Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Adam Sigler
This course will cover water quality fundamentals (physical, biological, and chemical
aspects) and will integrate the science-policy management side of water quality work
and research. This course will be populated with real world examples from county Extension,
watershed groups, conservation districts, and agencies across Montana and the region.
Interfacing these case studies with the cutting edge hydrology and water quality research
conducted at the university provides the context students need to succeed in the field.
After completion of the course, students will have an understanding of:
- the current legal framework for water quality management in the US
- dimension analysis for calculating concentrations and loads of constituents in water
- of surrogate measurement concepts and approaches
- dynamics of variability in parameters at different temporal scales
- pitfalls and considerations associated with monitoring individual parameters
- human and environmental impacts associated with individual parameters
Meeting Place and Times
Participants log in to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule.
It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 8 - 10 hours per
week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related
assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.
Adam Sigler is the Extension Water Quality Associate Specialist in the Land Resources
and Environmental Sciences Department (LRES) at MSU Bozeman. He has an MS in LRES
from MSU (2008) and a BS in Watershed Science from Utah State University (2001). He
completed his PhD at MSU in 2020 working on water and nitrogen dynamics in a dryland agricultural system in the Judith River Watershed
of central MT. Adam has been conducting water quality research, education, and outreach with MSU
Extension since 2005.
8-10 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method
of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
See the Online Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid page.
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
- All materials will be provided online in D2L
- Internet access
- A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.
This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course
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How to Register
You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.
Learn how to apply.
After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration
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Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.