ENGRCEE 272 Groundwater Hydrology (2016-2017)

ENGRCEE 272 Groundwater Hydrology

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 272 Groundwater Hydrology (Credit Units: 4) Topics include conservation of fluid mass, storage properties of porous media, matrix compressibility, boundary conditions, flow nets, well hydraulics, groundwater chemistry, and solute transport. Design projects and computer applications included. Concurrent with ENGRCEE 172. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0130882394.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1577664796.


Fetter, C.W., Applied Hydrogeology, Merrill, 1980.

Domenico, P.A. and F.W. Schwartz, Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology, Wiley, 1990.

Russell L. Detwiler
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the porous medium properties that control groundwater flow and transport, including porosity, hydraulic conductivity, and compressibility.

2. Derive effective hydraulic conductivity for various cases of heterogeneous subsurface formations.

3. Apply groundwater flow equations to confined and unconfined aquifers.

4. Analyze pump test data to determine aquifer properties.

5. Estimate travel times for groundwater contaminants in a saturated aquifer.

6. Design a groundwater pumping system to mitigate contaminant migration.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (CEE 170)
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Basic calculus and differential equations
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to hydrogeology (1 week)
  • Characteristics of porous media (1 week)
  • Equations of flow, storage properties of porous media, matrix compressibility, boundary conditions and flow nets (2 weeks)
  • Well hydraulics, methods of aquifer analysis, pumping tests (2 weeks)
  • Groundwater chemistry (1 weeks)
  • Solute transport, concepts of dispersion, mathematics of mass transport, reactive mass transport (2 weeks)
  • Sources of groundwater contamination, remediation techniques (1 week)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students will employ computers for the required project model simulations.

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Class participation: 10%
  • Homework: 15%
  • Project: 35%
  • Midterm Exam: 15%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
November 10, 2014
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr