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, at least 6 of which must be at the 400-level. All courses must earn a "C" or higher in order to count toward the minor. Since this is an interdisciplinary program, students should not use courses solely from their major to satisfy minor requirements. Minors may not duplicate a student's option - e.g., students in the Water Science option of Environmental Resource Management may not do the WWR minor, but students in the Environmental Science option are eligible. 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 309/ERM 309: Measurement & Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems
  • 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
  • B E 487: Watershed Modeling for Water Quality Design
  • 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
  • EARTH 111: Water: Science and Society
  • 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 447: Stream Restoration
  • 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 410(3): General Fishery Science
  • WFS 422(3): Ecology of Fishes

Other courses may be substituted at the discretion of the faculty contact.

Courses NOT approved for WWR minor:

  • ERM/FOR 497: Rural Road Ecology and Maintenance
  • SOILS 404: Urban Soils
  • SOILS 412: Soil Ecology
  • SOILS 416: Soil Genesis, Classification, and Mapping