GEOS 430V. Internship in Physical Geography (Sp, Su, Fa). 3-6 Hour.
Supervised experience in municipal, county, state or private natural resource management agency, or any other such organization approved by instructor.
GEOS 437V. Geology Field Trip (Sp). 1-2 Hour.
Camping field trip to areas of geologic interest, usually conducted during Spring Break. Prerequisite: GEOS 3313. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of degree credit.
GEOS 5003. Seminar in Geography (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Selected topics, the nature of which varies with the need. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.
GEOS 5011. Colloquium (Sp). 1 Hour.
Weekly meetings of faculty, graduates, advanced students and guests to discuss research and trends in the field of geography. May be repeated for up to 2 hours of degree credit.
GEOS 5023. Technical and Proposal Writing for the Geosciences (Sp). 3 Hours.
Preparation of technical reports, research proposals, and manuscripts for publication in the area of geosciences.
GEOS 5033. Advanced Vector Geographic Information Systems (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Advanced vector operations and analysis. Topics will include topological analysis, network analysis, geocoding, conflation, implications of source and product map scale, map generation, error mapping, and cartographic production. Prerequisite: (ANTH 4563 or GEOS 4583) or equivalent.
This course is cross-listed with ENDY 5033, ANTH 5043.
GEOS 5043. Geospatial Technologies Mathematical Toolkit (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.
Basic mathematical tools applied in geospatial technology, including trigonometry in mapping, linear algebra in remote sensing, optimization in spatial decision support, and graph theory in routing. Course develops the framework for spatial data analysis and decision support. Prerequisite: GEOS 5543.
GEOS 5053. Quaternary Environments (Fa). 3 Hours.
An interdisciplinary study of the Quaternary Period, including dating methods, deposits, soils, climates, tectonics, and human adaptation. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
GEOS 5073. Geospatial Technologies Computational Toolkit (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.
Basic computational tools and processes applied in geospatial software, related computer hardware components, systems and applications software, and spatial database fundamentals. Python, including SciPy and NumPy, geospatial implementations will be emphasized. No programming experience is required.Prerequisite: GEOS 5543.
GEOS 5083. Geospatial Technologies Statistical Toolkit (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.
Basic statistical tools for geospatial technologies. Exploratory spatial data analysis, single and multivariate spatial analysis and hypothesis testing, Bayesian analysis, and spatial smoothing and interpolation. Emphasis will be on problem solving in geospatial settings using the R statistical language.Prerequisite: GEOS 5043 and GEOS 5073 or equivalent.
GEOS 5093. History and Philosophy of Geography (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.
This course familiarizes students with the history of geography, the contributions of geographers to scientific thought and theory, and research techniques that are used in geography. Emphasis is given to the integration of statistical and spatial analysis, and their applications in field research. The course includes short field-based projects in and around Northwest Arkansas.
GEOS 510V. Special Problems in Physical Geosciences (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.
Special problems in Geosciences. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
GEOS 5113. Global Change (Fa). 3 Hours.
Examines central issues of global change including natural and human induced climate change, air pollution, deforestation, desertification, wetland loss urbanization, and the biodiversity crisis. The U.S. Global Change Research Program is also examined.
This course is cross-listed with ENDY 5113.
GEOS 5123. Stratigraphic Principles and Practice (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Physical and biological characteristics of sedimentary environments and their correlation in time with emphasis on the local geologic section. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: GEOS 4223.
GEOS 5133. Radar Remote Sensing (Sp). 3 Hours.
Introduction to radar remote sensing and its applications in geology, geography, archeology, engineering, and agriculture. Focuses on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and advanced techniques including radar stereo, polarimetry, and interferometry. Covers Interferometric SAR (InSAR) for mapping topography and modeling Earth's surface motions due to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and subsidence. Prerequisite: GEOS 3023 or equivalent.
GEOS 5143. 3D Seismic Exploration (Sp). 3 Hours.
Interpretation of 3D seismic data for geological structure, stratigraphy, and pore fluid variations with emphasis on hydrocabon exploration. Prerequisite: GEOS 4433.
GEOS 5153. Environmental Site Assessment (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Principles, problems, and methods related to conducting an environmental site assessment. An applied course covering field site assessment, regulatory documentation, and report preparation. Prerequisite: GEOS 4033.
This course is cross-listed with ENDY 5153.
GEOS 5163. Hydrogeologic Modeling (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Topics include numerical simulation of ground water flow, solute transport, aqueous geochemistry, theoretical development of equations, hypothesis testing of conceptual models, limitations of specific methods, and error analysis. Emphasis on practical applications and problem solving. Prerequisite: GEOS 4033 and computer literacy.
GEOS 5173. Urban Geography (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Areal patterns of modern urban regions and the focus shaping these patterns. Emphasis is placed on American urban areas and their evolution and functional areas. Field work.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4073.
GEOS 5183. Geography of the Middle East (Fa). 3 Hours.
Physical and cultural landscapes, natural and cultural resources, art and architecture, land use, political history, OPEC, and current problems of North Africa and the Middle East region west of Afghanistan are discussed. Class participation, discussions, slides and films, and student presentations will round out the class.
GEOS 5196. Advanced Field Methods of Applied Hydrogeology (Su). 6 Hours.
Applied field course emphasizing collection and interpretation of ground water data. Three hours may be applied toward an M.S. degree in geology. Prerequisite: GEOS 4033.
GEOS 520V. Special Problems in Human Geography (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.
Special problems in human geography. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
GEOS 5213. Principles of Remote Sensing (Fa). 3 Hours.
Fundamental concepts of remote sensing of the environment. Optical, infrared, microwave, LIDAR, and in situ sensor systems are introduced. Remote sensing of vegetation, water, urban landscapes, soils, minerals, and geomorphology is discussed. The course includes laboratory exercises in GIS software and field spectroscopy.
GEOS 5223. Sedimentary Petrology (Fa). 3 Hours.
Sediments and sedimentary rocks. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: GEOS 4223.
GEOS 5233. Geography of Religion & Sacrality (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Explores the spatial nature of the World's major faiths and religious institutions, focusing on the distribution and origins of these religions. Examines the religious beliefs, rituals, architecture, demographics, and art in different societies, cultures, and countries. Considers the tenets and practices of what is sacred and/or spiritual, held in common by a group or community. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
GEOS 5243. Political Geography (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.
Contemporary world political problems in their geographic context. Development of the principles of political geography with emphasis upon the problems of Eastern Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4243.
GEOS 5253. Geomorphology (Sp). 3 Hours.
Mechanics of landform development. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Several local field trips are required during the semester.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4053.
GEOS 5263. Hydrogeology (Sp). 3 Hours.
Occurrence, movement, and interaction of water with geologic and cultural features. Lecture 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: MATH 2043 or MATH 2554, and GEOS 3514.
GEOS 5273. Principles of Geochemistry (Fa). 3 Hours.
GEOS 5283. Economic Geology (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Introduction to mineral deposits used as economic resources. Covers basic geology and geochemistry of mineral deposit formations and the formation of major classes of deposits. Examines the relationship between the distribution of ores, oil, gas, coal, and Plate Tectonics. Explores environmental issues associated with the extraction of earth resources. Prerequisite: GEOS 2313.
GEOS 5293. Introduction to Global Positioning Systems and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (Fa). 3 Hours.
Fundamentals of navigation, mapping, and high-precision positioning using the Navstar Global Positioning System. Topics include datum definition and transformation, map projections, autonomous and differential positioning using both code and carrier processing, and analysis of errors.
This course is cross-listed with ANTH 5593.
GEOS 530V. Special Problems in Regional Geography (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.
Special problems in regional geography. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
GEOS 5313. Planetary Atmospheres (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Origins of planetary atmospheres, structures of atmospheres, climate evolution, dynamics of atmospheres, levels in the atmosphere, the upper atmosphere, escape of atmospheres, comparative planetology of atmospheres.
GEOS 5323. Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (Fa). 3 Hours.
Introductory investigation of stratigraphic and sedimentologic factors important to the study of sedimentary rocks. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. A required weekend, two-day field trip will be conducted during the semester. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: GEOS 3413.
GEOS 5333. Research Methods and Materials in Geography (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.
Geographical research and the preparation of research papers. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
GEOS 5353. Meteorology (Fa). 3 Hours.
Examination of the atmospheric processes that result in multifarious weather systems. Offered as physical science.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4353.
GEOS 5363. Climatology (Sp). 3 Hours.
Fundamentals of topical climatology followed by a study of regional climatology. Offered as physical science.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4363.
GEOS 5383. Hazard & Disaster Assessment, Mitigation, Risk & Policy (Sp). 3 Hours.
Comprehensive introduction to interdisciplinary approaches to natural and environmental hazards and risk. Hazards and disaster assessment, mitigation, and policy are the focus of the class. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
GEOS 5403. American Public Lands and Policy (Irregular). 3 Hours.
The course examines the role of American federal public lands in 19th-20th century geography, history, policy, and art. It investigates the growth of conservation, preservation, and management movements in the US by looking at America's national parks, forests, dams, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, managed and agricultural lands. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
GEOS 5413. Planetary Geology (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Exploration of the solar system, geology and stratigraphy, meteorite impacts, planetary surfaces, planetary crusts, basaltic volcanism, planetary interiors, chemical composition of the planets, origin and evolution of the Moon and planets.
GEOS 5423. Remote Sensing of Natural Resources (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.
Introductory digital image processing of remotely sensed data. Topics include data collection, laboratory design, scientific visualization, radiometric and geometric correction, enhancement, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and change detection in natural resource remote sensing. GIS-based exercises and a course project are included. Prerequisite: GEOS 4413.
GEOS 5443. The Solid Earth (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Modern views for the origin of the solid Earth and its structure, composition, and evolution through geologic time. Topics will include examination of relevant geophysical and geochemical constraints used to develop global models for the Earth. Prerequisite: GEOS 3313, MATH 2564, CHEM 1123, PHYS 2074 or instructor consent.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4443.
GEOS 5453. Introduction to Raster GIS (Fa). 3 Hours.
Theory, data structure, algorithms, and techniques behind raster-based geographical information systems. Through laboratory exercises and lectures multidisciplinary applications are examined in database creation, remotely sensed data handling, elevation models, and resource models using boolean, map algebra, and other methods.
GEOS 5473. Applied Climatology (Fa). 3 Hours.
Applied climatology involves the use of climatic data to solve a variety of social, economic and environmental problems, such as for clients in agriculture, water and energy management. The basic purpose of applied climatology is to help society, at all scales and levels, to achieve a better adjustment to the climatic environment.
GEOS 5483. Severe Weather (Sp). 3 Hours.
Focuses on the formation and impact of weather phenomena such as blizzards, floods, tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes and droughts. Covers the mechanisms and physics that control severe weather, advanced terminology, physical concepts and scientific methods used in meteorology, and the analysis and interpretation of meteorological data.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4483.
GEOS 550V. Internship in GIS & Cartography (Sp, Su). 3-6 Hour.
Supervised experience in GIS and/or cartographic applications with municipal, county, state, or private enterprises. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 440V.
GEOS 5513. Introduction to GIS Programming (Fa). 3 Hours.
This course introduces fundamentals of GIS software engineering and offers hands-on tutorials in customized applications using Arc GIS through programming ArcObjects in VBA/VA.net environment. Topics covered include ArcObjects, different programming syntax and styles, and fundamental routines and functions in ArcGIS. After completing the course, students will have the capability develop customized ArcGIS applications.
GEOS 5523. Cartographic Design & Production (Sp). 3 Hours.
This course addresses advanced cartographic concepts (i.e. visual hierarchy, aesthetics, image cognition) and production techniques as they relate to computer-assisted mapping. Students produce a variety of maps using Adobe Illustrator (CS 4-6) software to build a map portfolio. Field trips may be required.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4523.
GEOS 5543. Geospatial Applications and Information Science (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.
An introduction to the methods and theory underlying the full range of geographic information science and collateral areas - including GNSS, remote sensing, cadastral, spatial demographics and others.
GEOS 5553. Spatial Analysis Using ArcGIS (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.
Applications of analysis of spatial data using ArcGIS tools in map design, on-line mapping, creating geodatabases, accessing geospatial data, geo-processing, digitizing, geocoding, spatial analysis including basic spatial statistics, analysis of spatial distributions and patterning and 3D application using ArcGIS 3D Analyst. Prerequisite: GEOS 3543 or GEOS 5543.
GEOS 5563. Tectonics (Fa). 3 Hours.
Development of ramifications of the plate tectonics theory. Analysis of the evolution of mountain belts. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: GEOS 3514.
GEOS 5573. Advanced Cartographic Techniques & Production (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Covers advanced production and techniques in cartography, including animation, geospatial visualization, pochade, and advanced visualization. Emphasizes client relationships in creating and producing cartographic materials. Prerequisite: GEOS 4523.
GEOS 5583. Vector GIS (Sp). 3 Hours.
Introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) applications in marketing, transportation, real estate, demographics, urban and regional planning, and related areas. Lectures focus on development of principles, paralleled by workstation-based laboratory exercises using mainstream GIS software and relational databases.
This course is cross-listed with ANTH 5563.
GEOS 5593. Introduction to Geodatabases (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.
Fundamental concepts and applications of geospatial databases. Schema development and spatial data models for geodata. Spatial and attribute query and optimization, properties and structures of relational and object-oriented geodatabases. Spatial extensions of SQL, spatial indexing, measurement, and geometry. Course will use PostGIS, ESRI File Geodatabases, and MS-SQL. Prerequisite: GEOS 3543, GEOS 3003 and GEOS 3103 or equivalent.
GEOS 560V. Graduate Special Problems (Sp, Su, Fa). 2-6 Hour.
Library, laboratory, or field research in different phases of geology. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of degree credit.
GEOS 5643. Introduction to Internet GIS (Sp). 3 Hours.
GEOS 5653. GIS Analysis and Modeling (Sp). 3 Hours.
Unlike conventional GIS courses that focus on studying "where", this course will teach students to address beyond "where" using various GIS analysis and modeling techniques to explore "why" and "how". The course will provide theoretical and methodological reviews of the principles of cartographic modeling and multi-criteria decision-making.
GEOS 5673. Volcanology (Irregular). 3 Hours.
A broad introduction to volcanic processes and their associated hazards. Emphasis will be placed on applying basic physical and chemical principles to understanding volcanic systems. Prerequisite: GEOS 2313.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4673.
GEOS 5703. Low-Temperature Geochemistry of Natural Waters (Fa). 3 Hours.
Covers the low-temperature geochemistry of waters and their associated minerals at Earth's surface. Examines the controls on the chemical composition of natural waters and the minerals precipitated from them. Topics covered will include water-rock interactions, pH, redox, the carbonate-water system, clay minerals and exchange, heavy metals, and a brief introduction to stable isotopes and geomicrobiology. Prerequisite: CHEM 1121L, CHEM 1123, GEOS 1113, and GEOS 1111L.
GEOS 5713. Geology of Our National Parks (Fa). 3 Hours.
This course examines the underlying geology responsible for selected parks, and explores the interplay of geology, biology, climate, topography, and humans to evaluate the value of the parks, and to anticipate the problems they will face in the near and long-term. Prerequisite: GEOL 1113.
GEOS 5723. Introduction to Petroleum Geophysics (Fa). 3 Hours.
Introduction to seismic wave propagation and petroleum seismology with particular emphasis on seismic events, elastic waves, and seismic survey design. Prerequisite: MATH 2564, PHYS 2033, and GEOL 3514 or consent of instructor.
GEOS 5733. Geophysics (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Derivation from physical principles, of the geophysical methods for mapping the Earth. Computational methods of converting gravity, magnetic, radiometric, electrical, and seismic data into geologic information. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: MATH 2564 and PHYS 2033 and PHYS 2031L and GEOS 3514.
GEOS 5743. Petroleum Geology (Fa). 3 Hours.
Distribution and origin of petroleum. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: Geology major and senior standing.
GEOS 5753. Karst Hydrogeology (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Assessment of ground water resources in carbonate rock terrains; relation of ground water and surface water hydrology to karst; quantification of extreme variability in karst environments; data collection rationale. Field trips required. Prerequisite: GEOS 4033.
GEOS 5783. Geography of Europe (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Geographic regions of the area with emphasis on their present development.
This course is cross-listed with GEOS 4783.
GEOS 5803.. Environmental Justice (Sp). 0 Hours.
This course deals with the ethical, environmental, legal, economic, and social implications of society's treatment of the poor, the disenfranchised, and minorities who live in the less desirable, deteriorating neighborhoods, communities, and niches of our country. The class integrates science with philosophy, politics, economics, policy, and law, drawing on award-winning films, current news, and case studies.
GEOS 5813. Geological Data Analysis (Sp). 3 Hours.
Quantitative methods and techniques for analysis and interpretation of geological data. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: MATH 2564 and GEOS 3514.
GEOS 5853. Environmental Isotope Geochemistry (Sp). 3 Hours.
Introduction to principles of isotope fractionation and distribution in geologic environments, isotopic analytical methods, and extraction of isotope samples; application of isotopes in characterization of geologic processes and interaction with hydrologic, surficial, and biologic attenuation, paleothermometry soil, and biogeochemical processes. Prerequisite: GEOL 5263. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.
This course is cross-listed with ENDY 5853.
GEOS 5863. Quantitative Techniques in Geosciences (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An introduction to the application of standard quantitative and spatial statistical techniques to geoscientific analysis. Students will use both micro and large system computers in the course.
This course is cross-listed with ANTH 5863.
GEOS 5923. Earth System History (ACTS Equivalency = PHSC 1104) (Sp). 4 Hours.
Physical and biological events that form the history of the earth from its formation to the beginning of the historical era. Graduate enrollment only with departmental permission. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: GEOL 3514.
GEOS 5933. Ancient Forest Science and Sustainability (Sp). 3 Hours.
Ancient forests preserve beautiful habitat with high ecological integrity. This course will examine the development, spatial distribution, and ongoing destruction of ancient forests worldwide, and how science can contribute to the understanding and sustainable management of these valuable resources.
GEOS 600V. Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.
Master's thesis.Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
GEOS 6013. Seminar in Geoinformatics (Sp). 3 Hours.
Geographic information science and technology research topics of particular interest to the graduate student class. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.
GEOS 700V. Doctoral Dissertation (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.
Dissertation research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Ph.D. candidacy.