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Groundwater Hydrology

Course Details

Course Number
GEOS 4233
Section Number
GEOS 4233
Fall 2017
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Lecture: 8:00 am - 8:50 am MW

Lab: 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm F

Ms. Ann Moulding (view Profile)


Applied Hydrogeology
The 4th edition of C.W. Fetter's seminal text on groundwater characterization
Practical Problems in Groundwater Hydrology
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 3 components: lecture, laboratory and field trip.

Lecture will be evaluated through the following means:

  • 2 examinations (midterm - 20%, Final - 30%)

Laboratory will be evaluated through the following means:

  • Weekly lab assignments (40%)

Field Trip

  • Field trip report (10%).  One day field trip will be conducted during semester.  Alternative assignments will be given to students unable to attend field trip.
Grading Standards

The class uses a simple (non-progressive) grading structure:

In terms of credit percentage: 90-100: A, 80-89: B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D.  Accumulated scores below 60 result in an F.

Final Exam 12/13/2017 8 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.

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

10% (one letter grade) will be taken off all late assignments.

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.  You may miss up to 3 of the lecture periods and 2 of the lab periods without penalty.  For every period missed beyond the limit, I will subtract two percentage points from your final numerical score.

Note: you are still responsible for missed assignments and quizzes (most labs will include an assignment or quiz).

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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