Environmental, Earth & Atmopsheric Sciences

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85.501 Boundary Layer Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7796
Status Active

This course draws upon the equations of motion in the atmosphere to develop a theoretical understanding of the atmospheric boundary layer. This understanding is compared with real observations taken with the Department's rawinsonde equipment, as well as published data. The emphasis is on blending theory and practice to enhance the student's understanding of the behavior of the atmosphere.

85.502 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7797
Status Active

This course is designed for graduate students who have a strong background in mathematics and physics, but whose meteorology preparation is weak. The basic concepts of weather forecasting and analysis on synoptic scales are covered theoretically as well as in application to case studies and current weather. The coursework encourages the development of three - dimensional visualization techniques and an appreciation of the physics which controls weather systems.

85.503 Remote Sensing Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7798
Status Active

This course is a survey of ground based, balloon, rocket probe, radar and satellite remote sensing techniques. Optical and radio frequency remote sensing techniques are surveyed. The focus is on the determination of physical, chemical and dynamical quantities by remote sensing measurements. The theory is presented used to interpret data obtained by remote sensing techniques. Various inversion methods are discussed used to obtain spatial discrete quantities from line - of - sight observations. Modeling and simulation techniques are described and practiced.

85.508 The Climate System Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33556
Status Active

The main elements of the Climate Sstem are the atmosphere, ocean, biosphere, land surface, and the cryosphere; the primay input of energy is from the Sun. This course examines these elements, the ways in which they interact and how they can be modeled. The Global Energy Budget is examined and both natural and human-caused climae change are considered.

85.510 Regional Weather and Climate Modeling Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37957
Status Active

Mesoscale atmospheric dynamics and regional climate dynamics. Application of regional weather and climate model to regional weather, climate modeling and forecast problems. Multi-scale physical processes, such as mesoscale and convective-scale phenomena, low-level jets, mountain waves and orographic precipitation, land/sea breezes, cyclones etc., will be discussed in order to understand the linkage between regional weather and climate.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 85.234 Scientific FORTRAN Programming, 85.301 Atmospheric Dynamics and 85.415 Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics I.

85.513 Physical Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34585
Status Active

This course explores the essentials of cloud physics, beginning with the basic laws of thermodynamics of both dry and moist atmospheres. Condensation, nucleation, and drop growth are studied in detail at an advanced level.

85.515 Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7801
Status Active

The temperature, pressure and density structure of the atmosphere are reviewed, as well as the chemical composition. Topics include atmospheric and solar radiation, atmospheric heat budget and the hypsometric equation. Dynamics of the atmosphere explores the behavior of fluids on a rotating earth, global circulation, synoptic scale motions, perturbation theory of wave motions. Elements of climatic change and the effects of anthropogenic emissions on climate and weather will also be discussed.

85.518 Forecasting and Synoptic Techniques I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34590
Status Active

This is the first of a two-course sequence that provides graduate students a combined theoretical and applied understanding of synoptic-scale meteorology, with an emphasis on forecasting applications. The first course introduces the concepts of vorticity advection and the quasi-geostrophic approximation, and applies them synoptic-scale cyclones, including nor�easters. The graduate students will learn to use Gempak graphics and will be introduced to the National Weather Service Weather Event Simulator, a combined hardware and software package that simulates the NWS forecast environment.

85.519 Forecasting and Synoptic Techniques II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34914
Status Active

This is the second of a two-course sequence that provides graduate students a combined theoretical and applied understanding of synoptic-scale meteorology, with an emphasis on forecasting applications. This second course builds on the content of the first, extending quasi-geostrophic approximation to Q-vectors and isentropic potential vorticity. The National Weather Service Weather Event Simulator, a combined hardware and software package that stimulates the NWS forecast environment will be used to study case studies that have been programmed for the Simulator. Together with 85.518, this two-course sequence satisfies the NWS certification requirements for analysis and prediction of weather systems.

85.524 Simple Atmospheric Models Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35197
Status Active

The basic wave types and fundamental dynamics of atmospheric motion are considered through analytical and numerical modeling of the main simplifications (models) of the full equations of motion for the atmosphere. These models are derived by making assumptions that greatly simplify the full equations and which isolate individual wave types and specific physical mechanisms. Together, these models describe the basic aspects of atmospheric motion: the maintenance and structure of the jet stream, the genesis and propagation of synoptic storms, and the forced and internal contributions to seasonal patterns of midlatitude climate variability.

85.529 Advanced Forecasting Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34915
Status Active

This course builds on the student�s basic understanding of storm systems and extends their theoretical knowledge to particular weather patterns. Topics include nowcasting, long-range forecasting, snow squalls, sea breeze, and especially deep convection. Particular attention is paid to the structure and development of supercells. Students will also be required to write a special report on a topic assigned by the professor, and present this in class as a special lecture.

85.540 Tropical Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37879
Status Active

An introduction to the tropical atmosphere, including tropical climatology, structure and dynamics of easterly waves, tropical cyclones and monsoon circulation's.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II.

85.550 Satellite and Rad Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7803
Status Active

85.571 Air Pollution Phenomenology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7804
Status Active

The course centers on transport, dispersion and transformation of air pollutants in the atmosphere. Atmospheric structure and dynamics are reviewed. The atmospheric dispersion equation is developed for instantaneous and steady- state releases of pollutants, including the Gaussian Plume Equation for point, line and area sources. The sources and transport of particulate matter are discussed, including haze and visibility impairment. Other topics are photooxidants (ozone), acid deposition, stratospheric ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect.

85.581 Meteorology for Teachers Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30388
Status Active

The purpose of this course is to provide the middle school teacher with: a thorough understanding of several key concepts and processes of meteorology; the ability to effectively present meteorology topics that are appropriate for the middle school science classroom; the tools necessary to develop inquiry based lessons for the classroom.

85.591 Directed Study Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7808
Status Active

85.642 Special Topics in Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7810
Status Active

85.701 Graduate Research Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7813
Status Active

85.732 Graduate Research Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 7814
Status Active

85.733 Master's Research in Atmospheric Sciences Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7815
Status Active

85.743 Master's Thesis in Atmospheric Sciences Credits: 1-6

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 6
Course ID 7817
Status Active

85.753 Doctoral Dissertation in Atmospheric Sciences Credits: 3-8

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 8
Course ID 7819
Status Active

85.760 Continuing Graduate Research (PhD) Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 34591
Status Active

Continuing Graduate Research at the PhD level. May be taken for variable credit.

85.761 Continuing Graduate Research (PhD) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35270
Status Active

Research on dissertation or other research areas as required by the program and the student's advisor.

85.763 PhD Research in Atmospheric Sciences Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 7820
Status Active

85.765 Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 33070
Status Active

85.768 Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 32226
Status Active

87.504 Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7867
Status Active

This course will cover most of the elements of a geographic information system commonly found in basic and mid-level GIS applications. Topics will include file organization, data entry including digitizing and image registration, geocoding, thematic mapping, Structured Query Language (SQL) applications, map algebra, raster operations, interpolative methods, distance mapping, density mapping, cost surfaces, and an introduction to modeling. This course will use the Arcview GIS platform.

87.520 Methods in Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37684
Status Active

This course describes, and illustrates with case studies, environmental evaluation required to implement projects and policies potentially affecting the environment. Methods available to integrate technical impact predictions, prepare Environmental Statements, and make informed decisions regarding environmental effects will be covered. Incorporation of sustainability and permitting with environmental analyses will also be examined.

87.572 Energy and Environment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7869
Status Active

This course discusses the world and U.S. primary energy resources and consumption, including fossil, nuclear and renewable energy sources. Principles of thermodynamics are reviewed, especially in regard to energy usage efficiency improvement. A significant part of the course is devoted to electricity production, including site visits to fossil and nuclear power plants. The environmental effects are discussed of energy extraction and consumption, such as SOx, NOx and particulate matter emissions, acid deposition, the greenhouse effect, radioactive waste disposal. Also the risks of accidents are discussed in fossil and nuclear fuel usage.

89.501 Paleoclimatology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37512
Status Active

This course provides students with an overview of paleoclimatology by examining the use of proxy records, such as marine and lake sediment sequences, ice cores, tree rings, corals and historical data to reconstruct past climatic conditions. Dating methods will be introduced. Throughout, we will critically analyze our understanding of past climates and environments and identify directions for future research. Topics include: abrupt climate change, human evolution and climate, biosphere-climate interactions and paleoclimate modeling.

89.502 Quantitative Gemorphology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37733
Status Active

This course follows the path of material as it is weathered form bedrock, moved down hillslopes and transported via glaciers and rivers. Emphasis is on 1) quantifying erosion and sediment transport, 2) applying computer-based models and conservation of mass equations to earth surface processes and 3) understanding long-term landform evolution.

89.504 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37892
Status Active

The origin and evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Emphasis will be on physical and chemical processes, magma transport and crystallization, phase equilibria, development of metamorphic facies, open and closed system behavior, and the development of metamorphic fabric.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.506 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory.

89.506 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 37891
Status Active

Identification and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Emphasis is on thin section identification and use of rock textures and compositions as guides to petrogenesis.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.504 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology.

89.510 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7923
Status Active

89.520 Structural Geology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37890
Status Active

An analysis of crustal deformation through detailed study of geologic structures with emphasis upon the response of geologic materials to stress and strain. Field techniques, tectonic principles, and geometrical analysis are employed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.522 Structural Geology Laboratory.

89.522 Structural Geology Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 37895
Status Active

A survey of the graphical techniques used to convert field measurement into the information needed in the construction of geologic maps, cross-sections, and crustal stress-strain histories.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.520 Structural Geology.

89.524 Regional Hydrogeology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7925
Status Active

Concentrating on the storage and steady state flow of ground water at a basin-wide scale, thecourse studies flow nets, fluid potential, and numerical modeling of flow controlled by basingeometry and geology; water movement in the zone of aeration, the interaction of groundwaterwith surface water, the transport and dispersion of contaminants, and the use of modeling forgroundwater management.

89.540 Mass Transit Modeling Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7929
Status Active

89.541 Environmental and Engineering Geology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37928
Status Active

Fundamentals of geology applied to environmental and engineering problems. Topics include minerals and rocks, soil properties, rock mechanics, active tectonics and earthquake hazards, slope stability and landslides, groundwater, rivers and flood hazards, coastal processes, and site assessment. Student project.

89.552 Sedimentation & Stratigraphy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37894
Status Active

Principles and processes of sedimentation: erosion, mechanics of transport, diagenesis and lithification, models for sedimentary environments. Development of the stratigraphic record, relative and absolute time, and seismic stratigraphy.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.554 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Laboratory.

89.554 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 37893
Status Active

Determination of mass properties of sediments with emphasis on mechanical and statistical analysis, identification and description of sedimentary rocks, facies models and stratigraphic cross-sections.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.552 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy.

89.556 Applied Geophysics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37897
Status Active

Application of geophysics to problems in geology and environmental science. Principles and techniques of gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods. Field projects and surveys.

89.558 Advanced Geochemistry Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37896
Status Active

Application of chemical principles to geological and environmental problems. Topics include abundance and distribution of elements in the earth, Crystal chemistry, stable and radiogenic isotopes, radiogenic dating, isotopic and elemental tracers, water-rock interactions.

89.585 Oceanography for Teachers Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37519
Status Active

This course will introduce students to basic oceanographic principles and processes. Content will be linked to National and State Science Standards. Students will create a number of oceanography-based lessons linked to the standards. Pedagogy will be modeled in relation to teacher instruction and student learning.

89.599 Advanced Rocks Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7931
Status Active

89.702 Graduate Seminar Biology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7932
Status Active

89.731 Master's Research in Environmental Geoscience Credits: 1-6

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 6
Course ID 37926
Status Active

89.741 Master's Thesis in Environmental Geoscience Credits: 1-6

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 6
Course ID 37925
Status Active