Hydrologic Studies

Hydrologic Studies involves learning about the properties of water and its maintenance. Hydrologic technicians are vital to the health and sustainability of water resources, providing maintenance and management skills necessary for environmental protection.

Job responsibilities include:
  • Managing lakes, rivers and oceans
  • Monitoring the quality and quantity of surface and ground water
  • Taking samples and flow measurements
  • Installing gauges and surveying cross-sections of water ways

Characteristics of a hydrologic technician include having a love of nature and passion for the environment. Many technicians spend a majority of their time working outdoors.

Strong skills are needed in science and math to develop a thorough knowledge of the water cycle, and national and state water standards. Employment is found in organizations such as:

  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
  • Flood control organizations
  • Private consultants
  • Municipalities

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Program Location

Washington Campus 

Surprise-GateWay Training Facility 
11401 N. 136th Ave. 
Surprise, AZ 85374

Job Titles

Hydrologic Technician**
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators**

Program Cost

Associate in Applied Science in Water Resource Technologies:  $6,895*

Median Salary

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* Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the 2015-2016 tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

** For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, as well as wage and employment trend information.

Degrees & Certificates

*As of Spring 2017, the Certificate of Completion in Water Resources Technologies: Hydrologic Studies program is not accepting new students. This does not impact the Associate in Applied Science in Water Resource Technologies, which continues to accept students.


Advisory Committee

The Hydrologic Studies Advisory Committee is comprised of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals who represent the best in the industry, serving as an integral part of the learning experience. These members represent the following organizations:



Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.

Is a green career your true calling? Imagine having a career that allows you to work outdoors, while also protecting our planet's natural resources and the health of its citizens.

Our Environmental Science graduates now work for the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), the AZ Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and municipalities across the state and region, as well as private consultants and environmental organizations.