Graduate Student Funding
Full-time and half-time teaching assistantships are often available
for graduate students. Full-time TA's teach two or three lab
sections per week; half-time TA's usually teach one lab section and
assist in one other. Departmental TA's usually last for two years
and include a tuition waiver. Research assistantships are also often
available to graduate students. RA's may be
required to teach labs in addition to working on a research project.
For more information on the BMP graduate (M.S.
degree) application process for the Department of Geosciences, and
information about Teaching / Research Assistant positions within our
department, please contact:
Geosciences Graduate Coordinator.
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GR 1603: Introduction to Meteorology
- This course serves as the basic course in our broadcast and operational
meteorology curricula, and also as a general interest course for
any student who wants to learn about weather. The course is descriptive
rather than rigorous, and focuses on atmospheric processes and conditions
and the resulting events and phenomena. Each class meeting begins
with a weather show which includes the current observations, forecast
discussion and analysis, and the official NWS forecast. Students
are expected to keep up with current weather situations throughout
the semester and learn what to anticipate as processes and events
GR 4402/6402: Weather Analysis
I - This course is designed to instruct students in the
fundamentals of understanding current weather conditions, their
impact and how they may change in the future. Originally conceived
as a platform for discussion, the class has evolved into a more
practical approach to analysis. The student will learn about not
only the information available and how to interpret it, they will
gain knowledge of the instrumentation behind the data. Additionally,
time is spent on new technologies and their impact on meteorological
GR 4412/6412: Weather Analysis
II - A continuation of Weather Analysis I, this course will
build on the concepts introduced in the first section. The student
will learn certain advanced analysis techniques. Additionally, the
student will be introduced to the computer models which are the
backbone of current forecasting methods. The student will apply
this information through daily discussions of current and expected
GR 4422/6422: Weather
Forecasting I - This course is an introduction to the
process of creating and disseminating weather forecasts. Use
of current weather data in creating daily forecasts for the local
GR 4431/6431: Weather
Forecasting II - Continuation of Weather Forecasting I,
emphasis is placed on disseminating both oral and written forecasts
for the local area.
GR 4613/6613: Applied Climatology
- This course has the objective of teaching students the use of
climatological data and perspective to solve problems and answer
questions of an operational nature. Topics explain the relationship
of climate to landscape and human activity. Applications are developed
in such areas as agriculture, industry, technology, aviation, medicine,
construction, architecture, and urban development.
GR 4623/6623: Physical
Meteorology - An investigation of cloud
physics/precipitation processes and solar/terrestrial radiation,
including atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric electricity, optics, and
GR 4633/6633: Statistical Climatology
- A survey of the types of statistical weather data available.
Manipulation of the data on various temporal and spatial scales.
GR 4753/6753: Satellite and
Radar Meteorology - This is a three-credit class with no
lab. This course is designed to provide students with specific knowledge
of the physical principles that remote sensing of the environment
is based upon. An understanding of the general principles of remote
sensing interpretation will be acquired. The course will provide
knowledge of the specific characteristics of meteorological satellites,
radar, and Doppler radar. Considerable time is spent examining the
role that these tools of remote sensing play in atmospheric and
surface analysis, and weather forecast development. While there
is no formal lab with this course, students will be required to
complete "in" and "out" of class lab-type exercises.
GR 4713/6713: Synoptic
Meteorology - This is a three-credit class with no lab.
This course is designed to give an overview of atmospheric processes
and phenomena found at the synoptic scale. Course topics include:
physical processes of atmospheric motion, vertical motion, vorticity,
advections, and cyclogenesis.
GR 4823/6823: Dynamic
Meteorology I - This is a three-credit class with
no lab. The course provides an in-depth examination of the
theoretical methods for determining atmospheric stability and the
tools necessary to interrogate the vertical profile of the
GR 4933/6933: Dynamic
Meteorology II - This is a three-credit class with
no lab. The course provides quantitative analysis and consideration
of atmospheric circulation including jet streams, mid-latitude
cyclones, vorticity, and atmospheric kinetics.
GR 4963/6963: Mesoscale
- This is a three-credit class with no lab. This
course give students descriptive and physical understanding of
mesoscale processes and their relevance to the synoptic environment.
A strong focus is placed upon severe local storms.
GR 8542: Geographic Literature
- As it is currently structured, this course is designed to assure
the faculty that graduate students are fluent in the use of computers
for writing, graphics, and data analysis. Students are required
to pursue a research project resulting in a written paper that demonstrates
mastery of the computer skills mentioned above.
GG 8561: Geoscience Seminar
- This course has the purpose of teaching graduate students how
to prepare and deliver a professional presentation. Students are
required to use Powerpoint or a similar computer program to construct
an oral presentation equivalent to those commonly delivered at professional
meetings and conferences. Student presentations are delivered before
the entire faculty and graduate students each spring semester.
GR 8990: Research Methods
- This course was designed for graduate students following our non-thesis
track. Since those students do not write a thesis, the faculty use
this course to ensure that research skills are learned. Students
learn the framework of a research project--use of scientific inquiry
to pose a question, observe and collect information, analyze data,
and draw conclusions. Written results and oral presentations are