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Natural Resources: Watershed Hydrology & Management Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Watershed Management and Ecohydrology 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 water. Watershed managers are concerned with sustained productivity of lands for water, wood, forage, wildlife, and recreational opportunities.  Students receive specialized course work in the management of surface water resources, ecology, social science, communication skills, and procedures for analyzing policy.  Graduates of the program 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.All programs in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment tend to emphasize applications of ecological principles for conservation and management of plant, animal, and water resources at local and global scales, and solutions to negative impacts of human activity. Students complete courses that provide a foundation in natural resource science, conservation, and management, and elective courses that allow students to explore areas of interest.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://www.snre.arizona.edu/academic/undergrad/degree
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A Functions of Calculus, MATH 124 Calc I with Apps, or MATH 125 Calc I 1
MATH 122B First-Semester Calculus 4
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
GEOS 251 Physical Geology 4
ENGL 101 or 109 (Freshman Composition) 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 (Freshman Composition) 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
PHYS 102 (Intro to Physics I) 3
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I (Life Science of Biology) 3
MCB 181L (Life Science of Biology Lab) 1
RNR 200 Foundations in History & Policy 3
Statistics 3
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues or ECON 201A Principles of Economics - Tier II General Education Ind & Soc 3
4th Semester
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab 1
RNR 321 Natural Resources Measurements 3
SWES 200 Soils 3
SWES 201 Soils Laboratory 1
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
RNR 230R Field Botany 3
RNR 230 L Field Botany Laboratory 1
RNR 316 Natural Resources Ecology 3
WSM 460A Watershed Hydrology 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
WSM 462 Watershed Management 3
RNR 384 Natural Resources Management Practices 3
Pre-Major Writing Requirement 3
Technical Elective 4
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
Forrest Science 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Resource Economics 3
WSM 452 Dryland Ecohydro & Veg Dynamics 3
8th Semester
WSM 468 Wildland Water Quality 3
RNR 480 Natural Resources Policy and Law 3
Riparian Science 3
Technical Electives 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The Natural Resources major in the Watershed Hydrology and Management concentration provides students with a strong career foundation, through coursework in hydrology, ecology, geology, water quality, fire science, resources management, soil and plant science, policy, communications, and economics. Graduates are well prepared for work as hydrologists, resource managers, planners, environmental advocates, and consultants for government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations. This concentration is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in hydrology, geology, or arid lands resource science. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Water resources management
  • Hydrology
  • Consulting
  • Integrated land management
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Research
  • Policy analysis

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Municipal water districts
  • Consulting firms
  • Conservation organizations
  • Research institutes
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Development firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Water Resources Manager $37,070 - $61,220
Soil/Water Conservationist $36,000 - $96,000
National Park Service Employee $27,705 - $44,615
Wetland Scientist $31,366 - $94,460
Environmental Restoration Planner $35,610 - $86,880
Policy Analyst $30,000 - $93,000
Hydrologist $42,080 - $98,320
Conservation Warden $28,000 - $70,000
Environmental Protection Technician $33,218 - $59,197
Ecologist $38,980 - $65,090
Fire Scientist $30,000 - $40,000