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 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.
Due to increasing demand, the Department of Geosciences will be offering the Hydrogeology Field Course twice during the summer of 2017:
- Session 1: May 15 to June 23
- Session 2: July 10 to August 18
Registration for both sessions will begin on January 9, 2017 and remain open until April 15, 2017. The HFC usually fills up within two weeks, however, so 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.
- Course modules
- Course structure, grading and equipment requirements
- Tuition and fees
- Asylum Lake Field Site
- Registration: Who should apply, eligibility, registration instructions and selection criteria
- Logistical support: Housing, child care, parking
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