Investigate techniques for evaluating the risks of extreme events related to water in our environment. Students will learn about data and methodologies for estimating the rarity of phenomena including excessive rainfall totals, high and low river levels, coastal storm surge and waves, and drought.

Example Topics:

  • Probability and Random Processes
  • Recurrence Intervals
  • Extreme Value Analysis Methods

Semester: Fall 2020
Location: Turlington Hall Room 3012 (T) & 3018 (R)*
Day/Time: T period 4 & R periods 4-5
Instructor: Dr. Katy Serafin

This course provides a comprehensive geographical survey of populations & population analysis, including population description, distribution, change & characteristics; demographic processes including migration, refugees & urbanization; and the consequences of development, conflict & population control diseases topics and many others.

Course Objectives:

Gain familiarity with global population dynamics, differences, and trends
Critically evaluate outcomes of social trends, policies, and population groups
Learn to analyze US and global population/geography data using data sets and interpretation
Learn key terms, themes, and concepts in population geography and demography


Instructor: Audrey C. Smith –

Course description

It is often the case that real-world systems can be represented as networks of many interacting components. This course teaches the fundamental concepts, models, and techniques for describing, visualizing, measuring, and analyzing networks. It also introduces their applications in geography, transportation, social science, etc. A series of labs using the popular network analysis package Gephi and GIS software ArcGIS are also designed to help students gain hands-on experience in visualizing and analyzing networks.

Course Objectives

After successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Have a solid grasp of the vocabulary, central concepts, measures and techniques relating to networks;
  • Conduct experiments within the Gephi and ArcGIS software environment;
  • Apply their knowledge to visualize and analyze a real network data set of their choosing.

Dr. Yujie Hu –

No place on earth is completely safe from meteorological, climatological, hydrological, and geophysical hazard phenomena. Yet, we can anticipate disasters by mapping the potential intersection of hazard phenomena with human settlements. This knowledge can be used to reduce or avoid hazard impacts in our communities.

This course provides students with knowledge & skills to model hazard vulnerability using ArcGIS Pro. We will discover where to obtain data and explore different methods for integrating social & physical vulnerability analyses within a geospatial model.

Semester: Fall 2020
Instructor: Dr. Kevin Ash

We will use the geographic lens of human-environment interactions to understand how disasters emerge from a complex web of social, cultural, psychological, political, and economic forces in tandem with extreme weather, climate, and geophysical hazard events.

The course discusses international historical, recent, and ongoing hazard events and disasters to connect data analysis and theoretical explanation to students’ individual and shared experiences.

Semester: Fall 2020
Instructor: Dr. Kevin Ash


No textbook
No exams

Fall 2020 100% online, asynchronous

Course Organization
Lab exercises Skills quizzes Presentations
Final project

*Counts for Certificates in Applied Atmospheric Science and Meteorology and Climatology*

Instructor: Dr. Corene Matyas

Emphasis on using GIS for spatial data analysis

Basic terminology for atmospheric science
Global and regional reanalysis datasets
Doppler radar
Satellite-based rainfall estimates
Spatial analysis using GIS

Pick your case for:
Researchers using GIS
Landfalling hurricane
Final project related to your
thesis/ dissertation research

Course description:

Medical geography deals with human-environment interactions and the influence of these interactions on public health. This course provides a broad-based, comprehensive survey of geographic topics and approaches in medical sciences. Hands-on experiences will be emphasized through GIS labs.

Successful students will be able to:

Apply geographic concepts and principles widely used in medical studies.
Investigate health problems with a systematic approach and spatial analysis methods.
Analyze real-world health problems using geographic information systems (GIS) software.

Semester: Fall 2020
Time and Location: This courses is facilitated 100% online.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher.
Contact information: Dr. Liang Mao via

MET3503 Weather & Forecasting

Explores weather instrumentation and uses a lot of hands-on activities to interpret weather-related observations, maps, and graphs.

Explores the physics concepts that drive the weather and the history of how we came to understand wind and storms.

Covers numerical weather models, and how to properly use and interpret them.

Part of the Certificate in Meteorology and Climatology
Prerequisites: GEO2242 Extreme Weather or GEO2200 Physical Geography

Instructor: Mr. Stephen Mullens
Mon-Wed-Fri: Period 8

MET1010 Introduction to Weather and Climate (formerly GEO2242 Extreme Weather)

We’ll learn the scientific fundamentals of Earth’s atmosphere and weather systems and understand how Earth’s climate system operates. We’ll see how the weather and climate impacts society and the natural environment.

Learn about tornadoes, winter storms, hurricanes, rain, fronts, air masses, droughts, energy balances, floods, and why the sky is blue. We will discuss weather forecasting, and evaluate how Earth’s climate is changing.

New number. New name. Same course. Same Physical Science Gen Ed.

Instructor: Mr. Stephen Mullens
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: Period 3

MET4532-MET6530 Hurricanes
Instructor: Dr. Corene Matyas
Learn about Hurricane Andrew and 20 other famous tropical cyclones!
Prerequisites: GEO3250 or MET3503 (email me if you are graduating and I’ll consider an over-ride)

Turlington 3006
M Per. 4-5, W Per. 5
If moved online, will meet synchronously
Course Components:
Forecasting Labs
Maps Discussions and Updates from the National Hurricane Center
Presentation on Famous Storm
Data Analysis Project for your Portfolio

Applies to certificates in: Applied Atmospheric Science (Graduate)
and Meteorology and Climatology (Undergraduate)