Geology Department-SUNY College at Cortland
Schedule of Assignments and Activities

Lecture/Laboratory:      Lecture: Monday, 4:25-6:10P; Lab/Field/Lecture Session:     339 Bowers Hall

: Field Trips, Guest Lectures, Associated Exercises, Associated Lectures: Tuesday, 2:50-5:25;   the laboratory session on Tuesday will be a combination of field trips, guest speakers, laboratory exercises or lectures as deemed appropriate  by the instructor.

Course Description: This course will center upon the source, distribution, movement and potential sensitivity of surface, vadose zone (unsaturated zone), and groundwater in a geologic and geomorphic context.  Topics will be distributed approximately equally between surface water hydrology, catchment or watershed hydrology, vadose zone hydrology, groundwater hydrology (both regolith and fracture flow) and groundwater modeling.  This course will prepare the student for further work in hydrologic modeling and water quality modeling, for employment in government and consulting positions and entrance into graduate programs in the hydrologic sciences, environmental and geologic sciences, all of which increasingly require knowledge in hydrology as a part of the core of the geosciences.


Required Texts/Other Resources:

a) Hornberger, Raffensperger, Wiberg and Eshleman. 1998. Elements of Physical Hydrology. (in bookstore)

b) Kappel, Sherwood and Johnston. 1996. Hydrogeology of the Tully Valley and Characterization of Mudboil Activity, Onon. Cty., New York.  USGS Water         
    Resources Investigations Report 96-4043 (provided)

c) Miller, T.S., et al. 1998. Hydrogeology and Simulation of Groundwater Flow in a Glacial-Aquifer System at Cortland County, New York.  USGS Water-Resources     Investigation Report 96-4255. (parts provided)


Instructor and Office Hours:  Dr. C.P. Cirmo, 341 Bowers Hall, 753-2924, .   General office hours will be posted during the first week of classes.  Meetings can be arranged for other times at the convenience of the student and instructor, and are highly encouraged..  Since I have been away for 15 months and do not know many of you, please stop in to chat so we can get acquainted and discuss your goals with the course and with the department.


Grading Criteria:

                        Three Lecture Exams                                                    50% (15% for Exam 1, 15% for exam 2 and 20% for the final exam)

Problem Sets/Homework                                               30%

Quizzes                                                                        20%


Attendance Policy: See Student Handbook for Official attendance policy.  Students are expected to be present at all lectures and field trips unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon with the instructor.

Format:  This course makes extensive use of the Internet, and the Schedule of Activities will be part of the course web page found at:

On this web site, the student can find the “Course Schedule of Assignments” which contains a day-to-day listing of topics and related activities/assignments/readings etc.  It is important that you get completely familiar with this site.  The slides used in the course will also be available on this site, for each lecture session.

Lecture Topics:  ( a tentative list)

1. Hydrology, Water and the Watershed

2. Units, Conversions and General Quantitation

3. Catchment Hydrology, Water Budgets, Watershed Delineation

4. Atmospheric Water

5. Runoff, Stream Discharge and Channel Hydraulics, Hydrograph Analysis

6. Soil Moisture and Vadose Zone Characteristics

7. Groundwater Mechanics and Hydraulics

8. Groundwater Hydrology, Flow and Wells

9. Spatial Hydrology and the Watershed Catchment

10. Groundwater Modeling

These topics will correspond roughly with the Chapters in Hornberger et al. 1998, as assigned.  The problem sets assigned from some of those chapters, along with stand-alone exercises, will assist in the understanding required.

: The purpose of the laboratory exercises is to give the student hands-on experience with understanding the sources, distribution and fate of water in a typical water supply, as well as to use the Cortland area as an outdoor laboratory to study some hydrologic anomalies, a landfill, and the fate of water resources in this region.  Lab assignments or reports will be due at announced at future dates, in the web-schedule, for this course.


Field Trips/Laboratory Trips/Project Work (examples):

Labrador Hollow Unique Area (lotic and lentic hydrology)

Cortland County Wetlands
Water Supply

Hoxie Gorge Stream Gaging

Cortland County Landfill

Tully Landslide/Tully Mudboils

Geologic Consulting Firm

If you are a student with a disability and wish to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services located in B-40 Van Hoesen Hall 0r call 607-753-2066 for an appointment.  Information regarding your disability will be treated in a confidential manner.  Because many accommodations require early planning, requests for accommodations should be made as early as possible.