A.S. in Water Efficiency Management

This degree prepares students for careers in water use efficiency and conservation. After completing the program, students may find employment as a specialist in water supply, water efficiency, program conservation, conservation outreach, natural resources, or environmental protection. Those already employed in public works, construction, landscaping, municipal administration, water distribution/treatment, or facilities oversight and planning are encouraged to complete this degree to complement their knowledge and increase employability, wages, and promotion opportunities. Students are expected to complete several industry certifications throughout the program including the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) D-1 Water Distribution Operator's Certificate examination and the T-1 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate examination as well as the California/Nevada American Water Works Association (AWWA) Grade 1 and 2 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certification exams.

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Water Efficiency Management A.S. Degree will:

  1. Collect, interpret, and analyze water use data; calculate possible water savings; recommend ways business, agriculture, municipalities, and consumers can save water; and analyze implemented programs to determine if an agency is meeting usage goals.
  2. Adhere to water conservation regulations; implement water conservation projects; and promote conservation practices and regulations in the region.
This degree requires meeting the Citrus College General Education and proficiency requirements combined with successful
completion (grades of "C" and above) of the following major requirements:
Required courses:
WATR 150Introduction to Water Systems3
WATR 162Water Use Efficiency I3
WATR 164Water Use Efficiency II3
BIOL 145Environmental Science3
PUB 165Environmental Management3
Complete one (1) of the following courses:
Business Communications3
Microcomputer Applications I4
Urban Forest Management Planning3
Turf and Landscape Management3
Water Resources and Distribution I3
Water Treatment I3
Total Units18-19

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
WATR 150 Introduction to Water Systems 3
WATR 162 Water Use Efficiency I 3
WATR 156 Water Treatment I 3
MATH 144 Technical Mathematics 5
Winter Term 1
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
Spring Term 1
WATR 153 Water Resources and Distribution II 3
WATR 157 Water Treatment II 3
WATR 164 Water Use Efficiency II 3
WATR 151 Water Resources and Distribution I 3
Summer Term 1
PUB 165 Environmental Management 3
BIOL 145 Environmental Science 3
Fall Term 2
PUB 160 Public Administration 3
ITIS 130 Microcomputer Applications I 4
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
ANTH 212
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
and Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab
Winter Term 2
PUB 166 Supervision in Public Works 3
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of Women in the United States
or American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
Spring Term 2
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
ENGL 290
Ethnic Voices in Film
or Children's Literature
or Children's Literature - Honors
or Literature of the Bible
or American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts
or Great Religions of the World
or Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
 Total Units65

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.