The demand for reliable water supplies and the requirements to protect them from pollution have put groundwater at the forefront of current environmental activity. In consequence, there is a continuing high demand in industry, regulatory agencies, and environmental consulting companies for qualified hydrogeologists and groundwater geochemists. In addition, universities, agencies, and geological surveys need such scientists to conduct further research into groundwater movement, aquifer characteristics, contaminant transport, and the interactions of rock and water.
The department brings together an exceptional combination of faculty specializations in groundwater within an unusually broad range of geological expertise. The graduate student gains not only hydrogeological, geophysical, and geochemical training but also the ability to consider all the geological aspects of a groundwater problem - and the flexibility to adapt to changing environmental emphases and markets. Programs leading to both M.S. and Ph.D. are offered.
The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has considerable hydrogeological field equipment for groundwater sampling, pump-testing, downhole monitoring, and well-site geochemistry. Departmental laboratories include facilities and major equipment for analysis of stable and radiogenic isotopes, major and trace elements, and organic and inorganic compounds in rocks and water. For geophysical field work, the department has resistivity, electromagnetics, and shallow seismic survey equipment.