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GEOS 500    Geoscience Research and Literacy    3 Hours

Development of geoscience research skills with emphasis on posing of research problems, documentation, organization, and presentation.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

GEOS 501    Seminar in Geoscience    3 Hours

Topical seminar examining current issues and trends of the discipline and related fields, recent research, and the role of science, communication, and technology in society.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 502    Geoscience Research Methods    3 Hours

An introduction to research techniques and methodology appropriate to the thesis project.

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 500 (may be taken concurrently)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018

GEOS 505    Biogeography    3 Hours

The evolutionary, geographical, ecological, pedological, and edaphic factors involved in the naturalization, acclimatization, and distribution of plant and animal life. Note: Introductory course in geography and/or biology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 506    Geoscience Environmental Seminar    1 Hour

Designed for future environmental practitioners, this course will provide real world examples of environmental science jobs and research projects. The course will impart a broad understanding of environmental science from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 507    Geography for Teachers    3 Hours

Designed for experienced social studies, earth science, and geoscience teachers. Provides up-to-date geographic content, information, and related geographic skills with geography core content for the P-12 classroom.

Equivalent(s): EDU 507

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

GEOS 510    Geoscience Research Topics    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised independent research in applied or basic geoscience topics.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

GEOS 511    The Dynamic Earth    3 Hours

This graduate course is specially designed for teachers of natural and earth science.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 515    Remote Sensing Applications    3 Hours

Applications of remote sensing, analysis of current systems in use globally, and use of data for research and policy. Associated laboratory work and research project includes remote sensing techniques.

Prerequisite(s): GISC 317 or permission of instructor

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; spring 2018

GEOS 517    Spatial Databases    3 Hours

Advanced topics in GIS database planning, design and implementation and administration. Covers a variety of GIS data models and their design and use in spatial database engines (SDG) used with database management systems software.

Prerequisite(s): (GEOS 575 and GEOS 576) or permission of instructor

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2017

GEOS 520    Geoscience Statistical Methods    3 Hours

This course introduces a variety of statistical methods appropriate for the analysis of spatial and temporal data sets commonly used in geosciences.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017; spring 2018

GEOS 521    Seminar in Geomorphology    3 Hours

A review of topics in advanced geomorphology, field and laboratory procedures, and an introduction to research in landform analysis. Research in instructor approved geomorphic topics. Note: In addition to prerequisite course, 3 hours in upper level physical geography or geology required.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 420 or equivalent

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

GEOS 522    Seminar in Physical Climatology    3 Hours

Addresses the complexity of climactic processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales, and from selected theoretical and practical perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): (METR 324 and MATH 237) or equivalent

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

GEOS 523    Geoprocessing & GIS Applications    3 Hours

Applications of GIS and spatial methods to urban and regional analysis. Students develop analytical capabilities using a variety of GIS operations and spatial methods in urban and regional planning, transportation, location analysis, and business geographics.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

GEOS 524    Meteorology Science Teachers    3 Hours

Basic weather course with emphasis on new developments and applications in the classroom.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 525    Seminar in Political Geography    3 Hours

This course analyzes the world's geopolitical relationships in a seminar environment. Project-based course structure addresses statehood, society, independence movements, supra-nationalism, nationalism, economy.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 425 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 526    Applied Meteorology and Climatology    3 Hours

This course offers a practical insight into the influence of meteorology and climatology on everyday life. Environmental problems caused by changes in the atmosphere are also examined.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 530    Seminar in Cultural Geography    4 Hours

Seminar-field experience. Covers cultural origins and dispersals, environmental perception and behavior, and resulting consequence upon the geographic landscape.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 430 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2018

GEOS 531    Seminar in Dynamic Met I    3 Hours

Introduction to large-scale dynamics of the Earth's troposphere focusing on fundamental topics, the basic governing equations of motion in the atmosphere, and dry thermodynamics.

Prerequisite(s): (METR 324 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent) and (MATH 237 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

GEOS 533    Seminar in Synoptic Meteorology    3 Hours

Seminar addresses the analysis and prediction of large-scale weather systems, such as extratropical cyclones and their associated fronts and jet streams, with an emphasis on a supervised research project.

Prerequisite(s): (METR 324 or equivalent) and (MATH 237 or equivalent)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2018

GEOS 534    Historic Preservation Planning    3 Hours

Field application of historic preservation method and techniques.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 535    Seminar in Dynamic Meteorology II    3 Hours

Phenomena related to large-scale tropospheric dynamics. Topics include moist and dry thermodynamics, applications of balanced flow, boundary layer processes, and vorticity.

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 531 or equivalent

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2018

GEOS 537    Seminar in Mesoscale Meteorology    3 Hours

Use of mesoscale analysis techniques in the prediction of convective precipitation systems, including severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 533 or equivalent

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 538    Seminar in Physical Meteorology    3 Hours

Microscale analytic techniques related to radiative transfer in the atmosphere, cloud and precipitation processes, and dry and moist thermodynamics.

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 531 or equivalent

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

GEOS 539    Seminar in Atmospheric Modeling    3 Hours

An introduction to numerical weather and climate modeling techniques and models, with focus on modeling fundamentals, including dynamics, physical parameterizations, grids and resolutions, model structures and components. Includes hands-on experience with designing numerical experiments, configuring and running model simulations, post-processing model outputs, and visualization.

Prerequisite(s): CS 245 and METR 324

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 540    Advanced Regional Geography    3 Hours

The regional method as a basic approach to geographic research via one or more major regional units. Note: Two courses in regional geography required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2018

GEOS 543    Environmental Science Concepts    3 Hours

Provides students a fundamental understanding of the inter-relationship between the science and technical disciplines that contribute to our understanding of the environment as a whole. Students are exposed to the unique challenges facing environmental scientists, both from a practitioner and researcher perspective. Students learn to utilize their discipline-specific background in conjunction with an understanding of the roles and impacts of other disciplines to solve environmental problems.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; summer 2017

GEOS 544    Practical Environmental Ethics    3 Hours

Examination of ethical theory as it relates to environmental issues such as resource allocation, population growth, and technology. Ethical theory is evaluated in terms of its practical contributions to effective environmental understanding, decision-making, and everyday life.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 280 or equivalent

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

GEOS 545    Aqueous Geochemistry    3 Hours

An introduction to geochemical processes of surface and ground water including concentrations of ions and organic compounds, chemical equilibria, and analytical techniques. Carbonate and clay minerals will be studied in detail.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 120 and CHEM 121

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 550    Advanced Studies in Economic Geography    3 Hours

An examination of the major theories in economic geography.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 350 and permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 555    Global Climate Change    3 Hours

Explores the science behind climate change, including how models, observations, and proxies are used to understand and predict past and future climate, international perspectives on global climate change, and mitigation strategies put forth by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 280 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017

GEOS 559    Hydrological Fluid Dynamics    3 Hours

Focus on how fluids respond to the application of forces and their impact on the movement of natural waters within the context of the hydrologic cycle. Note: Field trips required.

Prerequisite(s): (GEOG 310 with a minimum grade of C or GEOL 310 with a minimum grade of C) and (MATH 136 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

GEOS 560    Environmental Geology    3 Hours

The interrelationships of geologic processes, earth materials, and human activities. Assessment of geologic factors with respect to site selection, energy production, land use, waste disposal, planning, water resources, engineering practices, and the recognition and control of geologic hazards. Class exercises stress the application of geologic knowledge to specific environmental situations.

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 111 and GEOL 113) or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2018

GEOS 561    Hydrogeology    3 Hours

Origin, occurrence, and movement of ground water; water wells and aquifer evaluations; exploratory investigations; quality of ground water supplies; legal aspects.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 310 or GEOL 310 or permission of instructor

Corequisite(s): MATH 136

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 563    Geology of Fossil Fuels    3 Hours

Formation of coal, petroleum, and natural gas including depositional setting, source materials, and processes of thermal maturation. Stratigraphic and structural relations, modes of occurrence, exploration techniques, and resource evaluation are emphasized. Field trip required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 565    Geophysics    3 Hours

The fundamentals of general and exploration geophysics. Topics include the origin of the earth and solar system, the earth's interior, geochronology, gravity and isostasy, seismology, the earth's heat, geomagnetism, upper atmosphere, continents and ocean basins, ridges and island arcs, and plate tectonics. The theory and applications of exploration geophysics are also covered, especially gravity, magnetic, and seismic methods.

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 111

Equivalent(s): PHYS 465G

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2018

GEOS 566    Karst Geoscience    3 Hours

Focus on the geological, geomorphological, and hydrological processes of karst landscapes, including human-environment interactions over time, with emphasis on the characterization, distribution, and function of various karst systems. Note: Field trips and field-based exercises are required.

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 500 (may be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; spring 2018

GEOS 570    Tectonics    3 Hours

Active and past global tectonic activities and environments, recent advances in the field of tectonics, mantle plumes and processes, current plate motions, implication of tectonics for environmental changes and natural hazards, natural resources, large igneous provinces (LIPs), rifted continental margins, oceanic ridges, geothermal energy, subduction and transform zones, past and present orogeny, North American tectonics, sedimentary basins, tectonic geomorphology, thermochronology and interplay between climate-tectonics and landforms.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2018

GEOS 571    Applied Natural Resource Management    3 Hours

Seminar approach to understanding natural resource management in the United States and internationally through analysis of past and present environmental problems and implemented alternative solutions.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; spring 2017

GEOS 575    GIS Analysis and Modeling    3 Hours

Develops expertise with a broad range of spatial analysis functions applied with a cartographic modeling framework.

Prerequisite(s): GISC 317 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

GEOS 576    GIS Programming    3 Hours

Planning and implementing GIS within an organization. Designing and developing GIS applications to support spatial decision making.

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 575 and CS 146

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017; spring 2018

GEOS 577    Special Topics in Geographic Information Systems    3 Hours

Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies to applied research in urban and regional planning, geology, environmental modeling, transportation, locational analysis, criminology, public health, and internet GIS.

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 575 and GEOS 576

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 580    Seminar Urban Geography    3 Hours

Analysis of problems faced by global cities.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2018

GEOS 584    Applied Environmental Planning    3 Hours

Analysis and application of advanced topics and results of recent research in environmental and general planning.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

GEOS 585    Advanced Studies in Population Geography    3 Hours

Seminar approach to regional and world problems in human population.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 587    Environmental Law, Regulations, and Policy    3 Hours

An introduction to major environmental legislation for air, water, toxic and hazardous pollutants; and related legislative, administrative, and judicial developments. The course provides a broad overview of legal practices and focuses on specific regulatory programs.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

GEOS 590    Experimental Design and Data Analysis    3 Hours

Statistical consideration in experimental design including covariance, multiple regression, factorial design, incomplete block designs, etc.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Equivalent(s): AGRI 590

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

GEOS 595    Geoscience Practicum    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised geoscience practicum experience in a cooperating government or private agency, business, or community.

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 500 and GEOS 502 and GEOS 520

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

GEOS 599    Thesis Writing and Research    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

GEOS 600    Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018