Published: Sept. 8, 2017

By Sabre Duren

The CU Boulder Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program focuses on quantitative studies of water in the environment including its role in geologic and biogeochemical processes, ecosystem functions, and global elemental cycling. The interdisciplinary and interdepartmental propgram encourage students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds to enter the field of hydrology. With a mission to support community building and connect hydroscientists across campus within different departments and organizations, we aim to bridge the gap in cutting edge research between multiple fields for advancements in water-related science.

Upcoming Info Session/Orientation
We will have an information session to discuss the Hydrologic Sciences Program and details regarding the certificate and admission process on September 20th at SEEC in Siever’s Room S228 from 4-5pm. Pizza and refreshments provided.

Hydrologic Sciences Certificate

We offer a Graduate Certificate in Hydrology based on curriculum in Hydrologic Sciences that can complement and supplement a student's regular degree program. The Certificate allows students to obtain recognition for their accomplishments in hydrologic sciences and demonstrates the quantitative multidisciplinary education desired by many prospective employers. After admission into the Hydrologic Sciences Program, a Faculty Steering Committee and the student's advisor will approve a student's planned curriculum as meeting the requirements for the certificate. The certificate will be awarded upon completion of a graduate degree.

 Ms. Laura Belanger, Ms. Amy Kremen, Dr. Jill Baron

2016 Symposium Career Panel: Ms. Laura Belanger, Ms. Amy Kremen, Dr. Jill Baron


There are several opportunities for collaboration at CU in water-related departments and affiliated research organizations. Participating departments include: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geography, and Geology. Participating research organizations include: Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environmental Systems (CADSWES), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), and Western Water Assessment (WWA).



In light of the growing awareness of water's fundamental role in the global ecosystem and increasing local and global pressures on water, the need for broadly trained hydrologic experts is urgent.

Annual Spring Symposium

 , Dr. Laurel Larson, Dr. Otto Strack, Mr. James Eklund

2016 Symposium Career Panel: Dr. Laurel Larson, Dr. Otto Strack, Mr. James Eklund

Every spring, the Hydrologic Sciences Program hosts a symposium which consists of posters and presentations by CU Boulder students, as well as faculty and Boulder area researchers (ie. USGS, NEON, NOAA). In addition, we invite keynote and guest speakers by influntial members of the hydrosciences field from around Colorado and the United States. The annual symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline.


The Symposium is led by a student steering committee. As leaders, these students decide on the year’s theme, who to invite as keynote and guest speakers, and the flow events and activities during the two day symposium. For example, last year’s committee chose an outreach component and invited middle school students to interact and investigate water research projects at several demonstration stations – including lab and outdoor field activities. 


For more information and questions, contact: Associate Director, Dr. Sabre Duren