The program leading to the degree of Master of Science (MS) in Hydrologic Sciences requires completion of a core curriculum in the hydrologic sciences, elective courses chosen to meet student goals, and original research that culminates in a publicly defended thesis. The emphasis is on the scientific principles governing the movement of water and water-borne material through natural systems, the interaction of water with geological and biological systems, and tools to quantify and predict those movements and interactions. Participation by faculty members from the Department of Geosciences, Department of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Civil Engineering provides enriched delivery of courses and enhanced student guidance.
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A prospective student may apply at any time and should follow the general graduate application procedure for degree-seeking students (see Graduate Admissions Policies). Admission to the program is based on:
- Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
- Applicants are required to have earned at least a baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions office.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on a 4-point scale) computed for all credits from the applicant’s most recent degree.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
- A letter of intent outlining goals for graduate study.
- A current résumé.
- A writing sample (publication, technical document, scientific abstract, or from prior coursework).
- Undergraduate courses equivalent to one year each of calculus, chemistry, and calculus-based physics.
- Completion of a Department of Geosciences College Course Summary for Prospective Student
- Three letters of recommendation from academic faculty.
|Master of Science in Hydrologic Sciences|
|Course Number and Title||Credits|
|ENGR 500 Research Methods (1 cr) |
or GEOS 601 Graduate Orientation (1 cr)
|GEOS 598 Graduate Seminar |
or Supervisory Committee approved seminar in CE or BIOL
Enrollment in Graduate Seminar is required each semester for students with advisors in the Department of Geosciences; one credit may be applied towards graduation.
|Hydrologic Sciences Core|
|GEOPH 522 Data Analysis and Geostatistics |
or BIOL 601 Biometry
|GEOS 512/CE 512 Hydrology||3|
|GEOS 516 Hydrology||3|
|GEOS 518 Applied Hydrologic Modeling||3|
|GEOS 526/CE 526 Aqueous Geochemistry||3|
|GEOS 652 Methods in Hydrologic Science||3|
|Electives Approved by the Supervisory Committee (at least 3 credits must be at 600 level)||6|
BIOL 593 Thesis
or CE 593 Thesis
or GEOS 593 Thesis
Graduate Teaching and Research Fellowships
Graduate fellowships including tuition and fee waivers are funded from three sources: appropriated state funds, endowments, and research grants and contracts. Applicants to the MS in Hydrologic Science program who submit all documents required by the admission procedure by February 1 of any given year will be considered for a state appropriated or endowed graduate fellowship to start the following fall semester. Information on graduate fellowships funded by research grants and contracts is available from the coordinator of the graduate program in hydrologic science. Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members for further information about research projects.
Phone: (208) 426-2902
Environmental Research Building 1160, MS1535
Dr. Alejandro Flores
Environmental Research Building, Room 4151
For additional information visit the Hydrologic Sciences website.
In order to be considered for the Hydrologic Sciences program, the Graduate application, official transcripts, and all related admission materials and requirements must be turned in by:
Final: April 15
Priority: September 15
Final: October 15