EOSC 329 · Groundwater Hydrology

Introduction to theory of groundwater flow; flow nets; regional groundwater resource evaluation; well hydraulics; role of groundwater in geologic processes. [2-2*-2*] Prerequisite: One of MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 121, SCIE 001.

Course Availability & Schedule

Learning Goals

  1. Develop the ability to analyze groundwater problems and identify tools and pathways that could lead to their solution.
  2. Be able to: formulate clear answers using logical arguments, create qualitative descriptions, and develop quantitative models to fit observations.
  3. Learn to design and carry out groundwater exploration programs.
  4. Understand principles of exploration design.
  5. Develop and think in a quantitative framework, and be able to analyze problems with mathematical methods.
  6. Be able to understand the distinction between theory and observation.
  7. Be able to organize and complete projects with finite resources and time.
  8. Be able to work well in teams or individually.
  9. Develop a capacity for independent learning. Take on part of the responsibility for individual education.


Fall 2015:
Professor Roger Beckie

Head TA: Laura Laurenzi

Recommended supplemental texts:

Schwartz and Zhang, Fundamentals of Groundwater, 2002

Fetter, C. W., Applied Hydrogeology, 3rd Ed., 1990, or 4th Ed. 2001, MacMillan Pub.

Domenico, P.A., and F.W. Schwartz, Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 1998.

Lecture Topics

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Darcy's Law
Chapter 3: Homogeneity/Heterogeneity and Isotropy / Anisotropy
Chapter 4: Steady-State Flow
Chapter 5: Flow nets
Chapter 6: Regional Groundwater Flow
Chapter 7: Confined Transient Flow
Chapter 8: Unsaturated Flow and Unconfined Flow
Chapter 9: Hydrogeological Analysis
Chapter 10: Applications of groundwater theory


Lab Percent of lab mark (15% total)
Beach lab 1
Permeameter 1
Hydrogeological data / Intro to Betul 2
Flownets 2
Boundary Value Problems 2
Parameter Estimation 2
Dewatering lab 5