Geoscience (GEO)


GEO 210  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  3 Credits (2,1)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) encompass all aspects of spatial data analysis from data acquisition and manipulation through problem solving to the graphic presentation of results. This course surveys GIS theory and applications as students learn to store, retrieve, manipulate, analyze, and display spatial data according to a variety of user-defined specifications. Lectures will emphasize fundamental principles of GIS while computer-based exercises will emphasize training.

GEO 215  Introduction to Geoscience  3 Credits (3,0)

Geologic time scales; plate tectonics; seismicity, waves; volcanism, magma chemistry; karst terrain, aquifers, sinkhole collapse, phreatic and vadose zones, water table withdrawal, drought; Earth's core, mantel, and crust; elements, molecules, minerals, rocks; oceanic and continental crust; chemical and physical weathering; mass wasting; fluvial processes and patterns, watersheds, floodplains, precipitation, evapotranspiration; hydrologic cycle, surface water, groundwater recharge, effects of precipitation; climate classification; aeolian processes and features, aridity, desertification; glaciology, snowfall; ice accumulation/ablation; oceanography; soils; topographic quadrangles, computer mapping, orogenesis.
Prerequisites: GEO 210

GEO 310  Advanced Geographic Information Systems  3 Credits (1,2)

Advanced GIS is designed to further develop the concepts and principles learned in GEO 210, Introduction to GIS. Lectures will focus on current theories and technology trends in geographic information sciences integrating theoretical knowledge with hands-on technical training in the computer classroom. Weekly discussion of the latest developments in GIS will reinforce these experiences while fostering an appreciation of GIS as an effective analytical tool for understanding complex processes. The course culminates in a class project involving scholarly research by teams of students based on GIS applications.
Prerequisites: GEO 210

GEO 350  Introduction to Remote Sensing with GIS  3 Credits (3,2.5)

Remote sensing (RS) imagery is widely available and has countless applications in geography, meteorology, hydrology, as well as military, intelligence, economic, and humanitarian applications. This hands on course provides a series of easy to understand, step by step tutorials to guide students through widely used RS image analysis processes using geographic information systems (GIS). Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of how to obtain, manipulate and process RS data. The material covered will introduce the most common techniques that will prepare students to complete RS image analyses using data from various satellite and airborne sensors.
Prerequisites: GEO 210

GEO 450  Lidar Processing with GIS  3 Credits (3,2.5)

Lidar (light detection and ranging) imagery providing valuable information in the field of remote sensing (RS); Allowing users to determine elevation, vegetation structure, and terrain with remarkable levels of detail; Hands-on course leading experienced GIS users through the tools and methods needed to access, process, and analyze lidar data; Course using a series of easy-to-understand, step-by-step tutorials; Placing emphasis on the practical aspects of how to obtain, manipulate and process lidar data; Material covered preparing students to complete lidar image analyses using data from various RS platforms including crewed and uncrewed aircraft.