Hydrological Sciences

The following courses are approved for Hydrological Sciences.


Operation, pumping plant characteristics and efficiency, hydraulic network analysis, system evaluation. 3 credits.
This course was developed to provide an introduction to watershed hydrology for students from a variety of academic backgrounds. In general, it covers both the basics of how water moves through the environment, water waves, and current theories as to how hydrologic response is modified by environmental change at a variety of spatial scales. There are no prerequisites and this course can serve as the first in a series focused on watershed management, water quality or planning. 3 credits.
Sources and distribution of water in urban environment, including surface reservoir requirements, utilization of groundwater, and distribution systems. Analysis of sewer systems and drainage courses for the disposal of both wastewater and storm water. Pumps and lift stations. Urban planning and storm drainage practice. The course employs the basic principles of hydraulics to design of hydraulic structures. It combines hydraulics and urban drainage issues. Topics include (i) water distribution systems, (ii) pump design and selection, (iii) sanitary sewer design, and (iv) storm sewer design. Basic rainfall-runoff relationships,design of storage structures, and unit hydrograph theory are also covered. 3 credits.
Pressure and hydrostatics in environmental flows; surface tension and viscosity; boundary layers; drag and lift; sediment transport; open channel flow; jets and plumes. 3 credits.
Fundamental concepts and design procedures for the treatment of municipal and industrial water and wastewaters. Problem assessment; determination of water and wastewater characteristics, biological, physical, and chemical treatment methods, process design, and disposal of residues. 3 credits.
Energy and momentum principles, design of open channels for uniform and nonuniform flow, boundary layer and roughness effects, flow over spillways, energy dissipation, flow in channels of nonlinear alignment and nonprismatic section. 3 credits.
Meteorology; precipitation; stream flow, evaporation, and transpiration; subsurface flows, well hydraulics; runoff relations and hydrographs; elements of stream flow routing, frequency and duration studies; extreme values statistics applied to flood and drought forecasting; application of hydrologic techniques. 3 credits.
Water waves; Coastal circulation; Coastal structure design. 3 credits.
Basic principles of fluid flow in saturated and unsaturated materials. Darcy's law, well hydraulics, determination of hydraulic properties of aquifers. Infiltration theory. Discussions of artificial recharge, land subsidence, saltwater intrusion, ground water quality and contamination. 3 credits.
Sediment properties and the mechanics of sediment transport. Threshold of movement. Riverbed load and suspended load theories. Regime theory and stable channel design. River diversion problems. Erosion. Geomorphologic and water quality aspects. 3 credits.


*Students can have up to 6 credits of 300-400 level courses applied to their plan of study