Hydrology Minor

Water is critical to all life on earth. The hydrology minor at UNC is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of the natural and societal processes which govern the occurrence, distribution, and biogeochemical properties of water on the Earth, and the ability to use that knowledge to address modern societal challenges. Students who complete the minor will be well-qualified to pursue careers in environmental consulting, water management and/or policy, climate services, and more.


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
EMES 324
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Water in Our World: Introduction to Hydrologic Science and Environmental Problems
and IDEAs in Action General Education logo Water in Our World Laboratory
Four additional courses emphasizing surface or groundwater processes, aquatic ecology or biogeochemistry, or water resources, chosen from the following list:12
Flood Hydrology: Models and Data Analysis 1
Surface Processes and Landscape Evolution 1
Major World Rivers and Global Change: From Mountains to the Sea
Wetland Hydrology
Principles of Environmental Consulting: Mechanics of Groundwater Flow 1
Geochemistry of Natural Waters 1
Fluid Dynamics of the Environment 1
Global Hydrology 1
Water Resource Planning and Policy Analysis 2
Water Quality Policies and Planning 1
Groundwater Hydrology
Hydrology, Ecology, and Sustainability of the Humid Tropics
Earth Surface Processes 1
Introduction to Watershed Systems 1
Limnology and Freshwater Ecology
3 credits of mentored undergraduate research (e.g., 395) with an advisor with a hydrology focus
Total Hours16

Check the course description for prerequisite(s). 


Also offered as ENVR 781

Department of Earth, Marine, and Environmental Sciences

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