Students of watershed and earth systems study the relationships among physical, chemical and biological components of the earth's ecosystems. Specific areas of interest may include hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, water quality, conservation, or restoration and management of aquatic and riparian ecosystems. Graduates of this program may go on to work as scientists and managers for natural resource agencies, professionals with consulting and nonprofit environmental firms, or university teachers and researchers. Current students please visit the Watershed Science Department homepage for current news and information or the Watershed Science department's Undergraduate Program homepage for additional information.  

Faculty Advisor:  Patrick Belmont
                                 NR 350

Club membership is not specific to any major in the College of Natural Resources and all students are encouraged to get involved.  Visit the Student Organizations website to see how to get involved in what interests you.


What is Watershed and Earth Systems?

Watershed and Earth Systems is the study of water-related physical processes, including climate, surface and ground water, river formation, soil sciences, and water chemistry.  The discipline focuses on protecting aquatic systems, includes courses in stream restoration,  water pollution,  climate change,  aquatic habitat, and managing uplands.


What type of students study Watershed and Earth Systems?

Students who…

  • Are interested in using science, engineering, computer, and math applications to solve real-world problems.
  • Enjoy working outside, especially near or on streams, lakes, and reservoirs.
  • Are interested protecting and restoring lakes and rivers.

What kind of jobs do the graduates get? 

  • Working as a hydrologist  or wetlands specialist with federal (USDA Forest Service, US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service,  Bureau of Reclamation) and state agencies.
  • Conducting field research and analyses for private consulting firms.
  • Managing watersheds or wetlands for  non-profit organizations, conservation districts, state agencies or EPA.
  • Continue on to graduate school.

What are recent graduates doing?

  • Grad School at Oregon State University
  • Wetland specialist for PEPG Engineering
  • USFS Hydrologist
  • See the Where Are They Now Page for more alumni information