The water resource management emphasis blends a general natural resources background with courses in water quantity and quality, soils, agriculture, geology, fisheries management, and land use planning to provide a background focusing on water resource management at the watershed scale. Employment is typically with federal, state, and county agencies.
Watersheds are studied by land use cover and GIS mapping technologies in relationship to field monitoring of lakes and streams. Engineering and biological techniques of water management are demonstrated.
Graduates are employed in various capacities with the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Geological Survey, state department of natural resources, and county soil and water conservation districts.
Students are commonly hired while in school under the Student Career Employment Program (SCEP) of federal agencies to provide early career experience and eventual permanent employment.
John Loegering, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Natural Resources program at the University of Minnesota Crookston, discusses the various emphases or program tracks in the major and what sets UMC apart. He describes the applied nature of the program and how that benefits students. One of his main areas of research is in wildlife ecology.
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