Water Resources research involves the use of science and policy tools to identify contaminants and make assessments of water quality. Students take this option as part of the BioResource Research Major, an interdisciplinary biosciences major centered around student research. Students will acquire laboratory skills to detect water contaminants and track their movements and transformations, while learning related policy and management concerns. Research areas could include microbial contaminants, the impact of urbanization on water quality, and marine and estuarine water quality and its impact on fisheries and shellfish industries. Option coursework covers water sciences and hydrology, environmental policy and management. Students completing this option will be prepared for graduate school or for positions in environmental consulting, research, and natural resource management. For more information, see the BioResource Research webpages and contact their office.