Water Resources and Geo-Environmental Sciences

Water Resources and Geo-Environmental Sciences

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Bachelor of Science in Water Resources and Geo-Environmental Sciences (BS) – (106 Credits)

Conscious of the importance of water issues for Lebanon and the Arab world, AUT started a unique BS program in Water Resource Sciences that means to prepare Lebanese students to work in all areas of water

science and management. They will acquire essential expertise in water quality and treatment, water law and conflict resolution, and other areas necessary to manage water resources efficiently.

This unique program has the support of Tannourine Water company which ensures internships and training as well as scholarships and of the Ministry of Energy and Water so students have access to information concerning projects on regional and national levels and can share in them.

AUT has joined international organizations such as Global Water Partnership which is an organization based in Stockholm, Sweden and whose mission is to support the sustainable development and management of water resources at all levels .

What is the mission of  Water Resources Science?

To train multi-disciplinary experts become future scientists and managers of our water resources and fill the ever increasing demand for high economic impact jobs.

A unique program

The Water Resources & Geo-Environmental Sciences program is the first and currently the only undergraduate major offered in Lebanon.

What problems am I being trained to solve?

The Arab world is over 90% arid, and the main reservoir for water resources in the region is Lebanon. Accordingly, we focus on solving issues of water storage, water conservation, water management and water quality to cope with the increasing demand for water supply.

What topics does the program cover?

Students learn through a unique program, following a multi-disciplinary approach by integrating the hydrogeology, environment, socioeconomic and policy aspects of water treatment and management into the curriculum.

What types of career opportunities are open when I study Water Resources Sciences?
There is an increasing demand for water resources experts in Lebanon and the region. This unique program covers a wide variety of specializations in fields such as: 

• Environmental science and climate change

• Water purification and bottling

• Waste water treatment and reuse

• Public & environmental health

• Water quality monitoring and quality control • Water policy • Integrated water resource management

Why should I study Water Resources Science at AUT?

The 99-credit program is constantly updated to meet new challenges posed by water scarcity and is taught by top experts in water including scientists from UNESCO Institute for Water Education based in Delft, Netherlands. Visiting professors together with AUT faculty ensure you are exposed to the latest research and technologies. In addition the Memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Energy and Water make sure you are informed of policy changes that affect the water sector in Lebanon. The required internships that you spend at water companies or government agencies ensure you know what the job market is about and better prepares you for professional success. Students of Water Resources Science at AUT work with municipalities on testing water quality. An example of this is the Phoenix Project with Byblos Municipality. Another advantage AUT offers is the presence of an Advisory Board composed of experts in the public and private sectors that advise students on career opportunities and advises the faculty on curriculum changes to accompany the latest developments in the water field.

Where are the career opportunities available to me?

Career opportunities include the private sector such as environmental or engineering consultants, environmental groups, water bottling and production industry and companies, water treatment plants, management of dams, international organizations such as WHO, UNDP, FAO, UNEP, ESCWA, UNIDO, as well as NGOs. The public sector (Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Public Health), Water Authorities and Municipalities.

What higher academic degrees can I pursue after the BSc in Water Resources and Geo-Environmental Sciences?

Candidates can pursue MSc and PhD degrees in water resources management, environmental sciences, or in international water and environmental law, where a high demand for experts is needed.

Water Resources and Geo-Environmental Sciences (99 Credits)

General Education Requirements 26 credits
Code # Course Title Cr Prerequisites
Group A : Language and Communication (10 credits)
ENG 203 English Communication I 3
ENG 204 English Communication II 3 ENG203
BUS 210 Business
Communication Skills
3 ENG203
BUS 215 Business
Presentation Skills
1 Coreq. BUS210
Group B : General Business & Humanities (7 credits)
BUS 201 Foundations in Business 3
HUM 212 AUT Cultural Plus 1
HUM 318 Human Rights 3 ENG 203
Group C : Arts & Social Sciences (3 credits)
ART 205 Contemporary Arts 3
HUM 210 Arts Appreciation 3
HUM 211 Music Appreciation 3
POL 202 Globalization and Political Change 3 ENG 203
SOC 202 Justice, Society and Gender 3 ENG 203
Group D : Mathematics, Science and Technology (3 credits)
HLT 210 Health and
NTR 201 Introduction to Nutrition 3 ENG 203
Group E : Health and Physical Education (3 credits)
HLT 200 First Aid and Safety 2
PED . Physical Education 1

Environment Course Requirements
21 credits Grade must
be C or higher in every Major Course
Code # Course Title Cr Prerequisites
BIO 201 General Biology 4
CHE 201 Basic Chemistry 4 Co. ENG203
CHE 211 Introductory Organic Chemistry 4 CHE201
STA 210 Statistics for Science 3
ENV 332 Environmental
Impact Assessment
GEO 201 Geology 3
Specialization Core Requirements 43
Code # Course Title Cr Prerequisites
WGS 201 Introduction to Water Resources 3 ENG203
WGS 210 Soil Science 4
GEOE 220 GIS and Remote
3 WGS201, WGS220, GEOE201
WGS 220 Applied Hydrology 3 WGS201
WGS 255 Environmental Microbiology 3 BIO201
WGS 240 Aquatic Ecology 3
WGS 302 Applied Geomorphology 3 GEOE201
WGS 321 Water Pollutants 3 CHE201, WGS201
WGS 322 Water Chemistry Techniques + Lab 4 CHE201, WGS201
WGS 345 Water Policy and Economics 3 ENG204, WGS201
WGS 355 Water Law 3 ENG204, WGS201
WGS 360 Environmental Modeling 3 WGS201, WGS240
WGS 365 Water and Wastewater Engineering 3 WGS201, WGS321
WGS 200 Water Resources Seminar 1
WGS 390 Internship
Free Elective 9 credits
Total Credits 99 Credits