Water Resources Engineering Focus—Online MS

Manage Water Resources as a Civil Engineer

Our online Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree program with a focus in Water Resources Engineering prepares you to design, plan, and manage advanced water resources projects ranging from site to watershed scales.

The program is focused on water resources engineering and expanding your capabilities as a civil engineer. Learn advanced design and modeling techniques in hydraulics and hydrology. Topics include those that are critical in today's changing world, such as:

  • climate change adaptation
  • water supply reliability and affordability
  • low-impact stormwater management
  • ecosystem restoration
  • flood risk reduction
  • and infrastructure renewal.

Curriculum

Advanced courses emphasize theory and modeling of water resources projects. All courses listed here are currently offered either remotely, online, or both.

30 credits are required, at least 15 of which must be in water resources engineering courses with cognate courses also an option (see below for a list). The degree can be completed in anywhere from 2 to 10 semesters, depending on how many courses are taken at a time.

Semesters offered for courses below refer to on-campus courses. Check Online Courses and Registration for available online courses for upcoming semesters.

CEE 5730 is required.

Water Resources Engineering Courses

CEE 3620 - Water Resources Engineering

Introduction to hydrologic engineering, including rainfall-runoff modeling and hydrologic frequency analysis. Analysis and design of hydraulic systems such as pipe networks and storm water management systems. Computational, field, and experimental laboratory sessions reinforce lectures and provide hands-on learning opportunities.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 3200 and (MA 3710(C) or CEE 3502(C) or CEE 3710(C))

CEE 4507 - Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection

Application of basic principles in civil and environmental engineering to the analysis and design of water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and their appurtenances.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (CEE 3501 or CEE 3503) and CEE 3620

CEE 5507 - Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection

Application of basic principles in civil and environmental engineering to the analysis and design of water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and their appurtenances. Analysis of research on some topic of the course.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring

CEE 4610 - Water Resources System Modeling & Design

Solve complicated, open-ended real-world water resources problems in natural and built systems by developing and executing models using state of the practice technologies. Includes programming to manage large datasets and validation or calibration and optimization of models for design.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620 or CEE 3650

CEE 5610 - Water Resources System Modeling & Design

Solve complicated, open-ended real-world water resources problems in natural and built systems by developing and executing models using state of the practice technologies. Includes programming to manage large datasets and validation or calibration and optimization of models for design.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620 or CEE 3650

CEE 4620 - River and Floodplain Hydraulics

Analysis of open channel systems, including natural channels, designed channels, flow transitions, non-uniform flow, and unsteady flow.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620

CEE 4640 - Stormwater Management and Low Impact Development

Design techniques for stormwater collection, conveyance, infiltration, and detention storage systems are discussed, both traditional stormwater management systems and newer approaches based on the philosophy of low impact development (LID) that seek not to alter the natural ecology of a site.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620

CEE 5504 - Water Quality Modeling in Natural Systems

Application of mathematical modeling to water quality management. Models are developed to simulate natural phenomena, mass transport, and reaction kinetics in lake and river ecosystems. Students will construct simple models and be introduced to state of the art modeling tools.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4505 or BL 4450

CEE 5520 - Introduction to Hydrodynamic Modeling

Introduce fundamental concept and numerical methods used in hydrodynamic modeling, physical process in the hydrodynamic system and their numerical representation using governing equations. Students construct simplified numerical models with application to problems of coastal oceans and large lakes, as well as engineering systems of interest to environmental and other engineers.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 3520 or MA 3521 or MA 3530 or MA 3560

CEE 5640 - Stormwater Management and LID

Design techniques for stormwater collection, conveyance, infiltration, and detention storage systems are discussed, both traditional stormwater management systems and newer approaches based on the philosophy of low impact development (LID) that seek not to alter the natural ecology of a site.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620

CEE 5630 - Advanced Hydrology

Students will understand hydrologic processes such as transpiration, evaporation, infiltration, base flow, and surface runoff. Students will learn principles of hydrometeorology, principles of sustainability applied to surface water resources, how to collect/analyze hydrologic data, and how to predict/estimate hydrologic responses.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620

CEE 5650 - Hydraulic Structures

Application of basic principles fluid mechanics in civil and environmental engineering to the analysis and design of hydraulic structures. Analysis of research on some topic of the course.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620(C)

CEE 5665 - Stream Restoration

Basin mechanics of the transport of sediments in natural systems, including tractive forces and geomorphic functions.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620

CEE 5666 - Water Resources Planning and Management

Economic and environmental aspects of water use. Topics include flood damage reduction, water demand and hydrologic forecasting, water supply planning, and water resource systems operation.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3620 and EC 3400

CEE 5730 - Probabilistic Analysis and Reliability

Examines probabilistic analysis of engineering systems including first-order methods, Monte Carlo simulation, and time-to-failure analysis. Reliability analysis will include capacity/demand reliability and system reliability. Emphasis will be on civil and environmental engineering systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3502 or CEE 3710 or MA 3710

CEE 5920 - Civil Engineering Independent Study

Approved research or design project in civil engineering, originating with an individual student or assigned by the instructor.

  • Credits: variable to 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

CEE 5999 - Master's Research

Study of an acceptable civil or environmental engineering problem and preparation of a report or thesis.

  • Credits: variable to 10.0; May be repeated; Graded Pass/Fail Only
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

Cognate Courses

FW 3540 - An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resource Management

The fundamentals of GIS and its application to natural resource management. Spatial data, its uses and limitations are evaluated. Students work extensively with the ARCGIS software package.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2710(C) or MA 2720(C) or MA 3710(C) or ENVE 3502 or CEE 3502(C)

SU 5013 - Hydrographic Mapping and Surveying

This course comprises theory and applications of hydrographic mapping technologies. Typical application scenarios are covered. An intensive lab component provides hands-on experience in hydrographic data processing and visualization.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring

SU 5142 - 3D Surveying and Modeling with Laser Scanner Data

Theory and application of terrestrial LIDAR scanning. Typical application scenarios are also included. Intensive lab component provides hands-on experience in LIDAR point cloud processing and visualization.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-1)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate