Course Descriptions

College of Geosciences
(GEOS)

101. Introduction to the Geosciences. (1-0). Credit 1.

Introduction to the geosciences; geography, geology, geophysics, atmospheric sciences and oceanography; areas and opportunities in the various geoscience fields. Open to all freshman and sophomore non-geoscience students interested in geosciences.

105. Introduction to Environmental Geoscience. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Key concepts and generalizations of global environmental issues within an Earth systems science framework including climate change, air pollution, land and coastal degradation, water resources and pollution, and habitat loss; environmental ethics, economics and politics; environmental issues in Texas. Enrollment preference will be given to environmental geoscience and environmental studies majors.

210. Climate Change. (3-2). Credit 4.

Examination of the science of climate change; how greenhouse gases warm the planet; scientific evidence that the earth is warming; scientific evidence that humans are causing this warming; what warming we can expect in the future and impacts of that warming.

289. Special Topics in … Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of geosciences. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

291. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in the College of Geosciences. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

301. College of Geosciences Study Abroad. Credit 1 to 18.

For students in approved programs abroad. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Admission to approved program and approval of academic dean.

401. Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery. (3-0). Credit 3.

Overview of disciplines and topics that define modern polar science in the north and the south; includes history of the Polar Regions, polar geosciences, major polar scientific projects, and special topics; participate as individuals and teams in education, outreach and science projects. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

405. Environmental Geosciences. (2-2). Credit 3.

Dynamics and human interactions with near-surface environments including land, atmosphere and oceans through problem-based learning; interdisciplinary environmental problem topic, for example, water quality, urbanization, coastal development, or environmental pollution; geoscience techniques used for monitoring human-geosphere interaction. Prerequisites: GEOS 105; junior or senior classification.

410. Global Change. (3-0). Credit 3.

The interaction of the earth, atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and life, including the impact of human society on the environment and climate; global change modeling; politics, policy and decision making; and personal awareness. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

411. Vegetation Response to Climate Change. (3-0). Credit 3.

Changes of vegetation with historical and predicted climate change; Holocene changes and methods of predicting future change. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

444. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change. (3-0). Credit 3.

Examination of the policy and scientific debate over climate change; how scientific debates produce "knowledge" how political debates produce policies; how policy debates use science; scientific evidence for climate change; impacts of climate change; possible responses to climate change; the political debate over climate change. Prerequisite: One semester of physics or one science core course.

481. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1.

Acquaint students with current research themes in the environmental field. May be repeated 4 times for credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

484 Internship. Credit 1 to 12.

Provides opportunity to gain practical experience in a working situation either during the semester or summer; work experience must have relevance to the degree sought and/or career objectives. May be taken 2 times for credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification and approval of internship agency and departmental director.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4.

Advanced problems in geosciences.

489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of geosciences. May be repeated for credit.

491. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in the College of Geosciences. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.