Certificate in water resources and environmental engineering
Water resources engineers are concerned with the structures and processes related to water supplies for human consumption and the removal of water for safety. It is a specialty of civil engineering that focuses on water supplies, irrigation and waste disposal. It also addresses methods for controlling water to avoid water-related damage and catastrophes.
Degrees in water resources engineering are not common, but do exist. Students can also earn degrees in civil, environmental or structural engineering while specializing in water resources. Regardless of the type of degree, undergraduate and graduate programs in water resources engineering require a solid foundation in science and technology.
Major coursework addresses topics in fluid mechanics, water quality, resource development, subsurface hydrology and aquatic transport. Graduate-level students can sometimes choose to focus on subsurface water, surface water or watershed modeling.