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The basics

  • Interdisciplinary & interdepartmental
  • Graduate Certificate and PhD sub-plan offered
  • For science & engineering graduate students enrolled at the University of Colorado - Boulder 
  • Six participating academic departments 
  • Research partnerships with CU Boulder research centers and institutes as well as national labs and research agencies

There is no degree in Hydrologic Sciences - students must earn a masters or doctorate degree from one of the six participating academic departments to earn the Hydrologic Sciences Certificate or Subplan.

Is this program right for me?

The CU-Boulder Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program focuses on studies of water in the environment including its role in geologic and biogeochemical processes, ecosystem functions, and global elemental cycling. The Program is interdisciplinary and interdepartmental. It is intended for currently enrolled science and engineering graduate students who are researching quantitative topics in hydrology.

The program is designed to encourage students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds to enter the hydrological sciences field.

Graduate Certificate or PhD sub-plan?

Students can choose to obtain a Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Certificate while concurrently obtaining a Master's or Ph.D. degree in an associated academic department. PhD students can also enroll in the Hydrologic Sciences sub-plan/specialization offered through their department. The HydroSciences program promotes and encourages interdisciplinary research opportunities among the various departments and research institutes across the university and beyond. Prerequisites and course requirements are identical for the Graduate Certificate and PhD sub-plan. More info>>

The role of INSTAAR

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program is administered by the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) with support from the Provost and the participating departments.

The role of departments

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program complements existing departmental graduate programs. All Hydrologic Sciences students are University of Colorado students admitted through one of the participating departments. 

Participating Departments

  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC)
  • Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE)
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO)
  • Environmental Studies (ENVS)
  • Geography (GEOG)
  • Geological Sciences (GEOL)

 Research Partners

  • CU Boulder research centers and institutes including
    • CADSWES Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environmental Systems
    • CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences,
    • CWEST Center for Water, Earth Science, and Technology
    • INSTAAR Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
  • National labs and agencies including
    • NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Reseach
    • NEON National Ecological Observatory Network
    • NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • USGS United States Geologic Survey