Water Resource Science and Management Specialization

The Specialization builds 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.

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    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.

    Note that a capstone course used to fulfill the MEM capstone requirement cannot also be used toward fulfilling an MEM Specialization requirement; a capstone course taken once cannot be used to fulfill multiple requirements. Learn more about YSE capstone courses by visiting the MEM Capstone page.

    Program Courses

    Core

    Required for all Water Resource Science and Management students.

    Course 1

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 712
    Water Management
    Anisfeld
    M,W 1:00-2:20
        Anisfeld

    Course 2

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 735
    Hydrologic Science for Environmental Managers
    Saiers
    Tu,Th 10:30-11:50
      Saiers  

    Elective

    Students must take at least one course from each category.

    Management

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 639
    Food Systems and Climate Services
    Hernandez-Aguilera
    Tu,Th 10:30-11:50
             
    ENV 641
    Market-Based Mechanisms for Water Management
    Kruse
    Th 1:00-3:50
      Kruse
    Tentative
     
    ENV 714
    Ocean Conservation and Sustainability: Policy and Strategies
    Faculty
    M,W 9:00-10:20
             
    ENV 824
    Environmental Law and Policy
      Klee   Klee
    ENV 828
    Risk Assessment & Management: Climate Change
    Wargo
    M,W 1:00-2:20
      Wargo
    Tentative
     
    ENV 834
    Environmental Economics and Policy
      Kotchen   Kotchen
    ENV 840
    Climate Change Policy and Perspectives
    Klee
    M,W 1:00-2:20
      Klee  
    ENV 963
    Case Studies in Water Management: Conflict and Cooperation
                   
    ENV 971
    Land Use Clinic
      Bacher   Bacher
    Tentative
    EHS 537a / EMD 537a
    Water, Sanitation, and Global Health
      Ying Chen and Michael Cappello    

    Science

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 586
    Fisheries & Aquaculture
      Freidenburg   Freidenburg
    ENV 594
    Global Carbon Cycle
    Denning
    M,W 9:00-10:20
             
    ENV 644
    Coastal Environments in a Changing World
    Decker
    Tu 12:00-4:00
      Decker
    Tentative
     
    ENV 646
    Regenerative Agriculture Systems
      Wood Wood
    Tentative
     
    ENV 705
    Global Climate Change: Simple, Serious, and Solvable
    Denning
    M,W 1:00-2:15
             
    ENV 707
    Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
      Benoit   Benoit
    Tentative
    ENV 723
    Wetlands Ecology, Conservation & Management
    Freidenburg
    Tu,Th 9:00-10:15
      Freidenburg  
    ENV 725
    Water, Energy, and Food Interconnections in a Changing Climate
      Saiers   Saiers
    ENV 734
    Biological Oceanography
      Decker        

    Methods, Tools, and Quantitative Analysis

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 603
    Environmental Data Visualization for Communication
    Queenborough
    M,W 9:00-10:20
      Queenborough  
    ENV 617
    Real World Environmental Data Science
      Grewal   Grewal
    Tentative
    ENV 728
    Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
            Reuning-Scherer  
    ENV 730
    Environmental Data Science in R: Introduction to Data Integration and Machine Learning
    Malone
    Tu 2:30-5:20
      Malone  
    ENV 753
    Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
    Gregoire
    M,W 10:30-11:50
      Gregoire  
    ENV 755
    Modeling Geographic Space
      Tomlin   Tomlin
    Tentative
    ENV 756
    Modeling Geographic Objects
    Tomlin
    Th 1:00-3:50
      Tomlin
    Tentative
     
    ENV 762
    Applied Math for Environmental Studies (AMES):Foundations for Measuring and Modeling Environmental and Socio-environmental Systems
    Fenichel
    M,W 10:30-11:50
      Fenichel  
    ENV 781
    Applied Spatial Statistics
      Gregoire   Gregoire
    ENV 795
    Nature as Capital: Merging Ecological and Economic Models
      Fenichel   Fenichel

    Cross-Over Electives

    One Course
     
    Water management influences, and is influenced by, a wide range of natural-resource issues, environmental challenges, and policy actions. Students are encouraged to explore the core courses of other MEM specializations to fulfill the cross-over elective. (Some core courses for other specializations are listed in the Management bin above – each of those core courses can satisfy the requirement for the Management bin or the Cross-Over bin, but a single course cannot be used to satisfy the requirement for both bins.) Courses outside the specialization cores may also be suitable, subject to approval by the Water Learning Community Faculty Coordinator. 
    Illustration: lab bottels and test tubes filled with water samples, looking through to lanscape in background

    Learning Community

    There is a corresponding “Learning Community” for each specialization, where anyone interested in the topic can find related news, spotlights, colleagues, and events.

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