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Water Fundamentals

The progression of water through the hydrologic cycle affects all people and most scientific disciplines. Many issues involving contaminants within the environment also involve the water cycle in some way (surface water, soil water, groundwater). In this course students will learn the components of the hydrologic cycle, precipitation, snow processes, evapotranspiration, infiltration and soil water, surface runoff, and groundwater. Additionally, students will be introduced to river processes, channel hydraulics, forest hydrology, wetlands, surface water quality concerns and contaminant hydrogeology. Analytic skills regarding quantitative and qualitative hydrologic data will be enhanced through lab exercises, field trips and class assignments.

  • Hours: 70 hrs (3-2)