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Earth Systems Engineering Concentration

This multi-disciplinary concentration area is for those students who may wish to select their directed electives from courses which are applicable to working as a geospatial professional within engineering industries such as civil, environmental, geologic, agriculture, and ocean engineering, and others which are principally focused on earth related systems and projects.

Directed Electives (Select at least 15 credit hours)

ENGR 2001 - Statics

The study of forces and moments on structures, frames, and machine parts including the equilibrium of force systems in two and three dimensions, centroids, moments of inertia, friction, and shear and moment diagrams are studied.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: PHYS 2211, PHYS 2211L, and MATH 2460 with grades of C or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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ENGR 2203 - Strength of Materials

The study of the mechanics of deformable bodies in compression, tension, bending, and torsion. Including axial stress and strain, thermal stress and strain, statically indeterminant systems, torsional stress and strain, power transmission in shafts, bending stresses in beams, beam deflections, combined stresses, and elastic buckling in columns.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: ENGR 2001 and MATH 2460 with grades of C or higher

Hours:
4



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ENGR 3200 - Engineering Dynamics

The study of the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies that includes the dynamics of particles, work and kinetic energy, impulse and momentum, rigid body motions, moving coordinate systems and relative motion, and basic mechanical vibrations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGR 2001 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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ENGR 3301K - Thermodynamics

The definitions, concepts and laws of thermodynamics will be covered from an Engineering emphasis. Applications to ideal and real gases, vapor and gas power systems and heat pump systems. Equations of state, phase equilibrium, and phase transitions. The course will introduce students to real world energy systems and develop analysis techniques for these systems. A systematic problem solving process will be emphasized.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: MATH 2470, MATH 3000, PHYS 2211, and PHYS 2211L

Hours:
3



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ENGR 3340K - Fluid Mechanics

As a first course of fluid behavior, it analyzes the forces and energies generated by fluids at rest and in motion. Topics include fluid statics, control-volume analysis, the Navier-Stokes equations, similitude, viscous, inviscid and turbulent flows, boundary layers and open channel flows etc.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: MATH 2470, MATH 3000, and ENGR 2001

Hours:
4



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ENVE 1103 - Introduction to Environmental Professions

This course introduces the student to environmental professions. The course will also provide an introduction to the ethical, legal, philosophical, societal and environmental implications of geospatial science, environmental analysis, engineering, and technology professions. The student will also be introduced to careers, computational and spatial thinking, statistics, technical communications, networking, graphical communication, spatial analysis, remote sensing, modeling, geodesign and problem solving strategies.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Regular college placement

Hours:
3



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ENVE 2221K - Surveying I

This course will focus on the basic principles of plane land surveying. Topics will include the history, equipment, field methods, and calculations used in land surveying. Students will become familiar with the link between field data collection and office data practices and will gain valuable field experience in the techniques associated with topographic surveys, boundary surveys, and construction staking.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 1113

Hours:
4



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ENVE 2222K - Surveying II

This course covers basic construction and route surveying concepts and computations, including horizontal and vertical curves and volumetric measurements. Emphasis is placed on automated data collection methods using total stations and GNSS equipment. Students will also be introduced to adjustments by least squares, basic photogrammetric methods and geographic information systems (GIS).

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENVE 2221K

Hours:
4



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ENVE 3465 - Legal Aspects of Surveying

This introductory course covers land surveyor ethics and professional responsibility, the creation of Georgia property statutes, real property law, real and record evidence, records research, conveyances, recording systems, the public domain, eminent domain, legal aspects of boundary establishment, unwritten title, easements, prescription, water boundaries and surveying plans.

Hours:
3



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ENVE 3475K - Professional Practice of Surveying

This course prepares students for professional practice as a Professional Land Surveyor. Topics include subdivision design, site layout, zoning and land use regulations, professional ethics and business practice.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: ENVE 2222K and ENVE 3465

Hours:
3



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GEOL 3010K - Introduction to Earth Materials

Fundamentals of crystallography and mineralogy; laboratory study of minerals using the polarizing microscope; classification, identification, and origin of common rock-forming minerals and rocks. Course may contain field trips.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: GEOL 1121K with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
4



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GEOG 3200K - Earth Systems

This course is an introduction to the systems approach and interdependence of Earth's systems. Topics covered include climate change, biodiversity, ocean circulation, ozone depletion, and global environmental change. The course uses lessons from Earth's history to guide decision-making for our future.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: GEOG 1111K, GEOG 1112 & GEOG 1112L, GEOL 1121K, or GEOL 1122K

Hours:
3



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GEOG 4000K - Environmental Geography

This course focuses on integrated physical, human, economic, and environmental issues. The course will include place and case studies from around the world. Topics covered include interactions with and impacts of humans on vegetation, soils, animals, water, and the atmosphere as well as future trends and scenarios for these resources. This course will encourage development of geographical knowledge and understanding of how humans interact with our environment.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: GEOG 1111K, GEOG 1112 & GEOG 1112L, GEOL 1121K, or GEOL 1122K

Hours:
3



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GEOG 4200K - Biogeography

This course is an introduction to the growing field of biogeography. Topics covered include the arrival and differentiation of species, impacts of climate and plate tectonics on biodiversity, isolation, marine and island biogeography, and ecosystems. The course also analyzes interactions in nature and potential consequences of climatic and global environmental change on biodiversity.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: GEOG 3200K or GEOG 4000K, or permission of Instructor

Hours:
3



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GEOG 4500K - Environmental Impact Assessment

This course is an introduction to conducting environmental impact assessments. Topics covered include methods and approaches as well as important considerations such as noise, socioeconomic factors, heritage, landscape, soils, water, and ecology. The course uses case study examples and policies to guide students through the process.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: GEOG 3200K and BIOL 1108K, or permission of Instructor

Hours:
3



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MATH 2460 - Calculus II

A continuation of Calculus I. Topics include application of definite integrals, derivatives and integrals with inverse trigonometric functions, indeterminant forms and I'Hospital's rule, techniques of integration, polar coordinates, and infinite sequences and series.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 1450 or MATH 1501 with a grade of C or higher, or approval of the department head

Hours:
4



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MATH 2470 - Calculus III

A continuation of Calculus II. Topics include functions of several variables; partial differentiation; multiple integrals; vector algebra, lines, planes, and curves in three dimensions; and vector calculus.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 2460 with a grade of C or higher, or approval of the department head

Hours:
4



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MATH 3000 - Differential Equations

An introductory course in ordinary differential equations with emphasis upon linear differential equations of the first and second orders. Topics include solution of second order differential equations by the methods of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters and Laplace transforms.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 2460 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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MATH 3650 - Introduction to Linear Algebra

An introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra. Topics include finite-dimensional vector spaces, bases, linear transformations and matrices.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 2460 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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