Hydrogeology Field Course

  • Students watching stock drilling.


    Geological investigations are critical to the understanding of the earth.

  • 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 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.

This applied course has trained hundreds of students from around the nation and abroad. 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.

The hydrogeology field course teaches the following skills:

  • Aquifer testing
  • Environmental surface geophysics
  • Groundwater sampling and monitoring
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training (40 hours)
  • Remediation
  • Well drilling and installation

Course dates

July 5 through Aug. 12, 2016


Tuition and fee details are included in the registration page information.

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Summer 2016 enrollment began on February 1st and is already FULL. You can still apply but please be advised that your application will be placed on a waiting list. 

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