Courses

GEOL 1103. Lab for GEOL 1313 (C).

Laboratory for Geology 1313 (0-2) (C) Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 1313 suggested. Course fee required.

1 Credit Hour
2 Total Contact Hour
2 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

GEOL 1104. Lab for GEOL 1314 (C).

Laboratory for Geology 1314 (0-2) (C).

1 Credit Hour
2 Total Contact Hour
2 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

GEOL 1111. Principles of Earth Sci - Lab.

Laboratory for Geology 1211. Course fee required.

1 Credit Hour
2 Total Contact Hour
2 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

Corequisite(s): GEOL1211

GEOL 1112. Laboratory for Geology 1212.

Laboratory for Geology 1212.

1 Credit Hour
2 Total Contact Hour
2 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1311 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1211 w/C or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL1212

GEOL 1211. Principles of Earth Sciences.

This course serves as an introduction to the topics of earth materials, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, earth's atmosphere and climate.

2 Credit Hours
2 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Corequisite(s): GEOL1111

GEOL 1212. Principles of Earth Science.

Study of the earth as a planet. A survey of earth history as interpreted from and exhibited by plants, animals, rocks, and minerals; a study of the earth in space; a survey of the physical processes operating in the hydrosphere. Includes an introduction to historical geology, astronomy, physiography, and oceanography.

2 Credit Hours
2 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1311 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1211 w/C or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL1112

GEOL 1230. The Blue Planet.

Study of the solid and fluid earth and its place in the solar system. Examination of how the solid earth interacts with the atmosphere, hydropshere, biosphere. May not be counted toward a Geology or Environmental Science Major.

2 Credit Hours
2 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

GEOL 1231. Natural Hazards.

Geologic events that affect everyday life, including global warming, earthquakes, volcanism, desertification, river and coastline flooding and erosion, groundwater, mineral resources, and plate tectonics. May not be counted toward a Geology or Environmental Science Major.

2 Credit Hours
2 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

GEOL 1313. Intro to Physical Geology (C).

Introduction to Physical Geology (3-0) (C) An introductory study of the earth's composition, structure, and internal and external processes. Concurrent enrollment in laboratory (GEOL 1103) suggested but not required. A student may not receive credit for both GEOL 1313 and GEOL 1311.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

GEOL 1314. Intro to Historical Geol (C).

Introduction to Historical Geology (3-0) (C) An integrated study of the geologic history of the earth with a consideration of the history of life as documented by the fossil record. Concurrent enrollment in laboratory (GEOL 1104) suggested but not required. A student may not receive credit for both GEOL 1312 and GEOL 1314.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1301 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1313 w/C or better)

GEOL 2109. Mineralogy & Petrology Lab.

Principles of crystal chemistry, phase equilibrium, and crystallography of common rock-forming minerals. Mineral and rock examination in hand samples and field trips, and problem solving.

1 Credit Hour
3 Total Contact Hour
3 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 1305 w/C or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL2309

GEOL 2309. Mineralogy & Petrology.

Principles of crystal chemistry, phase equilibrium, and crystallography of common rock-forming minerals. Mineral and rock examination in hand samples and field trips, and problem solving.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 1305 w/C or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL2109

GEOL 3112. Geoscience Processes Lab.

Survey and synthesis of principals of physical and historical geology, including tectonic, geophysical, structural, stratigraphic, and petrologic concepts and processes. Emphasis on field-oriented, problem-solving studies, including: analysis of outcrops and the development of multiple working hypotheses; construction of geologic maps and other skills used in geologic field work; study of landforms and the processes that create them.

1 Credit Hour
1 Total Contact Hour
1 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1103 w/C or better AND GEOL 1313 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1311 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1111 w/C or better AND GEOL 1211 w/C or better ) AND (GEOL 1104 w/C or better AND GEOL 1314 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1312 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1112 w/C or better AND GEOL 1212 w/C or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL3312

GEOL 3115. Igneous/Metamorphic Petr. Lab.

Petrogenesis of Igneous and metamorphic rocks as studies by the petrology of samples in thin sections, by field work, and by computer-based exercises.

1 Credit Hour
3 Total Contact Hour
3 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 2109 w/D or better AND GEOL 2309 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 2411 w/D or better ) AND (CHEM 1305 w/D or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL3215

GEOL 3123. Structural Geology Lab.

A field and laboratory class applying principals learned in GEOL 3323, Structural Geology, to real world problems. Introduction to recognition of geologic sturcture on geologic maps, geologic mapping, and cross-section construction; use of stereographic projection for solving geometric problems; introduction to GIS for geologic mapping and techniques for 3D structural analysis. Course fee req.

1 Credit Hour
1 Total Contact Hour
1 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 3312 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3412 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 1313 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1311 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1111 w/D or better AND GEOL 1211 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 1312 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1314 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1112 w/D or better AND GEOL 1212 w/D or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL3323

GEOL 3126. Lab for Sedim & Stratigraphy.

Study of sedimentary processes, environments, and deposits, including fundamental concepts of stratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy. Ancient deposits and modern analogs are examined in the field. Laboratory will be divided between field trips and in-lab activity to introduce techniques for the study of sediments and sedimentary rock sequences. Transportation fee required.

1 Credit Hour
3 Total Contact Hour
3 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
0 Other Hour

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 2411 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 2109 w/D or better AND GEOL 2309 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 3412 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3112 w/D or better AND GEOL 3312 w/D or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL3326

GEOL 3215. Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology.

Petrogenesis of Igneous and metamorphic rocks, including the thermodynamics and physical properties of minerals and melts.

2 Credit Hours
2 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 2109 w/D or better AND GEOL 2309 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 2411 w/D or better ) AND (CHEM 1305 w/D or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL3115

GEOL 3305. Rocks & Minerals.

Rocks and Minerals (2-3) Hand specimen study of the common rock-forming minerals, gem and ore minerals, and of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.

3 Credit Hours
5 Total Contact Hours
3 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1101 w/D or better AND GEOL 1301 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1303 w/D or better)

GEOL 3312. Geoscience Processes.

Survey and synthesis of principals of physical and historical geology, including tectonic, geophysical, structural, stratigraphic, and petrologic concepts and processes. Emphasis on field-oriented, problem-solving studies, including: analysis of outcrops and the development of multiple working hypotheses; construction of geologic maps and other skills used in geologic field work; study of landforms and the processes that create them.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1103 w/C or better AND GEOL 1313 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1311 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1111 w/C or better AND GEOL 1211 w/C or better ) AND (GEOL 1104 w/C or better AND GEOL 1314 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1312 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1112 w/C or better AND GEOL 1212 w/C or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL3112

GEOL 3321. Geology for Engineers.

Geology for Engineers (2-3) The principles of physical geology and their practical applications to civil engineering. This course may not count toward a major or minor in geology.

3 Credit Hours
5 Total Contact Hours
3 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

GEOL 3323. Structural Geology.

An introduction to the recognition, description and analysis of deformed rocks, spanning the spectrum from microscopic structures to mountain belts and plate tectonics. Geometric and stereographic analysis of map-scale structures. Introduction to stress, strain and constitutive laws for rocks. Processes of rock deformation including folding, fracturing and grain-scale processes. Correlation of structural styles with tectonic environments.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 3112 w/D or better AND GEOL 3312 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3412 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 1313 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1311 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1111 w/D or better AND GEOL 1211 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 1312 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1314 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1112 w/D or better AND GEOL 1212 w/D or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL3123

GEOL 3326. Sedimentology & Stratigraphy.

Study of sedimentary processes, environments, and deposits, including fundamental concepts of stratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy. Ancient deposits and modern analogs are examined in the field.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 2411 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 2109 w/D or better AND GEOL 2309 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 3412 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3112 w/D or better AND GEOL 3312 w/D or better)

Corequisite(s): GEOL3126

GEOL 3350. Oceanography.

Oceanography (3-0) Introduction to submarine geology, physical and chemical oceanography, marine organisms. Marine resources, shore processes, and methods of marine technology. Students whose degree plans require GEOL 4665 may use this course for elective credit only.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1304 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1312 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1301 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1313 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3321 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1112 w/D or better AND GEOL 1212 w/D or better)

GEOL 3420. Invertebrate Paleontology.

Invertebrate Paleontology (3-3) A survey of the classification, paleoecology, and stratigraphic distribution of fossil invertebrates.

4 Credit Hours
6 Total Contact Hours
3 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1104 w/D or better AND GEOL 1314 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1312 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1112 w/D or better AND GEOL 1212 w/D or better)

GEOL 4166. Directed Study, Geology.

Directed Study, Geology (0-0-1) Directed study problems in geology; hours and subjects to be arranged with each student; for undergraduate students who wish to do work on a special problem. No student may receive credit for more than six hours of directed study work. Application of a directed study towards required upper-division elective hours in the major is subject to to prior approval by the departmental undergraduate studies committee.

1 Credit Hour
1 Total Contact Hour
0 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
1 Other Hour

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

GEOL 4189. Research in Geological Science.

Research in Geological Sciences (0-0-1) This course provides undergraduates with a research experience working with a faculty mentor. It cannot be used to satisfy minimum degree requirements. Grade of Pass/Fail.

1 Credit Hour
1 Total Contact Hour
0 Lab Hour
0 Lecture Hour
1 Other Hour

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

GEOL 4266. Directed Study, Geology.

Directed Study, Geology (0-0-2) Directed study problems in geology; hours and subjects to be arranged with each student; for undergraduate students who wish to do work on a special problem. No student may receive credit for more that six hours of directed study work. Application of a directed study towards required upper-division elective hours in the major is subject to prior approval by the departmental undergraduate studies committee.

2 Credit Hours
2 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
2 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

GEOL 4289. Research in Geological Science.

Research in Geological Sciences (0-0-2) This course provides undergraduates with a research experience working with a faculty member. It cannot be used to satisfy minimum degree requirements. Grade of Pass/Fail.

2 Credit Hours
2 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
2 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

GEOL 4308. Paleoclimatology.

Investigation of methods and data sources used to reconstruct Earth's climate history through geological time. Emphasis is placed on the sedimentary record (marine sediments, lacustrine sediments, ice cores) of the Cenozoic Era. Actual data, scientific literature and core samples are used to describe and interpret paleoclimates through case studies.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 3326 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 3308 w/C or better)

GEOL 4315. Topics in Geological Sciences.

Topics in Geological Sciences (3-0) Study of topics in fields such as structural geology, environmental geosciences, economic geology, paleontology, petrology, and geochemistry. May be repeated when topics vary.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

GEOL 4316. Geochemistry.

Geochemistry (3-0) Low-temperature aqueous geochemistry emphasizing the chemistry and chemical processes in ground and surface water and in aqueous solutions. Emphasis on surface and ground water important as water supplies or supporting important ecosystems, rock- and soil-fluid interactions important in determining water chemistry, and waste-rock-fluid system chemistry and processes.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 1305 w/D or better ) AND (CHEM 1306 w/D or better)

GEOL 4335. Soil Properties & Genesis.

This course centers on the overlap of soil science and geology. Our goal is to explain the fundamental principles in soil sciences, introduce the concept of critical zone, where water, rock, biology, and atmosphere interact as a system, understand: (1) how the interactions of landform, topography, climate, and biota result in patterns of soil development and the distribution of soils that we observe within the landscape; (2) how physical, chemical and biological properties of soils affect water and nutrient availability to plants.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 1305 w/C or better ) AND (GEOL 1313 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 1212 w/C or better)

GEOL 4366. Directed Study, Geology.

Directed Study, Geology (0-0-3) Directed study problems in geology; hours and subjects to be arranged with each student; for undergraduate students who wish to do work on a special problem. No student may receive credit for more than six hours of directed study work. Application of a directed study towards required upper-division elective hours in the major is subject to prior approval by the departmental undergraduate studies committee.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
3 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

GEOL 4373. Grndwater Contam and Reclam.

Groundwater Contamination and Reclamation (3-0) Contamination fate and transport in the groundwater. Includes the application of remediation methods for various types of contaminants and the discussion of reclamation methods.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

GEOL 4375. Field Geology I.

Field Geology I (0-0-16) A three-week course in Field Geology, emphasizing geologic mapping methods and techniques; preparation of stratigraphic sections, geologic maps, and geologic cross-sections. Weekly written reports, in professional style, will be required.

3 Credit Hours
16 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
16 Other Hours

Major Restrictions:
Restricted to majors of GEOL,GEOP

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 3315 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3115 w/D or better AND GEOL 3215 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 3423 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3123 w/D or better AND GEOL 3323 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 3425 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3126 w/D or better AND GEOL 3326 w/D or better)

GEOL 4376. Field Geology II.

Field Geology II (0-0-16) A three-week course in advanced Field Geology utilizing GIS tools, computer-aided mapping, and use of air photos in geologically complex projects. Weekly written reports, in professional style, will be required of all students.

3 Credit Hours
16 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
16 Other Hours

Major Restrictions:
Restricted to majors of GEOL,GEOP

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 4375 w/C or better)

GEOL 4380. Environmental Geol & Geophys.

Environmental Geology and Geophysics (2-4) Geology and geophysics applied to environmental studies with emphasis on site characterization. Subjects include surficial processes, tectonic processes, general hydrology, and soils data collection and analysis.

3 Credit Hours
6 Total Contact Hours
4 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 3423 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3321 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3123 w/D or better AND GEOL 3323 w/D or better)

GEOL 4383. General Hydrogeology.

The course will introduce the students to hydrogeology and tools commonly used in the field. The course is structured to examine the geology and physics of groundwater flow in the first half of the course followed by aqueous geochemistry. Topics include the hydrologic cycle, groundwater flow, recharge and discharge of groundwater types and properties of aquifers, principles of flow, groundwater models in MS Excel and groundwater flow to wells. Additional topics include aqueous geochemistry, isotope hydrogeology, and 1-d contaminant transport.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 2411 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3321 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 2109 w/D or better AND GEOL 2309 w/D or better ) AND (MATH 1411 w/D or better AND MATH 2326 w/D or better)

GEOL 4384. Nuclear Fuel Cycle.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle (3-0) Examination of the problems involved in the control of nuclear waste. Characterization, treatment, shipping and permanent disposal of the nuclear waste will be discussed. The problems of decontamination, decommissioning, and site restoration, as well as quality assurance and control of nuclear waste, will be examined.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

GEOL 4385. Introduction to GIS.

Introduction to GIS (2-3) Introduction to the principals and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics include the importance of validated data bases, GIS design, data structures, producing map products, and spatial analysis. The laboratory will focus on the application of a common GIS software package to science and engineering projects.

3 Credit Hours
5 Total Contact Hours
3 Lab Hours
2 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 1103 w/D or better AND GEOL 1313 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1311 w/D or better ) OR (GEOG 1106 w/D or better AND GEOG 1306 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 1111 w/D or better AND GEOL 1211 w/D or better)

GEOL 4389. Research in Geological Science.

Research in Geological Sciences (0-0-3) This course provides undergraduates with a research experience working with a faculty mentor. It cannot be used to satisfy minimum degree requirements. Grade of pass/fail.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
3 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

GEOL 4390. Intrnshp Geological Sciences.

Internship in Geological Science (0-0-3) Practical on-the-job experience in federal, state, city/county governmental and/or private agencies or industries.

3 Credit Hours
6 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
6 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 3412 w/C or better ) OR (GEOL 3112 w/C or better AND GEOL 3312 w/C or better)

GEOL 4399. Senior's Thesis.

Senior's Thesis (0-0-3) Guided program of research culminating in the writing of a senior thesis.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
3 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

GEOL 4665. Field Geology (Summer Field).

Field Geology (Summer Field Course) (0-0-32) A six-week summer course in field geology. The work will include preparation of topographic and geologic maps, cross-sections, columnar sections, and detailed structural studies of areas embracing both sedimentary and igneous rocks; planetable and aerial photo mapping techniques will be used. A report will be required of each student. Five hours of lecture and thirty-two hours of field work per week.

6 Credit Hours
32 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
32 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

Prerequisite(s): (GEOL 3315 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3115 w/D or better AND GEOL 3215 w/D or better ) AND (GEOL 3423 w/D or better ) OR (GEOL 3123 w/D or better AND GEOL 3323 w/D or better)