The Graduate Certificate in Water Resources is designed to provide college graduates, current practitioners, and new professionals with targeted knowledge and skills to advance their understanding and career mobility related to water resources planning, management, and policy. The program of study emphasizes an understanding of the hydrologic cycle and the physical processes that drive it, how humans adapt water resources to their needs, techniques for sustainable management, the evolution of laws and policies governing water use, and basic spatial and temporal analysis of water data.  These skills can be applied by a wide array of natural resource managers as water planning is essential to sound governmental policy and community management. All courses include case studies, geospatial applications, and exercises pertaining to an array of water issues in Colorado and the United States, as well as international examples.

Career opportunities may be found in forests, parks, wildlife refuges, public lands, special-purpose water districts, academia, water resources engineering and consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, and municipal, tribal, county, state, or federal agencies.

Curriculum: Three courses total, offered through the Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability and CSU Online, geared towards professionals across disciplines. Courses can be taken in any order.

Effective Fall 2019

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

WR 511Water Resource Development3
or CIVE 544 Water Resources Planning and Management
WR 512Water Law for Non-Lawyers3
WR 514GIS and Data Analysis in Water Resources3
Program Total Credits:9

*This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate.