Earth, Oceans, & Space  

EOS 807 - Environmental Modeling
Credits: 4.00
Environmental Modeling introduces students to a range of key mathematical and computer modeling concepts and the ways they can be used to address important scientific questions. The course is divided into four topical sections: Population and Community Ecology, Hydrology, Biogeochemistry, and Ecosystems. In each section, modeling concepts and skills are presented together with environmental information to emphasize the linkage between quantitative methods and relevant scientific results. Prereq: MATH 425. (Also listed as NR 807.)

EOS 810 - Introduction to Astrophysics
Credits: 4.00
Review of the sun, stars, Milky Way, external galaxies, and expansion of the universe. Recent discoveries of radio galaxies, quasi-stellar objects, cosmic black-body radiation, x rays, and gamma rays precede a discussion of Newtonian and general relativistic cosmological models, steady-state big-bang theories, and matter-antimatter models. (Also offered as PHYS 810.) (Alternate years only.) Cr/F.

EOS 830 - Terrestrial Ecosystems
Credits: 3.00
Processes controlling the energy, water, and nutrient dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems; concepts of study at the ecosystem level, controls on primary production, transpiration, decomposition, hebivory; links to earth system science, acid deposition, agriculture. Prereq: forest ecology; introduction to botany or principles of biology;/ or permission. Lab. (Also offered as NR 830.)

EOS 844 - Biogeochemistry
Credits: 4.00
Examines the influence of biological and physical processes on elemental cycling and geochemical transformations from the molecular to the global scale, involving microorganisms, higher plants and animals and whole ecosystems; factors that regulate element cycles including soils, climate, disturbance and human activities; interactions among the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere; transformations of C, N, S, and trace elements. Prereq: one semester each of biology and chemistry. (Also offered as NR 844.)

EOS 850 - Biological Oceanography
Credits: 4.00
Biological processes of the oceans, including primary and secondary production, trophodynamics, plankton diversity, zooplankton ecology, ecosystems and global ocean dynamics. Field trips on R/V Gulf Challenger and to the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. Prereq: one year of biology or permission of instructor. (Also offered as ZOOL 850, ESCI 850.) Special fee. Lab. (Not offered every year.) May be repeated.

EOS 895 - Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Study on an individual or group basis of topics not covered by the other listed courses. Topics may include any area relevant to interest in Earth, ocean, atmospheric, and space studies. (May be repeated.) Lab.

EOS 896 - Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Study on an individual or group basis of topics not covered by the other listed courses. Topics may include any area relevant to interest in Earth, ocean, atmospheric, and space studies. (May be repeated.) Lab.

EOS 901 - Seminar
Credits: 1.00
Introduction to the fundamental components of the Earth system, such as the biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, and its environment in space. Basic concepts are presented in a lecture format by selected EOS faculty according to their research specialization. To familiarize the student with the literature in earth, oceans, and space science and engineering, students are expected to contribute to a discussion of current topics of interest in the literature. Cr/F.

EOS #954 - Heliospheric Physics
Credits: 3.00
The solar wind and its effects on cosmic rays. The basic equations of the solar wind: mass, momentum, angular momentum, and energy balance. Transport processes. Waves, shocks, and instabilities in the solar wind. The basic equations of energetic particle transport. Solar modulation of solar and glacatic cosmic rays. Interaction of energetic particles with shock waves. Salient data are reviewed. (Normally offered every other year.) Also offered as PHYS 954.

EOS 987 - Magnetospheres
Credits: 3.00
Introduces plasma physics of the interaction of solar and stellar winds with planets having magnetic fields, most predominately, the Earth. Both MHD and kinetic descriptions of internal and boundary processes of magnetospheres as well as treatment of the interaction with collisional ionospheres. Flow of mass, momentum, and energy through such systems. Prereq: PHYS 951;/ or permission. (Also offered as PHYS 987.) (Normally offered every other year.)

EOS 995 - Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00

EOS 996 - Special Topics
Credits: 3.00 to 4.00
See description for EOS 995.