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A career in water resource engineering can be varied, exciting, and rewarding. A water resource engineer may manage the clean water supply chain entering into a household, or observe and analyze the wastewater leaving for infectious diseases, such as Covid-19. They may test the temperatures of water in creeks and rivers to ensure healthy survival of the local fish population. A water resource engineer may build modeling systems to study the course of water flow during an emergency weather event; or, they could work in dam removal or restoration. These are just a few examples of potential career pathways for the future water resource engineer.
The Water Resources Engineering (WRE) degree program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to undertake life-long careers in water resources engineering and system design.
Students enrolled in this degree will be broadly trained to undertake life-long careers in water resources system design, and will have the option to focus on groundwater, surface water, or watershed engineering.
Students will be required to take a minimum of 12 (M.S.) or 15 (Ph.D.) credits of graduate level engineering courses, and at least 6 (M.S.) or 9 (Ph.D.) credits of water science courses to support the engineering analysis. Water science courses may be selected from non-engineering departments across the campus, and are required to provide the students with the scientific context to understand the non-quantitative aspects of water resource systems.
Students completing the WRE degree program will meet the coursework requirements to attain Professional Hydrologist certification through the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH).
Students graduating from the WRE degree program will have three sets of requirements.
Required courses within each WRE focus area are identified in the core curriculum course list. Students would also be expected to include fundamentals of earth science (from geosciences, atmospheric sciences, or soil science).
See WRE Checklist for prerequisites and program requirements, as well as the WRE PhD Handbook or WRE MS Handbook (Last updated 2022).
Professional Engineering (PE) Licensure Information for Water Resources Engineering Graduate Students
* All transferrable coursework in chemistry and physics will be considered.