Master’s of Science, Watershed Science

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Watershed science is the study of how ecosystems, landforms and soils, climate, water, and human activities interact within a spatial context. Although the movement of water defines the boundaries of watersheds, watershed science involves the study of a wide range of human and natural processes, their interactions, and the implications of this complex interplay for environmental assessment and management. Students in this program will develop expertise in integrating environmental science (geology, biology, hydrology, physics, physical geography, chemistry) within a spatial context to address environmental issues. Students will take graduate courses in core sciences, spatial techniques and environmental management and develop a thesis directed at a particular application on watershed science.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree Watershed Science Emphasis

  • A minimum of 30 units with no more than nine units from disciplines other than geography and at least 15 units from 600- and 700-numbered courses
  • Geography 700 and 701
  • A thesis in the area of watershed science (Geography 799A)
  • Geography 511 and six units of methods courses selected from Geography 576, 581 through 585, 589, 591-592 (formally 587-588) 683 through 688L, 780
  • Advanced coursework (12 units) in watershed science to be determined in consultation with the student’s adviser.