Water Science and Management - Doctor of Philosophy

This degree is designed to give students a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of water science and hydrology and training in methods of research. The Ph.D. degree can be earned in about 33-35 credits of formal course work beyond the Masters Degree, plus 18 additional dissertation research credits, for a minimum total of 75 credits beyond the BS degree, as detailed below. This degree has five available concentrations.

Concentration: Agricultural Water Resources

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
AEEC 575Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
RGSC 518Watershed Methods and Management3
or SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage
C E 557Water Resources Development3
GEOG 578Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)3-4
or GEOG 521 GIS & T Applications and Modeling
Select one from the following: 13-4
Statistical Inference I4
Statistical Hydrology3
Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Select one from the following Seminar Courses: 23
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Research Design and History of Geographic Thought3
Concentration courses
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
Design of Water Wells/Pumping Systems3
Irrigation and Drainage Engineering3
Instrumentation in Agronomy3
Geohydrology3-4
Hydraulic Structures3
Surface Water Hydrology3
Design of Earth Dams3
Advanced Soil Mechanics3
Open Channel Hydraulics3
Water Resources Development3
Ground Water Hydrology3
Statistical Hydrology3
Topics in Hydrodynamics II3
Geohydrology4
Transportation Geography3
Landscape Ecology4
Geomorphology3
Geohydrology4
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics3
Computational and Theoretical Fluid Mechanics3
Irrigation and Drainage3
Environmental Soil Physics3
Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory1
Environmental Soil Chemistry3
Advanced Soil Physics3
Electives (in consultation with the student’s committee)3
Dissertation
WSAM 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits51-53

Concentration: Water Economics and Policy

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
AEEC 575Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
RGSC 518Watershed Methods and Management3
or SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage
C E 557Water Resources Development3
GEOG 578Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)3-4
or GEOG 521 GIS & T Applications and Modeling
Select one from the following: 13-4
Statistical Inference I4
Statistical Hydrology3
Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Select one from the following Seminar Courses: 23
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Research Design and History of Geographic Thought3
Concentration courses
ECON 457Mathematical Economics3
AEEC 540Econometrics I3
or ECON 545 Econometrics II
AEEC 501Microeconomic Theory3
Choose 3 credits from the following:3
Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
Environmental Health3
Economic Development Theory3
Regional Economic Modeling3
Population Economics3
Economic Development Finance3
Sustainable Economic Development3
Environmental Public Health Issues3
International Health Problems3
Rural Health Issues3
U.S.-Mexico Border Health Issues3
Electives (in consultation with the student’s committee)3
Dissertation
WSAM 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits51-53

Concentration: Water Informatics

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
AEEC 575Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
RGSC 518Watershed Methods and Management3
or SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage
C E 557Water Resources Development3
GEOG 578Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)3-4
or GEOG 521 GIS & T Applications and Modeling
Select one from the following: 13-4
Statistical Inference I4
Statistical Hydrology3
Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Select one from the following Seminar Courses: 23
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Research Design and History of Geographic Thought3
Concentration courses
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
GIS & T Applications and Modeling3
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
Geodatabase Design3
Introduction to Remote Sensing4
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)4
System Design for Geographic Information Science (GIS)3
Advanced Remote Sensing4
Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Electives (in consultation with the student’s committee)3
Dissertation
WSAM 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits51-53

Concentration: Water Quality and Treatment

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
AEEC 575Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
RGSC 518Watershed Methods and Management3
or SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage
C E 557Water Resources Development3
GEOG 578Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)3-4
or GEOG 521 GIS & T Applications and Modeling
Select one from the following: 13-4
Statistical Inference I4
Statistical Hydrology3
Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Select one from the following Seminar Courses: 23
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Research Design and History of Geographic Thought3
Concentration courses
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
Applied and Environmental Microbiology4
Environmental Engineering Design3
Unit Processes/Operation of Water Treatment3
Unit Processes/Operation of Wastewater Treatment3
Unit Processes/Operation of Wastewater Treatment Laboratory1
Surface Water Quality Modeling3
Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants3
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology4
Electives (in consultation with the student’s committee)3
Dissertation
WSAM 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits51-53

Concentration: Watersheds and Aquatic/Riparian Wetlands

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
AEEC 575Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
RGSC 518Watershed Methods and Management3
or SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage
C E 557Water Resources Development3
GEOG 578Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)3-4
or GEOG 521 GIS & T Applications and Modeling
Select one from the following: 13-4
Statistical Inference I4
Statistical Hydrology3
Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Select one from the following Seminar Courses: 23
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Research Design and History of Geographic Thought3
Concentration courses
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
Surface Water Hydrology3
Water Resources Development3
Ground Water Hydrology3
Topics in Hydrodynamics II3
Aquatic Ecology4
Ichthyology4
Environmental Biology of Fishes4
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology4
Geohydrology4
Watershed Methods and Management3
Irrigation and Drainage3
Soil Morphology and Classification4
Environmental Soil Physics3
Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory1
Advanced Soil Physics3
Electives (in consultation with the student’s committee)3
Dissertation
WSAM 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits51-53

Students are expected to have a basic foundation in Geographic Information System (GIS) within a classroom, research experience, or professional experience. Students without this background are required to take an appropriate GIS class as advised by their advisor such as: GEOG 578 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS), or GEOG 521 GIS & T Applications and Modeling, or FWCE 535 Special Topics.