Sustainable management of freshwater resources is an increasingly important and complex challenge in Colorado and worldwide, and we need scientists who can address complex water issues. The watershed science programs focus on how water moves through the landscape, what factors affect its quality, and how to manage water resources. Students in the M.S. in Watershed Science, Plan B program work closely with research scientists in the classroom, laboratory, and field on 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. Advisors 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, 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. governmental 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.