The curriculum of the Certification of Professional Achievement in Sustainable Water Management has been designed by experts from the Columbia Water Center. Students will complete three required courses focused on the science, policy, and management of water systems as well as one elective course, with elective offerings including water in agriculture, water quality and health, water and energy security, and urban infrastructure.

The Science of Sustainable Water (Required): The hydrological processes studied in this class allow students to investigate a wide range of sustainable strategies for water resource management affected by a wide range of challenges including climate, population, and economic growth.

This course provides a fundamental understanding of key hydrological processes and management strategies to tackle real-world environmental issues and policy decisions facing water managers – Wade McGillis

Water Governance (Required): Students will learn about the relationship between water and society by examining the various systems, political, social, economic, and administrative, that affect water management at the local, national, and international levels.

In my ‘Water Governance’ class, we explore the complex relationship between water – a multifaceted and critical resource – and the political, social, economic, and administrative systems that affect water use. We look at intriguing and often contentious water issues ranging from the Indus Waters Treaty to the privatization of water resources. – Michael Puma

Water Systems Analysis (Required): Topics addressed will include the consideration of climate variability and the change in developing system operation rules and infrastructure planning as students experience a structured introduction to the integrated analysis of physical and institutional systems for water management and development.

“Multiple scales and settings, from developing country villages to a US city water supply to regional watershed restoration o national planning are considered. The emerging global water crisis driven by rapid population growth and its relation to agricultural water use will be a recurrent theme through the class.”
– Naresh Devineni

Elective Course: Students will complete one elective course, with elective offerings including water in agriculture, water quality and health, water and energy security, and urban infrastructure. The following elective courses are offered by graduate schools across the university, including the School of International and Public Affairs, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the Fu Foundation Graduate School of Engineering:

  • SUMA PS5157: Water Resources and Climate
  • INAF U6068: Economic Analysis-Environment Policies
  • CIEN E4133: Capital Facility Planning and Finance
  • INAF U8912: Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Goals
  • PUAF U6411: Global Food Systems
  • EAEE E4257: Environmental data analysis and modeling
  • EHSC P8304: Public Health Impacts of Climate Change
  • ECIA W4100: Management and development of water systems
  • EAEE E4951: Engineering systems for water treatment and re-use
  • CIEE E4252: Environmental Engineering
  • EAEE E4255: River and Coastal Hydrodynamics
  • EAEE E4350: Planning/Management-Urban Hydrologic System
  • EAEE E6240: Physical Hydrology
  • EESC W4925: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
  • EEEB W4195: Marine Conservation Ecology
  • EESC W4930: Earth’s Oceans and Atmosphere