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