Water Resources Engineering

Water Resources Engineers improve life through innovative water use and management for sustained environmental and human health.

Program Overview

Water Resources Engineering focuses on the use and management of land and water resources in rural and urban watersheds.

A growing population and the need for clean water demands Water Resources Engineers to develop solutions that are environmentally sustainable and economically viable.  Water Resources Engineering combines elements of other disciplines such as civil engineering, environmental engineering, agriculture, planning and geography in a unique combination ideally suited to address society's concerns and needs for surrounding water.

Students design and develop creative solutions to protect groundwater, soil, wetlands, streams and lakes to ensure that the development of new water supplies do not disrupt natural processes.  Students learn to apply engineering analysis and computer models to identify water resources problems and design engineering solutions to these challenges.
 


Program Information

DEGREE:
  Bachelor of Engineering*
*Available in regular or co-operative education
 
PURSUE INTERESTS IN:
 
  • Water conservation
  • River Restoration
  • Storm Water Management
  • Meteorology and Geology
     
  • CAREERS:
      As a Water Resources Engineer, you will be prepared to work globally as designers, planners, managers and researchers for consulting firms, municipalities, conservation authorities, research institutions and government agencies. 
     
  • Project Engineer
  • Water Quality Engineer
  • Ontario Ministry of Government
  • Project Engineer, International Development Agencies

  • ADMISSIONS
     
    ACCREDITATION PROCESS

    First Year

    Your first year courses in Water Resources Engineering are chosen to introduce you to engineering design and to build the foundation of fundamental science and math skills needed in all fields of engineering. These foundational courses are essential to your education as an engineer.

    Fall Semsester

    Winter Semester

    General Chemistry I

    General Chemistry II

    Introduction to Programming

    Engineering Analysis

    Engineering and Design I

    Physics with Applications

    Calculus I

    Calculus II

    Science & Society since 1500

    Engineering Mechanics I

    Beyond First Year

    In addition to the interdisciplinary courses, below are a few courses specific to Water Resources Engineering. For descriptions of these courses and an overview of all courses available, please consult the current Undergraduate Calendar.

    Areas of Interest

    • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • Urban water systems design
    • Groundwater
    • Water quality
    • Flood protection
    • Modelling
    • Rural water management
    • Storm water management

    Design. Create. Solve.

    Guelph Engineering students experience Engineering Design from the moment they walk in the door.  At Guelph, you will take part in our integrated approach to engineering design starting immediately in your first semester. Your design experience continues to build in each year of your program and many 3rd and 4th year courses have a large design component built directly into the curriculum.

    Capstone Design Project

    In your final year, you will work with students from multiple engineering disciplines to complete a final design project that focuses on your area of interest.  This capstone course allows students to complete a project from beginning to end, in their chosen field and under the guidance of a faculty advisor.  The comprehensive design course prepares our students to envision and develop new and effective solutions to issues in our world.

    Examples of Water Resources Engineering capstone design projects:

    • Proposed water conservation measures for the City of Guelph
    • Improved operation of oil-grit separators using simulation of flow patterns
    • Urban stormwater drainage systems design for areas susceptible to natural disasters
    • Dam removal and stream rehabilitation at Saugeen River in Walkerton, ON
    • Design of a grey water treatment system for homes using indoor planters
    • Design of an improved drinking water supply for rural areas of Bangladesh
    • Design of remediation schemes for reclaiming saline soils in Gujarat, India
    • Design of improved stormwater systems for the Toronto Zoo