Texas Tech University

Climate Related Courses

Antarctic field experiment
Below is a partial list of courses offered in relevance to climate science. 


Chair of Biological Sciences: Dr. Jennifer Burns (jenn.burns@ttu.edu)

  • BIOL 1305 and 1113: Ecology and Environmental Problems - An introduction to ecological principles and the analysis of environmental problems.
  • BIOL 3309 and 3109: Principles of Ecology - An examination of ecological systems emphasizing populations, communities, and ecosystems.
  • BIOL 3301: Field Ecology - Teaches students how to design, conduct, analyze and report on the results of field studies in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
  • BIOL 4310: Community Ecology - An investigation of theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the composition, diversity, and structure of plant, animal, and microbial communities.
  • BIOL 5309: Advanced Ecology - A detailed examination of the structural and functional relationships underlying the organization of populations, communities, and ecosystems.
  • BIOL 5310: Advanced Community Ecology - An investigation of both theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the composition, diversity, and structure of plant, animal, and microbial communities.


Chairperson: Dr. Bruce Clarke (bruce.clark@ttu.edu)

  • ENGL 3386: Literature and Science - An exploration of the relations between science and technology and literature and discourse. - Dr. Bruce Clarke - Fall semester - Even • ENGL 5372: Technical Reports - Theory and practice of reports and proposals.
  • ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication - Designed to teach students in graduate programs how to write clear and effective articles for professional journals in their field. - Technical Communications and Rhetoric faculty - Spring and summer semesters (best for Doctoral students) • Field Methods (in development) - No Course description available. - Dr. Ken Baake - Semesters: TBA

Environmental Toxicology

Chairperson: Dr. Todd A. Anderson (todd.anderson@ttu.edu)

  • ENTX 6312: Biological Threats in the Environment - Detailed examination of characteristics, surveillance, and control of naturally occurring zoonoses and diseases exploitable as biological weapon agents. - Dr. Steve Presley - Spring semesters
  • ENTX 6365: Fundamentals of Aquatic Ecotoxicology - Covers effects of water pollution on aquatic organisms and human health. Subjects include fate and transport in aqueous systems, acute toxicity and toxicity tests and effects of pollutants on aquatic systems from molecular to global levels. - Dr. Jonathan Maul - Fall semesters
  • ENTX 6445: Chemical Sources and Fates in Environmental Systems - Environmental phenomena and physical properties of chemicals are used to understand processes governing chemical fate in the environment from global to micro scales. - Dr. Canas-Carrell, Klein, and Anderson - Spring semesters


Chairperson: Dr. Klaus G. Becker (klaus.becker@ttu.edu)

  • ECO 3336: Environmental Economics - Applies economic models to current local and global environmental issues with an emphasis on evaluating policies.
  • ECO 5317: Natural Resource and Environmental Economics - Covers theory and policy in natural resource and environmental economics. Optimal rules for renewable and nonrenewable patterns of use, public policy.


Chairperson: Dr. Calvin Barnes (cal.barnes@ttu.edu)

  • ATMO 1300: Introduction to Atmospheric Science - An investigation of atmospheric properties and physical processes that determine current weather events and long-term climate conditions. - Steve Cobb (NWS), Dr. Jennifer Vanos, Justin Weaver (NWS), Dr. Don Harragan, Dr. Song Lak-Kang, Dr. Eric Bruning - Spring and Fall semesters
  • ATMO1100. Atmospheric Science Lab - Discussion and practical experience in weather analysis, methods of instrumentation, and observational meteorology.
  • ATMO 2301: Weather, Climate, and Human Activities - Observation and analysis of the impacts of weather and climate on human activity. - Dr. Jennifer Vanos - Fall semesters
  • ATMO 2316: Severe and Hazardous Weather - Basic meteorology of severe or hazardous weather, focusing on the events affecting the US, especially the Great Plains and adjacent regions in Texas. - Dr. Chris Weiss - Spring semesters
  • ATMO 3301: General Meteorology - A basic student of atmospheric processes and the principles that control them. - Dr. Brain Ancell - Fall semesters
  • ATMO 5302: Weather, Climate, and Applications - Basic principles of atmospheric science, with particular emphasis on applications, including severe weather, air pollution, and global climate change.- Dr. Jennifer Vanos - Spring - Odd
  • GEOG 1401: Physical Geography - Study of the atmospheric and terrestrial systems that shape our natural environment, especially the global patterns of climate, land forms, and vegetation. - Dr. Jeff Lee - Fall and Spring semesters
  • GEOG 3301 (5301): Remote Sensing of the Environment - Introduction to remote sensing techniques, including air photo interpretation and digital satellite image processing. Emphasis on the use of remote sensing imagery in geographic information systems. - Dr. Tina Delahunty - Fall semester
  • GEOG 3310: Environmental Change - Investigates changes in climate, hydrology, soils, biota and landforms since the start of the Ice Age, and the effects of the environmental changes on humans. - Dr. Tina Delahunty - Spring semester - Odd
  • GEOG 3353: Man, Resources, and Environment - Study of the interrelated problems of population growth, efficient use of natural resources, and human disruption of the earth's environment. - Dr. Otis Templer - Fall semester
  • GEOG 4301: Geomorphology in Environmental Management - Evaluation and analysis of earth-forming processes and terrain features in relation to human activities. - Dr. Jeff Lee - Spring semester
  • GEOG 4321: Biogeography - Study of plants and animals in their spatial context, functional interaction, and as related to human impacts. - Dr. Tina Delahunty - Spring semester - Even
  • GEOL 3323: Environmental Geology - Study of geological processes that effect human activities, emphasizing natural hazards, water resources, waste disposal, energy, mineral resources, and land use and planning. - Dr. Moira Ridely - Fall semester
  • GEOL 3328: Geology of Energy Resources - Origin, distribution, and exploitation of geological resources of energy, with emphasis on hydrocarbons, coal, and nuclear energy. - Dr. Jim Barrick - Spring semester

Political Science

Chairperson: Dr. Timothy Nokken (timothy.nokken@ttu.edu)

  • POLS 5395: Practicum in Survey Research - Introduces students to the operation and management of a survey research lab.
  • PUAD 3300: Environmental Politics and Policy - Dr. Robert Forbis - Fall semester - Two year rotation
  • PUAD 3300: Sustainability: Energy, Environment, and Society - Dr. Robert Forbis - Fall semester - Two year rotation
  • PUAD 3300: Energy Politics and Law - Dr. Robert Forbis - Spring semester - Two year rotation
  • PUAD 5320: Program Evaluation and Quantitative Analysis - Introduction to techniques of analyzing public policies, including descriptive and inferential statistics and computer applications.
  • PUAD 5321: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Public Policy and Administration - Quantitative methods and approaches for analyzing public policy questions and data, including inferential statistics and the use of computer-based statistical programs.
  • PUAD 5323: The Science and Policy of Climate Change- Dr. Katharine Hayhoe- Fall Semester
  • PUAD 5324: Energy, Climate, and Sustainability - Dr. Robert Forbis - Spring Semester
  • PUAD 5325: Analysis and Application of Climate Data- Dr. Katharine Hayhoe- Spring Semester
  • PUAD 5333: Environmental Policy and Administration - Analysis of the formulation, implementation, and the evaluation of environmental and natural resources policy, emphasizing theoretical foundations, political context, and principles of administering environmental policies. - Dr. Robert Forbis - Spring semester - Two year rotation
  • PUAD 5335: Management of Non-profit Organizations - Study of the third sector and administration of non-profits, including laws, boards, personnel, volunteers, finances, grant writing, fundraising, marketing, and planning.
  • PUAD 5348:Environmental Policy and Administration - Dr. Robert Forbis - Fall semester - Even/Odd
  • PUAD 5348: Urban Planning and Sustainability Policy - Dr. Robert Forbis - Spring semester - Two year rotation
  • PUAD 5348: Climate Science and Policy - Dr. Katharine Hayhoe - Fall semester - Even/Odd
  • PUAD 5348: Climate Data and Analysis - Dr. Katharine Hayhoe - Spring semester - Even/Odd
  • PUAD 5348: Climate and Weather Hazards - Dr. Katharine Hayhoe - Spring semester - Odd

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Ag Eco

Chairperson: Dr. Eduardo Segarra (eduardo.segarra@ttu.edu)

  • AAEC 4309: Sustaining Global Ecology, Natural Resources, and Economy - Challenges to global markets and environment across diverse systems and histories. - Dr. Michael Farmer - Fall semester - Will be adding a section that is in developing regions overseas - Starting in the Spring and Summer Semesters of '14
  • AAEC 4313: Natural Resource Economics - Economics of natural resource use and allocation including land economics, economics of water development, and environmental economics. - Dr. Michael Farmer - Spring semester

Plant and Soil Sciences

Chairperson: Dr. Eric Hequet (eric.hequet@ttu.edu)

  • PSS 4337: Environmental Soil Science - Physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes of soil as they relate to environmental quality. - Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera - Spring semester - Even years
  • PSS 5351/6331: Environmental Instrumentation and Measurements - Setting up and programming a data logger to collect environmental measurements related to soil, atmosphere, and plant conditions using a variety of sensors. - Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera - Spring semesters - Even years Natural Resources Management Chairperson: Dr. Mark C. Wallace (mark.wallace@ttu.edu)
  • NRM 1300: Environmental Science as a Social Pursuit - Application of scientific methods to global and environmental issues. Explores the impact of culture and science on core natural resources such as food and clean air. - Dr. Robin Verble-Pearson - Fall and Spring - Even/Odd
  • NRM 1401: Introduction to Natural Resources Management - Observe, describe, and understand phenomena in the natural world. Examines the roles of natural and social science in understanding interactions among humans and natural resources. - Dr. Phil Gipson - Fall and Spring - Even/Odd
  • NRM 3307: Principles of Conservation Science - A survey of the theory and practices of conservation biology. Emphasis is placed on methods used to maintain plant and animal biodiversity. - Dr. Gad Perry - Spring - Even/Odd
  • NRM 4301: Urban Ecology and Human Dimensions - Ecological approach to nongame wildlife population management within urban environments for nuisance species and species of conservation concern. Case studies, public policies, socioeconomic factors and other issues regarding human dimensions of ecology and wildlife management are examined. - Dr. Samantha Kahl - Spring - Even
  • NRM 4320: Natural Resource Policy - Emphasis on the human dimension of natural resources management. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in policy and conflict. - Dr. Phil Gipson - Spring - Even/Odd
  • NRM 5320: Natural Resource Biopolitics - Policy, planning, and conflict resolution from a natural resource management perspective. Historical, agency, and private organization roles in natural resource management are evaluated. - Dr. Phil Gipson - Spring - Even/Odd - Graduate level of NRM 4320
  • NRM 5337: Fish and Wildlife Population Modeling - The development and use of models to analyze and simulate ecological process in fish and wildlife populations and communities. - Dr. Blake Grisham - Spring - Even
  • NRM 5347: Advanced Conservation Science - A survey of the theory and practice of conservation biology for advanced students. - Dr. Gad Perry - Spring - Even/Odd - Graduate level of NRM 3307
  • NRM 6000-002: Integrated Wildlife-Climate Response Modeling - Ecological approach of combining quantitative techniques in climate and ecological sciences. - Dr. Blake Grisham - Spring - Odd - Course in development and will be offered In development, will be offered Fall 2014 - Prereq will be NRM 5337

College of Business

No Chairperson. Dean: Dr. Margaret L. Williams (Margaret.L.Williams@ttu.edu)

  • ENCO 3301: Energy Industry Fundamentals - History and overview of the energy industry providing basics of oil and gas exploration, production, electricity generation and transmission and emerging alternative technologies.
  • ENCO 4362: U.S. Energy Policy and Regulation - Focuses on U.S. government policy and regulation and impact on the energy business.

College of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chairperson: Dr. Venky Shankar (Venky.Shankar@ttu.edu)

  • CE 3309/3171: Environmental Engineering - Water and wastewater characteristics and system design for water and wastewater treatment. Introduction of techniques of solid hazardous waste management and air pollution control.
  • CE 3321: Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering - Physical properties of soils; theories of soil strength, consolidation, and settlement; soil stabilization; slope stability analysis; selected design projects.
  • CE 3354: Engineering Hydrology - Analysis and design methods related to the occurrence and distribution of surface and groundwater; precipitation, infiltration, runoff, and frequency analysis.
  • CE 4333: Special Problems in Water Resources - Individual studies in water resources.
  • CE 4363: Groundwater Hydrology - Groundwater flow; well hydraulics, development, and management of groundwater resources; water quality; mathematical modeling with available software.
  • CE 5185: Microbial Applications in Environmental Engineering Lab - Determine concentrations of coliforms, nutrients, and organic pollutants in water. Analyze water quality.
  • CE 5321: Advanced Soil Engineering - Introduction to physio-chemical properties of soil; soil classification; permeability; principle of effective stress; stress deformation; stress paths and strength characteristics; partly saturate soils; advanced consolidation theory; secondary consolidation; field instrumentation.
  • CE 5333: Advance work in Water Resources - Individual studies in advanced water resources.
  • CE 5361: Surface Water Hydrology - Advanced study of the hydrology cycle: hydrologic abstractions, surface-runoff mechanics, hydrographs, baseflow separation, data analysis, reservoir and channel routing, and an introduction to rainfall-runoff modeling.
  • CE 5363: Groundwater Hydrology - Groundwater flow, well hydraulics, development, and management of groundwater resources; water quality, mathematical modeling with available software.
  • CE 5364: Groundwater Transport Phenomena - Study of sources and fates of contamination in groundwater. Mathematical modeling of reactive and nonreactive pollutant movement.
  • CE 5366: Water Resources Management - Models and other technical elements of water resources systems in context of the political, social, and other environments in which they exist.
  • ENVE 4107: Advanced Physical and Chemical Municipal Water Treatment Lab - Characterization of water using alkalinity, pH, BOI, and solids concentrations.
  • ENVE 4385/4185: Microbial Applications in Environmental Engineering Lab - Presents information regarding bacterial cell structure and microbial genetics, metabolism and the role of microbes in the design of treatment processes and water/wastewater reuse issues.
  • ENVE 4315: Environmental Chemistry for Pollution Management - Introduces the fundamental knowledge of reaction kinetics and chemical equilibriums relevant to water quality in natural and engineered processes.