Geoscience (GEOS)

GEOS 500   Geoscience Research and Literacy    1-4 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Development of geographic research skills with emphasis on posing of research problems, documentation, organization, and presentation.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

GEOS 501   Geoscience and Development    3 Hours

Topical seminar examining current issues and trends of the discipline and related fields, recent research, and the role of science in society, technology and culture.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

GEOS 502   Geoscience Research Methods    1-4 Hours

An introduction to research techniques and methodology appropriate to the thesis project.
Prerequisite(s): GEOS 500.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

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.
Prerequisite(s): Introductory courses in geography and/or biology, and permission of the 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. Required for the MS Environmental Science emphasis degree.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; fall 2015

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.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

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: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

GEOS 515   Remote Sensing Applications    4 Hours

Applications of remote sensing, analysis of current systems in use globally, and use of data for research and policy. A research project that allows students to apply remote-sensing techniques to an area of investigation is required. Associated laboratory work includes RS techniques.
Prerequisite(s): GISC 317 or Permission of Instructor.
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2016

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 instructor's permission.
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

GEOS 520   Geoscience Statistical Methods    4 Hours

Multivariate statistical methods for analyzing and modeling spatial data and processes. Regression methods, including spatial autoregressive and spatial varying parameter models. Principal components, cluster analysis and other multivariate methods. Applications in an interactive computer-based environment.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 391 or permission of instructor.
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

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.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 420 or equivalent, and 3 hours in upper level physical geography or geology.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; 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 2015; fall 2017

GEOS 523   Geoprocessing & GIS Applications    4 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.
Prerequisite(s): GEOS 575 AND GEOS 576 or special instruction of the instructor.
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

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, supranationalism, nationalism, economy. (spring).
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 425 or the permission of the 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: None

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 and MATH 237 both with grades of "C" or better, 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 and MATH 237 or equivalent.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

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

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: spring 2015

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.
Prerequisite(s): Two courses in regional geography and consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

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 course.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

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 instructor's permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; 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. (Field trips required.)
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 310 or GEOL 310 and MATH 136 (or equivalent) with a C or better.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

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. Field trips and field-based exercises are required.
Prerequisite(s): GEOS 500, or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; fall 2016

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 instructor's permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017

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

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: spring 2015

GEOS 580   Seminar Urban Geography    3 Hours

Analysis of problems faced by global cities.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

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: spring 2015

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: Covariance, multiple regression, factorial design, incomplete block designs, etc.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Equivalent(s): AGRI 590.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

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, GEOS 502 and GEOS 520.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

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

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

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

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017