Environmental Sciences Major: Hydrology Option B.S.

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Environmental Sciences Major: Hydrology Option B.S.

Program Overview

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) and the College of Life Science and Agriculture (COLSA) jointly offer a bachelor of science degree in environmental sciences. Environmental sciences, an interdisciplinary field, focuses on the interaction of biological, chemical, and physical processes that shape our natural environment. Students graduating with a degree in environmental sciences will have an understanding of these interacting processes, the ability to communicate effectively with both scientific and lay audiences, competency in field methods appropriate for entry-level environmental science positions, competency in the use and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a basic understanding of environmental policy, and the ability to contribute to multidisciplinary teams. The University of New Hampshire is a recognized leader in environmental sciences research, and the environmental sciences program capitalizes on faculty expertise in this area. The full-time faculty members comprising this program have major teaching and research emphases in the areas of biogeochemical cycling, environmental chemistry, geospatial science, ecosystem science, global change, hydrology, plant ecology, soil science, and water resource management. 

Employment opportunities include: environmental consulting firms, educational facilities (e.g., science centers), environmental monitoring laboratories (e.g., water treatment plants; the Environmental Protection Agency), government agencies (e.g., the U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service), university and government research laboratories, and nongovernment environmental organizations. The environmental sciences program also constitutes an excellent preparation for graduate programs in several areas relating to the environment. Students should consult with their adviser early if their goals include further study.

The Program has four options, and specific course requirements for the major vary by option. The geosystems and hydrology options are both managed by the Department of Earth Sciences in CEPS, and the ecosystems and soils and watersheds options are both managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the COLSA. The hydrology option provides students with a solid grounding in fundamental hydrological principles and quantitative reasoning.

Department of Earth Sciences
56 College Road
214 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

P: 603.862.1718
E: earth.sciencesl@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

In addition to the Discovery Program and University writing requirements, all students will take Introduction to Environmental Science NR 403 Introduction to Environmental Science and Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources (NR 400 Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources), plus one other elective introductory environmental science course. Foundation courses include introductions to biology, physics, chemistry, geology, calculus, and statistics.

INTRODUCTORY

NR 400Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources1
NR 403Introduction to Environmental Science4
Select one elective introductory course from the following:4
NR 504
Freshwater Resources
CEE 520
Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context
ESCI 405
Global Environmental Change
ESCI 501
Introduction to Oceanography
ESCI 514
Introduction to Climate
GEOG 473
Elements of Weather
Total Credits9

FOUNDATION

Biology
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
or BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
Chemistry
Select one of the following:4-8
CHEM 403
& CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
or CHEM 405
Chemical Principles for Engineers
Physics
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
Calculus
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
Statistics4
MATH 644
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
or BIOL 528
Applied Biostatistics I
Geology
Select one of the following:4
ESCI 401
Dynamic Earth
ESCI 402
Earth History
ESCI 409
Geology and the Environment
Total Credits32-36

CORE COURSES

ESCI 534Techniques in Environmental Sciences3
ESCI 654Fate and Transport in the Environment4
ESCI 777GIS for Earth & Environmental Sciences4
or NR 658 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
NR 602Natural Resources and Environmental Policy4
or NR 662 Environmental Policy, Planning and Sustainability in New Zealand
Capstone Experience 1
Total Credits15

HYDROLOGY

Geomorphology
ESCI 561Landscape Evolution4
Soils/Mineralogy
ESCI 512Principles of Mineralogy4
or NR 501 Studio Soils
Surface Water Hydrology
ESCI 705Principles of Hydrology4
or CEE 754 Engineering Hydrology
Groundwater Hydrology
ESCI 710Groundwater Hydrology4
Select one Quantitative Analysis course from the following:4
CS 410
Introduction to Scientific Programming
ESCI 701
Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
ESCI 764
Spectral Analysis of Geophysical Time Series Data
MATH 525
Linearity I
MATH 527
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
MATH 528
Multidimensional Calculus
MATH 645
Linear Algebra for Applications
MATH 739
Applied Regression Analysis
MATH 740
Design of Experiments I
Select two or three approved electives from the following:8-12
CEE 650
Fluid Mechanics
CEE 721
Environmental Sampling and Analysis
CEE 723
Environmental Water Chemistry
CEE 724
Environmental Engineering Microbiology
CEE 750
Ecohydrology
CEE 751
Open Channel Flow
CEE 758
Stormwater Management Designs
CEE 759
Stream Restoration
ESCI 642
Biogeosciences in the Earth System
ESCI 741
Geochemistry
ESCI 745
Isotope Geochemistry
ESCI 747
Aqueous Geochemistry
ESCI 762
Glacial Geology
ESCI 778
Remote Sensing Earth & Environmental Sciences
NR 660
Ecology and Biogeography of New Zealand
NR 661
Restoration Ecology and Ecosystem Management in New Zealand
NR 703
Watershed Water Quality Management
NR 707
Environmental Modeling
NR 711
Wetland Ecology and Management
NR 744
Biogeochemistry
NR 751
Aquatic Ecosystems
NR 757
Remote Sensing of the Environment
NR 759
Digital Image Processing for Natural Resources
NR 761
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Total Credits28-32

Some students enroll in the EcoQuest program (a study abroad opportunity in New Zealand), which satisfies the policy requirement, and capstone requirement if taken senior year.

Students must complete additional courses for the hydrology option to total 88 credits in the major.

For further information about the hydrology option or to discuss alternative elective courses, students may contact earth.sciences@unh.edu.

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