The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences was started in 1960 by Dr. Theodore R. Speigner. It has been a major producer of students trained in Geography and the Earth Sciences. The undergraduate degree program (BS) is in Geography while the graduate degree program (MS) is in the Earth Sciences. Although the graduate degree program is only about 6-years old, it has produced qualified students with the M.S. degrees in the Earth Sciences.
The Online Weather Studies at NCCU is a 2000- level course, taught to students from all disciplines. Students majoring in Geography and Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Biology Criminal Justice, Psychology and other disciplines elect to enroll in the class to gain practical knowledge centering on atmospheric dynamics. Students not only gain valuable information but also satisfy general curiosities regarding weather. Test results indicate that comprehension levels exceed the average. The class is taught hands-on in an interactive learning format. The Online Weather classes have been limited by the availability of computers and because it is a new course. These numbers are expected to increase with student awareness. Without exception, all the students have given the course very good reviews.
The introduction of the Online Weather Studies on NCCU's campus as well as other campuses is a major boost to the programs. It also helps smaller institutions that have minimal resources to better compete with much larger universities that are well endowed.
Online Weather Studies has been a very useful and popular course in the Geography and Earth Sciences curriculum at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.
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