The Graduate Certificate in Hydrology and Water Resources will address a
need to provide specialized education to starting students and practicing
professionals in the changing needs of hydrology and water resources. The
certificate will provide students with a working knowledge of detailed hydrologic
and water resources principles to be prepared for work as a professional in
hydrologic design and planning and operation of water resources systems. In
summary the certificate will provide:
• A curriculum of study for graduate students that explores hydrology and
water resources topics
• An introduction to fundamental features of hydrology and water resources
principles that are relevant to professional practice in the field
by introducing principles of fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering and water
resources systems relevant to professional practice and to familiarize students with
experimental and research techniques that are applicable to hydrology and water
The Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences offers a graduate-level certificate (non-degree program) with an emphasis in Hydrology and Water Resources (HWRS). The certificate program provides specialized education for those seeking professional work in hydrologic design, planning, and operation of water resources systems. The program serves three primary student groups:
The curriculum explores a variety of hydrology and water resources topics and provides an introduction to fundamental principles of hydrology and water resources that are relevant to professional practice in this field through introduction of basic fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering, and water resources systems. The curriculum also emphasizes experimental and research techniques that are applicable to hydrology and water resources.
DOMESTIC APPLICANTS: Rolling
INTERNATIONAL: Applications for Fall Semester admission must be completed by January 15.
International applications for Spring Semester admission must be completed by August 1 (for any student requiring a visa).
Required: Applicants should upload required documents to the Graduate College application, including a Resume or Curriculum Vitae; Two Letters of Recommendation (instructions provided); copy of Transcripts for all colleges and universities attended; Diploma Certificates (international applicants). All of these documents may be uploaded and attached to the Graduate College online application.
At the Graduate College website, click on Apply-Now to begin your application.
Undergraduate course prerequisites in science and mathematics include:
Physical Geology: 1 semester
College Chemistry: 2-semester sequence, Inorganic/Analytical
College Physics: 2-semester sequence, 1 course in Mechanics; 1 course in Electricity/Magnetism or Optics/Thermodynamics
Fluid mechanics: 1 semester
Mathematics: Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Vector Calculus, Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
Engineering Statistics or Probability Theory: 1 semester
Required GRE Subject tests: None
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Minimum TOEFL: 550 or IBT: 80
Minimum IELTS: 7
This is a non-degree program.
Minimum credits: 12
Core coursework: Required: A minimum of 6 units from
HWRS 517A Fundamentals of Water Quality (3)
HWRS 518 Fundamentals of Subsurface Hydrology (3)
HWRS 519 Fundamentals of Surface Water Hydrology (3)
HWRS 528 Fundamentals: Systems Approach to Hydrologic Model. (3)
To comply with the 12 unit requirement the student may take other courses in the graduate program in the HWR Department. These courses need to be approved by the Graduate Committee Department.
Students will be allowed, upon approval by the HWR DGS to substitute one elective course, or no more than 25% of the total required
All courses will be offered on-campus and in-person.
Online Courses: None at this time
Language requirements: None