Karlovy Vary Fountain

GO 571


Course Syllabus

The Hot Spring Colonnade (the fountain of youth?), Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (photo by M. Schulmeister, 2002).

Learning Outomes

- To understand basic hydrogeologic principles and their application to to problems of environmental and water resource significance.

- To understand and identify the sources and movement of groundwater, surface water, and soil environments.

- To understand the hydrochemisty of natural ground-water, surface water, and soil environments.

- To apply analytical solutions to problems of groundwater movement.

- To construct groundwater flow and transport models using semi-qualitative and spreadsheet methods

- To understand numerical methods to problems in contaminant movement and degradation in groundwater and soil water systems.


The tentative schedule and weekly reading assignment for GO 571 are presented in the below. Lectures are provided in web-page format may be accessed using your class password in Canvas . Weekly homework assignments and instructions are given at the end of each lecture.

On-campus students will meet twice a week for an introduction to the material and homework problem sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00-12:00AM in Science Hall Rm 131. Homework is due each Thursday at 5 PM

Weekly Announcements Lecture Topic Web Lecture Reading Assignment
Jan. 17 Navigating this Course, Basic Concepts in Hydrogeology Lecture 1 Chapter 1
Jan. 22 The Hydrologic Cycle, Watersheds, Lecture 2 Chapter 1,2
Jan. 29 Surface water, Stream hydrographs, Lecture 3 Chapter 2
Feb.5 Aquifer properties Lecture 4 Chapter 3
Feb. 12

Aquifer properties, Ground-water flow

Lecture 5 Chapter 3, 4
Feb. 19 Exam 1 Exam 1  
Feb 26 Ground-water flow, Wells and well tests, Lecture 6
Chapter 4,5
Mar. 5 Boundaries and Image wells, Slug tests Lecture 7, Virtual Field Trip Chapters 5,6
Mar. 12 Unsaturated zone hydrology, Water chemistry - basic concepts Lecture 8   Chapter 6,9
Mar. 19 Spring Break - no classes Term paper notes and Extra Credit
Mar. 26 Water chemistry - basic concepts continued, water quality Lecture 9  Chapter 9,10
Apr. 2 Reporting chemistry data, Contaminant hydrogeology Lecture10  Chapter 10,13
Apr. 9 Exam 2 Exam 2  
Apr 16 Site Characterization Field Methods Chapter 8
Apr 23 Water quantity: Resource development and management Lecture 11  Chapter 11
Ap 30 Regional ground-water flow; Geology of aquifers Term Project Lecture Chapter 7,8
May 7 Final Exam


3 Exams50%
Homework Exercises30%
Term Paper20%


C 70-79%

*+'s and –'s will be assigned in special borderline cases to be determined based on class attendance (for on campus students), participation in discussions (via email correspondence for distance learners), and demonstrated efforts to excel in the class.

**Exams will be similar in scope to the homework problems and may include some short-answer essay questions. You may be tested on materials presented on homework assignments in addition to all topics discussed in lectures and reading assignments.


Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presented as one’s own the intellectual of creative accomplishments of another without giving credit to the source or sources). The faculty member in whose course or under whose tutelage an act of academic dishonesty occurs has the option of failing the student for the academic hours in question.

Accommodations for Disabilities: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the instructor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the instructor will be strictly confidential.

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