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Water: Resources, Policy, and Management

The importance and value of water cannot be understated. Students in the water: resources, policy, and management major are preparing to solve problems facing our global water system such as the development of efficient water systems for homes, ensuring a supply of clean drinking water, and managing the effects of climate change. You’ll graduate prepared to take an active role in finding new and better ways to conserve, use, and sustain vital water resources. Students majoring in water: resources, policy, and management are required to take core courses in areas such as watershed assessment, management, and policy; water quality; watershed hydrology; water resources and environmental issues, and physics. Students also complete courses in a number of water science specialization areas such as aquatic ecosystems, hydrology, water quality, and/or water treatment and public health, as well as courses in water law, planning, and economics; geospatial technology; water policy; and technical writing.

Career options

  • Environmental scientist or consultant
  • Hydrologist
  • Water conservation specialist
  • Water quality analyst
  • Water resources manager
  • Water supply manager

Contacts

For prospective undergraduate students

John Gray Williams

540-231-4909
jghokie@vt.edu
138 Cheatham Hall


For current Virginia Tech students

Melissa Cumbia

540-231-5482
mlchen@vt.edu
138 Cheatham Hall


For all others

Jay Sullivan

540-231-4356
jsulliv@vt.edu
313 Cheatham Hall