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Accelerated Master's Program: Hydrology (MS) - Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Graduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
No
UA College: 
Science
Degree/Minor Description: 
The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in Hydrology and Water Resources (HWR) is designed to enable advanced UA undergraduate students to complete both the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources and the Master of Science degree in Hydrology in a total of 5 years. Protecting the quality of water for all uses is a critical part of the mission of hydrologists, thus this program investigates and characterizes the environmental state of our water and related land and ecological resources. The program is designed for students with interests in the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the hydrologic cycle, as well as water resources systems, environmental studies, or water policy and the social sciences related to water resources. Students may concentrate in one or a combination of these fields but should acquire some proficiency in all aspects of hydrology and water resources.
 
All Master's students are expected to learn basic computer programming skills and complete a field methods course. To meet the professional development requirement, the students are required to attend departmental seminars and colloquia at the beginning of academic residency and to enroll in one advanced seminar course (696-series) at or near the end of their academic residency. Each M.S. student must complete fundamental, or core, courses in hydrology and water resources unless equivalent graduate courses have been taken elsewhere. A Master's Thesis is required; the Master's Thesis Publication option is also available. A Master’s Final Oral Examination is required.
Research Opportunities: 

Water Resources Research Center: The WRRC promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and engagement, and public education.

Arizona Project WET: Arizona Project WET (APW) develops water stewardship and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy by providing teacher professional development focused on direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement regarding responsible water regulation. 

Water Sustainability Program: The Water Sustainability Program provides science-based technical, economic, legal, and policy expertise necessary for water development and conservation. The goal is to strengthen research, outreach, and education efforts in the water resource area at the University of Arizona to help ensure a sustainable, high-quality water supply.

Water Quality Center Lab: The WQC lab focuses on water quality and is equipped to perform state-of-the-art chemical and biological analyses of water samples. The lab also performs tests on other environmental samples, including soils, wastes, and effluents. 

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants: The ALEC lab works to detect, quantify, and speciate organic and inorganic micro-pollutants in water samples. The ALEC lab utilizes state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and associated analytical techniques to study a variety of samples. 

Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab: The Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab, also known as the Chorover Lab, is a research-oriented facility that is designed for the analysis of major and trace elements in environmental matrices such as soil, sediment, biomass and water. This research and teaching program is designed to develop a better understanding of how these various components interact to influence environmental quality.

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.