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Geosciences

These courses are listed for information purposes only.
Please do not take classes without speaking with your advisor.


Meteorology Option: 12 hours

GR 4443 Weather Prediction I
(Prerequisite: GR 1603 or consent of instructor) Three hours video and online. Examination of the complexity of weather forecasting. Emphasis on numerical weather prediction, computer models, and mesoscale analysis.

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GR 4453 Weather Prediction II
(Prerequisite: GR 4443 or consent of instructor) Three hours video and online. Continuation of GR 4443. Case studies of weather forecasts. Emphasis on special weather events and places.

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GR 4603 Climatology
(Prerequisite: GR 1114 or GR 1123, or equivalent) Three hours lecture. Study of the elements and controls of weather and climate, distribution and characteristics of climatic regions.

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GR 4713 Synoptic Meteorology I
(Prerequisites: GR 1603 or equivalent) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Fundamental principles behind weather forecasting. Physical processes in the atmosphere, atmospheric circulation systems, air mass analysis, frontogenesis and frontolysis.


GR 4753 Satellite and Radar Meteorology
(Prerequisite: GR 1603) Three hours lecture. Study of the history, the operations, and the applications of satellites and radar in weather analysis. Theory of meteorological measurements in determinations of atmospheric structure.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Option: 12 hours

GR 4303 Principles of GIS
(Prerequisite: Junior or graduate standing or consent of instructor) Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Spatial analysis and topological relationships of geographic data using Geographic Information Systems, with emphasis on GIS theory.

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GR 4313 Advanced GIS
(Prerequisite: GR 4303/6303 or consent of instructor) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Vector-based file structure and GIS queries using spatial and geodatabases attributes. Descriptive and prescriptive modeling in the raster domain, including regression and linear weighted modeling.

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GR 4333 Remote Sensing
(Prerequisite: GR 3303, GR 3311 or consent of instructor) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Examines remote sensing methods applicable to large-area analyses of watershed-level drainage systems, urban landscape, landscape vegetation metrics, physical landscape structural components and atmospheric features.

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GR 4353 Geodatabase Design
(Prerequisite: GR 4303/6303 or consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. Examination of Geodatabase structures. Integration of relational databases with Geographic Information Systems. Management of spatial data using geodatabases. Implementation of Geodatabase processes through spatial programming.


General Geosciences Option: 12 or 18-hours

GG 3603 Intro to Oceanography
(Prerequisite: GG 1113) Three hours lecture. A survey of the basic principles and applications of science to the study of the marine environment.


GG 3613 Water Resources
(Prerequisite: GG 1113 or equivalent or consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. Introduction to the location, use, recovery and environmental problems of surface and subsurface waters.


GR 4603 Climatology
(Prerequisite: GR 1114 or GR 1123, or equivalent) Three hours lecture. Study of the elements and controls of weather and climate, distribution and characteristics of climatic regions.

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GR 4613 Applied Climatology
(Prerequisites: GR 1603 or equivalent) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Problem solving in today's world in topics such as bioclimatology, agricultural climatology and land use climatology.


GR 4813 Natural Hazards
(Prerequisites: GR 1114 or equivalent) Three hours lecture. A survey of natural phenomena in geology, oceanography and astronomy as applied to meteorology. Detailed study of earthquakes, volcanoes, ocean movements, and solar activity.


GR 4303 Principles of GIS
(Prerequisite: Junior or graduate standing or consent of instructor) Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Spatial analysis and topological relationships of geographic data using Geographic Information Systems, with emphasis on GIS theory.

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GR 4333 Remote Sensing
(Prerequisite: GR 3303, GR 3311 or consent of instructor) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Examines remote sensing methods applicable to large-area analyses of watershed-level drainage systems, urban landscape, landscape vegetation metrics, physical landscape structural components and atmospheric features.

Sample Syllabus


The semesters in which these courses are offered are subject to change. The departments control when the courses will be available.