How to Get a Degree in Hydrology

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Do you find yourself drinking water all the time? What about visualizing yourself by the pool side sipping a lemonade watching the pool boy clean out one of the hotel’s many physical therapy pools? Well then you’re just human. But if you wake up from dreams of studying water and its influence on the planet, then this article is for you.

What is Hydrology?

The dictionary definition goes something like this “the branch of science concerned with the properties of the earth’s water (H2O), especially its movement in relation to land.” So the big question is- what does it really take to become a Hydrologist? To begin with, an accredited degree is a huge help. Most careers in Hydrology require a Master’s degree.

Degree in Hydrology

Hydrology graduate programs consists of many science and geography courses.You can look forward to a great curriculum:
  • Physical Geography
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Hydraulics
  • Geomorphology
These are just a few of the topics that would be required to graduate with this degree. There are many colleges across the country that offer hydrology as a major, with most of them having it closely related to geology at their school.


Whether you are in high school or a non-traditional student, this major can be accomplished one of two ways; successfully or unsuccessfully. To make sure you are part of the successful group, there are a few things you can do to aid in your success. Preparation is key, especially if you haven’t been in college for some time.

Since Hydrology degree is typically science oriented, it would be very helpful to brush up on your science skills before pursuing the college life. As a high school student, taking classes in science (biology, chemistry, physics, etc) are all great ways to prepare for the major. If you are lucky enough, maybe your school will even cover some geology or other relevant topics in class.

Job Outlook

Hydrologists study water and help solve irrigation problems around the world. As long as there is life on Earth, there is going to be water. They may work with finding water supply for cities, preventing liquid pollution, or collect data to be studied back in the lab.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), Hydrologists should at least have a Master’s credential and the median pay is $75,690 per year. The job outlook is average, with about an 18% growth rate. 

Brigham Young UniversityA-209 ASB Provo, UT  84602Private not-for-profit
California State University, Chico400 West First Street Chico, CA  959294 Year, Public
Saint Cloud State University720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN  563014 Year, Public
University of Texas at Austin2400 Inner Campus Drive Austin, TX  787124 Year, Public
University of New Hampshire105 Main Street Durham, NH  038244 Year, Public

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