Water Resources Engineering


Faculty and a student making water quality measurements in nearby Jordan Lake. Left to right: Dr. Dan Obenour, Dr. Robyn Smyth (faculty colleague from Bard College), MS student Jeremy Smithheart, and Dr. Tarek Aziz.

Management and protection of both fresh and estuarine surface waters requires understanding the hydrodynamics of the system and associated chemical and biological processes. Students selecting this area are encouraged to take a broad range of courses providing fundamentals in these areas. In addition to courses in engineering and sciences, a number of environmental management and policy courses complement this study area.

Suggested Core Courses

CE 584 Hydraulics of Ground Water
CE 586 Engineering Hydrology
CE 588 Water Resources Engineering
CE 596 Fluid Mechanics in Natural Environments
CE 775 Modeling and Analysis of Environmental Systems
CE 796 Hydroclimatology

Suggested Core Electives

CE 583 Engineering Aspects of Coastal Processes
CE 596 Coastal Hydrodynamics
CE 772 Environmental Exposure and Risk Analysis
CE 776 Advanced Water Management Systems
CE 784 Ground Water Contaminant Transport
CE 791 Complex Adaptive Systems Analysis
CE 796 Statistical Methods

Suggested Technical Electives

CE 536 Introduction to Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers
CE 537 Computer Methods and Applications
CE 571 Physical Principles of Environmental Engineering
CE 574 Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering
CE 583 Engineering Aspects of Coastal Processes
CE 596 Introduction to Coastal and Ocean Engineering
BAE 573 Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling
BAE 574 DRAINMOD: Theory and Application
BAE 575 Design of Structural Stormwater BMPs
BAE 576 Watershed Monitoring and Assessment
BAE 581 Open Channel Hydraulics for Natural Systems
BAE 584 Intro to Fluvial Geomorphology
BAE(SSC) 771 Theory of Drainage–Saturated Flow
BAE(SSC) 774 Theory of Drainage–Unsaturated Flow
PB 762 Applied Coastal Ecology
FOR 784 The Practice of Environmental Impact Assessment
MEA 540 Principles of Physical Oceanography
MEA(GIS) 582 Geospatial Modeling and Analysis
MEA 700 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
MEA 745 Physical Dynamics of Estuaries
NR 500 Natural Resource Management
PRT(NR) 531 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
PRT(NR) 532 Principles of Geographic Information Science
PRT(NR) 533 Application Issues In Geographic Information Systems
PRT 562 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
PRT 764 Advanced Study In Geographic Information Systems
ZO 519 Limnology