Hydrosciences (Blue) Track

The Environmental Hydrosciences Track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a basic understanding of geologic principles and a working knowledge of hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry. This track produces scientists capable of tackling environmental problems that emphasize hydrogeologic systems and for which greater knowledge of hydrogeology and water chemistry are essential. It also lays a strong foundation for graduate education in hydrogeology, hydrology, geochemistry, and aqueous chemistry. Students must complete at least 34 s.h. of Environmental Hydrosciences Track course work.

For help planning your courses, please see the blue track's Example Plan of Study, or contact the ES Program's undergraduate academic advisor, Hannah Whitcomb: hannah-whitcomb@uiowa.edu 

General Sciences

These three courses:

MATH:1860 Calculus II 4 s.h.
PHYS:1511 College Physics I 4 s.h.
PHYS:1512 College Physics II 4 s.h.

Environmental Hydrosciences Foundation

These two courses:

EES:4630 Hydrogeology 4 s.h.
EES:4790 Applied Environmental Geology 3 s.h.

and at least 6 s.h. from these:

EES:3110 Chemical Evolution of the Oceans 3 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4640 Contaminant Hydrogeology 3 s.h.

Environmental Hydrosciences Field Study

ONE of these:

EES:4680 Field Methods in Hydrologic Science 3 s.h.

Environmental Hydrosciences Electives

At least 6 s.h. from the following list. Additional field courses or foundation courses may also be used for elective credit.

CEE:3371 Principles of Hydraulics & Hydrology 3 s.h.
CEE:5440 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology 3 s.h.
CEE:4150 Environmental Chemistry I 3 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
EES:3080 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
EES:3190 Directed Study ARR
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 4 s.h.
EES:3360 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 Introduction to Climatology 3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation 3 s.h.
GEOG:3570 LiDAR: Principles and Applications 3 s.h.
GEOG:4470 Ecological Climatology 3 s.h.

Students may petition their Environmental Science advisor to use other appropriate 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level courses as electives.

Policy Course

At least 3 s.h. from the following list: 


BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs 3 s.h.
ECON:3330 Environmental and Nat Resource Economics 3 s.h.
EES:1115 Big Ideas: The History and Science of Oil 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 Water Resources 3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence 3 s.h.
GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context 3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 Environmental Impact Analysis 3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice 3 s.h.