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Climatology Course Requirements

Based on the below plan, M.S. students have 24 credit hours of course work and when combined with 6 hours of GEOG 691 (Research), this equals 30 hours out of the total 32 hours required for the M.S. degree (the remaining 2 hours are for additional electives and can be used as needed).

Based on the below plan, Ph.D. students have 36 credit hours of course work and when combined with 28 hours of GEOG 691 (Research), this equals the total 64 hours required for the Ph.D. degree.

Courses required by the Department of Geography (6 hours):

  • GEOG 610 – Geographic Methods and Theory
  • GEOG 611 – Geographical Research Design

Required prerequisites for all M.S. and Ph.D. students in climatology:

(may be waived if equivalent courses have been completed at another university)

Climatology seminar requirement:

(at least 6 hours for M.S. and at least 9 hours for Ph.D.)

Statistics requirement:

(at least 3 hours for M.S. and at least 6 hours for Ph.D. from the following, or geography equivalent)

  • GEOG 652 – Quantitative Methods in Geography; plus at least one of the following courses:
    • ATMO 632 – Statistical Methods in Climate Research
    • STAT 601 – Statistical Analysis (for engineering, math and science students)
    • STAT 652 – Statistics in Research II
    • BAEN 662 – Statistical Methods in Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Programming/Data Analysis requirement:

(at least 3 hours for Ph.D. students; strongly encouraged but not required for M.S. students)

  • GEOG 689 – Environmental Programming for Climatologists (Fortran)
  • OCNG 657/658 – Data methods and graphical representation in oceanography (MATLAB)
  • ATMO 321 – Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences (IDL or MATLAB)
  • CSCE 601 – Programming with C and Java
  • CSCE 602 – Object-oriented Programming

Relevant geography seminars:

(6 hours for M.S., 9 hours for Ph.D.)

  • GEOG 619 – Human Impact on the Environment
  • GEOG 624 – Biogeography Theory and Methods
  • GEOG 625 – Landscape Ecology
  • GEOG 626 – Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GEOG 651 – Remote Sensing For Geographical Analysis
  • GEOG 660 – Applications in GIS
  • GEOG 661 – Digital Image Processing and Analysis
  • GEOG 665 – GIS-Based Spatial Analysis and Modeling
  • GEOG 666 – Coastal Geomorphology
  • GEOG 686 – Quaternary Geomorphology (Quaternary Environments)
  • GEOG 689 – Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems
  • GEOG 696 – Geomorphology and Remote Sensing

Relevant graduate seminars outside of geography:

(3 hours for M.S., 3 hours for Ph.D.)

  • ATMO 601 – Fundamentals of Atmospheric Dynamics
  • ATMO 604 – General Circulation and Climate
  • ATMO 629 – Climate Change
  • ATMO 631 – Climate Modeling
  • ATMO 655 – Satellite Date in Meteorology
  • ATMO 659 – Tropical Cyclones
  • CVEN 627 – Engineering Surface Water Hydrology
  • CVEN 674 – Groundwater Engineering
  • CVEN 675 – Stochastic Hydrology
  • ESSM 620 – Plant and Range Ecology
  • ESSM 622 – Biogeochemistry of Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • ESSM 624 – Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change
  • ESSM 626 – Fire and Natural Resources Management
  • ESSM 635 – Ecohydrology
  • ESSM 660 – Landscape Analysis and Modeling
  • ESSM 663 – Applied Spatial Statistics
  • PLAN 616 – Analyzing Risk/Hazard and Public Policy
  • PLAN 647 – Disaster Recovery and Hazard Mitigation
  • WFSC 604 – Ecological Modeling
  • WMHS 601 – Applications and Problems in Hydrological Science
  • WMHS 602 – Contemporary Issues in Water Resources

Relevant graduate courses in Geographic Information Science & Technology:

(optional)

  • GEOG 651 – Remote Sensing for Geographical Analysis
  • GEOG 659 – Geodatabases
  • GEOG 660 – Applications in GIS
  • GEOG 661 – Digital Image Processing and Analysis
  • GEOG 662 – GIS in Land and Property Management
  • GEOG 665 – GIS-Based Spatial Analysis and Modeling
  • GEOG 676 – GIS Programming
  • GEOG 677 – Geomorphometry
  • GEOG 678 – WebGIS
  • GEOG 695 – Frontiers in Geographic Information Science
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