with Dr. Kevin McGuire. Approval will be contingent upon the support of the watershed management  minor oversight committee.

Updated: 9/1/2021