Skip to main content

Course Descriptions

FALL Year 1

6113. Meteorology I: Observations. Three hours lecture (online) Principles of meteorology with emphasis on elements, controls, and forecasting of atmospheric phenomena. Concentration on daily weather observation and the movement of weather systems. Primarily for K-12 teachers.

8333. Planetary Science. (Prerequisite: GG 6103 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture, video and online. Examination of mineral matter and geological processes of the moon, the planets, asteroids, comets and meteorites. Primarily for K-12 teachers.

OR

GG 8233. Environmental Geosciences. (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

SPRING Year 1

GR 8123. Meteorology II: Forecasting and Storms.

(Prerequisite: GR 6113 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture, video and online. Continuation of Meteorology I. Emphasis on the forecasting of daily weather events and on severe weather. Primarily for K-12 science teachers.

GG 6103. Geology I: Processes and Products. (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture (video and online). Principles of physical geology with emphasis on earth materials and processes, rock and mineral identification, and landscape development. Primarily for K-12 science teachers.

SUMMER Year 1

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.

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.

FALL Year 2

GG 8333. Planetary Science. (Prerequisite: GG 6103 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture, video and online. Examination of mineral matter and geological processes of the moon, the planets, asteroids, comets and meteorites. Primarily for K-12 teachers.

OR

GG 8233. Environmental Geosciences. (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 8123. Geology II: Earth, Time and Life. (Prerequisite: GG 6103 or consent of instructor). Three hours video and online. Principles of historical geology with emphasis on geological time, earth history, fossils, evolution, and extinction. Primarily for K-12 science teachers.

SPRING Year 2

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 8553. Research Methods In Geo. ( 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.

SUMMER Year 2

GR 8400. Field Meth In Geosci. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor). Hours and credits to be arranged. May be taken twice. Provides field experience in the geosciences through planned and supervised outdoor projects and field trips.

GR 8410. Field Methods Seminar. (3-4 hours, credits to be arranged). (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). May be repeated for credit two times. A seminar providing synthesis of multiple Geoscience subtopics held in rotating field experience locations.

Other Distance Geosciences Programs