Hydrologic Science and Engineering

Hydrologic Science and Engineering


The Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines is an interdisciplinary graduate program designed to provide students with a solid background in quantitative hydrology and allow them to explore specialties within related fields, with particular emphasis on areas of expertise of the participating faculty. We offer programs of study in fundamental hydrologic science and applied hydrology with engineering applications.

Our program encompasses:

  • groundwater hydrogeology
  • surface water hydrology
  • vadose zone hydrology
  • climate change impacts
  • watershed hydrology
  • contaminant transport and fate
  • contaminant remediation
  • hydrogeophysics
  • water management
  • land-atmosphere interactions
  • urban hydrology

How HSE Works

The HSE Program currently offers MS (thesis and non-thesis options) and PhD degrees in hydrology. Students take a common core set of classes, but sit in the same department as their advisor. If you are interested in our hydrology program and the research being done in the program, please feel free to contact the HSE faculty member working in an area of interest to you. Students must apply by December 15 to be considered for funding.


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    A Colorado School of Mines professor is leading an international research effort to strengthen understanding of the tradeoffs between food, energy and water in agricultural basins. Reed Maxwell, Rowli …

Contact Us

Cassie Glenn 

Program Manager
Fax: 303-273-3413