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) and the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.  Any committee member may serve as an advisor for the minor (see the web page for current information about the committee https://www.montana.edu/water-resources-minor).  The chair of the WRM committee serves as the certifying officer and approves the minor for graduation after approval by the departmental advisor.

This minor requires a minimum of 21 credits, which must include at least one course from each of the categories of basic science, applied science, and social science.  Students are expected to create a diverse program, with the guidance of their faculty advisor.  No more than 12 credits may be used to simultaneously fulfill Water Resources Minor requirements 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 with approval by the WRM advisor and certification by the committee chair.  The written appeal for a substitution should present a brief rationale.

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

Required Courses
ENSC 272CS Water Resources (classroom in Fall, online in Spring and Summer)3
Restricted Electives
Take 18 credits, at least one from each subject area; Internship courses are optional
Basic Science Courses
BIOE 427RNResearch in Freshwater Ecology3
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology3
BIOM 360General Microbiology5
BIOM 415Microbial Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution3
BIOM 452Soil & Envirnmntl Microbiology3
BIOO 418Ecological Physiology of Aquatic Organisms3
EENV 434Groundwater Supply/Remediation3
CHMY 311Fundamental Analytical Chem4
ENSC 444Watershed Hydrology3
ENSC 445Watershed Analysis3
ENSC 454Landscape Pedology3
ENSC 468Ecosystem Biogeochem and Global Change3
ERTH 303Weather and Climate3
ERTH 307Principles of Geomorphology4
ERTH 450RSnow Dynamics and Accumulation4
Applied Science Courses
ECIV 333Water Resources Engineering4
EENV 340Principles of Environmental Engineering3
EENV 432Advanced Engineering Hydrology3
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 484RApplied GIS & Spatial Analysis3
GPHY 491Special Topics1-4
NRSM 455Riparian Ecology & Management3
WILD 301Princ of Fish & Wildlife Mgmt3
WILD 401RNFish and Wildlife Capstone4
Social Science Courses
ECNS 332Econ of Natural Resources3
ECNS 432REconomic Policy Evaluation3
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.
Internship Courses
BIOE 498Internship1-4
ENSC 498Internship2-4
ECIV 498Internship3
GPHY 498Internship2-12
PSCI 498Internship2-12
WILD 498Internship1-4

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.