The Environmental Hydrosciences Track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a basic understanding of geologic principles and a working knowledge of hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry. This track produces scientists capable of tackling environmental problems that emphasize hydrogeologic systems and for which greater knowledge of hydrogeology and water chemistry are essential. It also lays a strong foundation for graduate education in hydrogeology, hydrology, geochemistry, and aqueous chemistry. Students must complete at least 37 s.h. of Environmental Hydrosciences Track course work for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences degree.

Bachelor of Science students in the Hydrosciences track must complete the following coursework:

Coursework Requirements
Title Hours
Hydrosciences Track: General Sciences 12
Hydrosciences Track: Foundation 13
Hydrosciences Track: Field Study 3
Hydrosciences Track: Electives 6
Hydrosciences Track: Policy 3
Total Hours 37

For help planning your courses, please contact the Environmental Science Program's undergraduate academic advisor.

General Sciences (12 s.h.)

These three courses:

MATH:1860 Calculus II (Fall and Spring) 4 s.h.
PHYS:1511 College Physics I (Fall and Spring) 4 s.h.
PHYS:1512 College Physics II (Fall and Spring) 4 s.h.


Environmental Hydrosciences Foundation (13 s.h.)

These two courses:

EES:4630 Hydrogeology (Fall only) 4 s.h.
EES:4790 Applied Environmental Geology (Fall only) 3 s.h.

and at least 6 s.h. from the following list:

EES:3110 Chemical Evolution of the Oceans (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:4640 Contaminant Hydrogeology (Spring only) 3 s.h.


Environmental Hydrosciences Field Study (3 s.h.)

One of these:

EES:4680 Field Methods in Hydrologic Science (Summer only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:4010 Field Methods in Physical Geography (Spring only) 3 s.h.


Environmental Hydrosciences Electives (6 s.h.)

At least 6 s.h. from the following list. Additional field courses or foundation courses may also be used for elective credit.

CEE:3371 Principles of Hydraulics & Hydrology (Spring only) 3 s.h.
CEE:5440 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CEE:4150 Environmental Chemistry I (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:2020 Earth's Climate System (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:2200 Historical Geology (Spring only) 3 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation (Spring only) 3 s.h.
EES:3080 Introduction to Oceanography (Every other Spring) 2 s.h.
EES:3190 Directed Study (Fall and Spring) ARR
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology (Fall only) 4 s.h.
EES:3360 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.
ENVS:3230 Special Topics  1-4 s.h.
GEOG:2310 Introduction to Climatology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3570 LiDAR: Principles and Applications (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:4310 Climate Change (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:4470 Ecological Climatology (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.

NOTE: Students may petition their Environmental Science advisor to use other appropriate 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level courses as electives.

Policy Course (3 s.h.)

At least 3 s.h. from the following list:

BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs (Fall only) 3 s.h.
ECON:3625 Environmental and Nat Resource Economics (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:1115 Big Ideas: The History and Science of Oil (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 Water Resources (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice (Fall only) 3 s.h.
PBAF:2020 Environmental and Society: Sustainability, Policy, and Politics (Fall only) 3 s.h.