ESS 490 / ATS 590
Advanced Forecasting for Decision Support Services

Decision Support Services (DSS) have become the cornerstone of National Weather Service operations & training. This course explores 1) advanced weather forecasting, 2) weather warning operations, 3) importance of messaging & communicating threats, 4) how to tailor forecasts to meet partners' needs. Prerequisites: ESS 352, ATS 410.

ESS 490 / ESS 590
Geography of Infectious Diseases

The geographic spread of historic and emerging infectious diseases, including COVID-19, is examined. Students develop an understanding of how and where infectious diseases have spread historically and how they may spread in the future, by analyzing the natural and human factors that influence them. Prerequisites: ESS 103, ESS 111.

ESS 690
Water - A Global Crisis

This class will examine declining global water availability, its threat to human populations, and how we will need to forever change the way we think about water, our relationship to it, and the creativity we will need to bring to protect it. This course will guide the student in the dynamics of the global water crisis and its impacts upon current and future civilizations. Potential solutions will be examined to address this growing crisis.

BYS 491 and BYS 691
Animal Behavior

This course is an introduction to animal behavior. The course will examine behavior, genetics, physiology of behavior, ecology of behavior, and the evolution of behavior. Assigned readings from the scientific literature, exams, and inquiry-based activities/assignments in class will be used to explore these topics. 

BYS 491
Human Evolution and Culture

Are humans still evolving? Is love at first sight real? Does cultural evolution slow our biological evolution? This course will provide an overview of key principles of evolution. It will cover how evolutionary theory relates to our day to day lives from dating to disease prevention. We will also discuss how our technological and pharmaceutical advances are shaping contemporary evolution of non-human species.

BYS 491
Intro to Astrobiology

This course is crosslisted with AST 210 - Studies the origin and search for life in the universe, including topics in astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, and atmospheric science. Introduces research in astrobiology; known requirements for life, the origin and evolution of life of Earth, and the search for extraterrestrial life.

BYS 491
Ornithology

An examination of birds, including classification, diversity, anatomy, function, ecology, behavior, and evolution. Laboratory and field trips devoted to anatomy and identification, with an emphasis on Alabama and southeastern U.S. species. Prerequisites: BYS 219, BYS 312, or equivalent.

BYS 691
Ornithology

An examination of birds, including classification, diversity, anatomy, function, ecology, behavior, and evolution. Laboratory and field trips devoted to anatomy and identification, with an emphasis on Alabama and southeastern U.S. species. By instructor permission.

BYS 491 and BYS 691
Signal Transduction

This course will introduce the broad principles of intracullular signal transduction. More detail lectures and specific intracellular signaling pathways will be given where students will learn both the basic and the most recent and cutting edge concepts of intracellular signaling. Appropriate for undergraduate and graduate studies in biological sciences, researchers new to the field, and those actively working in the general area.

MA 690
Graph Decompositions

Packings and coverings of graphs; Clique partitions, finite geometries, and block designs; edge-colorings and Goldberg’s Conjecture; Cyclic decompositions and vertex labelings of graphs; Path decompositions and Gallai’s Conjecture; Decompositions into trees. Prerequisites: MA 640 or instructor approval. 

SPA 689 
Supercomputer Lab for Physical Sciences

This course will use a hands-on approach to introduce graduate students with a background in physical or natural sciences to modern HPC technologies. It will cover three common parallelization frameworks (MPI, pthreads, CUDA) applied to problems in gas dynamics, transport, and plasma physics. Prerequisites: SPA 662.

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