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CES – Water Resources Focus

Students choosing the water resources focus area study physical and chemical aspects of water as well as the geological and biological processes that influence its distribution, supply, quality, and ecological functions.

Numerous governmental agencies and private consulting firms hire graduates to work in the fields of water quality assessment, groundwater monitoring, and lake or stream management.

Some focus courses available include:

  • limnology
  • organic chemistry
  • physical hydrogeology
  • chemical hydrogeology
  • microbiology
  • soil science
  • geomorphology
  • environmental geology

Recommended Focus Courses

BioSci 383: General Microbiology - 4 credits
BioSci 406: Marine Biology - 3 credits
BioSci 512/3: Limnology I & Limnology Laboratory - 4 credits
BioSci 605: Concepts and Models of Aquatic Ecology - 3 credits
BioSci 607: Environmental Microbiology - 2 credits
BioSci 611: Seminar on Recent Advances in Limnology and Oceanography: (Subtitle) - 2 credits
Chem 341: Introductory Organic Chemistry - 3 credits
Chem 342: Organic Chemistry Laboratory - 2 credits
Chem 501: Introduction to Biochemistry - 3 credits
Chem 343: Organic Chemistry - 3 credits
Chem 344: Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 credits
Chem 345: Organic Chemistry - 3 credits
Econ 525: The Economics of Water - 3 credits
FrshWtr 502: Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics - 3 credits
FrshWtr 504: Topics in Freshwater Sciences - 1-3 credits
FrshWtr 621 (Bio Sci 521): Benthic Ecology - 3 credits
Geog 475: Geography of Soils - 3 credits
GeoSci 400: Water Quality - 3 credits
GeoSci 401: General Soil Science - 4 credits
GeoSci 409: Process Geomorphology - 3 credits
GeoSci 463: Physical Hydrogeology - 3 credits
GeoSci 464: Chemical Hydrogeology - 3 credits
GeoSci 562: Environmental Surface Hydrology - 3 credits
GeoSci 465/6: Advanced Environmental Geology & Laboratory - 3/4 credits
GeoSci 563: Field Methods in Hydrogeology - 3 credits