ATSC 5116. Meteorology (3-2-4) Prerequisite: ATSC 1112 or permission of instructor. This course will examine concepts that include: properties and circulation of the atmosphere, the scientific principles that govern weather and climate, interactions between the atmosphere and the other components of the Earth system, and the implications of those interactions for humankind.
ATSC 5117. Climate and Global Change (3-0-3) Undergraduate Prerequisite: MATH 1111 and GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1122 or ENVS 1105 or CHEM 1125 or CHEM 1211 with a minimum grade of C. This course examines climate and global change from a modern and historical perspective. The basic science of the natural controls over both present and past climate, as well as the methods of studying past climates are included, with some focus on the evidence for climate change using quantitative analysis. The course also addresses concerns over human influences on our present climate and the potential impacts of climate change globally, as well as possible solutions or adaptations.
ENVS 6105. Environmental Issues (3-0-3) Seminar and lecture course with a focus on the study of current environmental issues such as the generation, reduction and disposal of hazardous materials, management of air and water quality, the status and management of endangered species, as well as the research needs in these areas for the future. Case studies will be used where possible.
ENVS 6157. The Geology of Georgia (1-6-4) Introduction to the general geology of Georgia, including the major geologic provinces, the kinds of rocks and structures found in each one, their geologic histories, and how Georgia's geologic history fits into the geologic history of the southeastern United States. (Course fee required.)
ENVS 6206. Water Resources Management (3-3-4) An examination of fluvial and wetland ecosystems and their dynamics, as well as common practices in the management and maintenance of these resources. Topics will include analysis of open-channel hydrology and hydraulics, flood control and analysis, regulated river management, wetlands hydrology, and management alternatives for wetland ecosystems. (Course fee required.)
ENVS 7115. Environmental Chemistry (3-0-3) A study of aquatic chemistry, atmospheric chemistry and environmental chemistry analysis. (Course fee required.)
ENVS 7145. Land Use and Waste Management (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ENVS 5165 and ENVS 7115 recommended. Analysis of the geological factors in urban planning and facilities siting, and the development and operation of urban waste disposal facilities. Topics include theory and methods of isolating water resources, floodplain protection and development, recycling systems, hazardous and radioactive waste containment, geology of site development for larger facilities, and assessment of geotechnical hazards.
GEOL 5115. Geochemistry (3-0-3) Prerequisite: GEOL 3266, CHEM 1212, and CHEM 1212L. An overview of geologically significant chemical systems. Topics include: cycling of elements within the Earth's crust and mantle, composition and evolution of igneous magmas, chemical weathering, formation of chemical sediments, metamorphism, and development of natural resources. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5135. Oceanography (3-0-3) An overview of the world's oceans, including: geology of ocean basins and oceanic sediments; the physical oceanography of currents, waves, and tides; the chemistry of seawater; and the nature of shorelines and coastal processes. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5175. Physical Anthropology and Archeology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of Instructor. A survey of primate and human origins, the paleontological record of human evolution and the study of Paleolithic cultures and the diverse biology of modern human populations. Course work will include techniques of lithic archeology and focus on North American native prehistory. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5215. Geomorphology (3-2-4) Prerequisites: GEOL 1121, CHEM 1212, and CHEM 1212L. Evolution of land forms in various climates and the formation of soils. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5275. Vertebrate Paleontology (3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1122 and GEOL 2225 with a minimum grade of C or permission from instructor. History and taxonomy of the vertebrates. Analyses of vertebrate origins, periods of mass extinctions, evolution of body structures and function. Laboratory survey of the taxa and techniques of curating. Field trips other than during class time will be scheduled. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 5555. Selected Topics in Geology (0-0-1) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L, with "C" or better in each course. Course will encourage students to pursue specific topics in geology to greater depth. These topics might include the details of regional geology through field trips and/or library study. Course may be taken three times for credit. (Course fee required.)
GEOL 6105. Tectonics and Geophysics (3-0-3) This course will examine the geophysical and geochemical nature of the Earth with respect to plate motions, paleomagnetism, seismology, and gravity, with specific focus on our planet’s internal structure and the nature of plate tectonics. These topics will be explored within the framework of tectonic processes, including the physical and chemical evolution of our planet through time.
GEOL 6705. Graduate Seminar (2-0-2) Current research topic in the geological sciences at the instructor’s discretion. Course may be repeated for credit if topics differ. S/U grading.
GEOL 7565. Selected Topics in Environmental Geology (1-0-1) Graduate seminar addressing advanced topics of interest to students pursuing environmental geology specialization. (Course fee required.)
POLS 6106. Environmental Issues and Public Policy (3-0-3) Study of federal, state, and local policies related to the protection of the environment and populations. The course includes effects and implications of policies, relationships among agencies in promulgation and enforcement, and requirements and obligations of scientists testifying as expert witnesses in environmental cases.