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Professional Science Masters
Water Resource Management

Tolessa Deksissa, Ph.D.
Program Director


Course Descriptions - Professional Science Master's in Water Resources Management

Professional Science Master Curriculum

WTRM-500 Water Quality Assessment, Monitoring & Treatment (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the principle and practical aspect of water and wastewater quality assessment, monitoring and treatment. Students will be able to analyze the definite (water quantity) and indefinite (water quality) characteristics of water, including water quality standards, water quality monitoring, water quality assessment tools, regulations and the basics of water and wastewater treatment processes and their limitations in the context of integrated river water resources management requirements. Students will be engaged in regorous field studies, site tour of water and wastewater treatment plants, laboratory analysis using state-of-the art lab technologies ranging from DR2800 Spectrophotometer through Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrophotometer and Inductive Couple Plusma Mass Spectrophotometer.
WTRM-501 Surface & Ground water Hydrology (3)
This course concentrates on the analysis and quantification of surface and groundwater hydrological processes, such as rainfall, evapotranspiration, runoff, groundwater recharge, groundwater storage, groundwater movement and management of the water environment. The course provides a conceptual and quantitative understanding of hydrology and the basic principles of hydraulics as a basis for later applied studies of water quality assessment, water resources engineering and management. Hydrology laboratory exercises, field study and term project are included.
WTRM-502 Public Communication for STEM Professionals (3)
This course focuses on the principles of effective oral and written communication skills, scientific presentation skills, as well as improving general speaking skills and communication with non-specialist policy makers. The course is designed to help lower anxiety about public speaking and to further develop individual delivery and style.
WTRM-503 Environmental Impact Assessment: Integrated project (3)
This course is designed to provide a critical overview of the theory and practice of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Students will learn basic principles of environmental impact assessment and environmental impact reports in class. Students will practice how to conduct environmental impact assessments and write environmental impact statements and reports.
WTRM-504 Ethics, Responsible Conduct of Research and Professional Responsibility (3)
This course is designed to explore ethical rules and constraints, to provide students with an understanding of the standards of professional responsibility. Through a case-based approach, students will consider various ethical issues within the often competing demands imposed by the operation of the "rule of law" and concerns for public safety & security.
WTRM-505 GIS for Water Resource Management (3)
This course equips the student with a set of spatial data management and analysis tools, which can be applied to different water resources problems. The course focuses on the principle and application of the Geographical Information System to water resource management.
WTRM-600 Stream Restoration (3)
This course is designed to provide a technical understanding of the theoretical and practical principles of stream restoration used to return an impaired or degraded river corridor ecosystem to a close approximation of its remaining natural potential. The course explores the scientific basis of stream restoration programs through interdisciplinary theories and practice and presents principles of hydrology, sedimentation engineering, geomorphology, and ecology relevant to the design and evaluation of stream restoration projects. Students will be exposed to a variety of stream restoration concepts through lectures, seminars, field trips, and independent project assessments.
WTRM-601 Water Quality Modeling (3)
This course is designed to give graduate level students an overview of water quantity and quality aspects of surface water characteristics and the analytical methods used in the development of water quality models and the application of these models to stream and river systems, lakes and reservoir systems and estuaries. Students will develop and apply mathematical conceptualization and formulation of physical, chemical, biological processes to predict hydrological, water quality constituent transport and fate in the bodies of water. Student will be able to assess and predict current and future water quality status for both conventional pollutants and toxic organic contaminants. Water quality modeling and simulation tools include SWMM, WEST, QUAL2K and AQUATOX.
WTRM-690 Internship (3)
Students will be engaged in supervised work-and-learning experiences in water resources management, under the direction of a University faculty members and employees of participating firms. Students are expected to dedicate (10) ten to (20) twenty hours a week to their internships during the academic year and (20) twenty to (40) forty hours a week during a five week summer term. The internship program will have students involved in data collection, analysis and interpretation, field and/or laboratory experiences and writing reports.
WTRM-699 Capstone Seminar (1)
This course is designed for the senior level graduate students to gain coherence in their knowledge of their previous course studies and professional development. Students will practice and be able to critically review and analyze the latest research findings, write technical reports, prepare a grant proposal in the area of their concentration.

Professional Science Master Curriculum

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