Water Science Management (Watershed and Aquatic/Riparian Wetlands) - Doctor of Philosophy

This degree is designed to give students a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of water science and hydrology and training in methods of research. The Ph.D. degree can be earned in about 33-35 credits of formal course work beyond the Masters Degree, plus 18 additional dissertation research credits, for a minimum total of 75 credits beyond the BS degree, as detailed below. This degree has five available concentrations.

Concentration: Watersheds and Aquatic/Riparian Wetlands

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
AEEC 575Economics of Water Resource Management and Policy3
RGSC 518Watershed Methods and Management3
or SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage
C E 557Water Resources Development3
Select one from the following:3-4
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)4
GIS and Water Resources3
Select one from the following: 13-4
Statistical Inference I4
Statistical Hydrology3
Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Select one from the following Seminar Courses: 23
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Research Design and History of Geographic Thought3
Concentration courses
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
Surface Water Hydrology3
Water Resources Development3
Ground Water Hydrology3
Topics in Hydrodynamics II3
Aquatic Ecology4
Environmental Biology of Fishes4
FWCE 534
Watershed Methods and Management3
Irrigation and Drainage3
Soil Morphology and Classification4
Environmental Soil Physics3
Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory1
Advanced Soil Physics3
Electives (in consultation with the student’s committee)27
WSAM 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits75-77

Students are expected to have a basic foundation in Geographic Information System (GIS) within a classroom, research experience, or professional experience. Students without this background are required to take an appropriate GIS class as advised by their advisor such as: GEOG 578 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS), or FWCE 535 Special Topics.