Understand Earth landscapes and various processes which shape it.
Explain causes of floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, coastal erosion, and their impact on humans.
Describe hydrologic, tectonic and erosional processes and their interrelationship.
Relate geological processes to find valuable resources.
Solve geological problems using critical thinking.
Introduction to GIS GEOL 4331/6388
To learn the fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and Systems (GISS), databases, geospatial methods, capabilities and limitations of methods.
To introduce GIS as a spatial analysis tool for basic and applied research and studies.
To gain hands-on experience with GIS software (ArcGIS, 3D-Analyst, spatial analyst, Google Earth etc).
Physical geology students on a field trip to Enchanted Rock with Dr. Khan.
Ground based hyperspectral camera set up to capture the image of an outcrop.
Students conduct a GPR survey along the beach.
Student measuring the discharge rate of Brazos River using a flow meter.
Remote Sensing GEOL 3383/6325
To understand how different objects on the Earth's surface reflect and absorb electromagnetic energy.
To introduce the concept of digital image processing.
To learn how to analyze satellite/airborne imageries and extract relevant information about Earth surface properties.
To discuss a variety of applications of these technologies.
To successfully visualize satellite data.
To gain hands-on experience with data processing software.
Environmental Field Research GEOL 4356
Course Objectives: Students in this course will collect and analyze field data and will use the following tools:
Global Positioning System
Ground Penetrating Radar
Terrestrial Laser Scanner
Water quality surface hydrology instruments
Atmospheric chemistry instruments
Geophysics Field Camp GEOL 4330
Participate in daily field data acquisition campaigns using both marine and land-based systems.
Participate in normal but often strenuous activities of a field course.
Provide practical experience for geophysicists or geologists in geophysical field acquisition techniques.
Topics and techniques including multi-component reflection seismology, earthquake-related broadband seismic data acquisition, well logging, vertical seismic profiling,
gravity and magnetic field measurements, ground penetrating radar, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and Global Positioning Systems will be covered.