Course Description

Principles of hydrologic processes and the integration of these processes into the hydrologic cycle. Topics include atmospheric processes, precipitation and runoff, storm response in streamflow on a watershed scale, and major concepts in groundwater systems. PREREQS: One year of calculus.

Course Objectives

The student, upon completion of this course, should be able to:

  • Describe and represent major components of the hydrologic cycle mathematically and discuss scientifically how these components interact;
  • Define, calculate, and use the return period of a storm or other event in engineering design;
  • Estimate peak runoff rates and total runoff volumes from watersheds for use in water resources engineering design; and,
  • Communicate a familiarity with the structure and functions of natural stream systems.