The Watershed Science minor addresses land use hydrology and sustainable watersheds through a set of core courses and engages students in experiential learning in a watershed field course. The program offers a broad and flexible selection of additional coursework options that emphasize physical, biogeochemical, and societal aspects of water resources and watershed management. Students can select the combination of courses that best fits their interests and complements their major.

Effective Fall 2021

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Lower Division
ESS 210/GR 210Physical Geography3-4
or GEOL 150 Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers
GR 204/WR 204Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)3
Upper Division
WR 416Land Use Hydrology3
WR 486Watershed Field Practicum2
Select at least 10 credits from the following:10
Water Law, Policy, and Institutions
Introduction to Weather and Climate
Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Basic Hydrology
Environmental River Mechanics
Groundwater Engineering
Nonpoint Source Pollution
Principles of Microclimatology
Soil Physics
Soil Physics Laboratory
Water, Society, and Environment
Seasonal Snow Environments
Watershed Measurements
Land Use and Water Quality
Water Quality Analyses
Snow Hydrology
Program Total Credits:21-22