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Course Descriptions

Graduate level courses offered online include:

GR 6303 Principles of GIS. (Prerequisite: Junior or graduate standing, or Consent of Instructor) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Spatial analysis and topological relationships of geographic data using Geographic Information Systems, with emphasis on GIS theory.

GR 6313 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 geo-database attributes. Descriptive and prescriptive modeling in the raster domain including regression and linear weighted modeling.

GR 6333 Remote Sensing of the Physical Environment. (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.

GR 6473 Numerical Weather Prediction. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture. This course provides students with an overview of the theory, processes, developments, and applications of existing numerical weather prediction platforms.

GR 6353 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.

GR 6363 GIS Programming. (Prerequisite: Either GR 4303/6303 or Consent of Instructor) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Design and implementation of geoprocessing scripts. Incorporation of modeling languages within geographic information systems (GIS) analysis. Seamless integration of other software programs with GIS software.

GR 6603 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.

GR 6753 Satellite & 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.

GR 6823 Dynamic Meteorology I. (Prerequisite: GR 4733/6733) Three hours lecture. In-depth examination of the theoretical methods for determining atmospheric stability and the tools necessary to integrate the vertical profile of the atmosphere.

GR 6843 Severe Storm Methods. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Two hours lecture. One hour field experience. Application of the latest synoptic and mesoscale severe weather forecasting methods concluding with field operations in the U.S. Great Plains.

GR 6923 Severe Weather. (Prerequisite: 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.

GR 6933 Dynamic Meteorology II. (Prerequisites: GR 4823/6823 and MA 2733) Three hours lecture. Quantitative analysis and consideration of atmospheric circulation including jets streams, mid-latitude cyclones, vorticity and atmospheric kinetics.

GR 6943 Tropical Meteorology. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture. Topics include the dynamics and circulation of the tropical atmosphere, characteristics of tropical cyclones, and forecasting methodologies for tropical weather.

GG 8133 Rocks and Minerals. Three hours video and online. Principles of mineralogy with an emphasis on rock formation and classification.

GR 8133 Foundations in Forecasting. (Prerequisite: GR 8123 or Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture (online). Emphasis on daily weather forecasting at the synoptic and meso scales and introduction and investigation of advanced methods.

GR 8143 Advanced Forecasting Techniques. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hour lecture. Regional and mesoscale forecasting topics and techniques, including coastal meteorology, mountain meteorology, fire weather, aviation meteorology and winter weather.

GG 8203 Ocean Science. (Prerequisite: GG 6103 or Consent of Instructor) Three hours video and online. Comprehensive examination of the ocean world, focusing on the topography, physics, chemistry, and circulation of the oceans. Primarily for K-12 science teachers.

GG 8233 Environmental Geoscience. (Prerequisite: GG 6103 or Consent of Instructor) Three hours video and online. Study of current environmental problems associated with the earth science realms; atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Primarily for K-12 science teachers.

GG 8313 History of Life. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours video and online. Paleontological principles with an emphasis on history of life through geological time.

GG 8343 Paleontology of Dinosaurs. Three hours lecture video and online. Application of evolutionary and taxonomic principles to the study of dinosaurs and their paleo-environments. This course is designed as a distance learning course for in-service teachers who are required to teach earth science topics with little or no background knowledge in this subject

GG 8423 Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Three hours video and online. A study of plate tectonic boundary interactions with an emphasis on earthquakes and volcanoes.

GR 8453 Quantitative Analysis in Climatology. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture. Implementation of quantitative methods in climatology, including modeling, resampling methods and spatial techniques, emphasizing climate analysis software packages and data formats.

GG 8503 Landforms. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor). Three hours video and online. Geomorphological principles with an emphasis on landforms of North America and their formation.

GR 8553 Research Methods in Geoscience. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours seminar and forum. Defining research problems, formulating hypotheses, collecting data, using analytical techniques, substantiating conclusions for geoscience topics; written and oral presentations of research projects required.

GR 8573 Research in Applied Meteorology. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Capstone Course. Seminar. Discussion and application of current research in applied meteorology. Individual or small group projects with research presentations.

GR 8613 Hydrometeorology. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture-video and online. Hydro meteorological principles with an emphasis on flood forecasting.

GG 8613. Hydrology. (Prerequisite: GG 6103 or Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture, video and online. Investigation of the occurrence, distribution, movement, and chemistry of earth's waters. Emphasis on geological controls of surface and groundwater. Primarily for K-12 science teachers.

GR 8633 Climate Change. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture. In-depth examination of changes in earth’s climate through time. Focus is placed on causes, measurement, implications and complexity of climate change.

GG 8733 Geology of North America. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours video and online. Plate tectonic evolution of the North American continent with emphasis on both process and stratigraphic development.

GR 8813 Advanced Hazards and Disasters. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture. Advanced study of the processes, distribution and impacts of hazards and disasters.

GR 8833 Weather and Society. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) Three hours lecture. Study of the role of weather in and on society through readings, discussion and research.

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