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B.S. in Watershed Science

The Watershed Science program at Colorado State University focuses on how water moves through the landscape, what factors affect its quality, and how to manage water resources.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Students begin their program by building a strong foundation in the physical and natural sciences in preparation for upper-division coursework in land-use hydrology, snow hydrology, water quality, and watershed problem analysis. Students gain hands-on experience with water measurements outside and in the lab, and build technical and writing skills to prepare them for careers in hydrology and water resources.

Students will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the key concepts in watershed science including surface and subsurface hydrology and water quality.
  • An understanding of land use effects on fresh water resources.
  • Field and lab-based watershed measurement and data analysis skills.
  • Skills in watershed problem analysis, including the use of GIS and watershed models.
  • Strong critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills.

Potential Occupations

The B.S. in Watershed Science at Colorado State University qualifies students for a wide variety of careers in hydrology and water resources management. Examples include: watershed scientist, hydrologist, water quality analyst, watershed manager, environmental consultant, watershed use specialist, and water conservation specialist.

Employment opportunities for graduates are found in consulting firms, governmental agencies, international development and resource management agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private industry. Graduates are also well positioned for advanced science degrees.

The B.S. curriculum includes all of the requirements for graduates to meet the U.S. governmental hydrologist certification.



“My experience at CSU, and particularly in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology has been invaluable! The program was both challenging and supportive.”

Sara Bombaci // Master of Science

Courses included

  • College Composition
  • Information Management for Sustainability
  • Principles of Animal Biology
  • Principles of Plant Biology
  • Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants