Fluvial Geomorphology

Andrew Wilcox

University of Montana
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs


This course investigates the processes that determine the form and evolution of rivers and streams.

Course URL:
Course Size:

less than 15

Course Context:

This is a graduate level course but is suitable for advanced undergraduates with some background in hydrology or geomorphology, physics, and calculus. The course combines lectures, discussions, quantitative problem sets, and collection and analysis of field data.

Course Goals:

  • Students should be able to use models, data, and logical reasoning to critically evaluate and connect information about river processes
  • Students should be able to communicate an understanding of the interrelationships among fluvial geomorphic concepts and theories to peers and others
  • Students should be able to formulate and test hypotheses about river processes
  • Students should be able to perform measurements about calculations about river form and process

Skills Goals

  • writing
  • spreadsheets
  • field observation and data collection
  • critically reading primary literature
  • working in groups


Problem sets, short in-class assignment, discussions, papers, projects in which students integrate field data they collect with material from lectures and papers


Syllabus (Microsoft Word 94kB May5 08)