Twin Cities Courses

Below is a list of approved core courses on the Twin Cities campus. A course can fulfill only one core or elective requirement (no double counting). If you want to take a course for which you lack a prerequisite, consult with your advisor, the DGS, or the instructor to determine if you may register. The list is subject to change depending on availability of courses. 

More information about program and course requirements can be found on the Degree Requirements page and in the WRS student handbook.

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in our Limnology & Oceanography track, please see the Limnology & Oceanography Courses page.

Core Courses

  • Master's and Doctoral students are required to take one course in each of the 6 core areas (equals at least 13 credits)
  • Courses offered on both the A-F and S/N grade basis must be taken A-F with a minimum grade of C-.
Core AreasCourse NumberCourse OptionsTypically Offered
HydrologyBBE 8513Hydrologic Modeling of Small Watersheds (3 crd)Even Years (Sp)
HydrologyCEGE 4501Hydrologic Design (4 crd)Every Semester
HydrologyESCI 4702General Hydrogeology (4 crd)Annual (Sp)
HydrologyFNRM 5114Hydrology and Watershed Management (3 crd)Annual (F)
HydrologyFNRM 5153Forest and Wetland Hydrology (3 crd)Odd Years (Sp)
Environmental ChemistryCEGE 5541Environmental Water Chemistry (3 crd)Annual (F)
Environmental ChemistryESCI 4401/8401Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3 crd)Odd Years (Sp)
Environmental ChemistryLAAS 5311Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
Environmental ChemistryPUBH 6190Environmental Chemistry (3 crd)Odd Years (F)
LimnologyEEB 5601Limnology (3 crd)Annual (F)
Water PolicyESPM 5245Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy (3 crd)Annual (F)
Water PolicyPA 5761Environmental Systems Analysis at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
Water PolicyWRS 5101Water Policy (3 crd)Spring 2026
SeminarWRS 8100Interdisciplinary Seminar in Water Resources (.5 crd)Annual (F)
EthicsWRS 8581Research and Professional Ethics in Water Resources and Environmental Science (.5 crd)Annual (Sp)

WRS Approved List of Electives

  • Plan A Master's students need at least 9 credits from the following list and 10 Master's thesis research credits (WRS 8777).
  • Plan B Master's students need at least 17 credits from the following list.
  • Doctoral students need at least 11 credits from the following list and 24 Doctoral thesis research credits (WRS 8888).
  • Courses offered on both the A-F and S/N grade basis must be taken A-F with a minimum grade of C-.
  • NOTE: Credits from a minor can fulfill your electives. Talk with the Graduate Program Coordinator in advance.
Course NumberElectivesTypically Offered
AGRO/ENT 5121Applied Experimental Design (4 crd)Annual (Sp)
BBE 5513Watershed Engineering (3 crd)Annual (F)
BBE 5523Ecological Engineering Design (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
BBE 5535Assessment and Diagnosis of Impaired Waters (3 crd)Annual (F)
BBE 8513Hydrologic Modeling of Small Watersheds (3 crd)Even Years (Sp)
CEGE 4351Groundwater Mechanics (3 crd)Annual (F)
CEGE 4352Groundwater Modeling (3 crd)Periodically (Sp)
CEGE 4501Hydrologic Design (4 crd)Every Semester
CEGE 4502Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 crd)Every Semester
CEGE 4512Open Channel Hydraulics (4 crd)Periodically
CEGE 4562Environmental Remediation Technology (3 crd)Periodically
CEGE 4563Pollutant Fate and Transport: Processes and Modeling 
CEGE 5180The Science and Engineering of Streams 
CEGE 5511Urban Hydrology and Water Quality 
CEGE 5512Stochastic Ecohydrology 
CEGE 5515Remote Sensing of Environment and Water Resources 
CEGE 5541Environmental Water Chemistry (3 crd)Annual (F)
CEGE 5542Experimental Methods in Environmental Engineering (3 crd)Periodically
CEGE 5551Environmental Microbiology (3 crd)Annual (F)
CEGE 8504Theory of Unit Operations (4 crd)Periodically
CEGE 8505Biological Processes (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
CEGE 8506Stochastic Hydrology (4 crd)Periodically
CEGE 8507Advanced Methods in Hydrology (4 crd)Periodically
CEGE/ESCI 8511Mechanics of Sediment Transport (3 crd)Annual (F)
CEGE 8542Chemistry of Organic Pollutants in Environmental Systems (3 crd)Periodically
CEGE 8572Computational Environmental Fluid Dynamics (4 crd)Periodically (Sp)
CEGE/EEB/ESCI 8601Introduction to Stream Restoration (3 crd)Annual (F)
CEGE/EEB/ESCI 8602Stream Restoration Practice (2 crd)Annual (Sum/F)
CONS 8004Economic and Social Aspects of Conservation Biology (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
EEB 4611Biogeochemical Processes (3 crd)Periodically (Sp)
EEB 5601Limnology (3 crd)Annual (F)
ENT 5081Insects, Aquatic Habitats, and Pollution (3 crd)Annual (F)
ENT 4361Aquatic Insects (4 crd)Annual (Sp)
ESCI 4401Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3 crd)Periodically
ESCI 4402Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3 crd)Even Years (F)
ESCI 4702General Hydrogeology (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
ESCI 5204Geostatistics and Inverse Theory (3 crd)Periodically (F)
ESCI 5705Limnogeology and Paleoenvironment (3 crd)- New CoursePeriodically
ESCI 5971Field Hydrogeology (2 crd)Annual (Sum)
ESPM 4216Contaminant Hydrology (3 crd)Annual (F)
ESPM 5015Invasive Plants and Animals (3 crd)Annual (F)
ESPM 5061Water Quality and Natural Resources (3 crd)Every Semester
ESPM 5111Hydrology and Water Quality Field Methods (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
ESPM 5211Survey, Measurements, and Modeling for Environmental Analysis (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
ESPM 5256Natural Resource Law & the Management of Public Lands & Waters (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
ESPM 5295GIS in Environmental Science and Management (4 crd)Annual (F)
ESPM 5402Biometeorology (3 crd)Even Years (F)
ESPM/SOIL 5555Wetland Soils (3 crd)Annual (F)
ESPM 5575Wetlands (3 crd)Annual (Sp)
FNRM 5114Hydrology and Watershed Management (3 crd)Annual (F)
FNRM 5131GIS for Natural Resources (4 crd)Annual (F)
FNRM 5153Forest Hydrology and Watershed BiogeochemistryOdd Years (Sp)
FNRM 5262Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources and Environment (3 crd)Annual (F)
FW 4001Biometry 
FW 4136Ichthyology (4 crd)Annual (F)
FW 5459/8459Stream and River Ecology (3 crd)Even Years (F)
FW 8051 Statistical Modeling of Ecological Data Using R and WinBugs/JAGS 
FW 8465Fish Habitats and Restoration (3 crd)Odd Years (F)
GEOG 5426Climatic Variations (3 crd)Periodically (F)
HORT 5071Ecological Restoration (4 crd)Annual (F)
LAAS 5311Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (3 crd)Every Semester
NR 5021Statistics for Agricultural and Natural Resource Professionals (3 crd)Annual (F)
PMB 4121Microbial Ecology and Applied MicrobiologyAnnual (sp)
PUBH 6190Environmental Chemistry (3 crd)Annual (F)
PUBH 6450Biostatistics I (4 crd)Annual (F & Sp)
PUBH 6451Biostatistics II (4 crd)Annual (F & Sp)
SOIL 5232Vadose Zone Hydrology (3 crd)Annual (F)
STAT 5021Statistical Analysis (4 crd)Every Semester
STAT 5302Applied Regression Analysis (4 crd)Annual (F, Sp, & Su)
STAT 5303Designing Experiments (4 crd)Annual (F, Sp, & Su)
STAT 5401Applied Multivariate Methods (3 crd)Annual (F)
WRS 5150Watershed Specialist Training (2 crd)Periodically
WRS 8095WRS Plan B Project (3 crd)
For Plan B Masters students only and in consultation with the GPC
Annual (F, Sp)