Interdisciplinary MS Program in Water Resources
Careers in Hydrology
There are great opportunities awaiting hydrologists in the private
sector, academia, State and Federal agencies. It's a great idea to keep
abreast of the basic requirements expected at various grade levels.
At the Federal level, to qualify as a Hydrologist for the US Forest Service or US Geological Survey one must have (from US Forest Service and USGS):
- A degree in physical or natural science, or engineering
- At least 30 semester hours in a combination of courses in
hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering
science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science,
meteorology, geology, geomorphology, oceanography, or the management of conservation of water resources.
- The course work must include at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential
and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics.
- A combination of education and experience-course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience, or additional education.
- Acceptable experience must include performance of scientific
functions related to the study of water resources, based on and
requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the
consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of
theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. Acceptable experience
includes: field or laboratory work that would require application of
hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geochemistry,
geophysics, geomorphology, physical geography, or civil engineering to
making observations, performing stream surveys, taking samples,
operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing
and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In
some cases, professional scientific experience was preceded by
appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology
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