Water Quality Basics

Location: Online: Self-Paced

Tuition: $0.00

Water Quality Basics takes learners on a virtual expedition through water quality issues, including primers on the hydrologic cycle and determinants of water quality. The course includes sections on issues such as fate and transport analysis, iron and manganese, hard water, fire in the watershed, animal feeding operations, nutrients, wastewater treatment, and emerging contaminants. This course contains 1.0 hour of reading content and 1.5 hours of video content for a total of 2.5 hours. Nearly 50 short videos make content presentation lively and engaging.

Water Quality Basics is an update of the Water Quality Expedition (WQE) program that was initially released by the Montana Water Center in 2005 with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Water Quality 101 contains the same information as WQE, with content reviewed and updated to match current standards and regulations. The content from the original courses has also been repackaged so it can been accessed using current technology.

Water Quality Basics is brought to you by the Montana Water Center in partnership with Academic Technology and Outreach at Montana State University. The course was developed with funding from the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a National Science Foundation-supported effort that has grown science and technology infrastructure in Montana since 1980.

For questions regarding course content, please email water@montana.edu
For technical questions, please email nehasil@montana.edu

Fee:   $0.00


Online: Self-Paced

This online class is self-paced. You will receive an automated email from MSU Outreach with login instructions for the Brightspace (D2L) learning management system within one business day. If you do not receive an email within one business day, please contact outreachadmin@montana.edu

The primary audience is small systems water and wastewater operators, yet information on hydrology and water quality could benefit a wide variety of professionals, such as local and state level policy makers and planners, educators, construction managers, landowners, natural resource managers, real estate professionals and others.

Individuals may take a 50-point final quiz and attain a certificate of completion for this course. A score of 70% must be achieved to earn the certificate. We cannot guarantee that the certificate will be accepted for continuing education credits (CEUs). However, we are able to vouch for the content, accuracy and relevance of these resources should individuals desire to apply for CEUs, in their own state, using these resources. We strongly recommend investigating this potential with your state's certifying organization before beginning this program.

Individuals who complete the course can also obtain a digital badge. You can find more information about badges on the ATO Digital Badge page. To see all of the badges that Academic Technology and Outreach (ATO) has to offer, visit the MSU-ATO page at Credly.

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be issued a digital badge.

Learn more about Digital Badges at Montana State University.


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