The CU Boulder hydrologic sciences graduate certificate program focuses on quantitative 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 science and engineering graduate students, both currently enrolled and prospective. It allows students to obtain recognition for their accomplishments in hydrologic sciences and demonstrates the quantitative multidisciplinary education desired by many prospective employers.
PhD students can choose to enroll for the hydrologic sciences subplan or certificate, and MS students can pursue a hydrologic sciences graduate certificate, while concurrently obtaining a doctoral or master’s degree, respectively, in an associated academic department. Prerequisites and course requirements are identical for the PhD subplan and graduate certificate.
All hydrologic sciences program students are admitted through one of the participating departments: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC); Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE); Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO); Environmental Studies (ENVS); Geography (GEOG); or Geological Sciences (GEOL).
Students may apply for admission to the program after admission to a graduate program in one of the participating departments. The program is designed to encourage students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds to enter the field.
Hydrologic sciences graduate students conduct research within participating departments, research institutes and centers (e.g., INSTAAR), or partner government agency labs in the Boulder area (e.g., USGS, NOAA). Primary supervision of the student's research may be provided by any faculty member approved by the department, though the program requires representation from program faculty on students' comprehensive exam (PhD) and defense committees.
For additional information, visit the program webpage or contact the Graduate Coordinator.
Students must complete all hydrologic sciences required courses (and any courses taken to remedy deficiencies) with a grade of B or better.
The student's thesis/dissertation topic must include substantial use of hydrologic science, and the thesis committee must include at least one hydrologic sciences faculty member.
The certificate or subplan (for PhD) is not awarded until the student completes all degree requirements for their graduate degree.
Students are referred to the document "Graduate School Checklist for Graduation and Other Helpful Information" and the University Catalog for general information on requirements for their degree. In case of a conflict between those documents and the requirements stated here, the rules of the Graduate School apply.
All students entering the program are expected to have advanced-level knowledge of mathematics, (full year of college level calculus including differential and integral calculus; linear algebra and differential equations are strongly encouraged). Students are expected to have completed one semester of college level physics (mechanics).
In addition, students are encouraged to work with their advisors and committees to identify and fulfill any other specialized degree and/or research-related required courses. For example, students interested in the physical aspects of hydrologic sciences are expected to have advanced-level knowledge of physics (mechanics and thermodynamics) and fluid mechanics. Similarly, students interested in the chemical aspects of hydrologic sciences may be expected to have advanced-level knowledge of organic and/or physical chemistry. Furthermore, students interested in the biological or ecological aspects of hydrologic sciences are expected to have an advanced-level knowledge of biology and/or ecology.
Students may also have to satisfy other specific undergraduate prerequisites of the home department.
Required Courses and Credits
A total of 5 courses are required, as follows:
- One course from List A
- One course from List A or B
- Three elective courses
Choose two, at least one must be from the List A.
|ATOC 5050||Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Dynamics||3|
|ATOC 5060||Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Oceans||3|
|CVEN 5313||Environmental Fluid Mechanics||3|
|CVEN 5353||Groundwater Hydrology||3|
|ATOC 5051||Introduction to Physical Oceanography||3|
|ATOC 5061||Advanced Ocean Dynamics and Air-Sea Coupled ENSO Mechanisms||3|
|CVEN 5333||Physical Hydrology||3|
|CVEN 5404||Water Chemistry||3|
|GEOG 5321||Snow Hydrology||3-4|
|GEOL 5700||Geological Topics Seminar (Terrestrial Hydrology)||3-4|
|ATOC 5235||Introduction to Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing||3|
|ATOC 5550||Mountain Meteorology||3|
|ATOC 5600||Physics and Chemistry of Clouds and Aerosols||3|
|ATOC 5730||Physical Oceanography and Climate||3|
|ATOC 5750||Desert Meteorology and Climate||3|
|CHEM 5141||Environmental Water and Soil Chemistry||3|
|CVEN 5323||Applied Stream Ecology||3|
|CVEN 5343||Transport and Dispersion in Surface Water||3|
|CVEN 5363||Modeling of Hydrologic Systems||3|
|CVEN 5383||Applied Groundwater Modeling||3|
|CVEN 5404||Water Chemistry||3|
|CVEN 5454||Statistical Methods for Natural and Engineered Systems||3|
|CVEN 5537||Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering||3|
|CVEN 5833||Special Topics (Environmental Transport and Dispersion Processes)||3-4|
|CVEN 6383||Flow and Transport through Porous Media||3|
|CVEN 6414||Aquatic Surfaces and Particles||3|
|ENVS 5840||Global Biogeochemical Cycles||3|
|GEOG 5023||Advanced Quantitative Methods for Spatial Data||4|
|GEOG 5093||Remote Sensing of the Environment||4|
|GEOG 5100||Special Topics: Geography (Glaciers and Permafrost)||1-4|
|GEOG 5241||Topics in Physical Geography (Watershed Biogeochemistry)||3-4|
|GEOG 5241||Topics in Physical Geography (Fluvial Geomorphology)||3-4|
|GEOG 5251||Fluvial Geomorphology||4|
|GEOG 5271||The Arctic Climate System||3|
|GEOG 5303||Geographic Information Science: Spatial Programming||4|
|GEOL 5093||Remote Sensing of the Environment||4|
|GEOL 5305||Global Biogeochemical Cycles||3|
|GEOL 5270||Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry||3|
|GEOL 5280||Aqueous and Environmental Geochemistry||3|
|GEOL 5430||Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology||3|
|GEOL 5700||Geological Topics Seminar (Sediment Transport Mechanics)||3-4|