About This Degree
Utah State University is the only university in the state with a college devoted to the study of natural resources, and the watershed science degrees are unique in that they allow students the opportunity to integrate physics, chemistry, and biology to understand watershed systems.
Graduates are prepared to work as hydrologists, wetland specialists, and watershed managers for federal and state agencies.
Because USU’s watershed science program is designated as a Western Regional Graduate Program, students from participating western states qualify for in-state tuition. For more information, visit http://wrgp.wiche.edu.
What You Will Learn
Students in the program study water-related physical processes, including climate, surface and ground water, river formation, soil sciences, and water chemistry. This discipline focuses on protecting aquatic systems and includes coursework in hydrology, geomorphology, stream restoration, water pollution, climate change, and aquatic habitats.
Each student has an individualized plan of study created for them by their graduate committee. Students are able to take courses in other departments on campus, including civil and environmental engineering; plants, soils, and climate; and geology. This program encourages students to gain a broad-based education in areas related to watershed systems and water resource use.
Students in this specialization study hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and water resource use.
This specialization allows students to focus on the policy and management of aquatics and water systems for the benefit of people and natural ecosystems.
In this specialization, students integrate physical, chemical, and biological components of watershed ecosystems.
Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes:
The geomorphology and earth surface processes specialization will prepare students for careers in research, monitoring, management and restoration of land surfaces with a particular emphasis on the processes that shape landscapes across multiple scales. A depth of foundational knowledge will be emphasized through geology, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, fluvial hydraulics and hillslope geomorphology.
Climate Adaptation Science (Watershed Science MS & PhD):
The Climate Adaptation Science specialization provides students with experiences in actionable science through internship and research experiences. Program includes interdisciplinary research to identify adaptive responses to changing climate extremes and two-part internships with agency, NGO, and industry partners. In a first internship, students contribute to projects and learn the workplace cultures and science needs of the host. The internship experiences inform interdisciplinary climate adaptation research by student teams. In a second internship, students share science results and tools with the host organization and help put that science into action.
MS: Logan (Main Campus)
PhD: Logan (Main Campus)
Career And Outcomes
Graduates in watershed science can pursue the following careers:
- Geomorphology technician
- Environmental consultant
- Watershed coordinator
- Hydrological technician
- Environmental project manager
- Research ecologist
- Forest hydrologist
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