Watershed Science (Ph.D.)


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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in Watershed Science

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

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

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