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The Water Technologies and Management program offers several degree tracks for students which include Watershed Ecology, Natural Resources Technology and Management and Irrigation Technology. Certificate, Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences degrees (AAAS) and transfer options are available.

Watershed Ecology blends knowledge of biological sciences with application of cutting-edge technical skills. Technicians will be skilled in identifying and assessing natural habitat needs of fish and wildlife in relation to healthy ecosystems with emphasis on the restoration and management of aquatic environments. Watershed Ecology will enable students to learn about ecosystems as they relate to watershed processes. Students will become well-versed in living systems, flora and fauna, as well as non-living systems. Watershed Ecology will expose students to technical courses to provide them with cutting-edge scientific skills and necessary written and oral communication skills. The Watershed Ecology degree prepares graduates for entry level employment and provides skill improvements for individuals already in the workforce. Graduates of the Watershed Ecology program are highly recruited for work in fisheries, environmental restoration, and soil and water quality testing. Students in the program have the unique opportunity to participate in paid work experience as part of the program. The Watershed Ecology program is reviewed annually by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.



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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362

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Provide education and training to prepare students to work as environmental technicians. This includes advanced technical skills and experience, along with the completion of an AAAS degree and two years of relevant hands-on application of knowledge.

Program Outcomes

  • Provide the natural resource and irrigation industries with highly trained, fully employable, skilled technicians.
  • Develop relationships and/or partnerships with existing natural resource and irrigation organizations and agencies to provide continuing education opportunities for industry practitioners.
  • Provide industry work experience during the educational process, giving students exposure to the actual applications of natural resource protection and recovery methods and irrigation principles and practices.
  • Provide campus labs, classrooms, equipment, and general facilities utilizing cutting edge technologies and practices.
  • Provide highly trained instructors who have significant field experience as successful practitioners in the natural resource and irrigation industries.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Watershed Ecology upon completion of the two-year program of study. A Watershed Ecology Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program.