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Our students and faculty come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds forming a collaborative team to support a wide range of educational and research goals. Participating faculty members come from the Departments of Geosciences, Civil Engineering, and Biology. Additionally, strong collaborations exist with  faculty in Mathematics, Economics, and Public Policy and Administration. Approximately 75 students are enrolled in undergraduate, masters, and PhD degree programs.

Current active subdisciplines in Hydrologic Sciences at Boise State University include:


The study of groundwater, its flow, distribution, and the processes controlling its behavior.

Watershed Hydrology

The study of relationships between landscape form and hydrologic processes in watersheds.

Snow Physics/Hydrology

Physical processes governing the accumulation and and ablation of snow in the hydrologic cycle.

Surface Water Hydrology

The study of surface water, its flow, distribution, and the processes controlling its behavior.

Water Quality and Aqueous Geochemistry

The study of water chemistry, processes controlling water quality, and the application of chemical tools to a variety of hydrologic questions.


The study of elemental cycling and processes at the microscopic to global scale with an emphasis on interaction of biology, chemistry and physics.

Global Climate Change

The study of the interaction of the bio, geo, hydro and atmospheres and their influence on global climate change.


The study of microbial populations and associated processes in ground and surface water.

Fluvial Geomorphology

The study of feedbacks between stream systems, fluvial processes and landforms, and ecology in river systems.


The study and application of geophysical techniques to shallow subsurface questions, often interrogating groundwater related questions.

Glacier Hydrology

The study of glaciers, their structure and function, and their role in the hydrologic budget and global climate change.

Computational Hydrology and Modeling

The study and application of mathematical and often computer based tools to the study of hydrologic processes.

Contaminant Hydrogeology

The study of the fate and treatment of contaminants in groundwater.

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