ESS 100 - INTRODUCTION TO SPACE SCIENCE

Semester Hour: 1

Covers physiology in space, computer systems, materials, in space, robotics, thermodynamics, astrophysics, and solar physics. Laboratory experiments and simulated missions. Offered in cooperation with the Alabama Space and Rocket Center. Open only to students enrolled in Space Academy II.

ESS 101 - EXPLORING SPACE SC & ENGR

Semester Hour: 1

Exploring Space Science and Engineering courses 1-9. Each course examines an aspect of space exploration including but not limited to space science, human factors, medicine and engineering. Each course focuses on a single aspect. No more than three of the courses in the ESS 101 group may be taken for credit. The courses are offered through distance learning.

ESS 103 - ENVIR EARTH SCI FND & APPLICA

Semester Hours: 4

Principles and foundations of Earth and environmental science with lectures and labs on concepts in Earth system science. Applied science labs use applications and real-world examples from ecosystems, geology, soil science, water, pollution, agriculutre, population, natural disasters and energy.

ESS 103L - LABORATORY

Semester Hours: 0

ESS 110 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE/CALHOUN

Semester Hours: 4

ESS 111 - CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Semester Hours: 4

Intro to climate system including natural and human-induced changes in this system. Includes greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, pollution, urban heat island processes, continental drift effects, glacial melting and sea level changes, atmospheric and ocean circulations, solar activity variability.

ESS 111L - CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHG LAB

Semester Hours: 0

ESS 112 - SEVERE & HAZARDOUS WEATHER

Semester Hours: 4

Weather systems, severe weather, hurricanes, weather forecasting, interpretation of current conventional surface-based, satellite and radar weather observations. Prerequisite: ESS 111.

ESS 112L - SEVERE & HAZARD WEATHER LAB

Semester Hours: 0

ESS 210 - COLLAPSE OF CIVILIZATIONS

Semester Hours: 3

This course will investigate why some cultures succeed and others fail. From archeological and historical records of past civilizations we will examine the factors which lead to collapse in an attempt to determine the future of current societies.

ESS 301 - INTRO TO EARTH & ATMOSPHC PHYS

Semester Hours: 3

This course will provide a survey of earth and atmospheric science for undergraduate students. Topics that will be covered will focus on how the earth-atmosphere system works in an integrated fashion. Prerequisites: ESS 103, ESS 111, (PH 101 or PH 111), and (MA 120 or MA 171).

ESS 302 - PEOPLE, PLANTS, & ENVIRONMENT

Semester Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce students from multiple departments to the vital roles that plants have in our ecosystems through the study of basic plan and soil science. Special attention is placed on the impact plants have on our technology-based society. Sophomore standing or above.

ESS 303 - CLASSI & PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM

Semester Hours: 3

Basic atmospheric structure and physical processes, surface processes, climate history and climate change, land use and land change, microclimates, topoclimates, Ecoclimatology. Prerequisites: ESS 103, ESS 111, MA 120 or MA 171, and PH 101 or PH 111.

ESS 305 - HYDROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Introduction to hydrologic cycles and concepts of how water interacts with the environment. Covers water properties, precipiation, groundwater and runoff, currents, waves, sediment processes, and conservation strategies. Prerequisites: ESS 103, ESS 111, MA 120 or MA 171, and PH 101 or PH 111.

ESS 307 - ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHEOLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Archeologists today need a wide range of scientific approaches in order to delineate and interpret the ecology of their sites. This approach is revolutionizing archeology making it relevant to the modern-day world. Investigated in this course includes climate modeling, remote sensing, and GIS. Prerequisite: ESS 103.

ESS 312 - PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY

Semester Hours: 4

Lecture/Lab One 3 hour lab a week. Ecological principles controlling plant and animal populations. Development of ecosystems, communities and habitats. Field trips required. Strongly recommend CH 101 or 121. Prerequisite: BYS 120.

ESS 321 - POLLUTION PROBLEMS

Semester Hours: 3

Quantitative study of environmental conditions, processes, and problem-solving techniques related to specific pollution problems in air, water, and land. Prerequisites: ESS 111, ESS 103 and (MA 120 or MA 171) and (CH 101 or CH 121) and (PH 101 or PH 111).

ESS 351 - DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Dynamics and kinematics of atmospheric flow. Meteorological coordinate systems. Fundamental governing equations of atmospheric motion, circulation, and vorticity. Prerequisites: PH 111, ESS 301, CS 102 or CS 103, and MA 201 (with concurrency).

ESS 370 - INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING

Semester Hours: 3

This course investigates the basic physical principles of remote sensing systems and discuss the processing, interpretation, and applications of airborne and satellite data. Prerequisites: ESS 103, ESS 111, (MA 120 or MA 171), (PH 101 or PH 111), and CS 102.

ESS 402 - SCI & SOC ASPTS NATRL DISASTER

Semester Hours: 3

Students will understand causes of major natural events and evaluate effects of disasters on populations and possible mitigation measures. GIS software will be used to show progression of events and/or their impacts, with course case studies.

ESS 407 - ENV THRTS, PUB POLY, & DEC MKG

Semester Hours: 3

Researchers, policymakers and environmental campaigners have identified 25 potential future threats to the global environment. This course examines the nature and consequences of these threats and their potential impacts for the survival of the human race. Prerequisite: ESS 103.

ESS 408 - PYTHON FOR ID ESS APPLICATIONS

Semester Hours: 3

Introduction to GIS model building, Python programming, and automation of scripts for ArcGIS. Techniques in Model Builder, Python, and the methods for automation will be taught using data from numerous available data sources across the internet with heavy emphasis on the Earth Sciences. Prerequisites: CS 102 and ESS 301.

ESS 409 - APPLI COMPUTERS IN METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Survey of data types and languages commonly used in the meteorological community along with practical applications to meteorology. Course is designed to prepare students for graduate work and research in atmospheric science. Prerequisite: CS 102, ESS 301, MA 172, PH 112 and PH 115. Or consent of instructor.

ESS 410 - OPERATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST'G

Semester Hours: 3

Subjective and objective methods of atmospheric prognosis. Techniques for forecasting critical weather elements. Interpretation, use and systematic errors of computer-generated products, human factors with forecasting, and application of meteorological theory in an operational setting. Prerequisites: ESS 111, ESS 112, ESS 301, MA 172, PH 112 and PH 115.

ESS 413 - GIS & REMOTE SENSING

Semester Hours: 3

Spatial data processing with focus on ESRI ArcGIS and ENVI software. Basic concepts in GIS data management and creation and scientific use of satellite imagery. Topics include image interpretation, classification, transformations, raster and vector data, projections, data query, and cartography. Prerequisite: CS 102 and ESS 301.

ESS 414 - GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS

Semester Hours: 3

An introductory look at the ways in which GIS can be put to use in different fields of study, drawing examples from Demography, Sociology, Archaeology, History, and Ecology. Focus on cartography and map creation principles and public geospatial data acquisition. Prerequisite: ESS 301 and ESS 413.

ESS 415 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS

Semester Hours: 3

Advanced continuation of concepts applied in Geospatial Applications. Students will learn through modules of real world scientific research how to use further tools in ArcGIS including: 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst. Topics include web data dissemination, spatiotemporal analysis and some basic spatial statistics measures. Prerequisite: ESS 301 and ESS 414.

ESS 420 - INTRO ATMOSP CHEM & AIR POLLU

Semester Hours: 3

This self-contained introductory course in atmospheric chemistry and air pollution is designed to provide students the basics of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution concepts. Topics include air pollutants, air-pollution meteorology, atmospheric gases and aerosols, and atmospheric processes. Prerequisites: PH 112, PH 115, CH 121, ESS 301 and ESS 321.

ESS 441 - ATMOSP THERMODY & CLOUD PHYSIC

Semester Hours: 3

General aspects of thermodynamics and cloud physical processes occurring within the atmosphere; atmospheric statics and stability, saturation point analysis, aerosols, nucleation, and the behavior/growth of cloud particles and hydrometeors. Prerequisites: ESS 301, MA 238, PH 112 and PH 115.

ESS 451 - ATMOSPHERIC FLUID DYNAMICS I

Semester Hours: 3

Fluid dynamics in the atmosphere. Coriolis acceleration, scale analysis and appropriate approximations of the complete governing equations. Numerical analysis and interpretation of weather phenomena. Same as ATS 451. Prerequisites: ESS 301, MA 238, PH 112 and PH 115.

ESS 452 - SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Analysis, interpretation and forecasting synoptic-scale and mesoscale phenomena, including air masses, frontal systems, cyclones, anti-cyclones, tropical cyclones, and associated mesoscale phenomena. Emphasis is placed on the use of remote sensing data from satellites, radars, and profilers using state-of-the-art workstations. Prerequisite: ESS 301, ESS 441 and ESS 451.

ESS 454 - FORECASTING MESOSCALE PROC

Semester Hours: 3

Detection and forecasting of atmospheric mesoscale phenomena including the structure and evoluation of clouds, precipitation (including floods) thunderstorms and severe weather. Includes basics of instruments used to detect mesoscale phenomena, most notably satellite and radar. Prerequisite: ESS 301 and ESS 351.

ESS 461 - ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION I

Semester Hours: 3

Fundamentals of terrestrial atmospheric radiation. Topics include: basic concepts, radiative transfer equation, gaseous absorption, scattering by molecules and particles, band models, transmittance along an inhomogeneous path. Prerequisite: ESS 301, MA 238, PH 112 and PH 115.

ESS 471 - INTRO TO RADAR METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Introduction to principles of radar meteorology, including radar operations, hardware, interpretation and analysis. Doppler, dual-polarization and dual-wavelength radar theory, methods and applications are covered. Prerequisite: ESS 301 and ESS 441.

ESS 490 - SELECTED TOPICS IN ENVIRON SCI

Semester Hours: 1-3

Special offerings to students in areas of interest not covered in the present curriculum. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

ESS 495 - DIRECTED STUDY

Semester Hours: 2-4

Specialized research for undergraduates often is offered to undergraduates who have senior standing.

ESS 498 - UNDERGRAD CAPSTONE PROPOSAL

Semester Hour: 1

Students will identify an Earth system science problem and formulate their capstone research proposal under the direct supervision of a research advisor during this first semester of this two-part capstone. Must be followed by ESS 499 to complete the capstone research project. Prerequisite: taken in senior year and with consent of department.

ESS 499 - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Semester Hours: 2

Individual investigations into Earth system science problems under direct supervision of a capstone research advisor. Research is conducted and thesis-style paper is written and orally presented. This course follows ESS 498 during which the research proposal was formulated. Prerequisite: ESS 498 with a grade of S; taken in senior year and with deparmental approval.