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Problems with global freshwater depletion is increasingly recognized as linked to the land surface through freshwater runoff into the world's oceans and evapotranspiration. Geologists have long been concerned with hydrology, and most groundwater issues require a reasonably sophisticated knowledge of geology. Increasing knowledge of connections between the biosphere and the hydrosphere are driving the emergence of the field of ecohydrology.
Many environmental problems require training in both hydrology and other areas of science. Allied fields include ecology, forest science, geology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, climatology, geomorphology, soil physics, geochemistry, public health, and microbiology. Many of these scientific disciplines now have significant overlap with hydrology, and demand has increased for scientists trained in these areas to command a knowledge of hydrology.
The Water Resources Science degree program is designed to train students broadly in water resources while maintaining an intellectual affiliation with a secondary field. Students completing the WRS degree program will meet the coursework requirements to attain Professional Hydrologist certification through the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH).
Students graduating from the WRS degree program will have three sets of requirements.
Required courses within each WRS focus area are identified in the WRS Course List. Students would also be expected to maintain ties to and include significant coursework from their secondary field of emphasis (ecology, geology, etc.).