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Course Descriptions

FAll Year 1

GR 1114. Physical Geography. Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Systematic study of the elements of the environmental process that form and characterize the earth's natural landscapes. May be taken as a science elective.

GR 1123. Intro World Geography. Three hours lecture. A survey of the world's regions, with emphasis upon locational aspects, physical and cultural diversity, and environmental issues.


SPRING Year 1

GR 1603. Intro to Meteorology. (Prerequisite: GR 1114, GR 1113 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Descriptive study of weather with the objective of gaining appreciation of the variety of atmospheric phenomena. Explanation of daily weather events, their causes and impacts.

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.


SUMMER Year 1

GR 4643. Physical Climatology. (Prerequisite: GR 1603). Three hours lecture. An investigation of the physical aspects of Earth’s climate, including interactions between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and land surface, and how they are affected by climate variability and change.


FALL Year 2

GR 4633. Statistical Climatology. (Prerequisites: GR 1603 or GG 1113 or equivalent and MA 1313 or MA 1713).Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. A survey of the types of statistical weather data available. Manipulation of the data on various temporal and spatial scales.

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.


SPRING Year 2

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 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.


SUMMER Year 2

GR 4473. Numerical Weather Prediction. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor). This course provides students with an overview of the theory, processes, developments and applications of existing numerical weather prediction platforms.

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.


FALL Year 3

GR 4623. Physical Meteorology. (Prerequisite: GR 1603). An investigation of cloud physics/precipitation processes and solar/terrestrial radiation, including atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric electricity, optics, and instrumentation.

GR 4913. Thermodynamic Meteorology. (Prerequisite: GR 4723/6723 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Examination of the meteorological stability within the earth's atmosphere. Focus on analysis of the various stability indices related to predicting severe weather.


SPRING Year 3

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.

GR 4923. Severe Weather. (Prerequisites: GR 4913/6913 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Descriptive study of severe and unusual weather across the earth. Explanation of variations in severe weather in both spatial and temporal scales.


SUMMER Year 3

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.

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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