Hydrogeology Field Course Registration

To be considered for the Hydrogeology Field Course (HFC) at Western Michigan University, all applicants must familiarize themselves with the registration process. Once all required materials have been assembled, a hard-copy of the HFC registration packet should then be mailed to the HFC director at the address listed below. Registration for the HFC is a seprate two-step process that includes both applying to WMU and applying to the HFC. 

Registration for 2021 HFC is now CLOSED.  (4/20/21)

Who should apply

  • The Hydrogeology Field Course is structured for students seeking undergraduate or graduate credits and exposure to applied hydrogeology techniques, or professionals who wish to expand their practical knowledge and experience in field techniques.
  • Enrollment is limited to upper division undergraduate students, graduate students or professionals with the proper credentials.
  • A course in hydrogeology is required of all participants.
    • Usually a 3-credit course in hydrogeology or a sound background in hydrogeology obtained via professional experience is satisfactory.
    • In special cases, acceptance may be granted with consultation and consent of the course director.
  • The Hydrogeology Field Course is particularly designed for students and professionals majoring or working in disciplines of geology, hydrogeology and environmental science.
  • In addition to our Hydrogeology Field Course, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at WMU also offers a Certificate Program in Hydrogeology.

HFC Registration—2021

Registration for the HFC will begin on Jan. 1, 2021 and remain open until full. Those persons wishing to apply earlier than Jan 1, 2021 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. 

In order to attend the HFC, one must apply to WMU admissions and also apply to the HFC. These are two seperate applications that can be done at the same time but go to two different places.  The WMU application goes to WMU admissions and the HFC application goes to the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences C/O: Tom Howe, HFC Director. Please see below on how to apply. 

  • Application to WMU: Registration for non-WMU students includes completion of an application for admission to Western Michigan University. Check with your university to determine your best option. Applications can be completed online; if you choose to complete a paper application, this must be submitted to the admissions office specified below, not to Tom Howe or the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.
  • Application to the HFC: 

Summer 2021 HFC application

  • Unofficial College Transcripts: All applicants must submit an unofficial copy of their college transcripts with their application/registration form. To be eligible for the HFC, the unofficial transcripts must show current enrollment in or satisfactory completion of a formal course in hydrogeology. If your transcript does not show that you have taken the prerequisite introductory course in hydrogeology then please provide 2 professional letters of recommendation demonstrating your competence in the field of environmental science and/or hydrogeology.
  • Reservation Fees: Include a check for the reservation fees ($100 per week—see Tuition and Fees), payable to Western Michigan University.
  • HAZWOPER Certification: Applicants who will not be enrolling in HAZWOPER training are required to fax: (269) 387-5513 or mail a copy of their current HAZWOPER certification (and most recent update, if applicable).

Once all registration materials (HFC application, unofficial transcipts and reservation fees) have been completed, mail hard-copies of all documents (except application to WMU) to:
C/O: Thomas Howe
Hydrogeology Field Course
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
1903 West Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5241 USA

Selection criteria

  • Enrollment is limited to qualified students with preference to those who apply first and/or apply for multiple weeks of the HFC.
  • Places in each week are available to professionals and non-WMU students and will be filled in the order in which registration fees and completed applications are received.


All applicants will be informed of their admission decision within two to four weeks after their application is received.