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Water Resources Engineering (WRE)

Pre- or Co-Requisite Courses

Most of these courses are typically not granted graduate credit. These courses are typically taken prior to enrolling in the graduate program, but there are cases when some are taken concurrently with your graduate degree.

Prerequisite courses include biologic science, calculus, chemistry, computer science [1 | 2 | 3 ], physics [1], probability and statistics [1], fluid mechanics [1], and engineering hydrology. | [Fluids at may be with ERE571 Fluid Mechanics fall, MAE 341 Fluid Mechanics fall, BEN333 Fluid Transport fall]

Number of Graduate Course Credits

Students must complete the following number of course credits, depending on the degree.
  • M.S. candidates
    • Departmental policy: at least 24 credits of graduate courses and at least 6 credits of thesis. At least 9 credits of courses within the department. At least 3 credits of courses from outside the department.
  • Ph.D. candidates
    • Departmental policy: at least 30 credits of graduate courses and a maximum of 30 credits for dissertation. At least 12 credits of courses within the department. At least 6 credits of courses from outside the department.

List of Supporting Courses

Students are encouraged to take a course in each of the following areas: Depending on interest and consultation with their advisor and committee, students will select from an array of environmental, mathematical, and computing courses. A list of ESF courses is available from the Registrar for the Fall and Spring semesters. A list of example courses is provided below:

Core ERE Water Resources Engineering Courses

  • Hydrologic Modeling (ERE 645) Fall
  • Systems Engineering (ERE 665) Fall
  • Engineering Hydrology & Hydraulics (ERE 540) Spring
  • River Form & Process (ERE 612) Fall
  • Environmental Hydraulics | Open Channel Hydraulics(ERE 548) Spring
  • HydroMeteorology (ERE644) Spring
  • Vadose Zone Hydrology (ERE596PR) Fall

Some Commonly Taken Other ERE Courses

  • Numerical and Computing Methods (ERE 596) Fall
  • Water Pollution Engineering (ERE 643) Spring
  • GIS for Engineers (ERE 551) Fall
  • GIS based Modeling (ERE 596) Fall
  • Principles of Remote Sensing (ERE 565) Spring
  • Stormwater Management (ERE 596) Fall
  • Air Pollution Engineering (ERE 691) Fall

Some Commonly Taken Ecology and Chemistry Courses

  • Introduction to Soils (FOR 545) Fall
  • Ecological Biogeochemistry (EFB 640) Fall
  • Watershed Hydrology (FOR 540) Fall
  • Watershed Ecology & Management (FOR 642) Fall
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration (EFB 681) Fall
  • Toxic Health Hazards (EFB 600) Fall
  • Limnology: Study of Inland Waters (EFB 624) Fall
  • Environmental Chemistry (aquatic) (FCH 510) Spring

Some Commonly Taken Statistics Courses

  • Analysis of Variance (APM 620) Spring
  • Sampling Techniques (APM 625) Fall
  • Regression Analysis (APM 630) Spring
  • Multivariate Statistical Methods (APM 635) Fall

Some Commonly Taken SU Courses

  • Environmental Sediment Transport (GEO 757) Spring
  • Hydrogeology (EAR 541) Fall
  • Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry (EAR 619) Spring
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology (EAR 620) Spring
  • Advanced Hydrologic Field Methods (EAR 660) Spring
  • Groundwater Modeling (EAR 665) Spring
  • Environmental Chemistry and Analysis (CIE 671) Fall
  • Applied Environmental Microbiology (CIE 672) Fall
  • Transport Processes in Environmental Engineering (CIE 673) Spring
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (MAE 571) Spring
  • Finite Element Computational Dynamics (MAE 771) Spring

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