AGEN - Soil and Water Resources Engineering

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Soil and Water Resources Engineering

Soil is the thin skin covering the land; water is becoming more precious every day. Find out how engineering helps conserve these two essential resources as you study the interactions between soils, plants, and water that influence the way these resources are used in planning irrigation systems, tillage and cultivation practices, conservation buffers, and animal production facilities. Apply engineering and design skills to improve water quality and minimize pollution from nonpoint sources.

Develop irrigation systems, drainage systems, methods to reduce and control erosion, methods to reduce and control pollution of streams, rivers and lakes, and developing biological systems as cleaning systems, such as biofilters to clean air or constructed wetlands to clean water. There are many applications for this career field, and if you want to play a role in improving and protecting the agricultural environment, and get some hands-on experiences, this is the field of study for you.

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Soil and Water Resources Engineering
Introduction to soil and water resources and the engineering processes used to analyze watersheds. Soil water relations, evapotranspiration, precipitation, runoff, erosion, flow in natural waterways and through reservoirs, wetland and groundwater hydrology, and water quality. Geographic information system utilized to develop maps and analyze watershed characteristics. A selected watershed is investigated.

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Groundwater Engineering
Application of engineering principles to the movement of groundwater. Analysis and design of wells, well fields, and artificial recharge. Analysis of pollutant movement.
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Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering
Identification, characterization, and assessment of nonpoint source pollutants; transport mechanisms and remediation technologies; design methodologies and case studies.
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Animal Waste Management
Characterization of wastes from animal production. Specification and design of collection, transport, storage, treatment, and land application systems. Air and water pollution, regulatory and management aspects.

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Irrigation and Drainage Systems Engineering
Analytical and design consideration of evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and water movement as related to irrigation and drainage systems; analysis and design of components of irrigation and drainage systems including water supplies, pumping plants, sprinkler systems, and center pivots.

After Graduation

After completing a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis in Soil and Water Resources Engineering many students pursue a job within irrigation including water management and system design. Other career areas include soil erosion, drainage systems, water supplies, water quality and quantity, geographic information systems, and nonpoint source pollution control. There are also students who choose to continue with their education and pursue advanced degrees.

Emphasis Areas
Machine Design Engineering
Machine Design Engineering
Invent, design, or improve the machines used by agriculture, heavy construction, industry, and households.
Soil and Water Resources Engineering
Soil and Water Resources Engineering
Develop irrigation systems, methods to control erosion, and practices for pollution prevention.
Test Engineering
Test Engineering
Evaluate the functional performance of machines and equipment through study of test procedure standards, measurements, and data acquisition.

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