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Fisheries and Water Resources: Water Resources Option, BS

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This major is administered by the Fisheries and Water Resources  Discipline.

The fisheries and water resources bachelor of science degree prepares you for a career or graduate study in fishery science or management, aquatic biology, hydrology, hydrogeology (groundwater), laboratory analysis of water and environmental samples, aquatic toxicology, and the assessment and management of water resources. You must select one of three options: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences ; Hydrology ; or Water Resources.

In the water resources option, you develop a flexible program of courses with your adviser to prepare you for one or more career paths. You can emphasize the physical, chemical or biological aspects of water resource management or combinations thereof. The breadth of electives allows you to complete a minor in such areas as chemistry, soil science, geographic information systems and spatial analysis that will enhance and focus your career opportunities. Graduates are normally employed by environmental consulting firms, or by county, state, tribal or federal resource management agencies that are involved in protecting and managing the quality and quantity of water resources.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the hydrologic cycle using statistical and deterministic methods common to water resources
  2. Describe chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of an aquatic ecosystem
  3. Demonstrate the ability to plan and carry out a quantitative water resources project

Consists of a minimum of 96 credits.

Note: Required courses marked ** below have Math prerequisites. Depending on your placement score, additional courses may be required.

Physical sciences, 4 credits

Mathematics and statistics, 8-9 credits

Science electives, 12 credits

Choose from:

Water electives, 12 credits

Choose any water resources courses not already specified here.. No more than 6 credits of WATR 381  may be used to fulfill this requirement.

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