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Geology Courses

Undergraduate Courses

GEOL 103 Our Dynamic Planet
  GEOL 405 Paleontology
GEOL 106 Geology In Cinema   GEOL 408 Structural Geology
GEOL 107 Backyard Geology   GEOL 415 Environmental Geology
GEOL 111 The Earth   GEOL 420 Geomorphology
GEOL 112  Earth History
  GEOL 430 Optical Mineralogy
GEOL 113 The Earth Laboratory   GEOL 432 Diffraction and Spectroscopy
GEOL 114 Earth History Laboratory
  GEOL 440 Hydrogeology
GEOL 270 Analytical Techniques in Geology   GEOL 445 Aqueous Geochemistry
GEOL 295 Introduction to Research Methodology   GEOL 465 Geophysics
GEOL 305 Earth Systems Science for Teachers   GEOL 470 Tectonics
GEOL 310 Global Hydrology
  GEOL 475 Special Topics in Geology
GEOL 311 General Oceanography   GEOL 485 Geology of Fossil Fuels
GEOL 315 Energy, Climate and Carbon   GEOL 490 Petroleum Geology
GEOL 325 Introduction to Minerals and Crystalline Rocks   GEOL 499 Professional Preparation in Geology
GEOL 330 Mineralogy    
GEOL 350 Petrology    
GEOL 360 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy    
GEOL 380 Introductory Field Techniques    
GEOL 399 Research Problems in Geology  


Graduate Courses

GEOL 415G   Environmental Geology    3 Hours

The interrelationships of geologic processes, earth materials, and human activities. Assessment of geologic factors with respect to site selection, energy production, land use, waste disposal, planning, water resources, engineering practices, and the recognition and control of geologic hazards. Class exercises stress the application of geologic knowledge to specific environmental situations.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 111-GEOL 113 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 420G   Geomorphology    4 Hours

The study of the origin, history, and characteristics of landforms produced by fluvial, glacial, wind, and wave erosion and mass-wasting and ground water or by combination of these, acting upon the major types of earth materials and structures. Laboratory work includes the interpretation of topographic and geologic maps, air photos, and stereopairs. A field trip may be required.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 111.
Grade Mode: Non-graded

GEOL 440G   Hydrogeology    3 Hours

Origin, occurrence, and movement of ground water; water wells and aquifer evaluations; exploratory investigations; quality of ground water supplies; legal aspects.
Corequisite(s): MATH 136.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 310 or GEOL 310 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 445G   Aqueous Geochemistry    3 Hours

An introduction to geochemical processes of surface and ground water including concentrations of ions and organic compounds, chemical equilibria, and analytical techniques. Carbonate and clay minerals will be studied in detail.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 120 and CHEM 121.

GEOL 460G   Sedimentation and Stratigraphy    3 Hours

Introduces sedimentary processes, including sediment origins, erosion, transportation, deposition, and diagenesis. Sedimentation patterns and stratigraphic architecture are studied in the context of depositional and tectonic settings.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 380.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Course Fee: $40

GEOL 465G   Geophysics    3 Hours

The fundamentals of general and exploration geophysics. Topics include the origin of the earth and solar system, the earth's interior, geochronology, gravity and isostasy, seismology, the earth's heat, geomagnetism, upper atmosphere, continents and ocean basins, ridges and island arcs, and plate tectonics. The theory and applications of exploration geophysics are also covered, especially gravity, magnetic, and seismic methods.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 111 and one year of college physics or permission of instructor.

GEOL 470G   Tectonics    3 Hours

Deformational structure and style of various crustal regions. Regional tectonics of North America is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 308.
Course Fee: $20

GEOL 485G   Geology of Fossil Fuels    3 Hours

Formation of coal, petroleum, and natural gas including depositional setting, source materials, and processes of thermal maturation. Stratigraphic and structural relations, modes of occurrence, exploration techniques, and resource evaluation are emphasized. Field trip required.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 308 or permission of instructor.

GEOS 500   Geoscience Research and Literacy    1-4 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Development of geographic research skills with emphasis on posing of research problems, documentation, organization, and presentation.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail

GEOS 501   Geoscience and Development    3 Hours

Topical seminar examining current issues and trends of the discipline and related fields, recent research, and the role of science in society, technology and culture.

GEOS 502   Geoscience Research Methods    1-4 Hours

An introduction to research techniques and methodology appropriate to the thesis project.
Prerequisite(s): GEOS 500.

GEOS 510   Geoscience Research Topics    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised independent research in applied or basic geoscience topics.

GEOL 511   The Dynamic Earth    3 Hours

This graduate course is specially designed for teachers of natural and earth science.

GEOS 515   Remote Sensing Applications    4 Hours

Applications of remote sensing, analysis of current systems in use globally, and use of data for research and policy. A research project that allows students to apply remote-sensing techniques to an area of investigation is required. Associated laboratory work includes RS techniques.
Prerequisite(s): GISC 317 or Permission of Instructor.

GEOS 520   Geoscience Statistical Methods    4 Hours

Multivariate statistical methods for analyzing and modeling spatial data and processes. Regression methods, including spatial autoregressive and spatial varying parameter models. Principal components, cluster analysis and other multivariate methods. Applications in an interactive computer-based environment.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 391 or permission of instructor.
Course Fee: $50

GEOS 521   Seminar in Geomorphology    3 Hours

A review of topics in advanced geomorphology, field and laboratory procedures, and an introduction to research in landform analysis. Research in instructor approved geomorphic topics.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 420 or equivalent, and 3 hours in upper level physical geography or geology.

GEOS 555   Global Climate Change    3 Hours

Explores the science behind climate change, including how models, observations, and proxies are used to understand and predict past and future climate, international perspectives on global climate change, and mitigation strategies put forth by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 280, or instructor's permission.

GEOS 559   Hydrological Fluid Dynamics    3 Hours

Focus on how fluids respond to the application of forces and their impact on the movement of natural waters within the context of the hydrologic cycle. (Field trips required.)
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 310 or GEOL 310 and MATH 136 (or equivalent) with a C or better.

GEOS 566   Karst Geoscience    3 Hours

Focus on the geological, geomorphological, and hydrological processes of karst landscapes, including human-environment interactions over time, with emphasis on the characterization, distribution, and function of various karst systems. Field trips and field-based exercises are required.
Prerequisite(s): GEOS 500, or permission of instructor.

GEOS 575   GIS Analysis and Modeling    3 Hours

Develops expertise with a broad range of spatial analysis functions applied with a cartographic modeling framework.
Prerequisite(s): GISC 317 or instructor's permission.

GEOS 576   GIS Programming    3 Hours

Planning and implementing GIS within an organization. Designing and developing GIS applications to support spatial decision making.
Prerequisite(s): GEOS 575 and CS 146.

GEOS 595   Geoscience Practicum    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised geoscience practicum experience in a cooperating government or private agency, business, or community.
Prerequisite(s): GEOS 500, GEOS 502 and GEOS 520.

GEOS 599   Thesis Writing and Research    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail

GEOS 600   Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded

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