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Water Resource Management
Program Director: Meriel Brooks, Ph.D.
Division of Sciences & Outdoor Learning
- Certificate in Water Resource Management
The Eco League Water Resources Management Certificate program trains students to meet the water crisis head on through an integrated, solution-oriented, hands-on program that takes advantage of regional perspectives and local expertise at each of the Eco League colleges; students have access to faculty and field experiences in five distinct bioregions and broad opportunities to seek solutions from practitioners across the country. The course of study leading to Eco League Water Resource Management certification offers evidence of specific learning that adds value and employment advantages to the college degree.
The Water Resource Management Certificate is a cross-disciplinary, skill-based program that embeds learning about the physical properties and ecological processes related to water into study of the local and global social, cultural, and political contexts of water resources and their management. The Water Resources Management Certificate program is structured as follows:
Learning Outcomes for Water Resource Management
- Students in the Water Resources Management Certificate program choose at least six courses (18 credits) from those identified as relevant by faculty at the participating institutions. Note that many of these courses have prerequisites and plan accordingly. The six courses must include at least one course in each of the following four core areas:
- Geographic Information Systems
- Physical Properties of Water
- Ecological Relationships Associated with Water
- Management of Water Resources
- The Water Resources Management Certificate candidate must include relevant courses from at least two Eco League institutions.
- Learning must be applied in a professional context; for example, through an internship or independent study. The professional experience need not be credit-bearing.
- Each student’s program is approved by the Eco League Steering Committee in consultation with faculty at the student’s home school.
* The courses that are considered applicable to the Water Resources Management Certificate are identified at each school by its members in the Water Resources Management Certificate Planning Group and approved by the Eco League Water Resources Management Certificate Coordinating Committee. For a complete list of courses available at other EcoLeague institutions, please make an appointment with your EcoLeague Steering Committee Member.
- Students will have a working knowledge of Geographical information Systems with potential application to water resources.
- Students will have a working knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that shape water resources and the management of water resources.
- Students will have a working knowledge of social, political, and cultural factors as applied to water resource management.
- Students will choose and articulate an emphasis within water resources (e.g., amphibians, cultural studies and water resource management) and will take courses that support that specialization.