MEM
Specialization

Water Resource Science and Management

Our Vision

Mitigating water scarcity and pollution relies on management approaches and policy levers that reflect the most recent advances in scientific understanding and on skill in forecasting ecosystem responses and socio-economic consequences of potential management and policy actions. The purpose of this specialization is to build student expertise in the science, policy, and management of water resources in preparation for careers that call for solutions to challenges posed by the world's emerging and longstanding water-related issues.

Program / Courses

specializations WATER

Purpose and Scope

More than one quadrillion gallons of the world's freshwater is appropriated each year to support agriculture, industry, mining, and urbanization. These thirsty culprits, together with climate change, have stressed the global supply and quality of water, imperiling human health and the functioning of freshwater and coastal ecosystems alike. Mitigating water scarcity and pollution relies on management approaches and policy levers that reflect the most recent advances in scientific understanding and on skill in forecasting ecosystem responses and socio-economic consequences of potential management and policy actions.

The purpose of this specialization is to build student expertise in the science, policy, and management of water resources in preparation for careers that call for solutions to challenges posed by the world's emerging and longstanding water-related issues. Students seeking employment within federal and state environmental agencies (e.g., USGS, USEPA, DEP), environmental non-governmental organizations (e.g., WRI, Nature Conservancy), international development agencies, local and interstate watershed commissions, industry, and environmental consulting firms should consider this specialization.

Specialization Coordinator: Jim Saiers

Core

Two required courses.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 712
Water Management
Anisfeld
Th 12:00-5:00
  Anisfeld  
ENV 724
Watershed Cycles and Processes
Saiers
Tu,Th 10:30-11:50
  Saiers  
 

Elective

Students must take at least two courses from each category.
 

Management

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 807
Corporate Sustainability Strategy and Management
Chertow
M,W 9:00-10:20
  Esty  
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Klee  
ENV 826
Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management
Clark
W 2:30-5:20
  Clark
Tentative
 
ENV 834
Environmental Economics and Policy
  Faculty
  Tentative
 

Science

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 706
Organic Pollutants in the Environment
          Anisfeld
ENV 707
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Benoit
Tu,Th 1:00-2:15
  Benoit
Tentative
 
ENV 708
Aquatic Chemistry
  Benoit
  Benoit
ENV 713
Coastal Ecosystems
        Anisfeld  
ENV 714
Environmental Hydrology
  Saiers
  Saiers
ENV 723
Wetlands Ecology, Conservation & Management
Freidenburg
M,W 1:00-2:15
  Freidenburg  
ENV 729
Caribbean Coastal Development: Science and Policy
  Benoit
  Benoit
ENV 734
Biological Oceanography
          Decker