Water Science and Management - 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.

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
AEEC 5350Economics 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 GIS4
GIS and Water Resources3
Select one from the following: 13-4
Statistical Inference I4
Statistical Hydrology3
Spatial Analysis and Modeling3
Seminar Credits OR Select one from the following: 22
Arid Land Water Resources3
Water and Sustainable Economic Development3
Introduction to Geographic Theory and Application3
Electives/transfer credits chosen in consultation with the student’s committee (enough to meet the required minimum of 75 credits)40
Doctoral Dissertation1-15
Total Credits75-77

With the consent of the instructor and the approval of the student's advisor, C E 582 Statistical Hydrology or GEOG 585 Spatial Analysis and Modeling may be used as a substitute.


Seminar may be substituted by WSAM 605 Arid Land Water Resources, or WSAM 610 Water and Sustainable Economic Development, or GEOG 501 Introduction to Geographic Theory and Application.

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 GIS, or FWCE 535 Special Topics.