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NM Tech Graduate Certificate in Hydrology - Distance Education Program


The Hydrology Program within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at NM Tech now offers a 15-Credit Graduate Certificate program in Hydrology. Students must maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) in order to receive a certificate. The hydrology faculty who offer distance education classes are listed in Table 1.


Table 1. Graduate Faculty Distance Education Instructors

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Dan Cadol, PhD Colorado State University
Jan Hendrickx, PhD New Mexico State University
Mark Person, PhD Johns Hopkins University
Andrew Luhmann, PhD University of Minnesota
Jesus Gomez-Velez, PhD New Mexico Tech
Eco-hydrology and ecohydraulics, surface water hydrology, stream-forest interactions, large woody debris, tidal marsh morphodynamics
soil-water physics, critical zone hydrology, quantitative remote sensing of the land surface energy balance
paleohydrology, basin-scale numerical modeling, geothermal systems, role of groundwater in geologic processes

karst hydrogeology, fluid-rock interaction, geologic carbon sequestration

groundwater-surface water interactions, hydrogeology, watershed hydrology, analytical and numerical modeling, data mining and assimilation.



Our graduate program in hydrology was started by Mahdi Hantush (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi_S._Hantush) in 1954 and is one of the oldest in the country. Our science-based curriculum focuses on all aspects of the continental hydrologic cycle. Our graduate courses require a proficiency in calculus, physics, and college-level inorganic chemistry. Questions not answered here can be directed to:


Mark Person, Professor of Hydrogeology, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

575-835-6505 (office), 812-345-3973 (cell)


Overview of Online Certificate in Hydrology Program

Hydrologists study the movement and occurrence of water within the atmosphere, on land, and in the subsurface. During the past several decades, environmental tracers and water quality issues have become increasingly important for hydrologists to understand. Our on-line program offers courses that cover all of these areas.


Our 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Hydrology is intended to provide students with much of the course work that our MSc. students are required to take. On-line students will not be required to participate in laboratory and field components of distance education (DE) classes such as Erth 440. However, DE students will be required to analyze the lab/field data collected by other students attending the class. Students who complete the Certificate Program with a B average are eligible to apply this course work towards completion of an MSc. Or Ph.D. degrees at NM Tech in Socorro. An MSc. Hydrology degree requires 30 credits and a research thesis. Courses completed with a grade below a C must be retaken.


Students are required to take two 3-cr. core courses in hydrology: Erth 440 & Hyd 510. Students must also take at least 6 credits from the following  list of 1-cr. modules:  Erth 441, Erth 442, Erth 443, Hyd 531, Hyd 532, Hyd 533, Hyd 541, Hyd 542, Hyd 543. To complete the 15-credit degree requirement, students may choose from the following: Erth 412, MATH 382, Math 335, Math 336, Math 586, or additional 1-credit courses from the list above. These courses are described below.


Online Program Information and Requirements

Online programs are open to applicants with a bachelors degree in any of the natural sciences or engineering disciplines (e.g. earth science, civil engineering, biology, chemistry). Students taking online classes should expect to take 18-24 months to complete the program.


Students need access to a computer with a browser and a Internet connection in order to participate in lectures, handle assignments, conduct examinations and communicate with faculty, advisors and peers. The classes are accessed via NM Tech distance learning portal described below. We strongly recommend students to view the lectures in real time, if possible, so they can ask questions interactively. Distance education students who are on professional travel may turn assignments in late but will be required to take the exam on the same day as regular students.


New Mexico Tech Distance Education Program Department

NM Tech Distance Education Department utilizes the multimedia technology to stream live and recorded lectures to students wherever they are, requiring only that they have a computer with a broadband Internet connection. Questions related to access and use of the distance education program can be found online at:



Or by contacting the Academic Center for Technology:

General Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

General phone: (575) 835-6700

DE Technical Support & Video Studio: (575) 835-6277

DE Student Support (toll free): (866) 644-4887

Fax: (575) 835-5541


Attending Courses on Line:

We strongly recommend attending the lecture online as it is being presented so that students can ask questions. In order to login into the class portal and participate in a lecture, go to the following web site:


However, before you can login, you will be required to set up a NMT login ID number and register for the class. The procedure for obtaining a login ID is described below.


How To Register


Step 1. Registration can be done online via the NM Tech software called “banweb”. But in order to register, you must first apply to the NM Tech graduate program either as a “Special Graduate” or as a “Part Time” Graduate student.  In order to graduate, special graduate students must be converted to part time students. The admissions procedure for special graduate student registration is listed below. Student and obtain a Student ID (a number starting with 900). To do this, go to the following web address:


Create a temporary user id and 6 digit numeric pin. Follow the instructions to apply to NM Tech as a special graduate student. The graduate office will then issue you a 900 number. However, this will not be sent to you electronically for security purposes. Your 900 number will be sent to you via the US mail.  You’ll need to call the graduate office to obtain your 900 number if time is an issue. The graduate school number is 575-835-5513.


Step 2. Once you have your 900 number you can register for the distance learning classes you wish to take. To do this, follow the instructions listed in the appendix to this document.

Step 3. Once you have registered for the class, you can pay for the class by via banweb. Paying for the classes you’ve registered for. Login to banweb by putting the following link into your browser:



Login using your 900 number and the pin the graduate office provides you.

Select the “Personal Information” option

Select “Make Online Payment”


For the 2010 academic year, students taking less than 6 credits per semester must pay the following costs:


  • $249.45 per credit hour

  • $350.00 PER distance education course

  • $20 Technical Support Fee


These costs are subject to change per academic year.


Step 4. If you desire, you can change your password for banweb under the Personal Information page.




Login using your 900 number and the pin the graduate office provides you.

Select the “Personal Information” option

Select “Change Pin”


Online Hydrology Course List

The courses offered as part of our distance education program are listed below. Students must take Erth 440 and at least 6 of the 1-credit courses. We will consider accepting other DE classes offered by New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico not listed below on a case by case basis.


Physical Hydrology (Erth 440, 3 cr., 1 lab cr.)

Fundamentals of hydrological flow and transport will be presented. Precipitation, runoff processes, and flood generation. Capillarity, unsaturated flow, and infiltration. Laws of flow in porous media, hydraulic storage, and flow to wells. Laboratory and field exercises that demonstrate and implement fundamental concepts of the hydrological cycle. Distance Education Students can take the lab portion of the class reducing the field/lab data and completing the non-field components of the lab assignments.


Hydrogeology (Erth 441, 1 cr.)

Hydrogeologic controls on the occurrence, movement, and chemical and isotopic composition of groundwater. Hydrogeologic properties. Groundwater recharge and stream/aquifer interaction. Groundwater in different geological, climate, and physiographic regimes.


Vadose Zone Hydrology (Erth442, 1 cr.)

Prerequisites: Erth 440 or permission of instructor, Physics of unsaturated flow in porous media, multiphase flow, potentials and water retention, unsaturated hydraulic conductivity, transient flow problems


Atmospheric Dynamics and Rainfall (Erth 443, 1 cr)

Prerequisites:  Erth 440 or permission of instructor, Principles of atmospheric processes with an emphasis on rainfall generation and evaporation at the earth’s surface. Warm and cloud convection, orographic controls on precipitation, cyclogenesis and frontal storms. Particular attention paid to the measurement and assessment of rainfall and evaporation in space and time.


Aquifer Mechanics (Hyd 531,  1 cr)

  Physics of flow to wells, steady-state and transient solutions to well hydraulics equations, image well theory, responses of aquifers to perturbations.


Vadose Zone Dynamics (Hyd 532, 1 cr)

Physical processes governing fluid, heat, and gas transport through the vadose zone. Applications of the model HYDRUS-1D for the evaluation of water flow and contaminant transport through the vadose zone.


Runoff and Flood Processes (Hyd 533, 1 cr)

Processes leading to runoff formation in watersheds and the transformation of a flood pulse through a channel network system. Emphasis on physical mechanisms and their treatment in models, as well as observations made in the field.


Water Resources Management  (Hyd 541, 1 cr)

  Social and economic basis for administering water. Comparison of American Indian and European attitudes toward the hydrological system. Fundamentals of water law.


Hillslope Hydrology (Hyd 542, 1 cr)

Physical processes governing water flow through hillslope systems and into receiving streams.


Ecohydrology (Hyd 543, 1 cr)

Interactions between terrestrial plants and water, nutrients, and light resources in semiarid environments. Ecohydrological processes, dynamics, and simple numerical models.


Geomicrobiology (Erth 491; 3 cr)

The effects of the microbial world on the lithology, hydrology, and geochemistry of the planet.  Unique capabilities of geomicroorganisms, their role in biogeochemical cycling, and the breakdown of bedrock and production of biominerals.  Applications of microorganisms in environmental remediation, industrial processes, and pharmaceutical materials.


Quantitative Methods in Hydrology (Hyd 510, 3 cr.)

Introduction to the methods of mathematical physics used in hydrologic science. Presented in the context of mathematical models of water and energy balances, fluid flow, and heat & solute transport. Application to aquifers, the vadose zone, land‐surface runoff, rivers, and the atmospheric boundary layer. Methods span advanced engineering calculus, including numerics and differential equations. Use of software (Matlab) for problem solving and solution presentation. Programming with Matlab.


Introduction to Geographic Information (Erth 412, 3 cr.)

An introduction to the concepts of geographic information systems (GIS). Theoretical background to GIS; introduction to the nature and analysis of spatial data. ArcView and/or ArcGIS. Shares lecture with GEOL 512 but is graded separately.


Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 335, 2 cr.; Optional Lab Math 335L, 1 cr.)

Ordinary differential equations, series solutions, transform calculus.


Partial Differential Equations (Math 336, 3 cr.)

Classification of classical partial differential equations of mathematical physics, boundary conditions, uniqueness theorems, first and second order equations, characteristics, boundary value problems, Green’s functions, maximum principle.


Geostatisticas Data analysis and Sochastic Processes (Math 586, 3 cr.)

Introduction to spatial and temporal variability. Stationary and intrinsic random fields, variograms and estimation. Kriging, co-kriging, and simulation of random fields. Conditioning and conditional simulation. Indicator kriging and simulation. Applications from hydrology, mining, petroleum engineering, and other fields of science and engineering.


Probability and Statistics (MATH 382, 3 cr.)

Exploratory data analysis, random variables, estimation and hypothesis testing, linear regression and analysis of variance, basic concepts of discrete and continuous probability distributions, bivariate

probability distribution functions, expected values, moment generating function and weak law of large numbers. Uses of the central limit theorem and its applications. This course provides an introduction to

probability theory and statistical inference. The theory of probability is the primary mathematical tool used in statistical inference and therefore this course will concentrate heavily on probability and statistics. The course has been designed for computer science and engineering students; however, it is broad enough for students from outside these disciplines.


Career Information for Hydrology Graduates

Hydrologist are employed by State and Federal agencies as well as environmental consulting firms. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hydrologist in the United States earned a median annual salary of $75,500/year in 2012.  According to the 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment forecast for U.S. hydrologists is expected to increase by 10 % over the decade from 2012-2022. Job growth for hydrologists is expected to be strongest in private-sector consulting firms. A compilation of average annual salaries by select states is listed below (data from recruiter.com).





Mean Annual Wage

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Instructions for Navigating Online Registration

1. Visit Banweb at https://banweb7.nmt.edu.

2. Login by clicking ENTER SECURE AREA. Words that are like THIS in this document are links or buttons that you can click when you are in or at Banweb. 

3. Enter your User ID (Student ID Number starting with 900) and your eight character PIN (not your APIN). If you don’t know your eight character PIN, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

a. Once you successfully login you may be asked to change your PIN. You will also be asked to create a security question.

b. If you get locked out of Banweb, which can happen if you enter your PIN incorrectly three times, then you must call the Registrar’s Office (575.835.5133). Also, after 30 minutes of no activity, you will automatically be logged off of the Banweb.

4. Click LOGIN




8. Select the appropriate term and click SUBMIT

9. Enter your Alternate PIN (APIN – more information below) and click SUBMIT

a. You receive a new APIN from your advisor every semester -- the APIN acts as your advisor’s approval of the courses you are taking.

10. Enter Course Reference Number(s) (CRN)

You can find the CRNs on the CLASS SCHEDULE (https://banweb7.nmt.edu). The list contains the CRN, subject, course number, section, credits, title, meeting days and times, meeting locations, and instructor.


12. It should display that you are registered; however you can verify that you are registered by clicking:




13. Once you have verified your registration you can view your account balance and make a payment by clicking:


1. ACCOUNT SUMMARY BY TERM (This allows you to view your balance broken down by semester).

2. MAKE AN ONLINE PAYMENT (This allows you to make a payment).



If you encounter any problems using Banweb to register for classes

please contact the Registrar’s Office.


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Created: ( Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:51 )
Last Updated: ( Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:45 )
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