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Idaho Falls, ID 83401
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Geological Sciences

The University of Idaho Department of Geological Sciences offers a Master of Science in Hydrology. Our program delivers the right balance of personalized student attention, as well as providing access to important research opportunities and high-tech equipment used to study critical geological processes. For example, you’ll gain experience using remote sensing technology to monitor the change in water cycles and learn the best practices for using stream measuring devices to assess flow rates and water quality.

Our multifaceted program will teach you quantitative problem-solving skills and provide you with a broad-based understanding of the components that make up modern hydrology, such as:

  • Surface and groundwater hydrology
  • Water quality
  • Quantitative and statistical hydrology
  • Water resource management

Depending on your research interest area, you will be assigned a faculty member to act as your adviser. This faculty member will help formulate a study plan designed specifically to meet your goals and to guide you through the thesis process. As a graduate student, you’ll receive training in both theory and modern field research and observation strategies. You’ll study:

  • The collection and analysis of water-related data
  • Soil erosion
  • Drought and flood analysis
  • Water chemistry
  • Sediment transport
  • River channel development
  • Watershed management
  • Groundwater resource management
  • Waste disposal
  • Computer modeling

Group projects and research opportunities with faculty, local businesses and government agencies will give you experience you can apply immediately on the job.

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phone: (208) 282-7900