Water Resources Engineering 

Scope and Objectives

The graduate program in Water Resources Engineering at Oregon State University emphasizes interdisciplinary research and education on emerging themes related to environmental hydraulics hazards (e.g., floods, explosive air-water geyser flows, etc.), hydroinformatics, water resources systems analysis, watershed hydrology, flood management, green storm water infrastructure, water sustainability, and adaptation planning. The instructional program aims at developing strong abilities to conduct engineering work involving basic concepts and principles, technical analysis, planning, design and management. Our program seeks to enable students to pursue research topics that cross the traditional boundaries of water resources engineering, and to prepare students for leadership positions in academia, private, and public sectors.

Program of Study

Students develop their study programs from a variety of courses in civil engineering and other departments and programs across OSU. Civil Engineering departmental courses typically form the major field of study. Supporting course work from other departments and programs is encouraged because of the breadth of the water resources engineering field and to take advantage of strong supporting programs in many natural resources departments on campus.

The major field usually consists of a core of course work in surface and groundwater hydrology, hydraulic enginering, water quality, stormwater management, river engineering, and resource management. This is complemented by studies in a selected field such as environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, bioresource engineering, forest hydrology, stream ecology, geomorphology and geology, and resource economics, as well as many other possibilities.

Students consult with their advisor to develop study programs that fit their academic and professional goals. Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering are offered. The Master of Science degree requires twelve months of full-time study and completion of a research study in the form of a thesis or project report. The doctorate degree requires at least two years of additional study and research and is granted for the completion of a dissertation involving original, creative research. Students may also study water resources engineering within the department’s Master of Engineering degree program, for which no thesis or research project is required.

Entrance Requirements and Coursework

Minimum entrance requirements (equivalent coursework):
Calculus and differential equations: MTH 251, 252, 254, 256, and 306
Statistics: ST 314
Physics (with calculus): PH 211 and 212
Chemistry: CH 201
Engineering Mechanics: ENGR 211 (statics), 212 (dynamics), and 213 (strength of materials, recommended but not required)
Fluid Mechanics* and Hydraulics: CE 311 and 313

*If a student has not had a basics fluids course, or needs a refresher, CE 547 Water Resources Engineering I: Principles of Fluid Mechanics is highly recommended.

Civil Engineering Course Offerings

Graduate courses offered by CCE in Water Resources Engineering are described below:

Course Number

Frequency

CE 512 Hydrology (4)

Twice a year

CE 517 Hydraulic Engineering Design (4)

Annually (Winter)

CE 540 Selected Topics: Stormwater Management and Modeling (4)

Annually

CE 540 Selected Topics: Unsteady Flows in Rivers and Pipe Networks (4)

Annually

CE 544 Open Channel Flow (4)

Annually

CE 547 Water Resources Engineering I: Principles of Fluid Mechanics (4)

Annually

CE 525/CE 540 Stochastic Hydrology

Annually (Winter)

CE 540 Selected Topics: Optimization in Water Resources Engineering

Annually (upcoming)

CE 514 Groundwater Hydraulics

Annually

CE 513 GIS in Water Resources

Alternate years


OSU Interdisciplinary Degrees in Water Resources Engineering, Science, and PolicyExternal Course Offerings

Other courses relevant to water resources engineering may be found among other civil and environmental engineering areas and in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering and the departments of Biological and Ecological Engineering (BRE), Forest Engineering (FE), Geosciences (GEO), and elsewhere. Mathematics (MTH) and Statistics (ST) are also likely sources of coursework. An incomplete list of these classes is provided below.

Course Number

Frequency

OC 664 Nearshore Sediment Transport

Alternate years (Spring – even years)

OC 669 Nearshore Hydrodynamics

Alternate years (Winter – even years)

OC 670 Fluid Dynamics

Annually (Fall)

OC 671 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Annually (Winter)

OC 674 / ME 569 Turbulence

Annually (Spring)

ME 560 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics

 

ME 565 Incompressible Fluid Mechanics

Annually (Fall)

OC 599 Matlab for Oceanographers

Annually (Fall)

OC 682 Data Analysis in the Time and Space Domains

Alternate years (Spring – even years)

OC 683 Data Analysis in the Frequency and Wavenumber Domains

Alternate years (Spring – odd years)

MTH 551 Numerical Linear Algebra

Annually (Fall)

MTH 552 Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations

Annually (Winter)

MTH 553 Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations

Annually (Spring)

BEE 529 Biosystems Modeling Techniques

Annually (Winter)

BEE 542 Vadose Zone Transport

Biannually (Fall)

BEE 545 Sediment Transport

Biannually (Spring)

BEE 546 River Engineering

Biannually (Spring)

BEE 549 Regional Hydrologic Modeling

Biannually (Winter)

BEE 558 Nonpoint Source Pollution

Biannually (Spring)

OC 676 Inverse Modeling And Data Assimilation

Alternate years (Spring)

CE 642 Random Waves

Alternate years (Spring – even years)

CE 647 Ocean and Coastal Engineering Measurements

Annually (Fall)

Supporting Programs

Areas of concentration relevant to water resources engineering within Civil Engineering and other OSU departments include: Ocean Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Simulation, Mathematics and Statistics, Business Administration and Logistics, Geotechnical Engineering, Surveying, Forest Engineering, Bioresource Engineering, Forestry and Resource Management, Economics and Resource Economics, Regional Science and Geography, and Political Science.

The Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) coordinates and offers leadership in OSU and regional water-related research, teaching, and outreach functions. The IWW is yet another example of the extraordinary integrative and interdisciplinary activities in water resources engineering, science and policy ongoing at OSU.

Oregon State University has an Interdisciplinary Program in Water Resources that allows students to focus in Water Resources Engineering, Water Resources Science, or Water Resources Policy and Management. M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs bring together faculty and students from six colleges and multiple departments. The program includes core requirements for all students with additional work concentrated in specific degree programs (engineering, science or policy). Students draw from a set of existing OSU courses covering engineering approaches, watershed processes, and/or water resources management and policy. The course of study for the Water Resources Engineering focus area is outlined on the program web page. There is ample opportunity to take civil engineering courses, if desired.