One of the most well-established interdisciplinary programs of its kind in North America.

Established in 1962, the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences has always been a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute.

About us

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences

The University of Nevada, Reno's hydrology program focuses on studies of water in the environment including its role in geologic and biogeochemical processes, ecosystem functions, and climate science. Learn more about the graduate program, the admissions process and resources for student support.

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About us

Learn more about our research interests and interdisciplinary departments and partners that create our unique academic program. 

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Degree programs

Admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and more outlining the doctoral and master's programs.

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Student resources

Program handbook, career information, and a list of student organizations and campus resources. 

Discover areas of expertise and meet the faculty within each area to find a research direction you love. 

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Research areas

Our hydrologic sciences research faculty have expertise in contaminant transport, watershed hydrology, ecohydrology, aqueous geochemistry, global climate change, groundwater hydraulics, vadose zone hydrology, surface water hydrology and water resources engineering. Learn more about our current research.

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People of Hydrologic Sciences

Our faculty come together from more than eight units across campus and the Reno area. Learn more about their areas of interest and current projects. 

Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from the Hydrologic Sciences and the departments that contribute to the program.

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AEMA 2021 annual meeting sees prominent Mackay School presence

Students, faculty and alumni participated in many aspects of this year's AEMA conference

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Snow cover critical for revegetation following forest fires

College of Science study finds climate change a factor in decrease of snowpack in the Western United States

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Last living person to walk on the Moon visits University November 10

The Discover Science Lecture Series continues with a visit from astronaut and scientist Harrison Schmitt.