Watersheds & Water Resources Minor

Watersheds are important landscape features that control the biogeochemistry of natural waters. This interdisciplinary minor enables students to learn the fundamental processes governing the transport and chemical evolution of surface and subsurface waters. It provides a complement to elective and required coursework in earth sciences, resource management, wastewater treatment, and/or environmental planning. Students in this program will learn to apply fundamental concepts of chemistry, biology, geoscience, and landscape evolution to processes operating at the watershed scale. Learning objectives for the minor include excellence in written and oral expression, the ability to collect and interpret data from dynamic natural systems, and rigor in scientific thought.

Faculty contact: Rob Brooks

Staff contact: Jodi Vender


A total of 18 credits are required for the Watersheds and Water Resources Minor. Courses should be scheduled during semesters five through eight (5-8). Other courses may be substituted in consultation with the faculty contact. For more information contact Professor Rob Brooks.

  • ASM 217(3): Landscape Soil and Water Management
  • ASM 327(3): Soil and Water Resource Management
  • B E 307(3): Principles of Soil and Water Engineering
  • B E 467(3) Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities
  • BIOL 435(3): Ecology of Lakes and Streams
  • CE 370(3): Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CE 371(3):Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • CE 461(3):Water-resource Engineering
  • CE 475(4): Water Quality Chemistry
  • CHEM 202(3): Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 402(3): Chemistry in the Environment
  • ENVE 415(3): Hydrology
  • ENVE 411(3): Water Supply and Pollution Control
  • ENVSE 408(3): Contaminant Hydrology
  • ERM 411(3): Legal Aspects of Resource Management
  • ERM 435/W F S 435(3): Limnology
  • ERM 436/W F S 436(3): Limnological Methods
  • ERM 440(3): Chemistry of the Environment: Air, Water, and Soil
  • ERM 450/W F S 450(3): Wetland Conservation
  • FOR 470(3): Watershed Management
  • FOR 471(1): Watershed Management Laboratory
  • GEOG 431(3): Geography of Water Resources
  • GEOSC 201(4): Earth Materials
  • GEOSC 340(3): Geomorphology
  • GEOSC 412(3): Water Resources Geochemistry
  • GEOSC 413(3): Techniques in Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOSC 419(3): Organic Geochemistry of Natural Waters and Sediments
  • GEOSC 452(3): Introduction to Hydrogeology
  • SOILS 405/GEOSC 405(3): Hydropedology
  • SOILS 418/AGECO 418/AN SC 418(3): Nutrient Management in Agricultural Systems
  • WFS 422(3): Ecology of Fishes
  • WFS 410(3): General Fishery Science

Other courses can be used at the discretion of the faculty contact.