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Within the WSSS curriculum, students must take at least two courses from two different themes in the below approved course list. Courses from across schools/departments are offered within each theme such that students may select water-focused courses from inside or outside of their own school/department offerings. Students are permitted to complete these elective courses at any point during their time at Tufts. Additionally, students may petition for courses not on the approved course list to count towards this requirement.

Within the approved course list, there are two types of courses: hard-approved and soft approved courses. These course categories are described in detail below.

As an interdisciplinary program, WSSS students are encouraged to take classes outside of their field of study.

Hard Approved Courses Soft Approved Courses Request Approval

WSSS-Approved Course List

Hard-Approved Courses

Hard-approved courses directly address water issues in the majority of the course curriculum. Please note that these classes may not be offered every year or semester.

* Courses with an asterix either have pre-requisite requirements or require permission from the instructor to enroll

Management & Policy

PS 118 Environmental Policy
EIB E246 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
UEP 206 Planning for Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure        
UEP 207/ ENV 207 / CEE 207 Environmental Law
UEP 279 Water Resources Policy & Planning and Watershed Management
UEP 221 Climate Change Policy, Planning, and Action
DHP D205  Global Maritime Affairs: International Trade, Security, Energy, and Environmental Issues at Sea
DHP P253 Sustainable Development Diplomacy
DHP H202 Maritime History and Globalization

Technology & Sciences

BIO 164/ ENV 164 Marine Biology
BIO 179 Seminar in Marine Biology*
BIO 181/ ENV181 Tropical Ecology/Conservation*
EOS 132 Groundwater Chemistry and Quality*
EOS 133 Field Methods in Hydrogeology*
EOS 287/ CEE 287 Subsurface Fluid Dynamics*
EOS 288 Groundwater Modeling
EOS 289 Geofluids
CEE 214 Environmental and Water Resources Systems
MCM 587  Engineered Solutions*
CEE 112 / ENV 112 Hydrology/Water Resources*
CEE 113 / ENV 113 / EOS 131 Groundwater*
CEE 212 Chemical Principles in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering*
CEE 213 Transport Principles in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering*
CEE/CUAHSI 294-01  Special Topics in Hydrology

Public Health & Nutrition

CEE 150 Field Methods for Global Health
CEE 251/PH 241 Biology of Water and Health
CH/CEE 196  WASH Seminar
NUTR 233 Agricultural Science and Policy I    
NUTR 241 Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology, and Sustainability*
NUTR 333 Agricultural Science and Policy II
NUTR 341 Economics of Agriculture and the Environment*

Environmental Concern

 CEE 133 Wastewater Plant Design*
CEE 131 River Hydraulics and Restoration*
DHP P250 Environmental Problem Solving*
CEE 139 Bio-remediation: Natural and Enhanced*
CEE 103 / ENV 103 Water Quality Modeling*

Soft-Approved Courses

Soft-approved courses address water issues in a combination of class content and/or class assignments. Please note these classes may not be offered every semester or every year.

Soft-approved courses require additional approvals before being completed for fulfillment of the WSSS requirements. Please see the Soft Course Approval Form found on the Student Forms page. 

Management & Policy

NUTR 142 Risk and Disaster Management
ECON 130 Topics in Environmental Economics
EIB E211 Microeconomics
UEP 251 Economics for Planning and Policy Analysis
 CEE 202 Environmental Statistics
 UEP 265 Corporate Management of Environmental Issues

Technology & Sciences

BIO 142 Population and Community Ecology
BIO 143 Evolutionary Ecology
BIO 144 Principles of Conservation Biology
BIO 180 Advanced Topics of Conservation Biology
BIO 195 Topics in Biology

Public Health & Nutrition

ANTH 126 Food, Nutrition and Culture
PH 244 Research Methods of Global Health
PH 262 GIS for Public Health
PH 244 Health, Human Security, and Emerging Pathogens

Environmental Concern

ANTH 138 Anthropocene and the End of Nature

Request Course Approval

If there is a graduate course available at Tufts or at a partner university that is not listed above that you would like to take, you have the opportunity submit a new course approval form for review before completing the course.