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GEOS 6000 Advanced Topics in Physical and Historical Geology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Course covers selected topics in physical and historical geology. Provides graduate students with background for coursework and research in geology. Topics include geologic time, rock and fossil records, plate tectonics, evolution of the crust and lithosphere, geologic history of North America.

GEOS 6002 Hydrogeology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geol 1122K (or Geol 1122 and 1122L) with a C or higher, or permission of instructor
Description

Overview of the principles of hydrogeology and their application, including the hydrological cycle, geology of groundwater occurrence, mathematical development of flow equations, surface- groundwater interaction, flow to wells, and advection-dispersion theory, contaminant geochemistry, and aquifer restoration methods.

GEOS 6003 Principles and Applications of Environmental Geochemistry
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1212K, Geol 1121K, and MATH 2211, each with a C or higher
Description

This course will cover the principles of environmental geochemistry and their applications to the understanding of low-temperatures environmental and geological problems. Primary topics include: elementary thermodynamics; geochemistry of natural waters; oxidation-reduction reactions; mineral-water interaction; cycling of biogeochemical elements; and introduction to isotope geochemistry and geochronology for low temperature systems.

GEOS 6004 Advanced Environmental Geochemistry
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4003 with a C or higher
Description

This course will focus on the applications of quantitative methods of physicochemical, kinetics and thermodynamics to understand natural systems and solve practical problems in environmental geochemistry.

GEOS 6005 Geology of Georgia
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

One lecture hour a week. A minimum of five days in the field must be fulfilled to receive credit in the course. Before enrolling in the course, students should confirm in advance their availability on announced weekends. Nature, distribution, and significance of lithologies, structures, and ages of rocks in Georgia and other southeastern states. Geologic and tectonic history of the southern Appalachians, with emphasis on plate tectonic models. Critical discussion of the literature with emphasis on notable controversies.

GEOS 6006 Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geol 3002 with a C or higher
Description

Properties of sediments; origin, classification, and description of sedimentary rocks; principles of stratigraphy; analysis of sedimentary facies and environments of deposition.

GEOS 6008 Rock Fracture and Fluid Flow
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Formation and analysis of rock fracture and its relationship to hydraulic properties of dual porosity aquifers, exploration of deep aquifers, flow equations in fractured porous and crystalline rock, hydraulic testing of fractured rock, spatial and statistical methods of exploration of karst aquifers, geophysical and statistical methods of detection of fractured aquifers. 3.000 Credit hours.

GEOS 6009 Applications of Chemical Tracers in Hydrology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Geol 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) and MATH 2212, each with a C or higher
Description

Study of theory and applications of stable-isotopes, radioactive-isotopes, and major ions as tracers of the geographic-source areas, flow pathways, and ages of water within surface and subsurface water bodies. The course includes parallel coverage of hydrological transport theory, including advective-diffusive-dispersive transport theory and its application in conjunction with chemical tracers.

GEOS 6011 Principles of Paleontology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geol 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) with a C or higher
Description

An introduction to the principles of paleontology including taphonomy, taxonomy, evolution, and extinction by examination of the fossil record. Study of commonly preserved organisms and their use in paleoecology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, biostratigraphic correlation, and conservation paleobiology will be stressed as well.

GEOS 6012 Sustainable Development: Practice and Policies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces multidisciplinary aspects of practice and policy development drawn from the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Topics covered include food security, agriculture, forestry, water resources, energy production, education, health, social protection, job opportunities, international trade, tourism, and urbanization in member countries to promote their economic growth while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

GEOS 6013 Structural Geology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geol 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) and Geol 3002, each with a C or higher
Description

Introduction to the principles of structural geology including theories and methods of analysis of: stress, strain, rheology, fractures, folding, faulting, foliation, and lineation. The study of geologic maps and cross sections.

GEOS 6015 Crystallography and Optical Mineralogy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L), and CHEM 1211K (or CHEM 1121 and CHEM 1121L) with grades of C or higher or concurrent registration
Description

Principles of crystallography and optical mineralogy. Laboratory study of minerals using the polarizing microscope.

GEOS 6016 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Prerequisite or co-requisite: Geol 4015. Nature, distribution, and origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks in relation to tectonic setting and experimental studies. Laboratory study of igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand specimen and thin section.

GEOS 6017 Environmental Geology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Four lecture hours per week. Application of geological and geochemical concepts to the study of Earth’s near surface environment. Topics may include water supply and pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, soil contamination, natural disasters, mineral resources, environmental management, and selected regulations. Quantitative treatment of population growth and water resources.

GEOS 6018 Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1113, GEOL 1121K (or GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L), GEOL 2001, and BIOL 2108K (or BIOL 2108 and BIOL 2108L), each with a C or higher, or consent of the instructor
Description

Review of the development US environmental regulatory framework including the key or legacy hazardous waste sites that lead to the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Principles of toxicology, common contaminant geochemistry, environmental risks and hazards, and personal protective equipment.

GEOS 6020 Urban Environments
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines the physical environmental processes relating to soil, climate, water, and ecosystems that characterize urban environments as opposed to more natural or rural ones. Explores the human-environmental interface in urban areas as reflected in issues such as environmental justice, sustainability, resilience, population growth, unequal distribution of resources, and public health. Sustainability will be particularly emphasized. The City of Atlanta is used as a living laboratory for the course.

GEOS 6042 Environmental Instrumentations I: Aqueous Media
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1212K (or CHEM 1121 and CHEM 1121L) and MATH 2211, each with a C or higher
Description

Covers the theoretical and practical aspects of analytical instrumentations and methodologies used for modern-day analysis of environmental samples (water, soils, sediments, biological tissues, etc.) including the basis for each analysis, limitations and potential sources of errors.

GEOS 6043 Environmental Analytical Methods and Instrumentations 2: Solid Media
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1212K (or CHEM 1122 and CHEM 1122L) and MATH 2211, each with a C or higher
Description

The course will be one of two instrumentations classes offered in the Geosciences curriculum. It is designed to expose students to the breadth of instrumentations and techniques utilized in modern-day analysis of solid media.

GEOS 6050 Natural Enviornment of Georgia
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Georgia is a state with great a diversity of natural communities, in large part because of the many different landscapes present in the state. Through readings, discussions, tests, field outings, projects and in-class exercises, students will become familiar with the principles involved in the structure and function of Georgia’s dwindling, but diverse, ecosystems. There will be an emphasis on plant communities and the physical environment, but animal communities and landscape management strategies will also be covered. Locations, diversity, and plant indicator species (especially trees) will be examined in the classroom and in the field, and experiential learning is emphasized.

GEOS 6051 Introduction to the Environmental History of Georgia
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Georgia’s natural environments have been impacted at varying spatial and temporal scales since the initial arrival of humans in the Southeastern US approximately 10,000 years ago. Significant impacts were realized following the arrival of European colonists in the late 16th century. An analysis of anthropogenic impacts will be provided to understand changes in the landscapes and hydrologic systems of Georgia through time.

GEOS 6075 Fundamentals of Soils
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1211K (or CHEM 1121 and CHEM 1121L) with a C or higher
Description

This course will focus on the applications of quantitative methods of physicochemical, kinetics and thermodynamics to understand natural systems and solve practical problems in environmental geochemistry.

GEOS 6095 Colloquium in the Geosciences
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites at least twelve hours in geology
Description

One lecture hour a week. Current research topics in geological sciences. May be repeated once.

GEOS 6097 Topics in Geographical Sciences
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

One to three lecture hours a week. Detailed presentation of a selected topic in geographical sciences. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours if topic is different.

GEOS 6120 Basic Field Geology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Completion of a core-curriculum science sequence and consent of instructor
Description

Nine hours a day, six days a week, for three weeks. Introduction to field geology in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with emphasis on basic concepts and field methods. Construction of simple geologic maps, cross sections, and stratigraphic columns, using topographic maps and aerial photographs in the field. Includes a seven-day excursion to geologically interesting areas of the U.S. Northwest. Open to teachers and students majoring in Geography, Anthropology Biology, Environmental Science, or others who are seeking a geological field experience.

GEOS 6121 Advanced Field Geology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geol 4006 and Geol 4013, and consent of instructor; prerequisite or corequisite: Geol 4120 or Geol 6120 or equivalent
Description

Nine hours a day, six days a week for three weeks. Intensive geologic mapping and interpretation in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with particular emphasis on complexly deformed areas. Includes mapping in folded and faulted sedimentary rocks, intrusive and volcanic igneous rocks, and high-grade metamorphic basement terrain. Construction of multiple cross sections for complex structures and advanced interpretation of geologic history of complex areas. Involves extensive, rough, off-trail hiking.

GEOS 6123 Geoinformatics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Fundamentals of geoscience knowledge representation applying semantic web languages of OWL, RDF, and RDFS. Design and development of spatial and process ontologies in geosciences.

GEOS 6235 Water, Wastewater, and the Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces the environmental context, principles, and approaches to water quality and treatment. The course includes multi-disciplinary perspectives on water and wastewater, including biology, chemistry, engineering, hydraulics, and quantitative methods. Students will be able to identify the major processes of treatment systems, factors that influence their efficacy, and methods of collection, conveyance, and analysis.

GEOS 6402 Geography of Africa
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 6056.) An overview of the physical, economic, and cultural geography of Africa, including North Africa. Emphasis on relationships between Africa’s resources, both human and physical, and the development process.

GEOS 6515 Qualitative Methods in Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to carry out qualitative research in geography. It focuses on the need and merits of qualitative research, the “how to” of various qualitative research methods, and issues related to ethics, the researcher-researched relationship, and positionality.

GEOS 6518 Digital Cartography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to the principles, methods, theory, and practices of contemporary digital cartography.

GEOS 6520 Quantitative Spatial Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Techniques of spatial analysis of geographic data; emphasis on sampling, measurements, and pattern analysis of points, lines, and areas on maps.

GEOS 6530 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites natural science lab sequence or consent of instructor
Description

A survey of remote sensing technology, aerial photograph and satellite image interpretation and digital processing, and applications in engineering and environmental sciences.

GEOS 6532 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Fundamental concepts and applications of raster and vector-based geographic information systems involving the integration and synthesis of geographic data with map overlays, databases, computer graphics, and/or remote sensing imagery.

GEOS 6534 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geog 6532 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced concepts of geographic information systems including an examination of a variety of applications of GIS technology.

GEOS 6536 GIS Programming
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOS 6534
Description

Programmng for advanced GIS users.

GEOS 6538 Urban Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

The course addresses contemporary urban importance and presents the quantitative and qualitative skills that can be used in understanding how spatial patterns arise and what they imply for policy making.

GEOS 6550 Field School in the Geosciences
Credit Hours 3.0 - 9.0
Description

Development of fieldwork skills in the geosciences, including project design, data collection, and analysis and presentation. Fieldwork projects are designed to aid in the development of future research projects, including senior papers, practicums, and theses. Extensive travel may be required. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOS 6640 Geomorphology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as Geol 6640.) Three lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Classification and analysis of land forms using theoretical and quantitative approaches; emphasis upon surface processes in various environments.

GEOS 6642 Advanced Weather and Climate
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Geog 1112K with a C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Dynamic elements of weather and climate systems of climate, classification, and the regional distribution of climatic types; relationship between climatic systems and the distribution of soil and vegetation types.

GEOS 6644 Environmental Conservation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as Geol 6644.) Social and policy perspectives of natural resource management; development of the American conservation movement, federal land policy, and significant environmental legislation; analysis of local and global environmental issues.

GEOS 6646 Water Resources
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Geog 1112, Geog 1113, or Geol 1112K with a C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

General characteristics of water resources, principles and methodology, planning procedures, political, socioeconomic, and legal aspects of water resources management.

GEOS 6648 Biogeography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Spatial variations, processes, and environmental constraints influencing the distribution of life.

GEOS 6650 Surface Water Hydrology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Geog 1112, Geog 1113, or Geol 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) with a C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Principles of surface water hydrology including drivers and measurements of fluxes and reservoirs of the hydrologic cycle and anthropogenic impacts on water quality and quantity.

GEOS 6762 Economic Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Systematic examination of the changing world economic system including traditional and modern agriculture, manufacturing, and service activity in both developing and developed areas.

GEOS 6764 Urban Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Comparative study of the location, function, and internal spatial structure of urban area. Special attention given to the impact of transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial activity on the changing form of cities and suburbs.

GEOS 6768 Metropolitan Atlanta
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as HIST 6320 and SOCI 6279.) Interdisciplinary perspective focusing on social, historical, and geographic processes which have shaped the Atlanta region.

GEOS 6774 Contemporary Urban Theory and Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of urban geographical theory as a framework for understanding contemporary cities in the United States.

GEOS 6778 Political Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The impact of geographical factors such as nationalism, the state and territory, ideology, and colonialism/imperialism on global political geography. Followed by a brief introduction to the political geography of the United States.

GEOS 6784 Global Climate Change
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Geog 1112 with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

An assessment of the understanding of many aspects of recent climatic change. The focus is on how human activities can cause climatic change as well as how humans and ecosystems can be affected by those changes. Specific topics will include technical aspects of climatic observations and modeling, actual and potential impacts of climatic change on human and natural systems, and climatic-change influences on public policy.

GEOS 6832 Geosciences Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Advanced standing, approval of sponsoring faculty advisor and department chair
Description

Academic training and professional experience through short-term internships at public or private agencies. Paper and related deliverables required to the department aside from internship responsibilities. Students should find internship experiences first and then contact the department for approval to enroll in this course. May be taken more than once, but only three credits may be applied toward major requirements.

GEOS 6834 Applied Research in GIS
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

Applied GIS research that demonstrates the ability of the student to apply GIS knowledge to real-world situations.

GEOS 7002 Introduction to Earth Materials
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geol 1121K
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week, plus field trips. Fundamentals of crystallography and mineralogy; classification, identification and origin of the common rock-forming minerals and rocks.

GEOS 7021 General Geology for Teachers I
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Designed to give teachers a basic understanding of the Earth and Earth systems, with emphasis on internal processes. Topics include minerals, rocks and the rock cycle, structure of the Earth’s interior, volcanic activity, earthquakes, economic resources, plate tectonics, and the origin of mountain belts. For general science and Earth science teachers. Not open to students who have taken Geol 1121K or its equivalent.

GEOS 7022 General Geology for Teachers II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geol 7021 or equivalent
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Designed to extend the teacher’s understanding of the Earth and Earth systems, with emphasis on external processes and Earth history. Topics include sedimentary processes and environments, landscape development, geologic time and the fossil record, radiometric dating of rocks, and the origin of the Earth. For general science and Earth science teachers. Not open to students who have taken Geol 1122K or its equivalent.

GEOS 7112 Introduction to Weather and Climate for Teachers
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Three lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Designed to give teachers a basic understanding of weather and climate, with emphasis on spatial processes and human impacts on weather and climate. This course is primarily intended for students in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program in the College of Education who will be secondary science teachers, but it is open to other graduate students as well. Not open to students who have taken Geog 1112 or its equivalent.

GEOS 8001 Nanominerals in Geochemical Environments
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Geol 1121K (or GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L) and CHEM 1212K (or CHEM 1121 and CHEM 1121L), each with a C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. A study of the processes forming clay minerals in rocks and soils. Introduction to X-ray diffraction as a technique to identify clay minerals and common rock-forming minerals in rocks and soils.

GEOS 8002 Geoscience Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Research techniques used in solving geographic problems and evaluating geographic projects.

GEOS 8005 Economic Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Analysis of selected topics and regions dealing with the geographical structure of economic systems. May be repeated if topics vary.

GEOS 8006 Survey of Geographic Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course explores the history of geography as a discipline, ranging from classical origins to contemporary philosophical debates and approaches.

GEOS 8007 Urban Environmental Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines human-environment interactions in urban settings, drawing particularly from geographic research on environmental governance, political ecology, and environmental justice.

GEOS 8010 Seminar in Urban-Economic Geography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Advanced topics in regional analysis. May be repeated if topics vary.

GEOS 8030 Seminar in Cartography
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

May be repeated if topics vary.

GEOS 8040 Seminar in Geomorphology and Hydrology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Advanced topics in theories and research methods of geomorphology and surface-water hydrology. May be repeated if topics vary.

GEOS 8045 Seminar in Biogeography
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Geog 6648 with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced topics in theories and research methods of biogeography. May be repeated if topics vary.

GEOS 8048 Seminar in Climatology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Examination of theoretical and applied aspects of climatological research in the discipline of Geography. May be repeated if topics vary.

GEOS 8055 Directed Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 9.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

May be repeated if topics vary.

GEOS 8060 Teaching Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

Practical apprenticeship in geosciences teaching under faculty supervision. Designed for students interested in gaining direct experience in college classroom teaching. May be repeated if topics vary. (Not counted toward degree requirements.).

GEOS 8065 Capstone Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites For GLA or GRA students only
Description

Capstone research.

GEOS 8097 Directed Study in Geology
Credit Hours 1.0 - 15.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Area of study and credit to be determined by the department.

GEOS 8521 Advanced Quantitative Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course builds on lower level statistics coursework to enhance graduate students’ abilities to manipulate and analyze quantitative data. Methods for analysis of multivariate, time series, categorical, and spatial data are emphasized, with units applicable to all branches of Geosciences and related disciplines. Students will acquire and analyze datasets specific to their thesis or dissertation research and contribute teaching modules on their specific methods for use by the rest of the class.

GEOS 8534 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course exposes graduate students to advanced topics in geographic information science and technology.

GEOS 8990 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course serves as a research practicum in lieu of a thesis for the M.A. degree. For non-thesis students only. Pass or fail grades. May be retaken, but only three credit hours can count toward M.A.

GEOS 8999 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 9.0
Description

May be repeated if topics vary.

GEOS 9999 Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 15.0
Description