Spring 2016 quarter
Hydrogeology, the study of the interaction between water and earth materials, is commonly divided into surface water and ground water, but these systems are intimately linked. Fresh water, even in regions with significant precipitation, is becoming an increasingly valuable resource. Water quality and quantity are being affected by contamination, over-allocation, and global climate change—problems that require technical and social solutions.
Students in this upper-division program will learn about the physical properties of water flow and the impacts of surface and ground water extraction. Students will learn to determine drainage basin characteristics, surface water discharge, ground water flow rates and directions, subsurface water pressure (hydraulic head), as well as the impacts of wells and contamination. Field studies will be an important component of the program. There will be several daylong field trips and one extended (three- to four-day) excursion. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be used to assess stream networks and watershed characteristics.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day