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Bachelor of Science in Water: Resources, Policy, and Management

Water: Resources, Policy, and Management Major

Program Curriculum

Minimum credits required for graduation is 120.

Degree Core Requirements
ALS/WATR 4614Watershed Assessment, Management, and Policy 12
ENSC 3604Fundamentals of Environmental Science 13
FREC/WATR 3104Principles of Watershed Hydrology 13
FREC/WATR 3754Watersheds and Water Quality Monitoring 13
FREC/WATR 4464Water Resources Policy and Economics 13
GEOG/WATR 2004Water, Environment, and Society3
PHYS 2205General Physics 13
Subtotal20
Major Requirements
Water Law and Planning
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Law
Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning
Law of Critical Environmental Areas
Land Use and Environment: Planning and Policy 1
Geospatial Technology and Informatics
Select one of the following:3
Geographic Information Systems for Engineers 1
Information Technologies for Natural Resource Management 1
Hydroinformatics 1
Forest Photogrammetry and Spatial Data Processing 1
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Subtotal6
Labs
BIOL 1116Principles of Biology Laboratory 11
CHEM 1045General Chemistry Laboratory (Pathway 4) 11
PHYS 2215General Physics Laboratory (Pathway 4) 11
Subtotal3
Water Science Specialization
Select twelve credits - nine credits in one of the three specializations below and the remaining three credits in any of the three specializations listed below12
I. Aquatic Ecosystems
II. Hydrology
III. Water Quality
Subtotal12
Water Policy Specialization
Select twelve credits - nine credits in one of the two specializations below and the remaining three credits in either of the two specializations listed below12
I. Water Planning, Policy, and Economics
II. Water, Climate, Energy, and Global Issues
Restricted Electives
Select 15 credits from courses listed under Water Science Specializations or Water Policy Specializations or from those listed as Restricted Electives15
Subtotal27
Free Electives
Select seven credits of Free Electives7
Subtotal7
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse
Select six credits in Pathway 1f6
ENGL 3534Literature and the Environment (1A) 13
or ENGL 3764 Technical Writing
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select six credits in Pathway 2 26
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
AAEC 1005Economics of the Food and Fiber System3
or ECON 2005 Principles of Economics
AAEC 1006Economics of the Food and Fiber System3
or ECON 2006 Principles of Economics
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
BIOL 1106Principles of Biology 13
CHEM 1035General Chemistry 13
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
MATH 1025Elementary Calculus3
or MATH 1225 Calculus of a Single Variable
MATH 1026Elementary Calculus3
or MATH 1226 Calculus of a Single Variable
Select three credits in Pathway 5a 33
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
Select six credits in Pathway 6a and Pathway 6d 46
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
Select three credits in Pathway 7 53
Subtotal45
Total Credits120
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Courses may have prerequisites, corequisites, or other restrictions. Consult Course Catalog for details.

2

Suggested: FREC 2554 Leadership for Global Sustainability or HIST 3144 American Environmental History

3

Suggested: FREC 4354 Forest Soil and Watershed Management

4

6 credits: 3 design & 3 arts, or 6 integrated; Suggested FREC 4554 Creating the Ecological City

5

May be double-counted with another core outcome or major requirement

Water: Resources, Policy, and Management Notes

  1. In-Major GPA Computation: Degree core requirements and major requirements (with the exception of PHYS 2205 General Physics and Lab major requirements) count toward in-major GPA. This includes courses in the water science specialization and water policy specialization. For restricted electives and free electives, any course taken from either a water science specialization or a water policy specialization counts toward the in-major GPA.
  2. Satisfactory Progress: By the end of the semester in which the student has attempted 60 credits (including transfer, advanced placement, advanced standing, and credit by examination) , "satisfactory progress" towards a B.S. degree in Water: Resources, Policy, and Management will include the following minimum criteria:
    • Having an in-major and overall grade point average of at least 2.0
    • Passing at least 24 semester credits that apply to Pathways Requirements
    • Passing the following courses, or their equivalents: BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology, BIOL 1116 Principles of Biology Laboratory; CHEM 1035 General Chemistry, CHEM 1045 General Chemistry Laboratory; and MATH 1026 Elementary Calculus
  3. Foreign Language Requirement: Students who did not successfully complete at least two years of a single foreign, classical, or sign language during high school must successfully complete six (6) semester hours of a single foreign, classical, or sign language at the college level. Courses taken to meet this requirement do not count toward the hours required for graduation. Please consult the Undergraduate Catalog for details.
  4. Policy on Student Exchanges: If studying overseas or at another U.S. university, begin planning at least 9 months prior to your departure to allow time to determine what substitutions, if any, will be allowed and to arrange your schedule to ensure that all requirements for graduation will be met.
  5. GPA for Graduation: An in-major and overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.
  6. In accordance with university guidelines, courses satisfying degree core requirements may not be double counted to satisfy other areas of a degree (e.g., Pathways Requirements).
  7. American Institute of Hydrology - Educational Criteria: This is an option for students interested in pursuing a Professional Hydrology certification with the American Institute of Hydrology after completing their B.S. and five years of experience. See American Institute of Hydrology Professional Hydrology Certification Application Process for specific requirements and for basic education requirements.
  8. US Office of Personnel Management: Hydrology Qualification Standards:
    Basic Requirements:
    Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus, e.g., MATH 1025 Elementary Calculus and MATH 1026 Elementary Calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics (e.g., PHYS 2205 General Physics and PHYS 2206 General Physics).
  9. Acceptable Substitutions: The following requirements have acceptable substitutions.

Water Science Specialization Courses

Aquatic Ecosystems

BIOL 4004Freshwater Ecology 14
BIOL/CSES/ENSC 4164Environmental Microbiology 13
BIOL/ENT 4354Aquatic Entomology 14
BIOL 4454Invertebrate Zoology 14
ENT/BIOL/FIW 4484Freshwater Biomonitoring 14
FIW 4534Ecology and Management of Wetland Systems 13
FIW 4614Fish Ecology 13
FIW 4624Marine Ecology 13
FIW 4714Fisheries Management 14
FREC 4374Forested Wetlands 13
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Courses may have prerequisites, corequisites, or other restrictions. Consult Course Catalog for details.

Hydrology

BSE 4224Field Methods in Hydrology 13
CSES/GEOG/GEOS 3304Geomorphology 13
CSES/ENSC 3614Soil Physical and Hydrological Properties 13
FREC 4354Forest Soil and Watershed Management 13
GEOS 3014Environmental Geosciences 13
GEOS 4804Groundwater Hydrology 13
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Courses may have prerequisites, corequisites, or other restrictions. Consult Course Catalog for details.

Water Quality

BSE 4394Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries 13
CEE 3104Introduction to Environmental Engineering 13
CSES 4644Land-based Systems for Waste Treatment3
CSES/BIOL/ENSC 4164 13
CSES/ENSC 3634 13
CSES/ENSC/CHEM 4734 13
ENSC/CSES 4314Water Quality 13
FREC 4354Forest Soil and Watershed Management 13
FREC 4374Forested Wetlands 13
FREC 4784Wetland Hydrology and Biogeochemistry3
GEOS 4634Environmental Geochemistry 13
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Courses may have prerequisites, corequisites, or other restrictions. Consult Course Catalog for details.

Water Policy Specialization Courses

Water Planning, Policy, & Economics

AAEC 3004Agricultural Production and Consumption Economics 13
AAEC 3014Analytical Methods in Applied Economics 13
AAEC 3314Environmental Law3
AAEC 3324Environment and Sustainable Development Economics 13
AAEC 3604Agricultural Law3
AAEC 4314Environmental Economic Analysis and Management 13
AAEC 4344Sustainable Development Economics 13
CEE 4134Environmental Sustainability - A Systems Approach 13
CEE 4344Water Resources Planning 13
FREC/NR 4014Natural Resources Economics 13
FREC 4434Natural Resource Policy 13
GEOG 4204Geography of Resources 13
SPIA 2554Collaborative Policy-Making and Planning3
UAP 3224Policy Implementation 13
UAP 3354Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning3
UAP 4344Law of Critical Environmental Areas 13
UAP 4374Land Use and Environment: Planning and Policy 13
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Courses may have prerequisites, corequisites, or other restrictions. Consult Course Catalog for details.

Water, Climate, Energy, & Global Issues

BIOL 4114Global Change Ecology 13
BSE 4394Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries 13
CEE 4134Environmental Sustainability - A Systems Approach 13
CEE 4264Sustainable Land Development 13
FREC 2004Forest Ecosystems3
FREC 2124Forests, Society & Climate3
FREC/SBIO 2784Global Forest Sustainability3
FREC/IS/PSCI 4174Climate Change and the International Policy Framework 13
GEOG 1514Introduction to Meteorology3
GEOG 3104Environmental Problems, Population, and Development3
GEOG 4134Interdisciplinary Issues and Ethics in Water Resources3
IS 4014International Development3
ME/ESM 4194Sustainable Energy Solutions for a Global Society 13
NR 4444Practicing Sustainability 13
PSCI/UAP 3344Global Environmental Issues: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 13
UAP/GEOG/WGS 4214Gender, Environment, and International Development 13
UAP/GEOG/SOC 4764International Development Policy and Planning 13
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Courses may have prerequisites, corequisites, or other restrictions. Consult Course Catalog for details.

Restricted Electives

ALS 2204Introduction to Civic Agriculture3
ALS 3404Ecological Agriculture: Theory and Practice 13
ALS 4714Global Seminar 11
BIOL 1105Principles of Biology 13
BIOL 1115Principles of Biology Laboratory 11
BIOL 2504General Zoology 13
BIOL 2604General Microbiology 13
BIOL 2704Evolutionary Biology 13
BIOL 2804Ecology 13
BIOL 3204Plant Taxonomy 13
BSE 2304Landscape Measurements and Modeling 13
BSE 3324Small Watershed Hydrology3
BSE 3334Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Control 13
BSE 4304Introduction to Watershed Modeling 13
CEE 2814Civil and Environmental Engineering Measurements 14
CEE 3274Introduction to Land Development Design 13
CEE 3304Fluid Mechanics for Civil and Environmental Engineering 14
CEE 3314Water Resources Engineering 14
CEE 3514Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 14
CEE 4114Fundamentals of Public Health Engineering 13
CEE 4174Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 13
CEE 4264Sustainable Land Development 13
CEE 4304Hydrology 13
CEE 4314Groundwater Resources 13
CEE 4324Open Channel Flow 13
CEE 4104Water and Wastewater Treatment Design 13
CHEM 1036General Chemistry 13
CHEM 1046General Chemistry Laboratory 11
CHEM 2514Survey of Organic Chemistry 13
CHEM 2535Organic Chemistry 13
CSES/ENSC 3114Soils3
CSES/ENSC 3124Soils Laboratory 11
CSES/ENSC 3134 13
CSES/ENSC 4774 13
ECON 4014Environmental Economics 13
ENSC/CSES 4324Water Quality Laboratory 11
ENSC 4414Monitoring and Analysis of the Environment 12
ENSC/CSES 4854 13
ESM 3024Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 13
FIW 2114Principles of Fish and Wildlife Conservation 13
FIW 3514Fisheries Techniques 13
FIW 4424Ichthyology4
Any 2000-4000 level FREC course
GEOG 1104Introduction to Physical Geography3
GEOG/NR 1115Seeking Sustainability3
GEOG/NR 1116Seeking Sustainability3
Any 2000-4000 level GEOG course
GEOS 1004Earth Science: Our Past, Present, and Future3
GEOS 1014Evolution of the Earth-Life System3
GEOS 1024Earth Resources, Society, and Environment3
GEOS 1034Earths Natural Hazards3
GEOS 2104Elements of Geology3
GEOS 3034Oceanography 13
HIST 3144American Environmental History3
LAR 3154Watershed Sensitive Site Design and Construction 14
MATH 2114Introduction to Linear Algebra 13
MATH 2214Introduction to Differential Equations 13
NR 4105Leadership in Natural Resources 13
NR 4106Leadership in Natural Resources 13
PHYS 2206General Physics 13
PHYS 2216General Physics Laboratory 11
PHYS 2305Foundations of Physics 14
PSCI/UAP 3444Administrative Law and Policy 13
PSCI/UAP 3714The U. S. Policy Process 13
PSCI/UAP 3744Public Policy Analysis 13
STAT 3005Statistical Methods 13
STAT 3006Statistical Methods 13
STAT 3615Biological Statistics3
STAT 3616Biological Statistics 13
UAP 3014Urban Policy and Planning 13
UAP 3024Urban and Regional Analysis 13
UAP 4754Legal Foundations of Planning 13
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Courses may have prerequisites, corequisites, or other restrictions. Consult Course Catalog for details.