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 may use terrestrial lidar to characterize surficial materials, learn the best practices for stream monitoring to assess flow rates and water quality, and learn advanced methods for aquifer testing and test design.
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:
- Groundwater hydraulics
- Water quality
- Quantitative and statistical hydrology
- Thermal-fluid sciences
Depending on your research interest area, you will work with a faculty member as your advisor. 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
- Water chemistry
- Aquifer test design and analysis
- Computer modeling
- Aquifer characterization
- Watershed management
- Groundwater resource evaluation and management
- Nuclear waste disposal and CO2 sequestration
Group projects and research opportunities with faculty, local businesses and government agencies will give you experience you can apply immediately on the job.