Soil and Water Resources Engineering


Soil is the thin skin covering the land; water is becoming more precious every day. Find out how engineering helps conserve these two essential resources as you study the interactions between soils, plants, and water that influence the way these resources are used in planning irrigation systems, tillage and cultivation practices, conservation buffers, and animal production facilities. Apply engineering and design skills to improve water quality and minimize pollution from nonpoint sources.

Develop irrigation systems, drainage systems, methods to reduce and control erosion, methods to reduce and control pollution of streams, rivers and lakes, and developing biological systems as cleaning systems, such as biofilters to clean air or constructed wetlands to clean water. There are many applications for this career field, and if you want to play a role in improving and protecting the agricultural environment, and get some hands-on experiences, this is the field of study for you.

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Soil & Water Resources Engineering

 Introduction to soil and water resources and the engineering processes used to analyze watersheds. Soil water relations, evapotranspiration, precipitation, runoff, erosion, flow in natural waterways and through reservoirs, wetland and groundwater hydrology, and water quality. Geographic information system utilized to develop maps and analyze watershed characteristics. A selected watershed is investigated.

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Ground Water Engineering

 Application of engineering principles to the movement of groundwater. Analysis and design of wells, well fields, and artificial recharge. Analysis of pollutant movement.



Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering

 Identification, characterization, and assessment of nonpoint source pollutants; transport mechanisms and remediation technologies; design methodologies and case studies.

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Animal Waste Management

 Characterization of wastes from animal production. Specification and design of collection, transport, storage, treatment, and land application systems. Air and water pollution, regulatory and management aspects.



Irrigation & Drainage Systems Engineering

 Analytical and design consideration of evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and water movement as related to irrigation and drainage systems; analysis and design of components of irrigation and drainage systems including water supplies, pumping plants, sprinkler systems, and center pivots.


After Graduation

After completing a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis in Soil and Water Resources Engineering many students pursue a job within irrigation including water management and system design. Other career areas include soil erosion, drainage systems, water supplies, water quality and quantity, geographic information systems, and nonpoint source pollution control. There are also students who choose to continue with their education and pursue advanced degrees.