College of Arts and Sciences

Water Resources


  • Critical Physical Geography
  • Ecohydrology
  • Stream Restoration
  • Water Governance
  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Watershed Modeling


Water resources are critical for every society, as they constitute the water that sustains population and the flow through the landscape that supports the environment. Students are encouraged to make links between their interest in water resources and the other concentrations in the Department of Geography, most relevantly food and agriculture, climate and environmental change, GIS and RS, and cities, development and justice. 

The water resources concentration examines all aspects of water resources such as their occurrence, use, management, and conservation in the United States and around the world. Additionally, this concentration examines the environmental, economic, and social implications of floods, droughts, dams, transboundary water disputes, water/food/energy nexus, water security, and water usage as well as current and future issues in water quality, water pollution, and water resource regulation. 

At graduation, students will have a strong background in the physical and social aspects of water resources. Students will be able to make theoretically and empirically grounded recommendations for crafting regional water security and water sustainability policy using a physical and social science background. Additionally, students will be able to link water security to food security and energy security.