Offered by the Department of Geosciences
Associate Professor Demchak (chairperson)
Assistant Professors Kennedy, Kopf, Shears, Stocks
Instructors Dillon, Guignard, Dom
The concentration in Watershed Management is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions or for graduate school. It is interesting, interdisciplinary and challenging. Required coursework includes biology, chemistry, geology, geography and regional planning, as well as the core classes in watershed management. We also recommend that you complete an internship with a government agency or private organization. Mansfield University is an especially appropriate location for this program. All of the following are located within our county: diverse water chemistry; acid mine drainage impacted streams and demonstration projects to reduce their effect; varied land uses; nutrient loading of some streams from intense agriculture; interesting bedrock and geologic structure; multiple flood control / water management projects; boundary between glaciated and non-glaciated landscapes; Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geologic Survey, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and active local watershed groups; and, part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a focus of much research and remedial work. In short, our county is an ideal outdoor laboratory for the study of watershed management.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Students will exhibit a sense of service and self-motivation as evidenced by participation in co-curricular activities, especially those involving leadership positions and volunteerism.
- Students will produce and interpret maps, images, charts and other graphic data
- Students will demonstrate the organizational ability, technical skills and confidence necessary to devise and deliver a presentation to an audience of their peers and authority figures.
- Students will write a coherent essay or report relating to their field of study.
- Students will properly use field equipment such as flow meters, water quality test kits, pH meters, and soil color charts.
- Students will perform a watershed assessment and to develop a watershed protection or restoration plan.