Online Core Courses

Online Summer 2020 Core Courses for ALL MAJORS

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Register for the core classes that you need and learn about fascinating Earth sciences that impact your world every day. Classes are available online in the summer of 2020 through the College of Geosciences.

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The following core classes are available to all majors.

ATMO 201: Weather and Climate (3 credit hours) covers structure, energy, and motions of the atmosphere; climate; fronts and cyclones; atmospheric stability; clouds and precipitation; severe storms.

Term: 10-week term
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science

GEOG 201: Introduction to Human Geography (3 credit hours) surveys of the major systems of human-land relations of the world and their dissimilar developments; the processes of innovation, diffusion, and adaptation stressed with regard to changing relationships between people and their environment.

Term: Summer 1
Core Curriculum Requirement: Social and Behavioral Science

GEOG 203: Planet Earth (3 credit hours) covers Earth’s physical environment including climate, water, landforms, and ecosystems; processes that control these systems and their global distributions; human effects on these processes.

Term: Summer 1
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science

GEOG 205: Environmental Change (3 credit hours) offers systems perspective on important attributes, elements, and connections within earth's physical environment; dynamic nature of environment at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Term: Summer 2
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science
Other University Requirement: Cultural Discourse

GEOG 213: Planet Earth Lab (1 credit hour) offers exercises and maps to illustrate principles of physical geography.

Term: Summer 2
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science

GEOL 101: Principles of Geology (3 credit hours) surveys physical and chemical nature of the Earth and dynamic processes that shape it; plate tectonics, Earth's interior, materials it is made of, age and evolution, earthquakes, volcanism, erosion and deposition; introduces physical and chemical principles applied to the Earth. (NOTE: Not open to students who have taken GEOL 103 or GEOL 104.)

Term: Summer 2
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science

GEOL 102: Principles of Geology Laboratory (1 credit hour) is an exercise-based introduction to the physical and chemical nature of the Earth and dynamic process that shape it; rock and mineral types; topographic and geologic maps; complements GEOL 101 but may be taken independently.

Term: Summer 1 and Summer 2
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science

GEOL 207: Dinosaur World (3 credit hours) surveys dinosaur paleobiology and paleoecology; terrestrial paleoclimate and paleoenvironments of the Mesozoic; dinosaur ancestors; appearance and radiation of dinosaurs; paleoecology and paleobiology of major dinosaur groups; extinction of large dinosaurs and the Cretaceous/Paleogene mass extinction; the appearance and ancestry of birds.

Term: 10-Week term
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science

OCNG 251: Oceanography (3 credit hours) is an overview of the ocean environment; interrelation of the subdisciplines of ocean sciences; importance of the oceans to human beings; human impact on the oceans.

Term: 10-week term
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science

OCNG 252: Oceanography Laboratory (1 credit hour) offers virtual laboratory experiments and exercises demonstrating principles of ocean sciences; emphasis on the unique interdisciplinary nature of the ocean and current ocean issues relevant to today's society.

Term: Summer 1 and Summer 2
Core Curriculum Requirement: Life/Physical Science

 

Distance education differential tuition will not be charged for online courses in the summer of 2020 at an individual course level for all students in traditional degree programs. For students enrolled in distance education degree programs, there is no change in how they will be charged.

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