Geosciences (GEOS)


GEOS 111. THE EARTH'S INTERIOR. 5 Credits.

Notes: required weekly laboratories and one field trip may be required.
Pre-requisites: MTHD 104 or equivalent.
Satisfies: the completion of GEOS 111 counts as one course for the BACR in natural science; the completion of GEOS 111 and GEOS 112 counts as two courses for the BACR for natural science.
Introduction to physical geology for students interested in earth and environmental science. This course covers the origin of the earth, its internal structure and minerals, rocks and volcanoes. Earthquakes, mountains and continental drift are discussed in the context of plate tectonics. The formation of mineral deposits is also covered.

GEOS 112. THE EARTH'S SURFACE. 5 Credits.

Notes: weekly laboratories are required and one field trip may be required.
Satisfies: the completion of GEOS 111 counts as one course for the BACR in natural science; the completion of GEOS 111 and GEOS 112 counts as two courses for the BACR for natural science.
Introduction to surficial processes. This course emphasizes quantitative and qualitative analyses of processes that shape the earth’s surface including weathering and erosion, sediments and sedimentary rocks, and the development of landforms by gravity, wind, water, and glacial ice. Concepts related to geologic time and absolute/relative dating are also explored. Class requires analytical thinking and quantitative literacy.

GEOS 113. THE EARTH'S CLIMATE AND WEATHER. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a BACR for natural sciences.
This course explores Earth’s atmosphere, covering the subjects of energy balance, atmospheric moisture, and global atmospheric and oceanic circulation. We then analyze various atmospheric disturbances such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. We spend the last few weeks studying climate, weather patterns and trends over a much longer period. This investigation looks at modern climate types and vegetation patterns, paleoclimatology, and the current threat of global climate change.

GEOS 196. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental.

GEOS 200. GLOBALIZATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: a BACR for social sciences.
An introduction to the study of spatial variations among human cultures and the patterns of interaction between humans and the natural environment. Special emphasis is placed on the social and spatial dynamics of globalization and its myriad impacts on the environment.

GEOS 296. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental.

GEOS 332. LANDSCAPES OF THE PAST. 5 Credits.

Notes: the course will satisfy a requirement in the new Digital Geoarchaeology certificate, as well as an elective in the new Geosciences program.
Pre-requisites: junior standing.
Investigations of ancient and historic landscapes address the complexities of how humans have shaped and been shaped by their environment. Landscape archaeology is a multidisciplinary approach that interprets the natural and cultural environments of the past through geoarchaeological and geoscience techniques. This course covers these principles and provides students with fundamental skills in surveying, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and the creation of augmented reality 3D visualizations.

GEOS 396. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental.

GEOS 435. INTRODUCTION TO QGIS. 4 Credits.

Notes: elective to help satisfy the GIS Certificate in Geosciences.
Pre-requisites: junior or senior standing.
Covers basic QGIS functions for geospatial data collection, analysis, and presentation with an emphasis on spatial analysis for geoscience applications. Students collect and process data and build spatial models of earth systems. Course covers advanced quantitative methods for creating, processing, and analyzing raster-based datasets in QGIS. This course emphasizes independent project design and quantitative analysis.

GEOS 460. GEOSTATISTICS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: GEOG 321 or GEOG 323, Math Proficiency, or permission of the instructor.
Introduction of geostatistics using spatial data. Basic statistics will be applied to real-world problems using software such as R, ArcGIS, and Microsoft Excel.

GEOS 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental.

GEOS 497. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Students will attend, participate, and ask questions during seminars and special events. This course will also focus on preparations for employment and graduate school including CV or Resume reviews and writing cover letters.

GEOS 596. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

Experimental.