Geological Sciences

Introduction to Groundwater

Introduction to Groundwater
Introduction to the occurrence, movement, and properties of subsurface water; surface and groundwater relationships.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesGEOL 111; or GEOL 330; Math 110 or equivalent.
 ProgramsContaining GEOL 435
Course Outcomes: 

Water budgets

Demonstrate knowledge of the hydrologic cycle by creating a basin-scale water budget.

Darcy's law

Evaluate the relationship between grain size, sorting, and hydraulic conductivity using Darcy's Law.

Groundwater level measurements

Produce a potentiometric surface map and water table map for a well field.

Physics of groundwater flow

Evaluate the relationship between mechanical energy, hydraulic head, and force potential.

Flow nets

Construct a flow net to describe groundwater flow.

Aquifer tests

Evaluate different aquifer test methods for calculating aquifer parameters.

Groundwater recharge

Evaluate different methods for estimating groundwater recharge rates.

Groundwater flow paths

Describe groundwater flow paths for confined and unconfined aquifers.

Basin hydrogeology

Produce a consulting-type report that synthesizes the groundwater resources, flow paths, and aquifer characteristics of a basin.