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College of Engineering and Applied Science

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver

Specialized Areas of Study

Hydrology and Hydraulics

Hydrology and Hydraulics

The Department of Civil Engineering offers graduate study in hydrology and hydraulic (H&H) engineering leading to master of science (MS) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees.The H&H engineering specialization emphasizes engineering planning and design of urban infrastructure to preserve the urban water environment. H&H engineeringapplies hydrologic principles and hydraulic engineering technology to analyze water-related problems, to develop feasible alternatives, to evaluate the costs and benefits among various alternatives and to optimize the operation of a hydrologic system. The H&H program provides graduate course work in the areas of watershed hydrology, groundwater modeling, urban stormwater management, flood mitigation and river mechanics. Students can focus on the following specialty areas, including:

  • Flood prediction and flash flood forecasting systems
  • Stormwater best management practices and low impact developments
  • Urban stormwater simulation and master drainage planning
  • Floodplain hydraulics and modeling
  • Highway and street drainage systems
  • Laminar and turbulent flow numerical modeling
  • Groundwater flow modeling
  • Risk-cost approach and optimization techniques

Students in H&H engineering are encouraged to work in the hydraulics laboratory and in the on-campus stormwater detention test site.