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Courses for the Water Resources Focus Area

This specialization emphasizes basic literacy required to understand the debates surrounding water as a resource and offers insights into what people can do to protect and maintain its integrity on a worldwide basis. Water and water resources are central to human life, and yet modern industrialization and human settlement patterns are creating untenable competition for water between humans, and other flora and fauna. Basic science is required to ascertain problems of supply. Social science is required to understand challenges facing water supply and utilization and the search for wise utilization of the world’s water resources. 


Step 2: Choose courses from the Water Resources focus area

Choose nine credits from the courses below. Course substitutions are possible; please contact faculty-in-charge.

A S M 217 Landscape Soil and Water Management
A S M 309/ ERM 309 Measurements and Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems
A S M 327 Soil and Water Resource Management
B E 307 Principles of Soil and Water Engineering
BIOL 220W Biology: Populations and Communities
BIOL 435 Ecology of Lakes and Streams
BIOL 482 Coastal Biology
C E 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
C E 371 Water and Wastewater Treatment
C E 461 Water-resource Engineering
C E 475 Water Quality Chemistry
EARTH 111 Water: Science and Society
EM SC 440 Science Diving
ENVE 411 Water Supply and Pollution Control
ENVE 415 Hydrology
E R M/ W F S 450 Wetland Conservation
FOR 470 Watershed Management
GEOG 431 Geography of Water Resources
GEOSC 40 The Sea Around Us
GEOSC 440 Marine Geology
GEOSC 445 Coastal Geology
GEOSC 452 Hydrogeology
METEO 451 Introduction to Physical Oceanography
W F S 422 Ecology of Fishes
W F S/ E R M 435 Limnology
WILDL 213 Wetlands and Fisheries Management

Note: Individual courses are linked to Penn State's Bulletin. For the most recent course description and to schedule, visit LionPATH.psu.edu.