Hydrogeology Field Course

  • Hydrogeology Field Course 2018

    Tom Howe and Dr. Matt Reeves with summer II semester hydrogeology field course students.

  • 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 Geological and Environmental Sciences 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

Note: Due to increasing demand, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences will be offering the Hydrogeology Field Course twice during the summer of 2020:

  • Session I: May 11 to June 19
  • Session II: July 6 to Aug. 14

Application instructions - summer 2020

Registration for both sessions will begin on Dec. 1, 2019 and remain open until both sessions are full. Those persons wishing to apply earlier than Dec. 1, 2019 may do so, but applications will not begin to be reviewed and processed until that date. The courses usually fill up quickly 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 whom apply first and/or apply for multiple weeks. Places will be filled in the order in which registration fees and completed applications are received.

Summer 2020: Registration application

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 Geological and Environmental Sciences is also now offering a Certificate Program in Hydrogeology.

HFC prerequisites

Prerequisite: An introductory course in hydrogeology. Each spring term, the Department offers GEOS 5120: Hydrogeology online. This course will satisfy the HFC prerequisite. 

Please note, you may be admitted without the prerequisite if you meet the following:

  • An appropriate level of relative experience 
  • Letters of recommendation explaining why you would be a good candidate for the course

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