Watershed science is the interdisciplinary study of the physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect the quantity, quality, and flux of water. Such hydrologic changes have important implications for other natural resources that depend on water. The Watershed Science MS and Ph.D. programs are internationally renowned, and the completion of a graduate degree is excellent preparation for a career in governmental agencies, private industry, teaching, or research. The strong placement record and extensive alumni network attest to the quality and relevance of the graduate program. Employment opportunities at all levels are excellent and diverse.

Areas of Study:

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Erosion and sedimentation
  • Geographic information systems and spatial analysis
  • Hydrologic modeling
  • Land use hydrology
  • Physical hydrology
  • Remote sensing
  • Snow and alpine hydrology
  • Water quality
  • Water resource planning
  • Watershed analysis and cumulative watershed effects
  • Watershed hydrology
  • Watershed management
  • Watershed modeling

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Internationally renowned Watershed Science program with a 55+ year legacy of interdisciplinary research

Emphasis on field measurements and learning, with highly diverse field sites close to campus

Wide range of research activities both in the U.S. and internationally

Close working relationships with a wide range of federal, state, and local agencies