Geosciences (GEOS)

GEOS 200. The Global Environment - S3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: An introduction to the global physical environment, emphasizing the evolution and interaction of Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere; emphasizing energy and material cycles, and global change. An integrative spatial approach guided by scientific processes is used to study these interactions. Questions of global sustainability are addressed in the increasingly complex interactions between humans and their environment.

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GEOS 218. The Global Environment Lab - SL1 Unit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Corequisite(s): GEOS 200.

Description: An introduction to the global environment, emphasizing the evolution of interaction of Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere; energy and material cycles, and global change. The lab is designed to expand upon concepts covered in the GEOS 200 lecture course through a series of in-class collaborative activities which emphasize a wide range of topics related to interpreting maps, weather and climate processes, tectonic processes and landforms. These activities include interactive Google Earth exercises.

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GEOS 219. Contemporary Issues in Meteorology Laboratory - SL1 Unit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Corequisite(s): GEOS 220/PHYS 220.

Description: A lab designed to provide real-world examples of atmospheric processes through analysis and problem solving using basic concepts and physical principles relevant to the atmosphere.

Note: Cross-listed with PHYS 219.

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GEOS 220. Contemporary Issues in Meteorology - S3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Contemporary issues serve as an introduction to the physical basis, distribution and consequences of global-scale meteorological phenomena.

Note: Cross-listed with PHYS 220.

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GEOS 301. Geology for Scientists and Engineers3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: A fundamental study of geological processes as applied to geomaterials, structures, landforms, water resources and geologic hazards. The course includes a laboratory component in the rocks, minerals, topography and geology of Kentucky.

Note: Intended primarily for science and engineering majors.

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GEOS 360. Global Environmental Change3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 200 or GEOS 301 or GEOG 200 or ANTH 202 or BIOL 240 or PHYS 220.

Description: The geomorphic work of glaciers and ice sheets; the geochronology, stratigraphy, and paleogeography of the Ice Ages; climatic change.

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GEOS 363. Climate Science3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 200 or GEOS 220/PHYS 220.

Description: The scientific study of climate elements and controls emphasizing the global distribution of climate types and factors that give rise to their distribution.

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GEOS 365. Biogeography3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 200, GEOS 220, or GEOS 301.

Description: Study of environmental factors and the mechanisms of succession, dispersal, and migration as they relate to the character and geographical distribution of natural vegetation.

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GEOS 367. Geomorphology3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 200 or GEOS 301.

Description: Study of the relationship of climate and tectonics to Earth-surface processes and the development of landforms and landscapes.

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GEOS 399. Senior Honors Seminar 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing; admission to the departmental honors program.

Description: Investigation of a major scientific or social issue within the field of geosciences.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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GEOS 430. Practicum in Geography and Geosciences Education1 Unit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

Description: For STEM Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) who have been selected to participate in the NSF-STEP-funded PRIMES project as peer mentors and undergraduate teaching assistants (UTA) in undergraduate STEM courses. This practicum course is intended to provide a pedagogical foundation for successfully engaging with students in the classes to which each UTA is assigned.

Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

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GEOS 564. Hydrology3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 200 or GEOS 301.

Description: Advanced study of the hydrologic cycle, drainage basin analysis, stream flow and flooding, pollution and utilization of water resources.

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GEOS 565. Natural Hazards3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 200 or GEOS 301.

Description: Environmental significance of natural hazards and risk assessment methods. A discussion of earthquakes, flooding, landslides/expansive soil, and volcanic eruptions. Hazards reduction and mitigation strategies.

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GEOS 570. Water Resource Management3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Water resources form a critical component of any socioeconomic or environmental system. This course provides an analysis of water resource issues impacting these systems including flood and drought hazards, surface and groundwater quantity/quality issues, and energy development. Water legislation and policy aspects are further integrated with these issues at various spatial scales, including case studies from within the US and across international boundaries that lead to conflict. At the outcome of this course students will develop a basic water resource management plan for a watershed in Kentucky.

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GEOS 571. GIS and Water Resources3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: A study of the application of Geographic Information Science techniques in water resources research and management including: digital mapping of water resources, watershed delineation and modeling atmospheric, surface and groundwater processes.

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GEOS 590. Selected Topics in Geosciences3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: A detailed investigation of some restricted topic of geology or related discipline. Topic to be announced in Schedule of Courses.

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