New water B.S. degree at Virginia Tech is now approved

Mountain stream at Giles County Cascades; winterIn early December, Virginia Tech received approval from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for a new undergraduate, water resources degree at the university.  This followed approval by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during its June 1-2, 2014, meetings.  The new “Water: Resources, Policy, and Management” Bachelors of Science degree will begin in 2015.

The program’s academic home will be the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech.  The major is designed to be highly interdisciplinary, with involvement and course offerings from other colleges at Tech including Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, and Science. This comprehensive, interdisciplinary major is the first of its kind available for undergraduates in the United States.  The Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s director, Stephen Schoenholtz, will coordinate the new major, assisted by an advisory committee comprising faculty from 10 Tech departments.

For more information, see the Web site for the degree, at http://waterdegree.frec.vt.edu/; or contact the Virginia Water Resources Research Center at (540) 231-5624 or water@vt.edu.

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