Our graduate program links a number of departments on campus


CEAE - Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

  • Educates students to become leaders in the professional practice of engineering.
  • Contributes to technological advances that benefit humankind while enhancing the earth's physical and biological resources.
  • Emphasizes environmental and water resources engineering.
  • Faculty representative: Michael Gooseff (co-director of Hydrologic Sciences).

GEOG - Geography

  • Investigates relations between societies and their natural and built environments, emphasizing spatial patterns of human activity and physical/biological processes.
  • Researches new methods for analysis of geographical data.
  • Faculty representative: John Pitlick (co-director of Hydrologic Sciences).

GEOL - Geological Sciences

  • Studies a wide range of Earth and environmental problems.
  • Applies math, chemistry, and physics to the study of the earth and its various systems.
  • Earth's natural resources and history.
  • Dynamic processes involving crust and fluid movement within the Earth system.
  • Complex interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere
  • Faculty representative: Shemin Ge .

EBIO - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Studies the ecology and evolutionary biology of organisms, communities and ecosystems.
  • Researches and educates in biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary and developmental biology, conservation biology and animal behavior.
  • Faculty representative: William Lewis .

ENVS - Environmental Studies

  • Provides a broad, but rigorous interdisciplinary education in environmental issues and problem-solving, as opposed to a traditional, discipline-based training.
  • Utilizes existing courses given in various Arts and Sciences departments, as well as a set of focused environmental studies courses.
  • Draws from curricula in the earth and natural sciences as well as the social sciences.
  • Faculty representative: Diane McKnight and John Pitlick (co-directors of Hydrologic Sciences).

ATOC - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

  • Provides an educational and research environment to examine the dynamical, physical, and chemical processes that occur in the atmosphere and the ocean.
  • A major theme is the establishment of a physical basis for understanding, observing, and modeling climate and global change.
  • Aims to be the focal point for atmospheric and oceanic science education and research training.
  • Faculty representative: Katja Friedrich.


Graduate student Stephanie Tomusiak and Shemin Ge (both Geological Sciences) measuring groundwater levels In Turkey Creek, Colorado. Photo: Shemin Ge (Geological Sciences).


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