Water Resources Minor (Non-Teaching)

The Water Resources Minor is designed to encourage a student from any discipline to explore water resources beyond course work in their major. As a result, the minor includes courses from the College of Agriculture, the College of Engineering, and the College of Letters and Science. The minor is administered by the Water Resources Committee (WRM) under the guidance of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.  Any committee member may serve as an advisor for the minor (see list of Faculty Advisors below).  The chair of the committee, IoE Director, serves as the certifying officer and signs the Application for a Non-Teaching Minor after approved and forwarded by departmental advisors.

This minor requires a minimum of 21 credits. The courses are grouped into basic and applied sciences and social sciences courses.  Students are expected to create a diverse program, with the guidance of their faculty advisor, using courses from both the science and social science areas.  No more than 12 credits may be used to simultaneously fulfill Water Resources Minor requirements, University Core and the student's major.  At least 9 credits must be unique to the minor.  The student's minor advisor must certify that the 12-credit restriction is not exceeded.  Course substitutions are allowed only by appeal to and approval by the WRM advisor and must be sent to the committee chair.  The written appeal should identify the substitution and present a brief rationale.

For more information, please visit the Water Resources Minor website.

Required Courses
ENSC 272CSWater Resources (classroom in Fall, online in Spring)3
Choose one of the following:3
Restricted Electives
Take 15 credits; at least one from each subject area
Basic Science Courses
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology3
BIOM 360General Microbiology5
BIOM 415Microbial Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution3
BIOM 452Soil & Envirnmntl Microbiology3
CHMY 311Fundamental Analytical Chem4
EENV 434Groundwater Supply/Remediation3
ENSC 444Watershed Hydrology3
ENSC 445Watershed Analysis3
ENSC 454Landscape Pedology3
ENSC 465Environmental Biophysics3
ENSC 468Ecosystem Biogeochem and Global Change3
ERTH 303Weather and Climate3
ERTH 307Principles of Geomorphology4
ERTH 450RSnow Dynamics and Accumulation4
Applied Science Courses
ECIV 331Engineering Hydrology2
EENV 340Princ of Envir Engineering3
EENV 441Natural Treatment Systems3
ENSC 353Environmental Biogeochemistry3
ENSC 407Environmental Risk Assessment3
ENSC 448Stream Restoration Ecology3
ENSC 461Restoration Ecology3
GPHY 384Adv GIS and Spatial Analysis3
GPHY 426Remote Sensing3
GPHY 429RApplied Remote Sensing3
GPHY 457Adv GPS Mapping for GIS3
GPHY 484RApplied GIS & Spatial Analysis3
NRSM 455Riparian Ecology & Management3
WILD 301Princ of Fish & Wildlife Mgmt3
Social Science Courses
ECNS 332Econ of Natural Resources3
ECNS 432RBenefit-Cost Analysis3
GPHY 402Water and Society3
HSTA 470American Environmental History3
NRSM 421Holistic Thought/Mgmt4
NRSM 430Natural Resource Law3
PSCI 362Natural Resource Policy3
SOCI 470Environmental Sociology3
Any 290, 490, 291, 491, 292 or 492 course(s) related to water may be used in the minor

Note: A C- minimum is required in all curriculum courses to graduate by Regents' policy. This includes electives in the curriculum.  All students are responsible for meeting prerequisites for upper division courses.

Water Resources Minor Faculty Advisors

  • Eric Austin - Political Science
  • Joel Cahoon - Civil Engineering
  • Wyatt Cross - Ecology
  • Jordy Hendrikx - Earth Sciences
  • Clayton Marlow - Animal & Range Sciences
  • Bruce Maxwell, Chair - IoE/Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Jamie McEvoy - Earth Sciences
  • Tom McMahon - Ecology
  • Rob Payn - Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Paul Stoy - Land Resources and Environmental Sciences