Water is essential for life and virtually all human activities. Increasing economic activities and our standard of living requires a reliable source of clean water. Because of the importance of water supply, water resources has developed as an interdisciplinary study integrating the physical sciences of hydrology and meteorology with social sciences, ranging from law to economics. Geography provides an ideal forum for the study of water resources because geography integrates the physical and social sciences and has developed tools such as GIS and remote sensing that are essential for managing water.
The Water Resources Policy certificate provides a working knowledge of water resources in sufficient detail to qualify graduates for professional positions involving water resources management and policy. To the prospective employer, the certificate is a professional endorsement that the recipient has completed four university courses on issues fundamental to water resources management and policy. A formal certificate issued by Texas State University, the College of Liberal Arts and a statement on the recipient's Texas State University transcripts recognize successful completion of the program.
no grade lower than a C in any of the required Water Resources Policy courses
minimum 2.5 overall GPA for the four required Water Resources Policy courses.
Complete Application for Certification Completion form. (PDF format) Download by clicking the link or picking up outside ELA 130)
Students can receive credit for only two courses from other institutions. This must be approved by the academic advisor.
Course equivalences must have the Water Resources Policy advisor approval. Students will receive a Water Policy Resource Policy Certificate, and the completion of the certificate will be noted on the transcript.