Students in the M.S. in Watershed Science, Plan B work closely with research scientists in the classroom, laboratory, and field on both basic and applied watershed science research. Students are exposed to cutting-edge field, data analysis and modeling techniques through flexible programs of study and access to a breadth of water-related courses throughout the university. Additionally, students participate in seminars, field courses, and practical internships to further develop their skills.

The program emphasizes the advisor/student relationship. There is no core curriculum; rather, the advisor and student develop a program of study that best meets the requirements of the research to be undertaken and the needs of the student, culminating in the completion of a professional report.

The program has a strong record of employment and acceptance to leading Ph.D. programs after graduation, with graduates holding positions in federal, state, and local natural resource agencies, consulting firms, nongovernmental organizations, industry, teaching, and research. Most students complete coursework that enables them to meet the U.S. government's Hydrologist certification.

Program requirements are:
  • 30 credits that meet graduate school requirements.
  • Professional Report

  • Selected courses approved by advisor and committee -- Prefixes that can be used to meet course requirements: ANTH, AREC, ATS, BZ, CHEM, CIS, CIVE, ECOL, ECON, ENVE, ESS, FW, F, GR, GEOL, GRAD, HORT, MATH, NR, NRRT, RS, SOC, SOCR, STAA, STAT, WR.