WR 204 - Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)

  • 3 credits

This online course is designed to introduce students to watershed science and hydrologic processes, management actions, and sustainability concepts. During this course, students will:

a. Develop foundational knowledge in specific field(s) of science.
b. Develop an understanding of the nature and process of science.
c. Demonstrate the ability to use scientific methodologies.
d. Examine quantitative approaches to study natural phenomena.

A key emphasis of the class is to examine modern watershed science-based resource management issues. To explore topics addressing pressures on natural systems from human induced and natural system disturbance, population growth, pollution, and land use change, particularly under a changing climate. Development and application of scientific vocabulary, analytical, and critical thinking skills are stressed throughout the course. Key topics include:

  • The water cycle
  • Groundwater
  • River channels
  • Water use and water law
  • Lakes and limnology
  • Climate change

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Biological/Physical Sciences (Category 3A) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Natural and Physical Sciences without Lab (GT-SC2).

Textbooks and Materials

Reading and reference materials will be posted on Canvas and/or be available from the CSU Library.


Glenn Patterson
Glenn Patterson

(970) 586-5196 | scampi162@gmail.com

Glenn Patterson has worked and played in the field of water since 1974. He worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for 30 years, and has also worked for the National Park Service, the National Ecological Observatory Network, the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District, and the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group.

Learn more at: http://www.cwi.colostate.edu/CSUWaterExperts/default.aspx?WF_ID=1924

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