Groundwater Hydrology

Course Details

Course Number
GEOS 4233
Section Number
GEOS 4233
Fall 2015
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times
  • Lecture: MW 8:00 am - 8:50 am
  • Lab 11A: F 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Dr. Jonathan D. Price (view Profile)

Course Attachments


The 4th edition of C.W. Fetter's seminal text on groundwater characterization
Blair and Lahm lab book on Groundwater Hydrology

Course Objectives

  • Introduce students to the nature of water-rock interactions
  • Familiarize students with the fundamentals of solution chemistry as applied to aquifers and their surroundings
  • Evaluate and explore models of groundwater retention and movement
  • Provide tools for examining groundwater systems
  • Examine current groundwater usage at several scales
  • Assess existing and newly acquired data on specific aquifers

Course Expectations

The course is divided into two components: lecture and laboratory.

Lecture will be evaluated through the following means:

  • 1 project on a topic of the professor's choosing (20%)
  • 2 examinations (midterm - 18%, Final - 22%)

Laboratory through the following means:

  • Weekly lab assignments (30%)
  • Field trip report (10%)

Grading Standards

In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.

Final Exam

12/09/2015 8:00 AM

Submission Format Policy

I will issue specific assignments in class and lab, and try to replicate these on D2L.  Completed work may be remitted to the professor in person, through his office mailbox (Bolin 102), or by electronic submission.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late papers are the bane of our mutual existence: they are disadvantageous to you, because you fall behind the class, they are detrimental to the class, because they hold up grading, and they are disconcerting to me, because they require me to return to a previously graded assignment.   In an attempt to prevent tardy assignments, you will receive 10% points on the assignment for handing it in at the due time.  Any late submission will result not receive this 10%.  In effect, you lose a letter grade if your assignment is late.

Needless to say, this will not be an issue if you complete your assignments well ahead of the due date.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Required.  But don’t show up ill – if you have a fever, stay home.  Absenteeism will be addressed on an individual basis, and the professor reserves the right to drop students with poor attendance.  However, any excuse (for absence or otherwise) is best received prior to the absence.

Other Policies

The official source of internet information for this class is the D2L site on the MSU network - it shall be considered the authoritative web source for the class for this semester.  All assignment info, grades, official schedule, etc... will be on this site.

Groundwater hydrology ranks among the most challenging classes within the geoscience curriculum. It covers a number of abstract concepts.  It incorporates attributes of chemistry and computational modeling. It relies heavily on largely non-intuitive, frequently arcane, and always cumbersome nomenclature. In short, plan on spending a good portion of each week on this class.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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