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Geology Courses

 

Course descriptions below are from the registrars web site.  Students should refer to this web site or to their college catalog for the most up to date course descriptions. 

Not all of these courses are offered each semester.  Some are only offered once a year, some are only offered once every other year, and some only occasionally.    Please check Self Service (the universities online registration system) to see the current schedule of course offerings, or consult with a geology faculty member.

Students looking for course web pages should go to the course instructors personal  page found under the Faculty button at the top of this page.


GEO 112 Physical Geology: How the Earth Works

An examination the natural processes that shape the earth's past, present and future and their impact on the residents of the planet. Course will also introduce the methods scientists use to study the Earth. Topics addressed include the formation of earth materials, natural hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes, plate tectonics and mountain building, and earth history. There will be three hours of classroom study and
one two hour lab each week. Students who complete GEO 112 cannot also receive credit for GEO 116. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 116 Investigation Earth.

A hands-on exploration of the dynamics that shape planet Earth and an introduction to methods scientists use to study the Earth’s past, present, and predict its future. The course will examine the origin, evolution, and interaction of the Earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere and the impact these interactions have had on the Earth’s history and on human habitation of the planet. Students who complete GEO 116 cannot also receive credit for GEO 112. Five hours of combined lecture and lab per week. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 199  Special Topics

A course designed to permit the offering of special subjects appropriate to the program of the department. Such offerings will fill special needs of specific students, take advantage of the expertise of a visiting professor, or serve as an initial experimental offering of a contemplated regular course. Lower divisional offerings will be listed as 199. Regular or frequently recurring topics are not offered under this title. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated as new topics are presented. Credit variable, 1-4 Semester Hours.


GEO 205 - Weather & Climate

A study of the nature of the Earth's atmosphere, atmospheric circulation and energy, clouds and precipitation, frontal systems and other weather phenomena that affect our everyday lives. The relationship between weather and climate and global problems related to sustainable human existence will be considered. 4 Semester  Hours.


GEO 210 - Hydrology and Water Resources

A study of water properties, occurrence, distribution, and movement and their relationship with the environment within each phase of the hydrological cycle. The course also examines water quantity and quality issues, and water management policies. Prerequisite: BIO 141 or ENV190  or GEO 112 or GEO 116 or consent of the instructor. Three class hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. 4 Semester. Hours


GEO 212 - Historical Geology

An investigation of the physical and biologic processes that shape the earth and how those processes are recorded in the rock record. The geologic history of North America will be examined based on the evidence revealed by the rocks and fossils of the continent. Prerequisite: GEO 112 or GEO 116 or instructor’s permission. Three class hours and one two hour laboratory session per week. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 220 - History of Life

A study of the basic principles used by paleobiologists to understand the history of life on Earth, and an application of those principles through a survey of major events and trends in the evolution and diversification of life. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisites: open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 270 Regional Geology

An examination of the geology, geomorphology and geologic history of selected regions of North America. Emphasis will be placed on the use of basic geologic principles in the interpretation of geologic features and landforms. Prerequisites: GEO 112, GEO 212 or permission of the instructor. Four class hours per week. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 299 - Special Topics

A course designed to permit the offering of special subjects appropriate to the program of the department at the sophomore level. Such offerings will fill special needs of specific students, take advantage of the expertise of a visiting professor, or serve as an initial experimental offering of a contemplated regular course. Regular or frequently recurring topics are not offered under this title. Prerequisite: as established by the department. May be
repeated as new topics are presented. Credit variable, 1-4 Semester Hours.


GEO 301 - Mineralogy

An introduction to crystallography, physical mineralogy, crystal chemistry, optical mineralogy, and x-ray diffraction. Emphasis is placed on the identification, classification and interpretation of the geological significance of minerals. Prerequisite: GEO 112 or GEO 116. Three class hours and one two hour laboratory session per week. Offered in alternate years. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 302 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

A study of the igneous and metamorphic rocks and their significance to the origin and evolution of the earth’s crust. Emphasis placed on the identification, physical and chemical classification, petrogenesis, and tectonic significance of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Prerequisite: GEO 301. Three class hours and one two hour laboratory session per week. Offered in alternate years. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 320 - Paleontology

 An introduction to classification and identification of fossils; and the evolution and distribution of the major invertebrate phyla through geologic time. Prerequisites: GEO 112 or GEO 116; GEO 212, or permission of the instructor. Three class hours and one two hour laboratory session per week. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 325 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

An examination of the components of sedimentary deposits, processes of sediment deposition in different environments and sedimentary rock formation. The sedimentary rocks are placed in a time-stratigraphic perspective through correlation and basin analysis.Prerequisites: GEO 112 or GEO 116, GEO 212. GEO 301 is recommended but not required. Three class hours and one two hour laboratory session per week. Offered
in alternate years. 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 330 - Structural Geology

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A study of deformation in the Earth's crust at all scales. Emphasis on recognition and analysis of structural features and interpretation of their tectonic significance. Prerequisites: GEO 112or GEO 116, GEO 212, MTH 120 or equivalent. Three class hours and one two hour laboratory session per week. Offered in alternate years. 4 Semester Hours..


GEO 381 / 382 / 383 / 384 Geology Seminar.

A review of classic papers and current publications relevant to the broad spectrum of earth sciences. Each semester students will prepare a written report and give a presentation on a subject of their own choosing that is of current geological interest. Normally taken in junior and senior years. Each student is responsible for giving one seminar presentation each semester. Regular attendance at scheduled seminars is also required. Prerequisite: Registration only by permission of the instructor. 0.5 Semester Hours. each semester


GEO 385 - Directed Studies in Earth Sciences

Studies relevant to a topic selected by the student in conference with the instructor. The study may take the form of library research, discussion, or field or laboratory investigation under close supervision of the instructor. The study may represent an extension of previous course work. Open to advanced students majoring in geology. Prerequisite: Registration only by permission of the instructor. May be taken more than one
semester. 1- 4 Semester Hours.


GEO 399 - Special Topics

A course designed to permit the offering of special subjects appropriate to the program of the department. Such offerings will fill special needs of specific students, take advantage of the expertise of a visiting professor, or serve as an initial experimental offering of a contemplated regular course. Upper divisional offerings will be listed as 399. Regular or frequently recurring topics are not offered under this title. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated as new topics are presented. Credit variable, 1-4 Semester Hours.


GEO 410 - Research
Independent study and research in earth science. May be taken on an interdepartmental basis with permission of the departments involved. Research projects are determined by the students interest. A formal presentation of the results of the research is required. Open to advanced students majoring in geology who have demonstrated a desire and an aptitude for independent research. Prerequisite: Registration only by permission of the instructor. May be taken more than one semester. 1 - 4 Semester Hours.

GEO 425 Senior Culminating Experience

A two-semester course designed to fulfill the University requirements for a Senior Culminating Experience. This course is required of all geology majors. Students will develop and conduct an independent scientific research project and present the results as a written report and an oral presentation. A grade of "In Progress" will be assigned at the end of the first semester. The final grade will be entered for both semesters at the end of the second semester. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. 2 Semester Hours. each semester for a total of 4 Hrs.


GEOY 494 - Honors Thesis/Project

A research/project course designed to meet the needs of the individual student seeking honors in the major at graduation. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, and approval of the instructor, the department chair and the Honors Review Board. Credit variable, 3-6 Semester Hours.


GEO 499 - Internship in Geology

Through the cooperation of agencies and businesses in the vicinity of the University, students are provided with a significant learning experience outside of the classroom setting. Although the program is designed to be fundamentally an educational experience, professionally productive work will constitute an integral part of the internship. Specific arrangements and requirements will vary with the program. A contract will specify the activities with which the student will be involved. The basis of determining the grade for the program will be given in the contract and will include an evaluation by the supervisor at the organization where the internship work is done, an assessment by the internship faculty advisor, and a written report of the internship experience submitted by the student. Prerequisites will vary with the internship. Participation is by petition to the chair of the department. Taken under Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option only. Credit variable, 1-16 Semester Hours.


ENV 280 Geographical Information Systems: (can be used as an elective for Geology major)

This course introduces the practice of GIS. It is a very hands-on course and will require extensive practice using ArcGIS to illustrate both the principles and the skills involved in geographical information systems. The class will culminate with the completion of a major project. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 4 Semester Hours.


 

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