Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 120 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Learn how to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno.

What will I learn in a hydrogeology degree program?

Learning outcomes

Students in this hydrogeology program develop basic skills in math, chemistry, and physics, as well as in geology and geological engineering. Students will leave the program with a sound foundation in physical, chemical, geological and quantitative sciences as a basis for understanding the hydrologic cycle and managing water resources. 

In addition to your technical knowledge in hydrogeology and underlying sciences, students in this degree program also develop the skills to read, analyze and communicate scientific knowledge. Professionals with expertise in water issues can be found working in government, private industry, public utilities and educational institutions, so the ability to share technical knowledge with a broader public can be a key skill in this industry.

Hydrogeology majors are also eligible to enroll in the accelerated B.S./M.S. program in hydrogeology. With careful planning, this allows students to earn a B.S. and M.S. in hydrogeology after five years of study.

Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering

The hydrogeology major is offered by the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. The department is committed to pursuing research and education programs that addresses geological and environmental issues in Nevada and around the world. Nevada's location in the west provides a natural laboratory for you to leave the classroom and hone your skills in applied environments. Our faculty are passionate about their work, and undergraduate students are encouraged to work with faculty on research projects relevant to your interests.

Careers with a degree in hydrogeology

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

What it means to earn a Mackay degree

This degree is awarded by the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Find out what Mackay's rich history, strong connection to industry and dedication to student internship and career support can do for you.

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