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Earth Systems Engineering Focus

This multi-disciplinary focus 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)

BIOL 3500K - Ecology

Study of the relationships between the biotic and abiotic at the individual, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Topics include species diversity, population dynamics, organization and classification of communities, and chemical and energy flows in ecosystems. The laboratory exercises will emphasize experimental design, sampling and collection procedures in field studies, and statistical analysis of data. Off-campus field studies may be required.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: BIOL 1108K

Hours:
4



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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.

Hours:
3



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ENVE 2771K - Graphics and Information Visualization

This course is a 2000 level graphics, visualization, schematics, file conversion and geodesiqn course for geospatial and earth scientist and engineers. This course is designed particularly for these fields and includes sketching, line drawing, and solid modeling, the development and interpretation of site plans, utilities, CAD and GIS interfaces, working drawings and specifications for system visualization and realization.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENVE 1103 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
4



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ESCI 3001K - Land Use and Conservation

The quality of our environment depends upon the development which is permitted to take place and the controls which direct that development. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of how land use controls may be used to effectively shape development at the watershed scale. This course will introduce the student to land use with an emphasis on conservation of natural resources through the use of field descriptions, design, and analytical techniques with intent to optimize land use patterns. Extensive integration of GIS to landscape management principles will be emphasized.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: GEOL 1121K, GEOG 1111K, GISC 2011 and GISC 2011L, or GEOL 1250 and GEOL 1250L

Hours:
3



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ESCI 3003K - Soils

A detailed examination of soil formation and morphology, physical, biological, and chemical properties, soil-water interactions, wetlands and hydric soils, soil landscapes, field methods and protocols of soil sampling.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CHEM 1211 and 1211L, GISC 2011 and GISC 2011L, and GEOL 1121K or GEOG 1111K

Hours:
3



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ESCI 4003K - Hydrology

A multidisciplinary examination of hydrology concepts essential for environmental and spatial analysis. Topics include hydrologic processes and water balances in the landscape, saturated and unsaturated flow in soils, drainage, basic aquifer mechanics, environmental monitoring techniques, stream flow and storm flow dynamics in response to rainfall and watershed characteristics.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L, GISC 2011 and GISC 2011L, with grades of C or higher and MATH 1113 with a grade of D or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
4



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ESCI 4010K - Environmental Chemistry

Study of the principles of Environmental Chemistry including field techniques. Topics to be covered include the chemistry of water systems, organic and inorganic pollutants in natural water systems, its transport, degradation, retention and remedial methods including Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Emphasis will be placed upon field sampling for monitoring, sample handling, storage, instrumentation, data analysis, GLP and quality control.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CHEM 1212, CHEM 1212L, GISC 2011, and GISC 2011L with grades of C or higher, and MATH 1113 with a grade of D or higher, or permission of instructor

Hours:
4



Notes:
Three lectures and one lab each week.

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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.

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:
Prerequisites: GEOG 1111K, GEOG 1112, GEOG 1112L, GISC 2011, and GISC 2011L

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:
Prerequisites: GEOG 3200K and GISC 3011K

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 4000K

Hours:
4



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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

Hours:
3



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GISC 4480 - Geospatial Modeling

This course covers advance geospatial modeling for solving real world problems. Instruction will focus on the concept of data modeling using the statistical multivariate approach and artificial neural networks to develop relationships between geospatial data and real world environmental phenomena. Students will learn how to develop geospatial models in ArcGIS to solve complex environmental problems. Other concepts include geospatial data management, understanding data relationships, methods of trend exploration, data visualization and structure analysis through data mining.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: MATH 1113, MATH 1401 or MATH 2400, and GISC 4470K

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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SCTS 1502 - Science, Engineering and Technology in Society

This course will provide an integrated approach to the ethical, historical, philosophical, political, and socioeconomic aspects of engineering, science and technology. This course seeks to help students better understand the world in which they live and the broader implications of science, engineering and technology in society. Additionally, students will survey possible societal implications of future technological advances in engineering and science.

Hours:
2



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*Or other approved elective.

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