The Hydrogeology concentration is particularly significant in the rapidly growing field of green infrastructure — creating systems that allow cities and other spaces to efficiently clean their own pollutants. Students in this concentration study surface water and groundwater. Your final project focus may vary from floods to well hydraulics, but you will develop a thorough understanding of how water moves over and through earth materials, and there is the opportunity to learn how to model complex geohydraulic systems.
Upon completion of the Hydrogeology concentration, many graduates find employment opportunities with hydrologic, environmental or geotechnical consulting firms, while others work in government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Geological Survey (USGS), State Departments of Environmental Protection and local water departments.
- Pennypack Creek Stream Assessment Study: Sandyford Run Subwatershed (PDF) by Christina Catanese '10
- Proposed Remediation of Acidic Groundwater and Dissolved Metals at Former National Lead Industries Site (PDF) by Laura Fotiou ‘13
Hydrogeology concentration course options
- Aqueous Geochemistry
- Fate and Transport of Pollutants
- Surface Water Hydrology
- Environmental Groundwater Hydrology
- Advanced Groundwater Flow and Transport Modeling
- Geomechanics: Fluids
- Numerical Techniques and Applications
- The Delaware River: An Environmental Case Study
Please note that these courses are currently approved for this concentration. However, you may request to add different courses, and new courses may also become available.