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Focus on the occurrence, distribution and behavior of water while building skills to understand and develop sustainable water quality.

Hydrology is the study of the occurrence, distribution, circulation, and behavior of water and water-borne materials in the environment of Earth. It includes practical measurement and technical analysis of water phenomena underground, on the Earth's surface, and in the atmosphere. Contemporary hydrologic problems costing society $10-100 billion per year include environmental restoration, sustainability of groundwater and surface water resources, water pollution, and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, landslides, avalanches, and land subsidence. The management of these problems demands hydrologic scientists with the comprehensive, interdisciplinary education embodied in this program. Beyond its societal utility, hydrology can be an exciting science for the curious-minded. Hydrologists explore natural phenomena such as climate change, waterfalls, health of coral reefs, biogeochemical cycles, and aquifers.

The program

A hydrologist needs a strong background across the basic sciences of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. Breadth of understanding comes from exposure to ecology, geology, engineering, policy, and law. Depth of experience is provided by core hydrology courses, internship opportunities, and practical outdoor training. Students choose electives to match their interests and career goals. Transfer students should have completed as much as possible of the preparatory subject matter listed in the major requirements.



Career options

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  • Consultant
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Farm Consultant
  • Fisheries Specialist
  • Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Waste Water Treatment Planner
  • Water Policy Analyst
  • Systems Engineer

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