Academic Catalog

Environmental & Applied Technology

Water Resources Management Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

This major prepares students to design, implement and evaluate water conservation/water resources management programs and to assist in developing more diversified water resource portfolios in the water and wastewater sector or in the landscape and property management field. Emphasis is on emerging technologies and methods that lead to long-term sustainability of our water and wastewater resources. Attaining a certificate or degree in this major will prepare students to enter careers in water conservation, watershed management, water resources and groundwater, public information, and community education. Careers in landscape and facilities maintenance, irrigation system design, urban water management, and landscape design are also options. Students successfully completing the core requirements for this major will qualify to take the American Water Works Association’s Water Use Efficiency Practitioner certification examination, the Landscape Water Management certification offered by the California Landscape Contractor’s Association, and the Certified Landscape Water Manager certification offered by the Irrigation Association. In addition to preparing students for entry level jobs in the water and wastewater field, courses in this major prepare students to transfer to a number of four-year college or university degree programs, including Water Resources, Environmental Sciences, and Natural Resources Management.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the essential uses of water, the infrastructure that has been developed to meet demand, and the problems the water industry faces.
  • Identify a specified number of legal and financial constraints which complicate efficient and effective water resource management.
  • Explain the concept and importance of water portfolio diversification.
  • Describe the political/organizational structures and list the major agencies involved in providing water in the greater San Diego region.
  • Compare and contrast the sources of wastewater, the major collection/transportation networks, and the major wastewater treatment/reclamation facilities operating in San Diego County.
  • Identify the major regulatory agencies that monitor and regulate the water/wastewater industry.
  • Explain how the current carbon footprint of the water and wastewater infrastructure significantly impacts California’s energy and power demands.
  • Compare and contrast a specified number of resource recovery/alternative treatment methods.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

CWS-101Fundamentals of Water & Wastewater3
CWS-103Water Resources Management3
CWS-105Water Conservation3
CWS-115Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse3
OH-120Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture3
OH-170Plant Materials: Trees and Shrubs3
OH-221Landscape Construction: Irrigation and Carpentry3
OH-250Landscape Water Management2
CWS-290Cooperative Work Experience2
or OH-290 Cooperative Work Experience Education
Select two of the following:5-6
Calculations in Water & Wastewater
Water Treatment Plant Operations
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations
Water Distribution Systems
Wastewater Collection Systems
Backflow Tester Training
Cross-Connection Control Specialist
Cross-Connection Control Specialist- Recycled Water
Select two of the following:4-7
Xeriscape: Water Conservation in the Landscape
Turf and Ground Cover Management
Landscape Construction: Concrete and Masonry
Principles of Landscape Irrigation
Irrigation System Design
Sustainable Urban Landscape Principles and Practices
Total Units34-38

Plus General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Water Resources Management. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.