Hydrogeology Major

As a hydrogeology major, you will learn to apply the principles of geology to the study of the water that flows through Earth. The hydrogeology major will focus on applied hydrology, geology, landform development, the fate and transport of contamination in the subsurface, flood management, water resources, water use and sustainability, water quality and construction planning. This program emphasizes developing practical expertise in instrumentation, field methods, monitoring and water flow in natural environments, as well as in engineered systems. Hydrogeology graduates will have the skills to address issues ranging from water resources to issues of pollution and remediation. With a degree in hydrogeology, students can choose to pursue graduate studies or go directly into a career in the environmental industry.

You should major in hydrogeology if...

  • You are skilled in the sciences as well as mathematics.
  • You fascinated by practical aspects of how the earth works.
  • You are concerned with environmental issues and preventing and remediating contamination.
  • You are looking for employment immediately after graduation.
  • You are considering going on to graduate-level studies in geosciences.

Program overview

The hydrogeology major will train you in the broad spectrum of the geosciences and the foundational mathematics, chemistry and physics on which it is based. It is a challenging curriculum designed to provide the theoretical background and hands-on training required for employment in the environmental industry. After completing the required foundation courses, you may choose electives to suit your specific areas of interest. For example, you will have the opportunity to study various areas, from remediation to applied remote sensing.

  • Program requirements: To learn more about specific program requirements, consult the most recent academic catalog.
  • Course listings: To see which courses will be offered when, check out the WMU course listings. You can also read course descriptions for geosciences classes here.
  • Professional development: Students in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to gain valuable professional, research and field experience through joining our highly active student organizations.

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