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GRADUATE PROGRAM of HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES

About the Program


The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) has always been a true collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno  (UNR) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). The GPHS is one of the largest such programs in North America.

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Hydrology and Hydrogeology.  Students within the Hydrology option can specialize in surface water hydraulics, watershed hydrology, water resources evaluations, water quality, geomorphology, and limnology.  Specific areas of emphasis in Hydrogeology include groundwater contaminant transport, geochemical evolution of ground waters, nutrient transport processes, vadose zone hydrology, ground water resource evaluation and ground water modeling. The GPHS also offers a graduate certificate in "International Water Resources ."

Students with training in hydrologic sciences, geology, geophysics, engineering, soil science, biology, chemistry, computer science, fluid mechanics, mathematics, physics, and other disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program.

The goals of the program are to provide fundamental and advanced training to students in the critical fields of surface and subsurface hydrology. Over 70 faculty at UNR, DRI, and agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the Agricultural Research Service conduct research in areas such as contaminant transport (surface and subsurface), watershed hydrology, ecohydrology, aqueous geochemistry, global climate change, groundwater hydraulics, vadose zone hydrology, surface water hydrology and water resources engineering. Thus, students have a tremendous range of options to study. The curriculum is designed to guarantee a common breadth of experience through a shared fundamental core, while leaving ample time for concentration and student research.  While our program is large in student numbers, we maintain an informal and close knit group of students and faculty. Our current faculty and their research interests can be found our RESEARCH STAFF page and this will also lead you to their personal web pages. You are encouraged contact these faculty directly with questions or interest in their research.

Our size fosters a personal atmosphere in which there is a close relationship between faculty and students. The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences supports a vibrant student chapter of the Nevada Water Resources Association (NWRA) as well as an active international water organization for students (SAIWI).

In addition to the outstanding educational opportunities, Reno and its surroundings offer tremendous opportunities for recreation. The Reno-Tahoe area offers some of the greatest skiing, mountain biking, climbing and kayaking of any university. Whether it's kayaking at the new Reno Whitewater Park (10 minutes from campus) or sledding at Squaw Valley (40 minutes from campus), students can unwind from their studies.

Public Radio Interview about hydrology at the University of Nevada Reno