Watershed science is the interdisciplinary study of the natural processes and human activities that affect fresh water resources.  Water is a critical component of Earth’s ecosystems and is used for human consumption, agriculture, energy production, transportation, and recreation.  Management of fresh water resources is an increasingly important and complex challenge in Colorado and worldwide.

The Watershed Science program capitalizes on its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, High Plains, and inter-montane basins of Colorado, to give students unique educational opportunities in outdoor laboratories, as well as in traditional classrooms and laboratory settings.  Upper-level undergraduates are able to participate in internships, volunteer activities, co-operative educational opportunities or summer jobs in watershed science, to enhance practical training and development.