Earth Sciences

The Water Technologies & Management program offers four 2+2 degree pathways to Washington State University: Wildlife Ecology & Conservations Science, Environmental & Ecosystem Sciences, Forestry, and Earth Sciences.

In addition the program offers three certificates, and an Associate in Applied Sciences degree (AAS) in Irrigation Management.

Career Opportunities

    • Exploration geoscientist
    • Petroleum or mining geologist
    • Geochemist
    • Paleontologist
    • Climatologist
    • Mineralogist


Melissa Holecek

Phone: (509) 524-5208

Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362


The mission of the Water Technologies and Management program is provide students with a diverse array of courses, exposure to the newest technologies, and hands-on experiences with will both provide industry with highly trained technicians and managers and also prepare students for transfer courses of study.

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 application 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 experiences as successful practitioners in this industry.