Water Resources Planning and Management

Courses

The Water Resources Planning and Management Division is interdisciplinary and relies on a mixture of courses in civil engineering infrastructure, water resources planning and management, systems analysis and optimization, water resources engineering, geographic engineering systems, and the social sciences. The student is required to develop an appropriate plan of study with the academic adviser. In consultation with the adviser, the student selects appropriate area(s) of emphasis which will normally include the Division core courses in systems analysis and water resources planning and management, as well as an appropriate selection of technical or policy-oriented courses offered by other departments or programs. The M.S. program involves selection of courses that emphasize preparation for practice. The Ph.D. degree emphasizes research skills and an advanced understanding of systems analysis and planning/management topics.


Typical Programs of Study

Individual programs of study are determined considering the student’s educational goals and will often vary from the examples given. The sample Ph.D. program assumes completion of a M.S. degree at Colorado State University in the same area of emphasis or equivalent. The courses preceded by an asterisk (*) are core courses which are required unless an equivalent course has been completed elsewhere and accepted by the student’s committee.


M.S. Degree Program (non-thesis option - Plan B) Credits
*ENGR 510 Engineering Optimization: Method/Application (F) 3
*CIVE 544 Water Resources Planning and Management (F) 3
*CIVE 546 Water Resource Systems Analysis (S) 3
*CIVE 577 GIS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (S) 3

Professional Paper Independent Study 2
Select at least two technical elective courses (**) 6
Select remaining courses from technical (**) and functional electives (+) 12
TOTAL 32

M.S. Degree Program (thesis option - Plan A) Credits
*ENGR 510 Engineering Optimization: Method/Application (F) 3
*CIVE 544 Water Resources Planning and Management (F) 3
*CIVE 546 Water Resource Systems Analysis (S) 3
*CIVE 577 GIS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (S) 3
*CIVE 699H Thesis in Water Resource Planning and Management 6

Select at least two technical elective courses (**) 6
Select remaining courses from technical (**) and functional electives (+) 6
TOTAL 30

Ph.D. Program Credits
*CIVE 578 Infrastructure and Utility Management (S) 3
*CIVE 645 Computer-Aided Water Management and Control (F) 3
*ENGR 520 Engineering Decision Support/Expert Systems (S) 3
*CIVE 799HV Dissertation in Water Resource Planning and Management 12

Select at least two technical elective courses (**) 6
Select remaining courses from technical (**) and functional electives (+) 15
TOTAL 42

(**) Technical Electives (suggested, not comprehensive) Credits
CIVE 502 Fluid Mechanics (F) 3
CIVE 514 Hydraulic Structures/Systems (F) 3
CIVE 516 Water Control and Measurement (S) 3
CIVE 520 Physical Hydrology (F) 3
CIVE 522 Engineering Hydrology (S) 3
CIVE 524 Modeling Watershed Hydrology (S) 4
CIVE 531 Groundwater Hydrology (F) 3
CIVE 532 Wells and Pumps (S) 3
CIVE 538 Aqueous Chemistry (S) 3
CIVE 539 Water and Wastewater Analysis (F) 3
CIVE 540 Advanced Biological Wastewater Processing (F) 3
CIVE 542 Water Quality Modeling (S) † 3
CIVE 571 Pipeline Engineering and Hydraulics (S) 3
CIVE 573 Urban Stormwater Management (S) 3
CIVE 575 Sustainable Water and Waste Management (S) 3
CIVE 612 Open Channel Flow (S) 4
CIVE 613 Stream Rehabilitation Design (S) 3
CIVE 622 Risk Analysis of Water/Environmental Systems (F) 3
CIVE 631 Computational Methods in Subsurface Systems (F) 3
CIVE 638 Groundwater Quality and Contaminant Transport (F) 3
CIVE 716 Erosion and Sedimentation (F) 3
CIVE 717 River Mechanics (S) 3

(+) Functional Electives (suggested, not comprehensive) Credits
CIVE 512 Irrigation Design and Management (F) 3
CIVE 516 Water Control and Management (S) 3
CIVE 519 Irrigation Water Management (F) 3
CIVE 521 Hydrometry (F) 3
CIVE 525 Water Engineering: International Development (F) 3
CIVE 533 Biomolecular Tools for Engineers (F) 3
CIVE 541 Environmental Unit Operations - Treatment Design (S) 3
CIVE 549 Drainage and Wetland Engineering (S) 3
CIVE 573 Urban Stormwater Management (S) * 3
CIVE 574 Civil Engineering Project Management (F) 3
CIVE 576 Engineering Applications of GIS and GPS (F) 3
ECE 520 Optimization Methods-Control and Communication (S) 3
ECE 611 Nonlinear Control Systems (F) 3
ECE 652 Estimation and Filtering Theory (S) 3
ENGR 501 Foundations of Systems Engineering (F,S) 3
ENGR 530 Overview of Systems Engineering Processes (S) 3
ENGR 531 Engineering Risk Analysis (S) 3
MECH 417 Control Systems (F) 3
CS 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (F) 4
CS 540 Artificial Intelligence (S) 4
CS 545 Machine Learning (F) 4
AREC 342 Water Law, Policy, and Institutions (S) 3
AREC 540 Economics of Natural Resources (F) 3
AREC 541 Environmental Economics (S) 3
AREC 542 Applied Advanced Water Resource Economics (S) 3
AREC 615 Optimization Methods for Applied Economics (F) 3
WR 416 Land Use Hydrology (F) 3
MATH 520 Nonlinear Programming (S) 3
MATH 525 Optimal Control (S) 3
NR 323 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation (F) 3
NR 503 Remote Sensing and Image Analysis (F) 3
NR 505 Concepts in GIS (F) 4

* even years
† odd years