Water Resources Management

The Water Resources Managment program at Columbia College is a perfect stepping stone on the way to a successful career in water treatment, water distribution, wastewater management, groundwater management, and much more. Between the skills and knowledge you gain from our courses, and with the surrounding region providing abundant locales for great field study (Hetch Hetchy system, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers, New Melones and Lyons reservoirs, Pinecrest and Don Pedro lakes, etc.), there are tremendous opportunities for unique job-related experience for a variety of careers in the field.

Core Water Resources Management classes include:

  • Introduction to Water Resource Management
  • Soil Resources
  • Introduction to Maps
  • Natural Resource Conservation

Related Electives include:

  • Introduction to Watershed Management
  • Drinking Water Treatment
  • Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Water Use Efficiency
  • Geographic Information Systems


Water Resources Management Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Certificate Level: At the Associate's Level: At the Bachelors Level or Beyond:
Water Treatment Operator I/II First-line supervisor of plant operation workers Environmental or Civil Engineer
Water Distribution Operator I/II Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operator Environmental science and protection technicians
Water Systems Assistant I/II Environmental engineering technician Environmental compliance specialist


Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T / AS-T = Associate of Arts / Science for Transfer AA / AS = Associate of Arts / Science COA = Certificate of Achievement
Transfer degrees facilitate a clear transfer pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree, requiring both major preparation and a general education pattern that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree. This degree requires students to complete requirements in an academic major and Columbia College’s General Education breadth and activity requirements. COA in a General Education Pattern (CSU or IGETC) are designed to streamline lower-division general education requirements for transfer to UC, CSU, or other universities.
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