Hydrologic Science and Engineering
- Master of Science (Hydrology), Thesis
- Master of Science (Hydrology), Non-thesis
- Doctor of Philosophy (Hydrology)
Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) is comprised of faculty from several different Mines departments and offers interdisciplinary graduate degrees in hydrology.
The program offers programs of study in fundamental hydrologic science and applied hydrology with engineering applications. Our program encompasses groundwater hydrology, surface-water hydrology, vadose-zone hydrology, watershed hydrology, contaminant transport and fate, contaminant remediation, hydrogeophysics, and water policy/law.
HSE requires a core study of formal graduate courses for all degrees. Programs of study are interdisciplinary in nature, and coursework is obtained from multiple departments at Mines and is approved for each student by the student’s advisor and thesis committee.
To achieve the Master of Science (MS) degree, students may elect the Non-Thesis option, based exclusively upon coursework and an independent study project or a designated design course, or the Thesis option. The thesis option is comprised of coursework in combination with individual laboratory, modeling and/or field research performed under the guidance of a faculty advisor and presented in a written thesis approved by the student’s committee.
To achieve the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, students are expected to complete a combination of coursework and novel, original research, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and Doctoral committee, which culminates in a significant scholarly contribution to a specialized field in hydrologic sciences or engineering. Full-time enrollment is expected and leads to the greatest success, although part-time enrollment may be allowed under special circumstances. All doctoral students must complete the full-time, on-campus residency requirements.
Currently, students will apply to the Hydrology program through the Graduate School and be assigned to the HSE participating department of the student's HSE advisor. Participating units include: Chemistry and Geochemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), Geology and Geological Engineering (GE), Geophysical Engineering, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Mining Engineering (MN), and Petroleum Engineering (PE). HSE is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WICHE), a recognition that designates the programs as unique within the Western United States. An important benefit of this designation is that students from several western states are given the tuition status of Colorado residents. These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
For more information on program curriculum please refer to the HSE website at hydrology.mines.edu.
Jonathan (Josh) Sharp, HSE Director, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Alexis Sitchler, HSE Associate Director, Associate Professor Geology & Geological Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
James Ranville, Professor
Bettina Voelker, Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Christopher Higgins, Professor
Tissa Illangasekare, Professor and AMAX Distinguished Chair
Terri Hogue, Dean of Earth & Society Programs
Ning Lu, Professor
Junko Munakata Marr, Professor and Department Head CEE
John McCray, Professor
Jonathan Sharp, Associate Professor
John Spear, Professor
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
David Benson, Professor
Reed Maxwell, Professor
Danica Roth, Assistant Professor
Paul Santi, Professor
Kamini Singha, Professor
Alexis Sitchler, Associate Professor
Wendy Zhou, Associate Professor
Department of Geophysics
John Bradford, Vice President for Global Initiatives
Brandon Dugan, Associate Professor and Baker Hughes Chair in Petrophysics & Borehole Geophysics and Associate Department Head GP
Yaoguo Li, Professor
Matthew Siegfried, Assistant Professor
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Hussein Amery, Professor
Adrianne Kroepsch, Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nils Tilton, Assistant Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Yu-Shu Wu, Professor
Rennie Kaunda, Assistant Professor
Economics & Business
Steven M. Smith, Assistant Professor