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School of Natural Resources and the Environment: Watershed Management and Ecohydrology

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
No
UA College: 
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

Watershed Hydrology and Management is the art and science of managing the natural resources of wild land drainage basins, with special consideration given to the quantity and quality of the water resource. Watershed managers are concerned with sustained productivity of such products as water, wood, forage, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Watershed management graduates are qualified for careers in organizations and businesses concerned with integrated land management, the environment, or water resources. Many are employed as hydrologists. Employers include federal or state agencies, municipal water districts, private consulting firms, and conservation organizations. The study of watershed management emphasizes the combined physical, biological, and management aspects of natural resources, with special attention to water. Students receive specialized course work in subjects specific to the management of surface water resources. The curriculum also emphasizes social science, communication skills, and procedures for analyzing policy, as these tools are becoming increasingly important components of successful resource management activities.

Research Opportunities: 

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

Arizona Project WET: Arizona Project WET (APW) develops water stewardship and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy by providing teacher professional development focused on direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement regarding responsible water regulation. 

Water Sustainability Program: The Water Sustainability Program provides science-based technical, economic, legal, and policy expertise necessary for water development and conservation. The goal is to strengthen research, outreach, and education efforts in the water resource area at the University of Arizona to help ensure a sustainable, high-quality water supply.

Water Resources Research Center: The WRRC promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and engagement, and public education.

Research Themes: 
Governance, Law, and Policy
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Water