The Department of Watershed Sciences combines coursework and research in aquatic ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, and climate science into an integrative interdisciplinary aquatic sciences program. Our degree programs prepare students for careers in natural resources research and management. Our recent graduates have secured employment with federal and state agencies, universities, and private organizations.
Our department offers graduate programs at both the Master and Doctoral levels in:
We further offer graduate specializations in:
Utah State University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities, regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or age. Equal education opportunities include admission, access to course offerings, financial assistance, housing, and extracurricular activities.
How to Apply
Applying for graduate study in Watershed Sciences is a two-step process. We admit applicants to begin graduate study during Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters. Applications should be submitted by the following deadlines.
Contact a faculty member you would like to work with directly. Students cannot be admitted to the program without first having a faculty sponsor and funding provided by their sponsor or an outside agency. In your email please explain why you are interested in working with your prospective mentor and discuss your qualifications for graduate study, including any undergraduate research. Be sure to also include your GPA and GRE scores. To choose a prospective mentor, consult the list of faculty who have current active graduate programs.
Once you have secured a faculty sponsor and funding, you will be invited to officially apply through the School of Graduate Studies, send official transcripts and GRE scores, and pay the application fee.
If you have additional questions about the application process or our graduate program, please contact our graduate coordinator, Brian Bailey, at 435-797-2459.
Most of our students are supported by research assistantships provided by the faculty. There are no separate applications for financial assistance. All applicants accepted into the graduate program before January 10 are considered for College and University fellowships for the following year. Fellowships are competitive and usually awarded to PhD students. Award recipients will be notified by April 30 that they will receive a fellowship for the following school year. For more information on financial assistance, view our Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships page.