Spring 2016 quarter

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Students must have previous college-level physical geology, proficiency in algebra, and an ability to use Excel. If you haven’t had college-level physical geology but are interested in the program, please talk to the instructor about options. Students do not need previous experience with GIS.

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. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

The hydrogeology and earth sciences.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning

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Required Fees

$200 for an overnight field trip.

Upper Division Science Credit

Upper-division science credit may be awarded if a student's independent research project reflects advanced work.


Date Revision
February 26th, 2015 This program has been cancelled. Ken Tabbutt will teach Environmental Geology.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


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