Choose from our list of core and elective courses below.

The basics

Five courses are required for the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Certificate and PhD sub-plan. The number of required courses is intentionally kept low, so that the student is free to design an overall academic program that meets his or her needs in terms of specialized scholarly interests. The five Hydrologic Sciences courses are included in the minimum semester hours required for all graduate students. The coursework is designed to assure competency in appropriate subject matter at the graduate level.

Prerequisites

All students entering the program are expected to have had taken a standard year-long sequence of courses in calculus and physics, plus upper division courses in differential equations and fluid mechanics.

The math prerequisite can be satisfied by taking APPM 2360: Introduction to Differential Equations and Linear Algebra. The fluid mechanics prerequisite can be satisfied by taking one of several courses, including CVEN 3313: Theoretical Fluid Mechanics, GEOL 5110: Geomechanics, ASTR/ATOC 5400: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, or GEOL 5700: Sediment Transport Mechanics. These supplementary courses may count toward your overall graduate degree, but only count as prerequisites toward the graduate certificate in hydrology.

You are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator about your application to the program if you have deficiencies in either of these areas. You can indicate your plan to meet these prerequisites as part of your application and this plan will be considered by the Hydrologic Sciences Steering Committee along with your planned coursework and thesis research.

Required courses

The Hydrologic Sciences Program is interdisciplinary, therefore, students should choose two core courses from different topical areas as well as three additional required courses in at least two topical areas (which may include further core courses).

Core Requirements (Choose Two)

Topical Area: Atmospheric Processes and Climate

  • ATOC 5050 – Intro to Atmospheric Dynamics

Topical Area: Aquatic Chemistry

  • CVEN 5404 – Water Chemistry 

Topical Area: Cold Regions Hydrology

  • GEOG 5321 – Snow Hydrology

Topical Area: Environmental Fluid Dynamics

  • CVEN 5313 – Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Topical Area: Groundwater Hydrology

  • CVEN 5353 – Groundwater Hydrology

Topical Area: Oceanography

  • GEOL 5060 – Oceanography
  • ATOC5061 – Dynamics of Oceans 

Topical Area: Surface Water Hydrology

  • CVEN 5333 – Physical Hydrology
  • GEOL 5700 – Terrestrial Hydrology

Additional Required Courses (choose Three)

Topical Area: Atmospheric Processes and Climate

  • ATOC 5550 – Mountain Meteorology
  • ATOC 5600 – Physics and Chemistry of Clouds and Aerosols
  • ATOC 5730 – Physical Oceanography and Climate
  • ATOC 5750 – Desert Meteorology and Climate
  • GEOG 5271 – The Arctic Climate System

Topical Area: Aquatic Chemistry

  • CVEN 6404 – Advanced Aquatic Chemistry
  • CVEN 6414 – Aquatic Surface Particles
  • GEOG 5241 – Watershed Biogeochemistry
  • GEOL 5280 – Aqueous and Environmental Geochemistry

Topical Area: Geomorphology

  • CVEN 5718 – Mechanics/Dynamics of Glaciers
  • GEOG 5100 – Glaciers and Permafrost
  • GEOG 5251 – Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GEOL 5110 – Geomechanics
  • GEOL 5700 – Sediment Transport Mechanics
  • GEOL 5700 – The Cryosphere

Topical Area: Solute Fate and Transport

  • CVEN 5343 – Transport and Dispersion in Surface Water
  • CVEN 5833 – Environmental Transport and Dispersion Processes
  • CVEN 6383 – Flow and Transport in Porous Media

Topical Area: Limnology/Aquatic Ecology

  • CVEN 5323 – Applied Stream Ecology
  • EBIO 5020 – Stream Biology
  • EBIO 5030 – Limnology

Topical Area: Oceanography

  • ATOC 5061 – Dynamics of Oceans
  • GEOL 5270 – Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
  • ATOC 5215 – Descriptive Physical Oceanography
  • ATOC 5300 – The Global Carbon Cycle
  • GEOL 5430 – Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
  • ATOC 5730 – Physical Oceanography and Climate

Topical Area: Methods

  • ATOC5540 – Mathematical Methods
  • CVEN 5454 – Quantitative Methods
  • CVEN 5537 – Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering
  • CVEN 6833 – Advanced Data Analysis Techniques
  • GEOG 5023 – Quantitative Methods
  • GEOL 5700 – Terrestrial Hydrology 2: Data Assimilation

Topical Area: Modeling

  • ATOC 6100 – Modeling Weather and Climate
  • ATOC 7500 – Introduction to Scientific Computing
  • CVEN 5363 – Modeling Hydrologic Systems
  • CVEN 5494 – Surface Water Quality Modeling
  • CVEN 5383 – Applied Groundwater Modeling
  • GEOL 5700 – Modeling Environmental Systems
  • GEOL 5080 – Advanced Hydrogeology

Topical Area: Water Resources

  • CVEN 5423 – Water Resources Engineering
  • CVEN 5393 – Water Resource System Management

Topical Area: Remote Sensing/GIS

  • ATOC 5235 – Introduction to Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing
  • GEOG/GEOL 5093 – Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GEOG 5100 – Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 5303 – GIS Programming
  • GEOL 6650 – Insar Processing and Interpretation