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Watershed Concentration Curriculum

The Watershed Systems Concentration at CSUMB includes field experience measuring and analyzing watersheds. Skillsets include regional geologic interpretation, surface water hydrology, sediment transport analysis, basic and advanced surveying techniques applied to stream, hillslope, and coastline monitoring. The skills can be applied to a number of resource areas, including physical and hydrologic watershed assessments. Courses sometimes use wireless technology to create unique outdoor classroom experiences where digital pictures, rasters, and data can be created, manipulated, and shared from a battery powered wireless hub.

Students receive training in Ecology, Statistics, Economics, Water Law, Restoration, Monitoring, Assessment, Remote Sensing, and GIS/GPS technology. Students hone those skills in classwork, self-designed course projects, and a capstone thesis project that integrates and culminates the undergraduate experience.


Follow this link to see the coursework leading to a B.S. in Environmental Science Technology & Policy, with a Watershed Systems Concentration. Students researching hydrologic and physical processes of watershed systems have access to resources in the Watershed Geology Lab.

Graduates of the watershed concentration have a wide range of post-baccalaureate experiences, including working with consulting firms and resource agencies, and attending graduate school. At least three resources can provide information on recent post-baccalaureate student experiences.


Past Watershed Geology Lab Students
Seafloor Mapping Lab
SEP Alumni page

page last updated (10/22/13)