A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Watershed Sciences is available for students interested in pursuing a research or academic career. The PhD requires completion of original research and 60 approved graduate credits beyond an MS degree, or 90 approved graduate credits with no MS degree. Written comprehensive examinations are required of all students pursuing the PhD degree. At the discretion of the student’s graduate supervisory committee, an additional oral examination may be required.
At least one year of full-time registration must be in residence at USU including a minimum of two consecutive semesters. The purpose of the residency requirement is to ensure that the doctoral student experience includes at least one period of concentrated attention to study, research, and interaction with faculty. This period of immersion in the department is an important part of preparation for future work in academic and other research communities. The residency requirement for PhD students requires at least 33 USU semester credits from an approved Program of Study. The balance of credits may be from USU or from other institutions, subject to transfer credit limits and the approval of the student’s supervisory committee.
With committee approval, graduate credit may be transferred from other accredited graduate schools, provided the minimum residency requirement (including thesis and dissertation credit) at USU is met. Transfer credit, which must not have been used for any other degree, will be shown on official USU transcripts at completion of the degree.
A specialization is available in Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes.