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2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Geography

  
  
  
  
  

Geosciences

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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    GEOS 3533 - Solid Earth and Exploration Geophysics


    3 (3-1)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOS 1134  and either PHYS 1244  or 2644 ; or consent of instructor.

    This course provides a thorough introduction to solid Earth geophysics and exploration geophysics. Includes the theory and application of various geophysical methods including seismic, gravity, electrical, and magnetic methods to understanding the shallow and deep structure of the Earth and integration of geophysical data with laboratory data including high pressure and high temperature mineralogical studies. The practical application of geophysical techniques to oil and gas exploration, mineral deposit exploration, and environmental assessment are also presented. Laboratory sessions focus on data acquisition planning, processing, and particularly on practical interpretation of geophysical data for resource and environmental assessment. Course may include a half or full day field trip to gather a geophysical data set for processing and interpretation.


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    GEOS 3634 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing


    4 (3-2)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOS 1134  or consent of the instructor.

    An introduction to the principles and concepts of digital remote sensing, including an introduction to electromagnetic radiation, remote sensing instrumentation, sensor technology (multispectral, hyperspectral, radar, etc.), earth resource satellites, digital image interpretation and processing, and GIS integration. Course emphasis will include an analysis of remote sensing images (photographs, satellite imagery, radar imagery, etc.) and their interpretation and use for a variety of applications specific to geologic, biologic, and environmental assessment.


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    GEOS 4013 - Data Analysis for the Geological Sciences


    3 (3-0)

    Prerequisite(s): STAT 3573  or the approval of the instructor.

    This course focuses on using univariate and multivariate statistics to address geologic problems, and interpreting and understanding data as presented in the scientific literature.  Basic concepts in elementary statistics (p-values, distributions, hypothesis testing) will be reviewed with a geologic viewpoint.  Advanced topics will be applied to geologic examples, and include matrix algebra, eigenvectors, regression, non-parametric resampling, spatial analysis, ordination methods, and multidimensional scaling.  Examples will be taken from various geoscience subfields, and students will apply their understanding to both original projects and previously published work.  Analyses will be performed in the “R” software environment, designed for statistical applications.


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    GEOS 4034 - Petroleum Geology


    4 (3-3)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOS 1134 , GEOS 3134 , and GEOS 3434 , or consent of the instructor.

    An introduction to the geology of petroleum and natural gas.  Topics include the origin, occurrence, movement, and accumulation of oil and natural gas and the exploration for and development of hydrocarbon reservoirs.  Additional topics include geophysical and geochemical exploration techniques, basin analysis, well site operations, representative exploration and reservoir development case histories, and subsurface geology of CO2 sequestration.  Fundamental skills routinely used by petroleum geologists, such as basic well log analysis, well correlation, cross section construction, mapping, and volumetric calculations are the major lab session topics.


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    GEOS 4134 - Applied Petroleum Geology


    4 (3-2)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOS 1134 , 3134 , and 3434 ; or GEOS 1134  and PETE 2103 ; or consent of instructor.

    Using the reservoir lifecycle as a unifying theme, this course focuses on practical aspects of formation evaluation, reservoir characterization, geological modeling, and dynamic forecasting for oil and gas reservoirs.  Major topics are (1) interpretation and integration of reservoir data obtained from well logs, cores, reservoir fluids, and seismic data and (2) building and using geological reservoir models to assess hydrocarbon in place volumes within a probabilistic framework.  Additional topics include reservoir engineering concepts and forecasting tools, reserves calculation, the use decision analysis for value of information (VOI) and economic decisions, reservoir development planning, and reservoir monitoring techniques.  (Same as PETE 4204 .)


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    GEOS 4154 - Natural Hazards and Disasters


    4 (3-2)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOS 3234  or GEOS 3434  or GEOS 4534  or the approval of the instructor.

    This course will enable the student to 1) understand the scope and impact of natural hazards and disasters; 2) recognize the differences between hazards and disasters; and 3) understand how the expanding human footprint is leading to an increase in natural disasters.  The laboratory sessions utilize geospatial technologies (Geographic Information Systems/GIS and remote sensing software) enabling students to develop mapping and modeling expertise and apply it to the study of diverse geological and atmospheric hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, storms, wildfires, and climate change.


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    GEOS 4533 - Economic Geology


    3 (2-2)

    Prerequisite(s): GEOS 3234  and either CHEM 1143  or 1243  or approval of the instructor.

    This course provides a thorough introduction to the main sub-fields of economic geology: metallic and non-metallic ore deposits, petroleum geology, coal geology, and building materials geology.  Specific types of metallic and non-metallic ore deposits covered include porphyry-type copper deposits, hydrothermal gold, and silver deposits, massive sulfide copper, zinc, and silver deposits, Mississippi Valley type lead and zinc deposits, sedimentary iron deposits, weathering-related aluminum and nickel deposits, gold, diamond, and other heavy mineral placer deposits, phosphate, and evaporate-mineral deposits.  The course will cover the various tectonics and the spatial and temporal occurrence of metallic and non-metallic ore deposits.  Practical aspects of mining, mining economics, and ore deposit exploration and evaluation are also included.  The course will provide an introduction to the formation of petroleum reservoirs and their exploitation, the formation of coal deposits and their exploitation, and the geology and exploitation of building materials such as sand, gravel, and quarried stone.


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German

  
  
  
  
  
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    GERM 3133 - Contemporary German Culture


    3 (3-0)

    Germany is Europe’s largest and most densely populated country. Since 1989 it has gone through fundamental transformations. Its borders have changed, its geopolitical significance has changed, its population has changed. It has become the motor of the European Union. It has gone from being one of the closest allies of the United States to one of its chief critics. Its new capital Berlin has become the cultural capital of the 21st century. It is a place of daring experiments and reactionary violence. It is a place of fascinating contradictions that present many challenges. This course will offer students an introduction to and overview of this dynamic country on the move. Through introductory lectures and class discussions, we will explore a variety of issues: e.g., the cost of unification, the Nazi legacy, post-communism, immigration, citizenship, the European Union, Old Europe, managing capitalism, and the role of gender and sexual minorities in Germany today. The language of instruction and all class materials are in English.


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Health Sciences and Human Services

  
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    HSHS 1013 - Global Health and Wellness


    3 (3-0)

    This course is designed to introduce students to global health and give them an understanding of how the global community affects and is affected by changes in economic, political, and social factors.  Influences such as education, income levels, governmental policies, regulation of health care provision and transnational economic and political relations will be discussed.  The importance of the globalization of disease and wellness and the importance of including all citizens in global health concerns will be deeply discussed.

    Core Code: 090A - Cultural & Global Understanding
    Effective Term: Fall 2015 - Added to the core curriculum


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Health Services Administration

  
  
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    HSAD 4006 - Public Health - Determinants of Health Disparities - A Comparative International Perspective


    6 (6-0)

    Course will investigate (1) the delivery of health care needs/services of selected populations in the U.S. and Great Britain; (2) the description of health disparities and measurement issues; (3) the determinants of health disparities: politics and health insurance coverage, economics, social and physical environmental factors, behavioral and emotional variables; (4) the impact of aging of the populations, increased racial and ethnic diversity and technological developments; (5) the intervention strategies and evaluation results. Each student will be expected to complete a substantial, original research paper or project to satisfy the six hour requirement. This course will only be taught as part of the British Studies program in London, England.


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History

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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    HIST 4023 - United States Diplomatic History, 1898-1989


    3 (3-0)

    Prerequisite(s): Six hours of history or consent of the chair.

    A study of United States diplomatic relations in the twentieth century, from the opening of the Spanish-American War to the conclusion of the Cold War. The course will survey the history of United States foreign policy, beginning with American emergence from a tradition of isolation to a position of world leadership and world power. Topics will include the diplomacy of both world wars, the policy of containment underlying the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, relations with the Soviet Union and China, U.S.-Latin American affairs, and American approaches to the Arab-Israeli conflict.


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Humanities

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

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