Graduate Programs at North Carolina State University

Located in North Carolina's Research Triangle, NC State offers a comprehensive spectrum of opportunities for prospective graduate students interested in water resources. Graduate programs (MS and PhD) are housed in multiple departments and colleges within the university, and ample opportunities exist for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Several departments collaborate on the interdisciplinary graduate minor in Water Resources ( Details of specific departmental programs follow:

Biological and Agricultural Engineering The Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department offers MS and PhD degrees in the area of watershed assessment and restoration. Theoretical and applied research projects in this area include water and solute movement and fate at the field and watershed scale, hydrology and biogeochemistry of ecologically engineered control measures that include bioreactors, wetlands, riparian zones, stormflow measures and stream restoration. More information can be found at
Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Management and protection of both fresh and estuarine surface waters requires understanding the hydrodynamics of the system and associated chemical and biological processes. Graduate research projects focus on groundwater contamination and modeling, hydroclimatology, hydrodynamics and water systems analysis and management. More information can be found at
Forestry and Environmental Resources The department offers MS and PhD degrees for students focusing on interdisciplinary aspects of hydrologic sciences with special attention to ecohydrology, forest hydrology, wetland assessment, biosphere-atmosphere interaction and geospatial analysis. More information can be found at
Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences As the department name implies, Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) offers MS and PhD degrees in a wide range of geoscience areas, including hydrogeology. Research projects in this area focus on groundwater flow and exchange with surface water, chemical/isotope hydrology, and watersheds. More information on MEAS can be found at
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences The Soil Science Department offers MS and PhD programs focusing on environmental physics, soil biogeochemistry, and hydropedology. Research encompasses fundamental topics in mass and energy transport, transformation, and storage across a broad range of spatial scales in soil and associated systems; applied topics include water quality protection, wetland restoration, water use and reuse, and waste management in urban and agricultural environments. More information on the department can be found at