MSU Water Resources Minor

Water unites us.  From agriculture to municipalities to ecosystem health, water is an ever-present component of our lives.  Currently, the ways in which regions interact with water resources is changing. Population growth, global climate shifts, new technologies, and more are forces making water an increasingly precious resource.  The Montana State University Water Resources Minor is designed to encourage students from any discipline to explore water resources beyond course work in their major. As a result, the minor includes courses from the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, and Letters and Science. 

With a minor in Water Resources, students can enter the workforce with a broad knowledge of water issues and with experience in the field.  This minor requires an internship that will provide students with hands-on experience with researchers, water groups, or other focus areas that suit the student's interests.  The interdisciplinary nature of the minor guarantees that students learn to view water with critical thinking skills, strengthening their degrees by adding dimension to the student's knowledge base.  

This interdisciplinary minor is administered by the Water Resources Committee (WRM) under the guidance of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.  Any committee member may serve as an advisor for the minor (see list of Faculty Advisors below).  The chair of the committee (the IoE Director) serves as the curriculum review officer and signs the application for a Non-Teaching Minor after approved and forwarded by departmental advisors. Requirements for the Water Resources Minor are listed on the MSU Water Resources Minor webpage.  

Water Resources Minor Faculty

Joel Cahoon - Civil Engineering

Wyatt Cross - Ecology

Jordy Hendrikx - Earth Sciences

Jerry Johnson - Political Science

Clayton Marlow - Animal and Range Sciences

Jamie McEvoy - Earth Sciences

Tom McMahon - Ecology

Rob Payn - Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Paul Stoy - Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Paul Sturman - Center for Biofilm Engineering

Bruce Maxwell, Chair - IoE, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences


MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett


Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620