Student Admission to the Cluster Program:

To be admitted to HSAC, complete the following steps: 

(1) Choose an advisor (supervisory committee chair) who is a member of HSAC.
(2) Develop a Plan of Study that meets the requirements set forth in the "Degree Information" section below.
(3) Choose your supervisory committee.  When you submit your supervisory committee form to your department's Academic Advising Office, make sure that you are listed on the form as a member of the cluster ( i.e. enter Track code=HDS).
(4) Submit on-line application as soon as possible in your academic program. HSAC members enjoy student-faculty interactions, socials, and hydrologic sciences seminars.

Applications must be received at least one semester before the semester of the expected graduation. Click the Students "Click Here to Apply!" button on the Home Page.

If you have already graduated with the Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster designation for your M.S. degree and you wish to be readmitted to the cluster as a Ph. D. student you must submit your Ph. D. supervisory committee form with Track code=HDS to your department's Academic Advising Office and send an email to Mary Garvin (megarvin@ufl.edu) indicating that you have done so.

Graduate students seeking admission into the Hydrologic Sciences cluster must meet the minimum requirements established by the UF Registrar, the UF Graduate School, and their major department. The Faculty Committee will establish additional qualifications for admission into the Hydrologic Sciences cluster (e.g., adequacy of undergraduate training; GRE scores; GPA, etc.)  Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis, and they will be allowed to make up their deficiencies. Students will not be admitted to the program unless one of the Hydrologic Sciences faculty members agrees to be the student's Advisor. Graduate students transferring from other institutions must satisfy the Supervisory Committee that courses equivalent to the Core requirements specified here have been completed.

The students will be admitted into the department in which the student's advisor holds an appointment. The advisor and the student are responsible for ensuring that adequate financial support and resources are provided to support the student's graduate program.

The M.S. or Ph.D. degree will be granted by the department/college and the Graduate School. The Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster will be designated in the student's transcripts.

 

 


Degree Information:

The cluster is available to both Masters and Ph.D. degree students. The programs require graduate students to complete a core curriculum in Hydrologic Sciences, which comprises courses in the following six Topics: (1) Subsurface Hydrology; (2) Surface Hydrology; (3) Hydrologic Chemistry; (4) Hydrologic Ecology; (5) Hydrologic Analysis & Techniques; and (6) Hydrologic Policy & Management.

Core Curriculum:

Masters students will be expected to complete 12 credit hours by taking one subsurface hydrology course from Topic 1 and one surface hydrology course from Topic 2, and at least one course in two of the four remaining Topics. Ph.D. students will be expected to complete 18 credit hours by taking one course in each of the six Topics. Although some courses may be listed in multiple topic areas, no course can simultaneously count toward more than one topic area in a student's plan of study. Courses must be from at least 2 different departments.

This core curriculum requirement ensures that graduate students receive broad training in all aspects of Hydrologic Sciences, but it is flexible because students will be able to select among several designated courses in each of the six Topics.

Both Masters and Ph.D. students are expected to regularly attend the Water Institute Distinguished Scholar  Seminar Series in addition to their core courses.

Petitions for variances from the published HSAC course guidelines must be submitted by the student's major advisor to the Chair of the HSAC. The Chair will then send out the petition by email to the Hydrologic Science Faculty Coordinating Committee for a vote. Upon receipt of a simple majority vote in favor, the petition will be approved.

Masters students choosing the thesis option must have a Supervisory Committee that consists of a minimum of two faculty members. This committee will be chaired by the student's major professor, who must be a member of the Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster, and at least one additional faculty member from the Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster must be represented on the committee. Masters students choosing the non-thesis option must be have a major professor who is a Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster faculty member.

Ph.D. students must have a Supervisory Committee that consists of a minimum of four faculty members. This committee will be chaired by the student's major professor, who must be a member of the Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster, and at least one additional faculty member from the Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster must be represented on the committee.


Designated UF Courses in Hydrologic Sciences:

The designated courses will include the graduate-level courses that are listed and categorized below. Be sure to check the frequency of when courses are offered as many courses are only taught in alternate years. Please check with the department offering each course to determine whether it is taught by distance education.

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Topic 1: Subsurface Hydrology

Course
Number      
Course Name
ABE6265 Vadose Zone Modeling
CWR5125 Groundwater I
CWR5127 Evaluation of Groundwater Quality
CWR6525 Groundwater II
CWR6537 Contaminant Subsurface Hydrology
ENV6052 Immiscible Fluids in Porous Media
GLY5247 Surface water-Groundwater Interactions
GLY5827 Groundwater Geology
SWS5605C Environmental Soil Physics

Topic 2: Surface Hydrology

Course
Number      
Course Name
ABE6254 Simulation of Agricultural Watersheds
CGN6905 Special Problems in Civil Engineering (Urban Stormwater System Design)
CWR5235 Open Channel Hydraulics
CWR6115 Surface Hydrology
ENV6508 Wetland Hydrology
ENV6932 Special Problems in Environmental Engineering (Advanced Environmental Hydrology I)
ENV6932 Special Problems in Environmental Engineering (Storm-water control Systems)
EOC6196 Littoral Processes
GEO6282 Fluvial Morphology and Processes
OCP6050 Physical Oceanography
OCP6295 Estuarine and Shelf Hydrodynamics I
SWS6932 Topics in Soils (Landscape Hydrology)

Topic 3: Hydrologic Chemistry

Course
Number      
Course Name
ABE6266 Nanotechnology in Water Research
EES5245 Water Quality Analysis
EES6208 Principles of Water Chemsitry I
EES6209 Principles of Water Chemistry II
GLY5245 Hydrogeochemistry
SWS5406 Soil and Water Chemistry
SWS5424C Soil Chemical Analysis
SWS6262 Soil Contamination and Remediation
SWS6448 Biogeochemistry of Wetlands and Aquatic Systems

Topic 4: Hydrologic Ecology

Course
Number      
Course Name
BOT5695C Ecosystems of Florida
EES5305C Ecology and General Systems
EES5307 Ecological Engineering
EES6308C Wetland Ecology
EES6356 Estuarine Systems
ENV6932 Special Problems in Environmental Engineering (Wetland Restoration and Management)
FAS5203C Biology of Fishes
FAS5276C Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms
FAS6154 Aquatic Invertebrate Ecological Physiology
FAS6171 Applied Phycology
FNR6564 Ecohydrology
PCB5307C Limnology
SWS5248 Wetlands and Water Quality
SWS5308 Ecology of Waterborne Pathogens

Topic 5: Hydrologic Analysis & Techniques

Course
Number      
Course Name
ABE5646 Biological and Agricultural Systems Simulation
ABE5707C Agricultural Waste Management
ABE6035 Advanced Remote Sensing: Science and Sensors
ABE6037C Remote Sensing in Hydrology
ABE6252 Advanced Soil and Water Management Engineering
ABE6933 Special Topics in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Data Diagnostics)
CWR6126 Variable-Density Groundwater Flow
CWR6536 Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology
EES6026C Environmental System Dynamics
ENV5518 Field Methods in Environmental Hydrology
ENV6511 Biological Wastewater Treatment
ENV6932 Special Problems in Environmental Engineering (Wetland Treatment Systems)
EOC6850 Numerical Simulation Techniques in Coastal and Ocean Engineering
GIS5306 Geographic Information Systems Applications in Environmental Systems
GLY6826 Hydrogeologic Modeling
MET6752 Atmospheric Data Analysis
OCP6168 Data Analysis Techniques for Coastal and Ocean Engineers
SWS5721 GIS in Land Resource Management

Topic 6: Hydrologic Policy & Management

Course
Number      
Course Name
AEB6453 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
EES5415 Environmental Health
EES6051 Advanced Environmental Planning and Design
ENV5075 Environmental Policy
ENV6441 Water Resources Planning and Management
ENV6932 Special Problems in Environmental Engineering (Ecosystems of South Florida)
FOR6934 Topics in Forest Resources and Conservation (Natural Resource Policy and Economics)
GEO6348 Floods Seminar
LAA6382 Ecological and Environmental Policy
LAW 6930 Wetlands and Watersheds: Science, Law and Policy
LAW 6930 Conservation Clinic
LAW6930 Water Law
SWS5235 South Florida Ecosystems
SWS5246 Water Resource Sustainability
URP6421 Environmental Impact Statements
URP6429 Natural Resources Planning and Management
WIS6934 Ecosystems of South Florida