Water Resources Civil Environmental Engineering

Water Resources Engineering

Water Resources Engineering Requirements

For the M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees, six credits of core courses are required, along with the following:

Master of Engineering Degree

12 credits of Core Curriculum 
9 credits of Water Resources Electives  
9 credits of Technical Electives 

Master of Science Degree

6 credits of thesis research (CE 600)
12 credits of Core Curriculum
6 credits of Water Resources Electives 
6 credits of Technical Electives 

Doctorate Degree

For the Ph.D. degree, a minimum of 30 credits are suggested. 

12 credits of Core Curriculum 
6 credits of Water Resources Electives 
6 credits of Technical Electives 
6 credits of thesis research (CE 600)

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum provides students with a comprehensive foundation in water-resources topics including hydrology, hydraulics, and river mechanics. Students who have previously completed equivalent classes may substitute additional water resources or technical electives in their place.

C E 462 - Open Channel Hydraulics 
C E 555 - Groundwater Hydrology 
C E 561 - Fundamentals of Surface Hydrology 
C E 564 - Sediment Transport

Water Resources Electives

Water Resources electives allow students to develop additional expertise in their areas of specialization. 

C E 551 - Random Processes in Hydrologic Systems 
C E 552 - Coastal and Nearshore Processes
C E 556 - Tracer and Contaminant Transport in Groundwater 
C E 566 - Uncertainty and Reliability in Civil Engineering
C E 567 River Engineering
C E 580 - Hydrodynamic Mixing Processes
C E 597 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics 
C E 597 Computational Modeling with OpenFOAM 

Technical Electives

Technical electives outside the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering allow students to develop breadth by obtaining expertise in related fields. Courses such as atmospheric science, geoscience, ecology, applied statistics, and agriculture may be of particular interest. Students interested in satisfying their technical elective requirements with classes outside the department should discuss this option with their academic advisers. For information on the content and scheduling of the classes listed below, please visit the web pages of the individual departments.



The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084