Geoscience (GEO)

Geoscience Courses

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)

Historical figures, evolution of scientific theories; technological advancements. Geologic time scales; plate tectonics; seismicity, waves. Volcanism, magma chemistry. atmospheric turbidity. Topographic quadrangles, computer mapping, orogenesis. Earth's core, mantel, and crust. Elements, molecules, minerals, and 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. Karst terrain, aquifers, sinkhole collapse, phreatic and vadose zones, water table withdrawal, and drought. Aeolian processes and features, aridity, desertification. Glaciology, snowfall. Ice accumulation/ablation. Oceanography. Soils. There are no prerequisites.
Prerequisites: GEO 210 or WX 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 or WX 210.