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Comprehensive Hydrogeology Emphasis

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Hydrogeology is the study of the occurrence, use, and motion of surficial and ground water; it is at the forefront of protecting precious water resources and is a core component of the geological sciences. In our increasingly conservation-minded world, hydrogeology studies are fundamental to all environmental science. Hydrogeology graduates have many exciting employment opportunities in Wisconsin and the rest of the country, often facilitated for Blugold hydrogeology students through our extensive internship connections.

Specialists in hydrogeology commonly work in environmental consulting firms, regulatory agencies such as DNR, and for private companies seeking to maintain compliance with environmental regulations. The study and oversight of ground water supply and water quality are the essential aspects of a hydrogeologist's job.

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for hydrogeologists in 2015 was $79k, with a typical entry level education of a bachelor’s degree. Further good news is that the field job growth projection is 7% per year for 2015-2024. In other words, this is a secure job market with excellent compensation. 

Hydrogeology major

60 credits

Geology core requirements

23-25 credits

  • One of four 100-level geology courses
  • Mineralogy and Petrology I
  • Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
  • Computers in Geology
  • Field Geology I
  • Chemical Principles

See the course catalog for full requirements and course offerings. 

Hydrogeology required and electives 

60 credits

  • Water resources
  • Hydrogeology I
  • Structural Geology or Earth history
  • Geochemistry
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrogeology II
  • Engineering geology & geophysics
  • Calculus II
  • General or University physics
  • Computing for Science & Math or GIS
  • Additional electives to total 60 credits

Water talk with hydrogeology alumna Tina Pint

If you are wondering what exactly hydrogeology careers are all about, wonder no more. We caught up with '99 hydro grad Tina Pint, who tells us how she found the major and about her career.

What is hydro all about?
Jennifer Borski at River Heath dedication

conserving resources AND creating community

Hydrogeology graduate Jenna Borski, '96, was recently honored by the city of Appleton for her decade of work in redeveloping a brownfield site.

Hydrology alumni honored

Interested in changing majors or declaring a geology major? 

See this page for all of the 4-year degree plans and links to other relevant information. Please contact the Department of Geology through the information provided below for more information about becoming a major, or changing majors within the program. 

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