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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.