GEOS 430 Hydrogeology

Cynthia Fadem,
Earlham College


Many of Earth's surface environments are governed by the interaction of water with earth materials. This course introduces students to the nature of these interactions, utilizing qualitative, quantitative, physical, and chemical perspectives.

Course Size:
less than 15

Course Format:
Integrated lecture and lab

Institution Type:
Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate

Course Context:

This is an upper-level undergraduate course for Geology and Environmental Science majors, and Geology and Environmental Geology minors. The prerequisites are an introductory course (Physical or Environmental Geology) and my mid-level Geochemistry course.

Course Content:

Alongside exploration of surface and groundwater fundamentals, we discuss current water-related issues, from transport and contamination to supply and treatment. Laboratory exercises include field mapping and sampling, laboratory analysis, and GIS mapping and modeling.

Course Goals:

-to provide students with an understanding of water and flow through and across the Earth

-to enable students to interpret the geologic forms and records of water in terms of integrated hydrologic systems

-to emphasize the importance of water in global peace and sustainability, and of hydrologic science in geologic problem-solving



Fadem GEOS 430 - Hydrogeology Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 202kB May20 13)

Teaching Materials:

References and Notes:

Brutsaert, W. (2005). Hydrology: An Introduction. & Leopold L.B. (2006). A View of the River.