Department of Geography and the Environment

GRG 301K • Weather And Climate

36700 • Kimmel, Troy
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JES A121A
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Utilizing critical thinking skills, this course is an introductory look at weather and climate. The course will include a thorough discussion of atmospheric processes, clouds, precipitation (types), air masses, frontal boundaries, introductory discussions of severe local storms (and their offspring) and tropical cyclones as well as the climatology of these weather systems. Also included will be a brief introduction to the Koppen Climatic Classification System.

GRG 305 • This Human World: Intro To Grg

36735-36775 • Adams, Paul
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WEL 1.308
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Course Description

This course focuses on learning why things are where they are and the processes that underlie spatial patterns. These processes are fundamentally cultural: they involve a complex mix of folk culture, popular culture, communication, religion, demography, industry and urbanization, so the course touches on all of these topics. The course also looks at the indications of human-induced environmental changes, including pollution, resource depletion, and the transformation of ecosystems. It concludes with an introduction to the range of career opportunities for people with training in geography.

Grading Policy

Final grades will be based on a combination of three exams (worth approximately 45% of the total grade), three projects (worth approximately 25% of the total grade) and participation (worth approximately 30% of the total grade).

GRG 309C • Creating Sustainable Socty

36780 • Swearingen, William
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM UTC 4.132
E SB (also listed as SOC 309C)
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The course will offer students an overview of sustainability as something human beings must strive to create in an era of global warming and ever greater social inequalities; both between countries and within countries.   The focus of the course will revolve around the core issues of sustainability: what does sustainability mean?  Why do we need to remake human societies in more sustainable ways?  And what does social equity have to do with sustainability?  One of the problems we have in teaching about sustainability today is our focus on two of the "E's" without much attention to the third. We talk mostly about Environment, secondly about Economy, and then tend to pay short shrift to Equity.  This course will address all three, but put a greater focus on Equity than is usual.  The course will be taught from a social sciences perspective, which approaches human relationships with the natural world (Environment) in the context of their relationships with each other (Environment and Equity).  Global warming (environment) is main reason we are talking about Sustainability today, but global warming is both cause and effect of our economies and inequalities.

Required Texts

Carolan, Micheal,  Society and the Environment; Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues. Westview Press, 2013.

Grading Policy

There will be three multiple choice tests and one group project.  Each will count 25% of the grade.

GRG 333C • Severe And Unusual Weather

36800 • Kimmel, Troy
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 0.106
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Utilizing critical thinking skills, this course examines the principles and techniques of atmospheric science and the applications to the study of severe and unusual weather events and patterns. This course will include a thorough examination (often in real time through the use of the internet) of thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, hailstorms, winter storms, tropical cyclones as well as drought. In addition to study of the events themselves, a look at the climatology of severe and unusual weather across the United States, Texas as well as our own south central Texas region will be undertaken. How these atmospheric events affect human beings and how people respond to these events will also be examined.

GRG 335N • Landscape Ecology

36810 • Polk, Molly
Meets MW 11:30AM-1:00PM GAR 2.112
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The study of spatial patterns in the earth's biosphere found within landscapes, typically areas measured in square kilometers. Examines the processes that create those patterns, drawing from ecology, biogeography, and many other disciplines. Also explores the practical applications of landscape ecology to the study of natural environments and those managed or altered by human activities. Geography 335N and 356T (Topic: Landscape Ecology) may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and three semester hours of coursework in physical geography or one of the geological or natural sciences.

GRG 350E • Geoprocessing

36845 • Arima, Eugenio
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM RLP 1.404
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Computer programming and scripting applied to geospatial data.

Geography 350E and 356T (Topic: Geoprocessing) may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Geography 460G.

Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

GRG 356 • Topics In Environmental Grg

Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 208
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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356T • Sus Landscapes & Seascapes

36860 • Young, Kenneth
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.104
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GRG 462K • Intro Remote Sensing Of Envir

36885-36890 • Meyer, Thoralf
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PHR 2.114
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The use of electromagnetic energy to sense objects in the natural environment; interpretation and recognition of patterns detected by sensors. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

  • Department of Geography and the Environment

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street, A3100
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712