Advanced Courses

Over 650 students have completed the Teachers in Geosciences (TIG) program and received their MS degree. Most states provide additional incentives to teachers for completion of 30 hours of course work past the MS degree. We now offer ten additional courses available only to those students who complete the TIG program.

How To Apply

  • Only TIG graduates may apply to take the advanced courses.
  • Complete the Application for Unclassified Graduate Admission by accessing the Online Application.
  • You may pay the $60 application fee online or by contacting the Office of the Graduate School at 662.325.7400.

How To Register

  • Once you are admitted, submit the signed Unclassified Graduate Student Registration Approval Form to the department offering the course.

    NOTE: Please do not fill out the form in the web browser. Save the pdf to your computer, fill it out, then save it again before sending. Also, please do not attempt to fill out one of our PDF forms from your smart phone. The form has a tendency to lose text and signatures.
  • If approved, the graduate coordinator or course instructor will sign the form.
  • Request that a departmental representative enter a Major Override for each approved course. Only the department offering the course may approve and add the override.
  • Submit the form to the Office of the Graduate School at to obtain a release for registration.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Hazards and Disasters
Advanced study of the processes, distribution and impacts of hazards and disasters. At the end of the course, students will be able to describe the spatial distribution of geologic and meteorological hazards, explain the reason behind this distribution, discuss how hazards impact humans and the environment, discuss how humans respond to or prepare for specific hazards, describe some of the actions taken by communities or governments to lessen the impact of certain hazards, and provide examples of significant events for each of the hazard types.

Climatic Change
This course takes a multidisciplinary approach in developing an understanding of the earth's climate and how it has varied (and why) through time. We explore the types of data used as evidence of climate change, evaluate "Global Warming" using evidence collected throughout the scientific community, and discuss the possible implications of Global Warming. We also take a look at the world's approach to Global Warming (IPCC reports, government policy, etc.).

Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Earthquakes and Volcanoes will focus on the main processes and products of earthquakes and volcanoes within the framework of plate tectonics. Case studies and exercises will be used to develop an understanding of the causes and mechanisms of earthquakes and volcanoes and how these phenomena affect humans.

Foundations in Forecasting
Emphasis on daily weather forecasting at the synoptic and meso scales and introduction and investigation of advanced methods.

Geology of North America
Geology of North America will provide a regional summary of North American geology. Case studies and exercises will be used to unravel the structural, stragraphic, and tectonic evolution of each of the major physiographic provinces of North America.

History of Life
History of Life will look at the fossil record and major events in evolution of life. This course will address how fossils get preserved, how they lived and the information that we get about the past from the study of fossils.

This course looks at landforms all over the earth and explores how these landforms are created. This is a great class for anyone interested in learning about how, what, and why the earth looks like it does! However, please note that Landforms is a very image intensive course. Though it is designed for the 56k modem user, access to broadband connection will save you a significant amount of time. Students will be required to view pictures of various landforms and explore web pages that tend to include many photographs

Paleontology of Dinosaurs This course is an application of evolutionary and taxonomic principles to the study of dinosaurs and their paleoenvironments.

Rocks and Minerals
Rocks and Minerals is a survey course designed to teach students various methods for the identification of common rocks and minerals. Students will also gain understanding of the origins and uses of common rocks and minerals. Laboratory exercises include the identification of actual specimens in addition to analysis of images.

Severe Weather
Severe Weather will focus on the atmospheric processes necessary in the production of severe storms. In addition to the needed formation parameters, various storm type (i.e. single cell, multicell, tropical, etc...) dynamics will also by discussed.