Hydrology Minor

Hydrology Minor


We often take it for granted. But in many parts of the U.S. and in numerous countries around the world, it is the most valuable natural resource. In order to use this precious resource wisely, we need to understand where it is, how it moves, and how our actions affect water quantity and quality.

Hydrology (the study of water) is the science that can answer these questions and is broadly grouped into three major areas.

Surface Water: Many municipalities rely upon surface water — streams, rivers, and reservoirs — for their potable (drinking) water. Surface water hydrology is the study of streams, rivers, and reservoirs and their interplay with the local weather, climate, and groundwater.

There are many grassroots organizations interested in maintaining the health of their local watershed — the area that supplies these sources. Two of our faculty are members of local organizations, and one is the group president. At BU, you will get an abundance of hands-on experience studying our local streams, and if you wish, plenty of volunteer opportunities to help clean them up.

Groundwater: Groundwater hydrology is the study of water below our feet. In our region, wells that tap groundwater are a common feature of many homes and farms. They supply drinking water and water for irrigation if rain is scarce in the growing season.

In many parts of the U.S., wells are a critical resource for cities and towns that rely on groundwater for their drinking water. At Bloomsburg, you will learn the theory of groundwater, but you will also get field experience with wells we have here on campus.

Why Bloomsburg?

Two Reasons

  • We are personal — All of your classes, labs, and field experiences will be taught by professors - not graduate students. We are accessible. We know all of our majors and we want to help you maximize your potential. If you are willing to put in the hard work, we will help you achieve great things.
  • Cost — If you attend a larger state school (Penn State, Temple, Pitt) or private with a graduate program in environmental science, you will pay tens of thousands of dollars more for your undergraduate degree. Compare the costs for in-state residents in 2018: a year at Bloomsburg costs $23,406; Penn State (main campus) costs $35,758; Pitt costs $32,782, and Temple costs $33,048 (www.collegesimply.com).

In four years, you will have saved between $37,500 and $49,400 by attending BU — enough to cover an entire year of graduate school. Some master's programs (like our 3+2 program) are only a year long, so by choosing BU, you essentially get your B.S. and M.S. for the same price as a bachelor's degree only at other schools.

Water Chemistry: Natural water is never pure — it always has small amounts of dissolved material. These give water its local flavor, and affect how it reacts with piping, machinery, and the human body! At BU, you can learn how to sample and analyze water from local wells, streams, and reservoirs.


Hydrology Minor

A future hydrologist!

Hydrology has a professional certification and our minor is designed to help prepare you to sit for the Hydrology Fundamentals portion of the exam as a senior or new graduate. Even if you decide not to take the exam right away, the minor will help make you competitive when looking for your first job.

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How much can you make?

Hydrology is a rapidly growing and critically important field.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics list the 2017 median pay for hydrologists as $79,990 per year, and project a 10 percent growth rate (faster than average) for the coming decade (2016-2026).