Water ScienceCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you will learn

As a Water Science major, students will gain an understanding of water movement within the earth's water cycle while managing water at the watershed scale, learn about groundwater and surface water hydrology, water law, policy, and economics, the chemistry of natural and contaminated water (water quality), water-ecosystem interactions and it's relationship to climate variability, and water resources development, use and management.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities associated with the Water Science major include positions such as water or environmental scientist, hydrologic technician, program specialist wellhead protection, water resources research technician, water quality specialist, wetland hydrologist, environmental consultant, or become a graduate student in hydrology, hydrogeology, water sciences, hydrologic sciences, etc.

The NEBRASKA difference

Nebraska is the only Big Ten university to offer an undergraduate Water Sciences major, and is one of only a handful of universities who offer this major nationwide. The University of Nebraska has a large concentration of faculty with research and teaching interests in the water sciences and the state itself offers a unique and varied outdoor learning environment within which students can explore and learn about the many facets of water science.

Internships / Clubs

Notable clubs and internships include Hydrologic Intern, Department of Interior; Hydrologic Tech Intern, U.S. Geological Survey; Student Intern, United States Geological Service; Summer Surface Water Temp, Department of Environmental Quality; Water Resources Intern, JEO Consulting Group; or a Summer Intern, Flatwater Group - Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Firm.

Alumni / Faculty


  • Dr. Randy Stotler, Kansas Geological Survey
  • Richard Wilson, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
  • Renee Bowers, United States Geological Survey
  • Jennifer Schellpeper, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
  • Lacy Bodnar, Graduate Student, Texas A&M University
  • Orin Regier, Graduate Student, University of Waterloo


Notable facilities include the Water Sciences Laboratory, Groundwater Chemistry Laboratory, Water For Food Institute, and the Water Center.