Hydrogeology Classes


Professors involved in Hydrogeology Research:

W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., RG (Applied Hydrogeologist)

John H. Foster, Ph.D., CEG (Engineering Geology)

Jeff Knott, Ph.D., CEG (Environmental and Engineering Geology)

Diane Clemens-Knott, Ph.D. (Isotope Geochemist)

John Carroll, Ph.D., (Environmental GIS)

Tara Kneeshaw, Ph.D., (Environmental Biogeochemisty)

Classes offered at CSUF - Department of Geological Sciences

Undergraduate Course offerings:

  1. -       321 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (4) Prerequisites: Geological Sciences 201, 303B,         380; Computer Science 103. Textural, mineralogic properties of sediments used in discrimination of depositional conditions, environments, classification of sedimentary rocks, study of stratigraphic patterns. (2 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory, field trips)

  2. -       335 General Hydrology (3) Prerequisites: Geological Sciences 101; Mathematics 150A. Nature, occurrence, movement of surface and groundwater. Rainfall/runoff relation, floods, aquifer evaluation, and water quality investigation. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, field trips)

  3. -       375 Engineering Geology (3) Prerequisites: Geological Sciences 380; Mathematics 150A; Physics 225, 225L or 211, 211L. Engineering properties of rocks and soils; exploration techniques; analysis of geological science principles applicable to engineering problems; report preparation and professional responsibility. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, field trips)

  4. -       376 Applied Geology (3) Prerequisites: Mathematics 130, 135 or 150A; Geological Sciences 101 and one semester university-level physics recommended. Geology applied to engineering works. Earth materials, processes; site evaluation techniques; geologic hazard analysis; case histories. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, field trips)

  5. -        436 Hydrogeology (3) Prerequisites: Geological Sciences 335, 360, 456, or equivalent. Occurrence, movement and utilization of groundwater resources; geological, geophysical and hydrological methods for groundwater exploration and development. Well hydraulics and groundwater contamination. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, field trips)

  6. -        456 Introduction to Applied Geophysics (3) Prerequisites: Mathematics 150B; Physics 225, 225L or 211, 211L; Physics 226, 226L or 212, 212L recommended. Seismic refraction, gravity, magnetic and electrical techniques and fundamentals as applied to determination of subsurface structure, groundwater and location of mineral resources. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, field trips)

  7. -        470 Environmental Geology & Planning (4) Prerequisites: Geological Sciences 101, 101L or Geological Sciences 420; upper-division or graduate standing. Geologic processes, hazards, mineral and energy resources and their interaction with planning and environmental regulations. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, field trips)

  8. -        481C Hydrology Field Camp (3) Prerequisites: Geological Sciences 335 and 481A. Geologic mapping and hydrologic mapping and techniques applied to integrated hydrogeologic model for selected areas. Field report(s), map(s), cross-sections required. Instructional fee required. (45 hours per week for three weeks during summer)

Graduate Program:

  1. -       500 Advanced Concepts in Geology (4) Prerequisite: Post baccalaureate or graduate standing. Current advances in geological concepts with emphasis on southern California geology. Concepts involve: plate tectonics; igneous processes; sedimentary record; surficial processes; water resources. (2 hrs lecture; 3 hrs lab; 2 hrs. discussion; field trips)

  2. -      501A,B Research Methods in Geology (1,1) Prerequisite: graduate standing. 

  3. - A.   Introduction to research planning: choosing a thesis topic; bibliographic search; research design (laboratory and field); techniques of data analysis; preparation of a research proposal. (2  hrs activity).

  4. - B.  Prerequisite GEOL 501A.  Presentation of research results: abstracts; oral and poster presentations; manuscript preparation, including maps, diagrams, and data tables; reference citation. (2 hrs activity)

  5. -       535T Advanced Topics in Hydrogeology (3) Prerequisite: GEOL 436.  Modern techniques in hydrogeology; topics may include:  groundwater modeling, contaminant hydrogeology, groundwater exploration and development, well hydraulics.  May be repeated for credit with different topic.  (2 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab, field trips)

  6. -       Hydrogeochemistry - The study of natural chemical processes, which occur in surface and groundwater systems.  Geochemical origin and characteristics of surface and ground water; equilibrium thermodynamics, the carbonate system, redox processes, ion exchange, and isotopes.

  7. -       Groundwater Modeling - Advanced study of the mathematics of groundwater flow and the formulation of analytical and numerical models that describe steady-state and transient groundwater flow systems. This will involve the use of physical models, flownets, spreadsheets, analytical solutions, and finite-difference and finite-element models.

  8. -      Environmental Sampling and Protocols – Investigate sampling protocols for environmental and scientific problem solving. We will look at the various methods of sampling in detail (water, soil gas and soil). Evaluate the methodologies for shortcomings and the potential for advances.

  9. -      Well Hydraulics and  Aquifer Testing – The theory and methods of well installation, testing, and the design, construction and maintenance of well systems. Hydrogeologic and geophysical techniques in groundwater exploration; development of groundwater resources by well drilling, well design and safe yield determination.  Analysis of single and multiple well aquifer tests in a range of hydrogeologic environments (confined, unconfined, leaky-confined, and fractured aquifers). Theory and practice of conducting and analyzing constant rate aquifer tests, step-drawdown tests, and slug injection or bail tests.

  10. -     575T Advanced Topics in Engineering Geology (3) Prerequisite: Post-baccalaureate or graduate standing.  Topics may include:  neotectonics of Southern California, soil stratigraphy, and landslide analysis.  May be repeated for credit with different topic. (2 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab, field trips)

  11. -     590 Geoscience Seminar (1) Prerequisite: Post-baccalaureate or graduate standing. Discussion of current journal publications that represent cutting edge research on controversial issues. Variable seminar themes such as: tectonics; stratigraphy; geophysics; geochemistry; engineering geology; hydrogeology; volcanism. (2 hrs discussion)

  12. -     598 Thesis (1-3) Prerequisite: GEOL 599L, and approval of advisor and department graduate committee.  Written and graphical preparation of field lab and analytical work culminating in a written report and accompanying graphics in support of thesis research (may be repeated once for credit).

  13. -     599L Independent Graduate Research (1-3) Prerequisite:  Approval of advisor and department graduate committee.  Design, execution, and analysis of a problem in research culminating in a thesis for the M.S.  Degree (may be repeated once for credit).

Copyright © 2011 W.Richard Laton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Hydrogeology

California State University, Fullerton

Department of Geological Sciences

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