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Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Hydrologic Sciences is an interdisciplinary program offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Course work is available from many programs, including Hydrologic Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geology, and Soil Science. Education in the group broadens the skills and knowledge of the physical science or engineering student interested in the occurrence, distribution, circulation and properties of water on earth. Because of water's ubiquity and importance to physical, chemical and biological processes, hydrologic sciences involve the geologic, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, as well as engineering and other applied physical sciences. Basic to the program are core courses in fluid dynamics, hydrologic phenomena, hydrobiology, hydrogeochemistry, hydrologic techniques, and hydrologic policy. Students can pursue specializations in hydrogeochemistry, surface hydrology, subsurface hydrology, irrigation and drainage, watershed hydrology and water resources management. The subsurface hydrology specialization includes hydrogeology and vadose-zone hydrology.

Preparation. Applicants to the program are expected to have completed or to be completing an undergraduate degree in environmental or physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Undergraduate study must include one year each of calculus, of physics with calculus, and of chemistry. A second year of vector calculus, linear algebra and differential equations is recommended and will be required, before completion of graduate work. Additional courses in applied statistics, computer programming, and geology are recommended.

Specialization. Each student will pursue an individual program of advanced study under the direction of a group of faculty members with similar interests but diverse backgrounds. Course work in addition to the above is typically taken in the most appropriate departments.

Graduate Adviser. Peter Hernes, Ph.D., and Carlos Puente, Ph.D.

Graduate Admissions Adviser. Mark E. Grismer, Ph.D.

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Updated: March 22, 2017 10:38 AM