Water Resources Management | Department of Geography and the Environment

Water Resources Management


Many parts of the world are facing significant water shortage and pollution problems. These problems will likely escalate as populations grow throughout the 21st century. This track under the Master's of Science in Applied Geography (MSAG) enables students to structure their degree plans around scientific, technical and political aspects of water resources management. The track meets all existing requirements of the MSAG (including courses in research design, geographic theory, quantitative techniques and a cognate field). Students completing this track may find employment with government research and regulatory agencies, municipalities, planning organizations, water supply districts or environmental consulting firms.

To complete an optional minor, two courses may be selected that have a single prefix other than GEOG/GEOL.

Required Courses

  • GEOG 5160 Foundations of Geographic Thought (3)
  • GEOG 5190 Advanced Quantitative Techniques (3)
  • GEOG 5800 Research Design and Geographic Applications (3)

GEOG 5190 is the department's primary course to fulfill our MS program's analytical methods requirement. However, where individual student interests warrant, an alternative methods course may be selected by the major professor and must be approved by the Geography Graduate Committee.

Techniques (choose one course from this group)

  • GEOG 5400 Environmental Modeling (3)
  • GEOG 5520 Intermediate GIS (3)
  • GEOG 5960 Intro. Remote Sensing (3)

Geographical/Geological Topics

(choose one course from Group A and two courses from Group B)

Group A:

  • GEOG 5240 Meteorology (3)
  • GEOG 5250 Climatology (3)
  • GEOG 5960 Ecosystems (3)

Group B:

  • GEOG 5150 Water Resources Seminar (3)
  • GEOG 5700 Global Environmental Change (3)
  • GEOG 5750 Surface Water Hydrology (3)
  • GEOG 5850 Intro. Groundwater Hydrology (3)

Biological/Chemical Topics

(choose two courses from this group, also fulfills "cognate field")

  • BIOL 5100 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)
  • BIOL 5120 Environmental Chemistry (3)
  • BIOL 5270 Limnology (4)
  • BIOL 5280 Aquatic Botany (3)
  • BIOL 5380 Fundamentals of Aquatic Toxicology (3)
  • BIOL 5400 Wetland Ecology and Management (4)
  • BIOL 5440 Stream Ecology (3)
  • BIOL 6341 Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment

Policy Topics

(choose one course from this group)

  • GEOG 5420 Conservation and Resource Management (3)
  • GEOG 5600 Environmental Policy (3)
  • ECON 5440 Economics of Natural Resources and Environment (3)
  • PHIL 6650 Philosophy of Water Issues (3)

Non-Thesis Students

  • GEOG 5900 Internship (3)
  • GEOG 5920 Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis (3)

Thesis Students

  • GEOG 5950 Master's Thesis (6)

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