Water Science Management (Water Quality Treatments) - 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: 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
Select one from the following:3-4
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)4
GIS and Water Resources3
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
Surface Water Quality Modeling3
Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants3
FWCE 534
Electives (in consultation with the student’s committee)27
Dissertation
WSAM 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits75-77

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 FWCE 535 Special Topics.