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¿Qué aprenderé?

Hydrogeology focuses on interactions of water in the earth's processes, especially in the vadose and saturated zones below the earth's surface. Possible areas of emphasis for students include groundwater contaminant transport, geochemical evolution of ground waters, nutrient transport processes, vadose zone hydrology, ground water resource evaluation and groundwater modeling.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree in Hydrogeology must satisfy all general requirements of the Graduate School and the M.S. degree in Hydrogeology. SLOs for the degree are that students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic level of competency in the general field of hydrogeology and in their area of research
  • Explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication
  • Complete research in their field of study, including answering specific question(s) in conjunction with the advisor and dissertation committee
  • Demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills for their sub-discipline

The Doctoral degree in Hydrogeology requires 72 credits beyond the Bachelor degree, successful completion of a qualifying examination after the first year of study and 1 credit of Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Examination credit may count toward the required 30 credits of 700-level coursework. 24 credits of dissertation credits must be applied to the Doctoral degree, and students must sign up for these credits in the department of their advisor. A maximum of 24 credits of course work (with grades of “B” or better) from a completed master’s degree program may be allocated toward the doctoral degree upon completion and approval of a Credit Transfer Evaluation Request Form. Up to 18 credits of 700-level courses may be transferred from the master’s degree program. All work towards a doctoral degree must be completed within eight (8) years immediately preceding the granting of the degree. Credits transferred into doctoral degree from a completed master’s degree are exempt from this eight-year limit.

The Doctorate of Philosophy in Hydrogeology allows flexibility to allow students to follow one or more of the broad areas of subsurface hydrology and to allow for specialization. All students receive a broad underpinning of the hydrologic sciences through the shared core courses. Additional requirements for the degree include two or more specialization courses in hydrogeology. Students are expected to work with their advisors and committee members to develop a Plan of Study that best matches their research efforts and interests.

A B.S. or B.A.-to-Ph.D. degree program is available for students with exceptionally strong academic qualifications, prior experience in hydrologic or related research, and demonstrated science/technical writing expertise. Students interested in proceeding directly to the Doctoral degree should contact the GPHS Director for further guidance.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (72 horas de crédito)

Costos de estudio
US$21.006,00 por año
Fecha de inicio

29 Agosto 2022


College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

Max C. Fleischmann Agriculture Building,

Room Number: 201, 1664 N. Virginia St.,



89557, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale): 3.0 for a doctoral degree.

Para estudiantes internacionales

Students admitted to the program should have a bachelor of sciences degree or equivalent in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, natural resources, or ecology. Students with non-related degrees can also be considered for admission. Prospective graduate students should have an undergraduate GPA above 3.0 and international students should have TOEFL scores exceeding 600.

Application deadline: December 15 for Fall semester | July 15 for Spring semester

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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