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Hydrology and Water Resources


The Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences (HAS) at the University of Arizona was created in January 2016 when the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) approved the merger of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources. HAS offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs and courses which are interdisciplinary by nature and support its own majors (atmospheric sciences-meteorology, hydrology, hydrometeorology), as well as various university-wide programs, e.g. arid lands studies, civil-geological-environmental engineering, tree-ring studies, wildlife and renewable resource management.

We offer Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs with majors in atmospheric sciences-meteorology, hydrology, and hydrometeorology*, as well as undergraduate degree programs in environmental hydrology (Bachelor of Science) and meteorology (Bachelor of Applied Science). For qualified undergraduates, we offer Accelerated Master's Programs where students obtain a combined Bachelor-Master degree in a five-year professionally-oriented plan (with major in Hydrology or Meteorology).

Our vision is to lead the world in integrated and quantitative hydrologic and atmospheric sciences and to develop the knowledge needed to solve the water, hydrogeologic, weather, and climate related problems in the world.

Our mission is to build an integrated program that considers the fate and transport of water, energy, and chemical constituents throughout the atmosphere and geosphere. We will achieve this by:

  • Eliminating disciplinary boundaries between the hydrologic and atmospheric sciences, leading to new approaches to characterize, monitor, and model the hydrosphere
  • Building a highly cross-disciplinary curriculum and collaborative research program extending from undergraduate students through senior faculty.

Our goal is to lead a new approach to analysis and understanding of hydrologic-hydrogeologic processes that views the land-atmosphere interface as a new frontier of opportunities rather than a disciplinary barrier.

*Graduate-level specialization in terrestrial hydrometeorology is administered by faculty members from both groups in our department, combining specific course work and expertise in hydrology (50%) and atmospheric sciences (50%).   

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

The Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences has broad but highly interrelated focus areas whose purpose is to develop new and bold strategies to characterize, monitor, and model the hydrosphere. The following pertains to the Hydrology and Water Resources-related majors. (See the Atmosheric Sciences major for other degree programs offered by our department.)

Bachelor of Science

  • Effectively communicate hydrologic concepts and research
  • Collect hydrologic data (e.g. surface water, groundwater, water quality)
  • Analyze hydrologic data (e.g. surface water, groundwater, water quality)
  • Complete a basic hydrologic or water resources research project that involves integrated problem solving

Accelerated Master's Program (combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Hydrology)

  • Outcomes listed for the Bachelor of Science program (details above)
  • Outcomes listed for the Master of Science program (details below)

Graduate Certificate (4-Course Professional Certificate) (description)

  • Effectively communicate hydrologic concepts and research
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the hydrologic cycle
  • Demonstrate mastery of particular aspects of the hydrologic cycle, e.g. surface water and groundwater interaction
  • Produce professional-quality reports based on reading and synthesized research
  • Demonstrate ability in the practice of basic hydrological measurement techniques, i.e. gather and analyze data and prepare reports and data summaries
  • Responsibly and ethically conduct work and research in the profession in diverse settings

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

  • Demonstrate mastery of at least four of the following topics: a) water quality, b) subsurface hydrology, c) surface water hydrology, d) systems hydrology, e) water policy
  • Conduct basic hydrological measurement techniques
  • Analyze hydrologic data and formulate conclusions
  • Effectively communicate hydrologic concepts and research
  • Produce and/or publish professional-quality data summaries and professional-quality reports and/or peer-reviewed, journal-quality papers on research results OR, for PHD students, peer-reviewed, journal-quality papers on research that constitute a new contribution to the discipline



Updated date: Tue, 08/01/2017 - 15:18