Hydrology

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Faculty. http://lawr.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/hydrology

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Faculty. http://lawr.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/hydrology

The Major Program

Hydrology is the study of the occurrence, distribution, circulation, and behavior of water and water-borne materials in the environment of Earth. It includes practical measurement and technical analysis of water phenomena underground, on the Earth's surface, and in the atmosphere. Contemporary hydrologic problems include environmental restoration, sustainability of groundwater and surface water resources, water pollution, and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, landslides, avalanches, and land subsidence. The management of these problems demands hydrologic scientists with the comprehensive, interdisciplinary education embodied in this program. Beyond its societal utility, hydrology can be an exciting science for the curious-minded. Hydrologists explore natural phenomena such as climate change, waterfalls, health of coral reefs, biogeochemical cycles, and aquifers.

The Program. A hydrologist needs a strong background across the basic sciences of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. Breadth of understanding comes from exposure to ecology, geology, engineering, policy, and law. Depth of experience is provided by core hydrology courses, internship opportunities, and practical outdoor training. Students choose electives to match their interests and career goals. Transfer students should have completed as much as possible of the preparatory subject matter listed below.

Internships and Career Alternatives. Job opportunities in hydrology exceed the available supply of trained hydrologists. Students commonly obtain internships and jobs with state and federal agencies, private consulting firms, environmental interest groups, irrigation districts, and utility companies. Federal agencies hiring hydrologists include the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Fish and Wildlife, Agricultural Research, Forest Service, and National Resource Conservation Service), Environmental Protection Agency, and national research laboratories (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). State and local agency employers include California's Departments of Water Resources, Conservation, Fish and Game, and Toxic Substances as well as the Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards. To obtain higher levels of responsibility and salary, hydrologists often seek advanced degrees, and the hydrology major is designed to provide students with a highly competitive education to get into graduate school.

Major Advisor. Helen Dahlke (Land, Air and Water Resources)

Advising Center. 1150 PES Building

Staff Advisor. Lacole Brooks, lbrooks@ucdavis.edu

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 71
BIS 002A
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (Active)
5
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (Active)
5
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002C
General Chemistry (Active)
5
PHY 009A
Classical Physics (Active)
5
PHY 009B
Classical Physics (Active)
5
PHY 009C
Classical Physics (Active)
5
MAT 021A
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021B
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021C
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021D
Vector Analysis (Active)
4
MAT 022A
Linear Algebra (Active)
3
MAT 022B
Differential Equations (Active)
3
GEL 050
Physical Geology (Active)
3
GEL 050L
Physical Geology Laboratory (Active)
2
ENG 006
Engineering Problem Solving (Active)
4
or
Equivalent.
 
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 46-55
HYD 103N
Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals (Active)
4
or
ENG 103
Fluid Mechanics (Active)
4
or
Equivalent of either.
4
ECI 114
Probabilistic Systems Analysis for Civil Engineers (Active)
4
or
STA 130A
Mathematical Statistics: Brief Course (Active)
4
STA 130B
Mathematical Statistics: Brief Course (Active)
4
HYD 134
Aqueous Geochemistry (Active)
6
HYD 141
Physical Hydrology (Active)
4
HYD 142
Systems Hydrology (Active)
4
HYD 144
Groundwater Hydrology (Active)
4
HYD 151
Field Methods in Hydrology (Active)
4
SSC 107
Soil Physics (Active)
5
Choose one:
3-4
HYD 150
Water Law (Active)
3
ARE 147
Resource and Environment Policy Analysis (Active)
3
ESP 161
Environmental Law (Active)
4
ESP 166N
Ocean and Coastal Policy (Discontinued)
3
Choose three:
9-13
HYD 110
Irrigation Principles and Practices (Active)
3
HYD 124
Plant-Water-Soil Relationships (Active)
4
HYD 143
Ecohydrology (Active)
4
HYD 146
Hydrogeology and Contaminant Transport (Active)
5
ECI 141
Engineering Hydraulics (Active)
3
ABT 165
Irrigation Practices for an Urban Environment (Active)
2
Restricted Electives
Units: 16-26
To supplement or expand areas of student interest selected with approval of advisor
 
Total: 129-148

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Faculty. http://lawr.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/hydrology

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.

Minor Advisor. Graham Fogg; 530-752-6810; gefogg@ucdavis.edu.

Hydrology
Units: 20-23
HYD 103N
Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals (Active)
4
or
ENG 103
Fluid Mechanics (Active)
4
HYD 141
Physical Hydrology (Active)
4
or
ESM 100
Principles of Hydrologic Science (Active)
4
HYD 144
Groundwater Hydrology (Active)
4
SSC 107
Soil Physics (Active)
5
Choose one:
3-6
HYD 134
Aqueous Geochemistry (Active)
6
CHE 100
Environmental Water Chemistry (Active)
3
SSC 111
Soil Microbiology (Active)
4
ESP 151
Limnology (Active)
4
Total: 20-23
Courses in HYD:
HYD 010Water, Power, Society (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Water resources issues. How water has been used to gain and wield socio-political power. Water resources development in California as related to current and future sustainability of water quantity and quality. Roles of science and policy in solving water problems. (Same course as SAS 010.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS. Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
HYD 092Hydrologic Science Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division student. Work experience off and on campus in Hydrologic Science. Internship supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2002 Spring Quarter.
HYD 103NFluid Mechanics Fundamentals (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PHY 009B. Fluid mechanics axioms, fluid statics, kinematics, velocity fields for one-dimensional incompressible flow and boundary layers, turbulent flow time averaging, potential flow, dimensional analysis, and macroscopic balances to solve a range of practical problems. (Same course as EBS 103.) (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, VL. Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
HYD 110Irrigation Principles and Practices (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PHY 007A; SSC 100 recommended. General course for agricultural and engineering students dealing with soil and plant aspects of irrigation and drainage. Soil-water principles including water movement, plant responses to irrigation regimes, water use by crops; also irrigation systems and water quality. Not open for credit to students who have completed WSC 110. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2009 Fall Quarter.
HYD 124Plant-Water-Soil Relationships (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): One upper division course in soil science, such as SSC 100; and one upper division course in plant science or plant biology, such as PLB 111; or consent of instructor. Principles of plant interactions with soil and atmospheric water environments and practical applications to crop management (e.g., irrigation) and plant eco-physiology (e.g., drought). Not open for credit to students who have completed Water Science 104. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2008 Spring Quarter.
HYD 124Plant-Water-Soil Relationships (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (SSC 100 (can be concurrent) or SSC 107 (can be concurrent)); (PLS 100A (can be concurrent) or PLB 111 (can be concurrent)); or Consent of Instructor. Principles of plant interactions with soil and atmospheric water environments and practical applications to crop management (e.g., irrigation) and plant eco-physiology (e.g., drought). Not open for credit to students who have completed WSC 104. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HYD 134Aqueous Geochemistry (6) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CHE 002B. Chemistry of natural waters; dielectric properties of water; thermodynamic and mass-action relations; metal hydrolysis; acid-base equilibria; metal-coordination chemistry; solubility calculations; electron-exchange reactions; sorptive partitioning; ion exchange; and dissolved organic matter. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE. Effective: 2009 Fall Quarter.
HYD 141Physical Hydrology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PHY 009B; MAT 021B; HYD 100 recommended. Introduction to the processes that constitute the hydrologic cycle. Special emphasis on a quantitative description of the following processes: precipitation, infiltration, evaporation, transpiration, surface runoff, and groundwater runoff. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL. Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.
HYD 142Systems Hydrology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HYD 141 or ECI 142. General course considering hydrologic processes from a systems or statistical model perspective. General probability concepts are applied to frequency, time series and spatial data analysis. Linear systems are also considered in conjunction with Kalman filter techniques. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE. Effective: 1998 Winter Quarter.
HYD 143Ecohydrology (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Problem Solving. Prerequisite(s): HYD 010 or HYD 141 or ESP 001 or ESM 100 or ESM 108 or ESM 120 or GEL 001 or GEL 050 or SSC 100; or Consent of Instructor. Movement and storage of water in individual ecosystems and the integrated functioning of water and biota at the watershed scale. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
HYD 144Groundwater Hydrology (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 016B or MAT 021A; HYD 103 or ENG 103 recommended. Fundamentals of groundwater flow and contaminant hydrology. Occurrence, distribution, and movement of groundwater. Well-flow systems. Aquifer tests. Well construction operation and maintenance. Groundwater exploration and quality assessment. Agricultural threats to groundwater quality: fertilizers, pesticides, and salts. (Same course as EBS 144.) (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL. Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
HYD 145Water Science and Design (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HYD 141 or MAT 016C or MAT 017C or MAT 021C; or Consent of Instructor. Introduction to watershed engineering, storm water management, design of hydraulic systems. Topics include hydrological risk analysis, flood routing, design storms, open channel flow, pipes, culverts, spillways, and detention basins. Class project and field trips will apply theory to real-life problems. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
HYD 145Water Science and Design (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (HYD 141 or ESM 100); (MAT 016B or MAT 021B); or Consent of Instructor. Introduction to watershed engineering, storm water management, design of hydraulic systems. Topics include hydrological risk analysis, flood routing, design storms, open channel flow, pipes, culverts, spillways, and detention basins. Class project and field trips will apply theory to real-life problems. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HYD 146Hydrogeology and Contaminant Transport (5) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s); Term Paper—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HYD 144 or ECI 144; Or the equivalent. Physical and chemical processes affecting groundwater flow and contaminant transport, with emphasis on realistic hydrogeologic examples. Groundwater geology and chemistry. Fundamentals of groundwater flow and transport analysis. Laboratory includes field pumping test and work with physical and computer models. (Same course as GEL 156.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2002 Winter Quarter.
HYD 147Runoff, Erosion and Water Quality Management (3) Active
Lecture/Lab—3 hour(s); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): (PHY 007B or PHY 009B); (MAT 016C or MAT 017C or MAT 021C); (ECI 142 or HYD 141 or ESM 100); or equivalent. Practical hydrology and runoff water quality management from disturbed watersheds. Development of hillslope and soils restoration concepts and practice, modeling and application. (Same course as EBS 147.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
HYD 150Water Law (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor or upper division standing. Principles and issues of California Water Law.Types of water rights, groundwater rights and management, and protection of instream uses.Water projects, role of federal government and federal/state relations. Basic water quality acts, endangered species act, water transfers and current water issues. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
HYD 151Field Methods in Hydrology (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Fieldwork—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ERS 100 or HYD 141. Measurement methods and data analysis for evaluation of water storage, movement and contamination in the field. Equipment such as data loggers, water and sediment samplers, pressure transducers, weather stations, surveying equipment, and flow meters will be used. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2003 Winter Quarter.
HYD 182Environmental Analysis using GIS (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ABT 150 or LDA 150; Or equivalent GIS experience and skills; general biology and/or ecology courses are recommended. Ecosystem and landscape modeling with emphasis on hydrology and solute transport. Spatial analysis of environmental risk analysis including ecological risk assessment, natural resource management. Spatial database structures, scripting, data models, and error analysis in GIS. (Same course as ABT 182.) (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
HYD 192Hydrologic Science Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-40 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Completion of 84 units. Work experience off and on campus in water science. Internship supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduate (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.
HYD 200Survey of Hydrologic Sciences (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Open to students in the Hydrologic Sciences program. Seminar course exposes students to the diversity of sciences involved in the program. Students prepare a paper and presentation in their area of research interest. May be repeated twice for credit. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 201AHydrologic Sciences Core Survey (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Considers the primary sub-disciplines while reviewing the fundamental scientific concepts/processes of the hydrologic sciences research community, and includes a basic writing component. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HYD 201BHydrologic Sciences Core Seminar (1) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Exposes students to the research underway in the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group as well as provide them the opportunity to present and refine their research through interaction with other students in the Graduate Group. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
HYD 205Continuum Mechanics of Natural Systems (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 021D; MAT 022B; PHY 009B. Continuum mechanics of static and dynamic air, water, earth and biological systems using hydraulic, heat and electrical conductivity; diffusivity; dispersion; strain; stress; deformation gradient; velocity gradient; stretch and spin tensors. (Same course as EBS 205.) (Letter.) Effective: 2002 Fall Quarter.
HYD 210Vadose Modeling and Characterization (3) Active
Lecture—1.5 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Discussion—0.5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SSC 107; or Consent of Instructor. Principles and modeling of water flow and chemical transport in the vadose zone, with specific applications to soils. Topics include hydraulic properties, finite difference application to unsaturated water flow, parameter optimization, diffusive and convective transport in gaseous and liquid phases. (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
HYD 243Water Resource Planning and Management (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HYD 141 or ECI 142. Applications of deterministic and stochastic mathematical programming techniques to water resource planning, analysis, design and management. Water allocation, capacity expansion, and reservoir operation. Conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater. Water quality management. Irrigation planning and operation models. (Same course as EBS 243.) (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.
HYD 245Climate Change, Water and Society (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Class size limited to 25 students. Integration of climate science and hydrology with policy to understand hydroclimatology and its impact upon natural and human systems. Assignments: readings, take-home examination on climate and hydrologic science, paper that integrates course concepts into a research prospectus or review article. (Same course as ATM 245 and ECL 245.) (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
HYD 252Hillslope Geomorphology and Sediment Budgets (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Fieldwork—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HYD 141 or GEL 035 or ECI 142; or Consent of Instructor. Exploration of theoretical and empirical foundations of sediment production on hillslopes using computer models and field experiments to promote an understanding of how watersheds evolve naturally and with human impacts. (Letter.) Effective: 2001 Spring Quarter.
HYD 254YEcohydraulics (3) Active
Web Virtual Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Extensive Problem Solving. Use of 2D hydrodynamic modeling to perform instream flow assessment by exploring flow-dependent hydraulic patterns at multiple spatial scales and extrapolating results with empirical and analytical functions to evaluate geomorphic resilience and ecological functions. (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
HYD 256Geomorphology of Estuaries and Deltas (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Fieldwork—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HYD 141 or GEL 035; or ECI 042 or Consent of Instructor. Survey of the processes and landforms associated with sediment deposition in the coastal zone. Application of geomorphic principles to coastal management issues. (Letter.) Effective: 2002 Spring Quarter.
HYD 264Modeling of Hydrologic Processes (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HYD 141; STA 102; Or the equivalents. Techniques used to model the spatio-temporal structure of rainfall and runoff are introduced. Procedures studied include those based on stochastic point processes, chaos theory, fractal geometry, and fractional noises. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 269Numerical Modeling of Groundwater Systems (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 022B; (ECI 144; or HYD 145A); HYD 145B;. Finite difference and finite element techniques in modeling groundwater flow and transport. Fundamentals of constructing and calibrating models with hands-on applications. Methods and limitations of numerical solution of transport equations. Model interpretation and ethics. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 273Introduction to Geostatistics (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STA 130A; STA 130B; Or the equivalent. Statistical treatment of spatial data with hydrologic emphasis. Topics: theory of random functions, variogram analysis, Kriging/co-Kriging, indicator geostatistics, and stochastic simulation of spatial variability. Geostatistical software use. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
HYD 274Practice of Groundwater Flow and Transport Modeling (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Lecture/Lab—0.5 hour(s); Lecture/Discussion—0.5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HYD 269; (ECI 272B or ECI 272C). Selecting and building groundwater flow and transport models. Planning, preparation, execution, presentation, and review of modeling projects. Review of methods, assumptions, and limitations of groundwater models; practicing with MODFLOW, MT3D, associated GUI, and with other groundwater modeling software of choice. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
HYD 275Analysis of Spatial Processes (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STA 102; Or the equivalent; HYD 273 or STA 273A recommended. Characterization of homogeneous random fields; extremes and spectral parameters; geometry of excursions, local averaging; scale of fluctuation; non-Gaussian and irregular random fields; geostatistical applications. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 286Selected Topics in Environmental Remote Sensing (3) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s); Lecture—1 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): ERS 186; Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent; ERS 186L recommended. In depth investigation of advanced topics in remote sensing applications, measurements, and theory. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as GEO 286.) (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
HYD 290Seminar in Hydrologic Science (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing and background in Hydrologic Science. Seminars and critical review of problems, issues, and research in hydrologic sciences. Oral presentations of research. Topics will vary. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HYD 410OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Course (1) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s). Updates hazardous materials handling information for purposes of keeping certification current. Certification lapses until the refresher course is complete. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1998 Winter Quarter.
HYD 440Hazardous Waste Operations Training (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing in College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Forty-hour course designed to meet the requirements of Federal OSHA regulation CFR 1910.120. Covers the health, regulatory, processing and safe handling issues/problems associated with working with hazardous materials. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Spring Quarter.