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Water Resources

Combine field experience and tailored coursework to explore and foster a broad knowledge of water-related issues within a variety of ecosystems.

Water Resources – Minor

The Water Resources minor at Montana State allows students from any discipline to explore the all-encompassing importance of water to every facet of human life. From agriculture and technology to sustainability, population growth and ecosystem health, this program is designed to encourage students to explore courses beyond their major and foster a broad knowledge of water-related issues.





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Interdisciplinary Research Experience
Courses in the Water Resources program come from Montana State’s Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering and Letters and Science.       

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University of the Yellowstone
Study water resource and quality issues in the varied ecosystems of Montana with Yellowstone National Park just an hour from campus.

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Make an Immediate Impact
Water Resources students conduct research and produce publications within their undergraduate careers.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Water Resources students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Ecosystem Management
  • Land Rehabilitation
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Resource Manager
  • Water Quality Specialist

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.




Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.