A New Water Degree at Virginia Tech

View Degree Checksheets for a more detailed list of classes and requirements.

The B.S. degree in Water: Resources, Policy, and Management comprises 120 credits, distributed among the following categories of courses:

i) Curriculum for a Liberal Education (general education; 36 credits)
ii) Water Core (18 credits)
iii) Writing (3 credits)
iv) Water Law, Planning, and Economics (9 credits)
v) Geospatial Technology (3 credits)
vi) Water Science (12 credits)
vii) Water Policy (12 credits)
viii) Restricted Electives (18 credits)
ix) Free Electives (9 credits)

The curriculum is based on an interdisciplinary mix of coursework from water science and water policy, taught by faculty with extensive teaching experience, who are highly qualified to provide comprehensive, innovative coverage of appropriate subject matter and meet learning objectives for each of the core courses. All courses in the proposed curriculum are currently being taught by faculty at Virginia Tech.

Water, petri dish, research, lab, pipette, dropper, water drops, splashesStudents are required to select one area of focused study from a choice of water science specializations:

    • Aquatic Ecosystems
    • Hydrology
    • Water Quality
    • Water Treatment and Public Health

and one area of focused study from a choice of water policy specializations:

    • Watershed Management
    • Water Policy, Planning, and Economics
    • Water, Climate, Energy, and Global Issues.

There are at least 21 credits of water science courses and at least 21 credits of water policy courses required of all students in the program. There are 18 credits available in restricted electives, where students can further enhance their study of water science, policy, and management.

For more information,  View Degree Requirement Checksheets or Download list of Undergraduate Water Courses (PDF).




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