All students entering the program are expected to have advanced-level knowledge of mathematics, (a full year of college-level calculus including differential and integral calculus; linear algebra and differential equations are strongly encouraged). Students are expected to have completed one semester of college-level physics (mechanics).
In addition, students are encouraged to work with their advisors and committees to identify and fulfill any other specialized degree and/or research-related required courses. For example, students interested in the physical aspects of hydrologic sciences are expected to have advanced-level knowledge of physics (mechanics and thermodynamics) and fluid mechanics. Similarly, students interested in the chemical aspects of hydrologic sciences may be expected to have advanced-level knowledge of organic and/or physical chemistry. Furthermore, students interested in the biological or ecological aspects of hydrologic sciences are expected to have an advanced-level knowledge of biology and/or ecology.
Students may also have to satisfy other specific undergraduate prerequisites of the home department.