Hydrogeology Field Course

  • Students in the hydrogeology field course.

    Applied Training

    The majority of the field work is conducted in southwest Michigan.

  • Students in protective gear receiving OSHA training.


    All students receive 40-hour OSHA training.

  • Students watching stock drilling.


    Geological investigations are critical to the understanding of the earth.

  • Students doing experiments in the field.

    The world is our lab!

    WMU geologists are outstanding in the field.

The Hydrogeology Field Course offered by the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University is one of very few hydro-technical programs in the United States. The program, developed in 1987, is directed by Tom Howe and Dr. Matt Reeves. This applied course has trained hundreds of students from around the nation and abroad. The Hydrogeology Field Course teaches the following skills: aquifer testing, environmental surface geophysics, groundwater sampling and monitoring, HAZWOPER training, remediation and well drilling and installation. The majority of the geophysical testing, field work and training for this course is conducted at the Asylum Lake research and training site, which was developed to provide advanced field work and hands-on experience.

Course dates

Due to increasing demand, the Department of Geosciences will be offering the Hydrogeology Field Course twice during the summer of 2017:

  • Session I: May 16 to June 24
  • Session II: July 11 to August 19

Registration for both sessions will begin on January 9, 2017 and remain open until April 15, 2017. The HFC usually fills up within a few weeks. The earlier you complete your registration, the better chance you will have of securing a spot in the course. Enrollment is limited to qualified applicants with preference to those who apply first and/or apply for multiple weeks. Places will be filled in the order in which registration fees and completed applications are received.

Note: International students are required to enroll in consecutive module blocks, e.g., Modules 1 through 3, Modules 1 through 6.

In addition to our hydrogeology field course, the Department of Geosciences is also now offering a Certificate Program in Applied Hydrogeology.

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