Water resources research and related studies are primarily offered on the graduate level with substantial offerings available to undergraduates. The university offers a multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Studies with concentrations in biology and chemistry. Programs in Biology (M.S.) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.) are also multidisciplinary.
These programs are strengthened by collaboration with the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection for Water Resources (Water Center), the U.S. Geological Survey, the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Unit, and the Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering at TTU.
The university's location on the Cumberland River basin, near the Tennessee Valley basin and numerous rivers, lakes and reservoirs, is well-suited for water-related research. Financial support, and research and teaching assistantships are available from the Water Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering.