Hydrologic Sciences Academic Concentration

The Hydrologic Sciences Academic Concentration (HSAC) is a unique interdisciplinary program designed to broaden the skills of graduate students in science and engineering who are interested in all aspects of water; i.e., occurrence, distribution, circulation, and use on and in earth. The hydrologic sciences deal with all issues pertinent to both quantity and quality of water.  The emphasis of the HSAC is training students to have a thorough understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of hydrologic processes occurring at a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, as well as on developing skills in hydrologic management and policy based on a strong background in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and law. The HSAC  emphasizes broad training, but not at the expense of rigor in specific areas of expertise.

Because of the geophysical ubiquity of water and its significance in all aspects of life, research and education programs in hydrologic sciences  involve the cooperative efforts of various natural science disciplines, engineering disciplines, social sciences, and law. Thus, faculty from nine departments in four Colleges at the University of Florida participate in the hydrologic sciences concentration.

Participating Departments

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Civil and Coastal Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • Rinker School of Construction Management
  • School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

The Hydrologic Science Academic Concentration is managed by a Coordinating Committee, comprised of seven elected members, ensuring diversity across hydrologic science disciplines and contributing departments.

Apply to HSAC



  • Enrollment

    Be enrolled as a graduate student in a department that participates in the HSAC.

  • Supervisory Committee

    Choose a supervisory committee that meets HSAC requirements. The Supervisor for a candidate for the course-work only Masters degree and the non-thesis Masters degree must be a member of the HSAC faculty. The Supervisory Committee for a candidate for the thesis M.S. degree and the Ph.D. degree within the HSAC shall be comprised of no fewer than two HSAC faculty.

    When you submit your supervisory committee form to your department’s Academic Advising Office, make sure that you are listed on the form as a member of the concentration ( i.e. enter Track code=HDS)

  • Plan of Study

    Develop a Plan of Study that meets the requirements set forth in the Curriculum page.

HSAC Student Application   Bylaws and Guidelines


All interested faculty at the University of Florida who’s research and teaching interests align with the HSAC mission are invited to apply to be an affiliated faculty of HSAC.

All members shall be accorded full voting privileges, should be available for service upon HSAC committees, and members who supervise HSAC graduate students are responsible for ensuring compliance with HSAC academic requirements and policy.

HSAC Faculty Application      Bylaws and Guidelines

Contact Information

HSAC Contact

Dr. Paloma Carton de Grammont

HSAC Faculty Chair

Dr. Alexander J. Reisinger

HSAC Student Representative

Ali Alruzuq