Program History

A subfield of geophysics


Geophysics roots

The Geophysics Ph. D. Program was approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in 1973 as an interdepartmental degree program under the Graduate School of the University of Colorado at Boulder. The initial emphasis of the program was on Solid-earth Geophysics. In January 1993, the Graduate School approved the addition of an option in Hydrologic Sciences under the program, as the graduate-level course requirements for the two subfields of geophysics are different.

Graduate Certificate and Ph.D. Program

The Hydrologic Sciences program was reinvigorated with new co-directors and a steering committee in 2005. Twenty-four current graduate students from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Geology and Geography attended an informational meeting. Twenty-two faculty members from across campus agreed to be Hydrologic Sciences affiliated faculty.

The first recipients of the new Graduate Certificate in Hydrologic Sciences graduated in May, 2006. The first Ph.D. in Hydrologic Sciences was awarded in May, 2007.


Graduate student Katherine Kahn (Geological Sciences) overseeing geohysical logging. Photo: Jonathan Caine.


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