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Welcome to the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences 

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The Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) has always been a true collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno  (UNR) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). The GPHS is one of the largest such programs in North America and is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Hydrology and Hydrogeology.  Students within the Hydrology option can specialize in surface water hydraulics, watershed hydrology, water resources evaluations, water quality, geomorphology, and limnology.  Specific areas of emphasis in Hydrogeology include groundwater contaminant transport, geochemical evolution of ground waters, nutrient transport processes, vadose zone hydrology, ground water resource evaluation and ground water modeling. The GPHS also offers a graduate certificate in "International Water Resources."


Students with training in hydrologic sciences, geology, geophysics, engineering, soil science, biology, chemistry, computer science, fluid mechanics, mathematics, and physics are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program.


For more information about the Hydrologic Sciences program contact:


Dr. Laurel Saito
Director, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences/MS 175
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557
(775) 784-1921

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