Geoscience Courses

1405 Environmental Geology(3-3). No prerequisites. This can be a first course for anyone interested in the earth sciences. This course counts for general education requirements. A study of earth resources including soils, mineral deposits, energy resources, and water. It includes water pollution problems and the closely related problems of waste disposal. Also, hazards of flooding are covered. (Fall,Spring).

1410 Physical Geology(3-3)No prerequisites. This can be a first course for anyone interested in the earth sciences.  The course counts for general education credit. A study of minerals and rocks in the earth's crust and how they form. It also includes a study of various geologic processes like plate tectonics, volcanic eruptions, landslides and earthquakes. (Fall).

2420 Meteorology(3-3)No prerequisites. This can be a first course for anyone interested in the earth sciences. The course counts for general education credit. Introduction to basic meteorology. Students learn how the atmosphere is affected by various factors such as solar influences, pressure, and winds. They explore the development of upper level weather systems and learn short-term forecast techniques. Included in the lab activities is a visit to a local TV station and computer assignments on the internet. (Spring semester).

22XX Applied Environmental Geology.(1-3) Prerequisites: GEOS 1410 . A study of environmental problems especially those dealing with water resources in Texas. Both surface and groundwater will be studied.  Numerous short field trips will be taken. (Spring, as needed).

22XXGeology of Texas(2-0) Prerequisite: Geosciences 1410. A study of the rock units and geologic structures in Texas and what they tell us about the geologic history of the area. Several field trips to different areas in the state. (Spring, as needed).

Geography Courses

 3310 Political and Cultural Geography.(3-0)..Cross-listed as PSC 3310. Prerequisites: None. A study of the reaction between human culture and its environment, including urban growth, national development and influences of geography on history. Focus on local, state, national and global levels.(Fall.semester).

3320. Physical Geography (3-0).Prerequisites: None. A study of the spatial arrangement of the earth's surface, including development of map reading skills, investigation of varieties of climate, topography, resources and other physical features at the local, state, national and global levels. (Spring semester).

3330 Biogeography(3-0).Prerequisites:GEOS1410,BIOL1402 and BIOL1403. An introduction to the history of life on earth and how that history is reflected in the current distribution of living things and taxonomy of life. Emphasis is given to biotic and abiotic factors affecting the distribution of living things and what the patterns of distribution tell us about natural environments.(Spring Semester).

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