Water Resources Management

The Water Resources Management Concentration is designed for students seeking a career and/or graduate study in a variety of fields related to management of water quantity, quality, and related resources.

Under this plan, students combine a rigorous preparation at the lower-division level with courses in biology, chemistry, geology, and math, with an interdisciplinary education in environmental studies. Students who elect to complete a B.A. degree have additional lower-division coursework in economics; the B.S. students take additional calculus and physics classes.

At the upper-division level, this interdisciplinary plan consists of a core set of ENSP courses in applied physical science, environmental law, humanities, and water regulation and technology. Students then work with their advisor to select three upper-division electives that will allow them to develop deeper expertise in a variety of water-related issues, including water quality analysis, watersheds management, geotechnical analysis, policy, history, and/or economics. Please note that some elective courses may have pre-requisites.

An important component of this study plan is the internship, which provides an opportunity for real-world experience working in the field.  Many excellent opportunities for internships exist near campus including work with the Sonoma County Water Agency, CA Fish and Wildlife salmon monitoring programs, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, and SSU Field Stations and Nature Preserves. Students are encouraged to divide the four required internship units into two different internships to broaden their experience and expertise.

Students completing this study plan will be well-prepared for careers with organization and agencies that provide, conserve, regulate, or manage water resources and systems. Past Graduates have taken positions with industry, non-profit organizations, private consulting firms, regulatory agencies, and many others. Some students have gone on to graduate-level work.

Some students in these programs take a minor or double major in Chemistry or Geology. A minor at SSU usually requires 20 units. Students may consult an academic advisor in Chemistry or Geology for details.

Transfer students who have not taken all of the lower-division pre-requisites in advance may experience some delay in completing the study plan. Please check with your advisor for guidance.