Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Water is the essence of life and the driver of nature. We are committed to education and research that prepares students to address critical water-related issues in a broad range of areas at the forefront of science and technology. From experimental fluid dynamics and transport phenomena to physically-based hydrologic models to understanding large-scale climate drivers of hydrologic variability to multi-objective management of major river systems, we advancing the understanding of the complex interactions between hydro-geo systems, ecosystems and human systems.
Graduate student research can involve lab experimentation, numerical simulation, field work, hydrologic and ecosystem modeling, water resource systems engineering, and decision making processes with research primarily funded by top science and water management agencies including NSF, NOAA, NASA, EPA, USBR, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Our program features courses on water resources engineering and the movement, transport, and distribution of surface and subsurface water in the environment. Core topics include surface hydrology, groundwater hydrology, environmental fluid mechanics, and water resource systems analysis. MS students can pursue a thesis or coursework option of 30 semester hours. A PhD degree requires additional coursework as well as a dissertation.