Water Resources Engineering Concentration

Water Resources Engineering Concentration

Help Preserve and Better Utilize Our World’s Water

Water appears as a vast resource. In fact, it covers most of the world’s surface area. Yet, only a small percentage is suitable for human consumption. Healthy water resources are precious.

Considering this, sustainability is an essential component of water resource management. Water resources engineers play a crucial role in analyzing these sources. These professionals develop the skills necessary to provide engineering solutions to secure water supplies for human and environmental uses under changing climate conditions.

Clarkson University’s water resources engineering professional concentration is open to Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering students. Students opting for this path graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a certificate of professional concentration in water resources engineering.

Why Study Water Resources Engineering at Clarkson?

Take advantage of your elective requirement to gain a specialization in this crucial subfield. Grow your knowledge of hydrology, infrastructure design and water treatment solutions.

Professionals develop new solutions or update existing systems. Learn to:

  • Reduce damage, contamination and related costs.
  • Ensure that the finite amount of water on Earth is preserved for consumptive and environmental uses.
  • Assist with managing the environmental impacts of wastewater.
  • Repurpose wastewater.
  • Help design more efficient water treatment plants.
  • Protect communities against the effects of climate change

This skill set becomes essential for flood control, managing excess amounts of water and developing or upgrading infrastructure to support a population, even in the event of a natural disaster.

What You'll Learn

  • Water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Engineering hydrology
  • River restoration
  • Geology
  • Sustainable development and environmental engineering
  • Groundwater hydrology and geochemistry
  • Solid and hazardous waste management
  • Environmental policy

Review the full curriculum and structure below. 

To obtain a professional concentration in water resources engineering, a student must choose required and professional electives in order to complete the following seven courses:

Four required courses include:

  • CE430 Water Resources Engineering II
  • CE470 River Restoration
  • CE479 Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes
  • CE490/491 Senior Design with Water Resources Focus

Choose any two from the following:

  • CE315 Geology for Engineers
  • CE340 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CE380 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
  • CE434 Sustainable Development Engineering
  • CE435 Groundwater Hydrology and Geochemistry
  • CE478 Solid Waste Management and Landfill Design
  • CE481/581 Hazardous Waste Management and Engineering
  • CE482/582 Environmental Systems Analysis and Design

And choose at least one from the following:

  • BY/CE/EV313 Biogeochemical Earth Systems Science
  • BY330/EV330 Great Lakes Water Protection
  • BY431 Limnology
  • CE316 Earth's Dynamic Climate: Science and Impacts
  • CE317 Geologic Hazards
  • COMM428 Environmental Communication
  • ES436 Global Climate Change: Science, Engineering and Policy
  • EV305 Sustainability and the Environment
  • POL374 Environmental Political Theory
  • POL375 Environmental Law
  • POL470/SOC470 Environmental Policy

Theories lay the groundwork for hands-on learning in the classroom through your Professional Experience requirement. Explore these and other opportunities that highlight what water resources engineers do in the real world:

Career Possibilities

Civil engineers specializing in water resources engineering embark on careers in consulting. These professionals assist industries or businesses with reducing contamination and improving water quality. Or, they find themselves in a government or private organization. These professionals oversee infrastructure restoration, building treatment facilities or improving flood control efforts.

Growth falls in line with demand for civil engineers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts seven percent more positions between 2021 and 2031.

Possible job titles include:

  • Surface water manager
  • Wastewater design engineer
  • Wastewater engineer
  • Wastewater project engineer
  • Wastewater treatment engineer
  • Water engineer
  • Water resources engineer


Our water resources engineering students start their careers with an average salary of nearly $72,000. In recent years, our students have made a difference with:

  • Burns & McDonnell
  • CHA Consulting
  • DEW Construction
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • HUNT Engineers
  • John Deere
  • Kiewit Corporation
  • National Grid
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Contact Us

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Email: cee@clarkson.edu
Phone: 315-268-6529

Interested in learning more about earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a professional concentration in water resources engineering? Contact the Department today with your questions.

Meet Our Faculty

Professor Erik Backus gives an overview of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s undergraduate programs, including unique, hands-on learning opportunities that lead to our students having the skills and experience employers want and need.

Faculty and Staff

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