Earth and Hydrologic Science

This specialization focuses on the study of earth sciences at multiple scales. It gives students insight into the structure and process in earth systems, stresses the understanding of earth and hydrologic hazards and the application of earth science to management issues, and provides them with tools for effectively communicating how to live with the natural environment.

Students concentrate their studies in one of the following:

  • Earth surface processes, including coastal hazards and landscape development during and after deglaciation;
  • Soil-landscape relationships and applied pedology;
  • Hydrogeology, including groundwater and surface water processes, contaminant transport and cleanup, and modeling;
  • Solid earth materials and processes, including natural hazards, mineral resources, and forensic science;
  • Geoarcheology, including sources of lithic materials and paleoclimates;
  • Paleoenvironments of dinosaur-bearing rocks.

Complementary background knowledge in spatial analysis (GIS) is strongly suggested. Required coursework comes from the areas of: earth surface processes, hydrology, earth materials, spatial analysis, and numerical methods, as well as environmental economics, policy, planning, and law.

Graduates find employment with federal and state resource management and regulatory agencies, private environmental consulting firms, academic laboratories, and nongovernmental conservation organizations.

For an overview by Track Chair Tom Boving, click here.

Core courses (21-25 credits), including:

  • Natural Sciences (12-16 credits)
    • Earth Surface Processes
    • Hydrology
    • Solid Earth Materials & Processes
    • Spatial Analysis & Remote Sensing
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
Elective courses (6-10 credits)
Independent study (3 credits: EVS 598)
Graduate seminar (2 credits)

Track Chair
Dr. Thomas Boving
Dept. of Geosciences
314 Woodward Hall
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881
Tel. (401) 874-7053