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Program Structure

  • 36 semester hours which consist of 12 courses.
  • All courses are offered on the semester schedule.
  • All courses are offered online except for the final 8-10 day field methods seminar. .
  • Students normally take two courses per semester but may elect to take only one per semester.
  • First year courses should be completed prior to attempting second year courses.
  • Course materials such as exercises, assignments, study guides, exams, and lectures will be delivered via the Internet using Canvas. Canvas is a software program designed specifically for online learning.
  • Top quality instructors teach our classes. All classes have instructors with advanced degrees who are recognized experts and real-life practitioners in their field. Each instructor will be available for questions and discussion throughout each course.

Course Rotation

Listed below is the course schedule for the Teachers In Geosciences (TIG). The courses are offered only during the semester under which they are listed.


GR 6113- Meteorology I:
GR 8123- Meteorology II: Forecasting
and Storms
GR 6603- Climatology
GG 8333-Planetary Science
GG 8233- Environmental
GG 6103- Geology I-Processes &
GG 8203- Ocean Science


GG 8123- Geology II: Earth and Time GG 8613- Hydrology GR 8400- Field Methods in
GG 8333-Planetary Science
GG 8233- Environmental
GR 8553- Research Methods in
1GR 8410- Field Methods Seminar

1 Available to students only during their final summer semester. Includes Capstone Workshop.

Course Terms

Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters – Year 1

Enroll in the required courses each semester. We require students to begin the TIG program in the fall so that everyone progresses through the required courses at approximately the same time and order.

Fall Semester – Year 2

Enroll in the required courses.

During your second fall semester, we will usually conduct an interest survey to determine which summer field courses to offer. You will actually sign up for field courses at a later date.

Sometime during your second year, you should begin to think about a research project you would like to conduct in the final summer’s GR 8400 Field Methods course. This course requires students to complete a field guide describing the geosciences of their area. Many students find it useful to begin visiting places and taking photographs ahead of time so they do not have to start from scratch once enrolled in the course.

Spring Semester - Year 2

You will enroll in your advanced elective course along with GR 8553-Research Methods. In Research Methods, you will develop a proposal for a research project you would like to conduct with your students (or by yourself if you are not a teacher).

You should submit the Pre-Audit Form which is due at the end of this spring semester.

Summer Semester – Year 2

You will complete 2 required courses during your final summer semester as well as take the comprehensive exam.

Important Notes for Students Taking Only 1 Course per Semester:

GR 8553 – Research Methods should be registered for during your final spring semester.

You will need to complete GR 8553 – Research Methods before enrolling in the Field Methods courses.

Field Methods should be taken during your final summer semester.

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