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Students who major in hydrology at St. Cloud State University strive to understand the critical role of Earth's waters and how it is tested daily by population growth and a technological society. Through courses in math, physics, hydrology and geology you'll learn about the interaction between surface water and the water underground. You'll use lab work and fieldwork to acquire the skills to manage water use and quality and to learn how water shapes landscapes. You will study streams, contaminants, floods, wells and aquifers. Most importantly, you'll learn about the impact of humans on water and the Earth's environment.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes; 10-20 students in major courses.
  • Active Hydrology Club works to build professional networks, arrange field trips and speakers, and plan social activities.
  • Senior project provides practical research experience at other universities or federal laboratories.
  • Internships through state and county agencies and private industry.
  • Classes taught by faculty with doctorates in hydrology and geology who have developed research projects in locations such as Antarctica and New Zealand.
  • Opportunity to apply learning through research work with state-of-the-art equipment including a wave tank, stream table, meteorological and hydrological field measurement stations and hydrologic computer-modeling software.

Program Distinctions

  • Minnesota's only hydrology program.
  • Smart classrooms, technology-enhanced lecture halls and advanced laboratories in the updated Robert H. Wick Science Building.
  • New laboratories and classrooms under development in the $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).
  • Program requirements meet conditions for hydrologist certification by American Institute of Hydrologists and entry level employment for the state of Minnesota. 

Student Organizations

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 95% of graduates employed
  • 1 million hours of campus, community volunteer service
  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 1,100+ international students
  • NCAA Division I men's and women's hockey teams

Popular Careers

  • Groundwater/Surface Water Hydrologist
  • Hydrometeorologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Watershed Management
  • Environmental Health Technician
  • Water Resource Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist

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