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The Hydrology Section of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources offers the minor in Hydrology for environmental or natural science students who have an interest in water/environmental issues. The interested student should have completed preparatory course work in calculus (MAT 016B), chemistry (CHE 002A; CHE 002B recommended), physics (PHY 007A), and biology (BIS 002A). Course work in the minor provides fundamental skills and knowledge of the hydrologic sciences. The program is sufficiently flexible for students to pursue particular water issues or problems of interest to them.


20-23 units

Complete the following four courses (17 units)

  • HYD 103N Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals (4 units)
    • or ENG 103 Fluid Mechanics (4 units)
  • HYD 141 Physical Hydrology (4 units)
    • or ESM 100 Principles of Hydrologic Science (4 units)
  • HYD 144 Groundwater Hydrology (4 units)
  • SSC 107 Soil Physics (5 units)

Choose one (3-6 units)

  • HYD 134 Aqueous Geochemistry (6 units)
  • CHE 100 Environmental Water Chemistry (3 units)
  • SSC 111 Soil Microbiology (4 units)
  • ESP 151 Limnology (4 units)

Total = 20-23 units

Minor Advisor

Graham Fogg