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Geological Sciences Graduate Courses

  • GEOL 5050 - Statistical Methods in Geology

    Statistics applied to geologic data including an introduction to probability, parametric statistics, comparison of populations, analysis of variance, non-parametric statistics, bivariate and multivariate statistics, identification of peak and background populations, directional data and circular statistics, analysis of transient data, and geographically distributed data. Use of statistical software, spreadsheets, and tools for geologic data analysis. Labs will use data sets from different areas of geology including hydrology, sedimentology, geophysics, structural geology, and paleontology.

    Credits: 5.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5080 - Planetary Geology

    Students examine current issues and questions regarding the geology of the solid inner planets, moons, and small bodies of our solar system. The laboratory component allows students to work with data from spacecraft missions and sample-based studies.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5090 - Geology of Mars

    Designed for students who want to discover aspects of the geologic, magmatic, surficial, and hydrologic evolution of the Red Planet. Students will read the latest research papers concerning Mars and discuss and debate their merits and relative contributions to the field of planetary geology.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5091 - Geowriting

    Focuses on the skills needed to communicate research results in the geological sciences. Topics include abstract writing, speech presentation, poster construction, research to writing tips, and clear precise writing for papers and theses. Final assessment will include the completion of a research paper, an oral presentation on this paper, as well as a poster presentation on this research.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5092 - Geowriting

    This course focuses on the skills needed to communicate research results in the geological sciences. Topics include abstract writing, speech presentation, poster construction, research to writing tips, and clear precise writing for papers and theses. Final assessment will include the completion of a research paper, an oral presentation on this paper as well as a poster presentation on this research.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5120 - Earth Materials and Resources

    An introduction to minerals and rocks, emphasizing common varieties and those important as mineral resources.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5150 - Mineralogy

    Crystallography, crystal chemistry, and mineralogy. Emphasizes mineral identification and formation and association of minerals in different geologic environments.

    Credits: 5.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5170 - Isotope Geology

    Radiogenic and stable nuclides are a critical tool for dating materials, understanding planetary differentiation, and tracing provenance and process in all spheres of the earth. This course examines the theory and application of isotope geochemistry to a broad range of geologic topics. Radiometric isotope techniques (dating and geochemical tracing) are introduced through a discussion of atoms, isotopes, and radioactive decay systematics, followed by systematic discussion of a number of specific systems (e.g., uranium-lead). Applications of stable isotopes to investigating volcanism, and meteoric-hydrothermal systems are discussed. Concepts of mass-balance, mixing theory, and open and closed systems are introduced.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5201 - Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology

    In second year geology, you are starting to build a breadth of knowledge in the geological sciences. More importantly, you are starting to learn the material which will make you a practicing geoscientist. All subjects are related and interconnected; you must now build on the knowledge learn in previous courses. An introduction to the basic concepts of rock-forming processes in igneous and metamorphic environments. This includes concepts related to identification, classification and origin of volcanic rocks, igneous intrusions, and metamorphic rocks associated with plate collisions, burial and intrusions. More importantly, you will gain an overview and understanding of the fundamental geologic processes that form these rocks. While what we (mostly) see at the Earth's surface is sedimentary units; the mantle and major portions of the Earth's crust have been formed and modified by igneous and metamorphic activity. Therefore, an understanding of these activities is essential as a starting point for understanding the Earth. Also, the processes that formed these rocks are exciting and fun to study!

    Credits: 5.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5260 - Principles of Geochemistry

    Overview of geochemical behavior of fluids that interact with rocks. Emphasis on solutions, equilibria, and thermodynamics in dilute solutions such as surface water, groundwater, and seawater. Magmatic waters also considered. Geochemical aspects of diagenesis, metamorphism, and radiometric dating also discussed.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5270 - Water Geochemistry

    Geochemical origin of major ions in natural waters and the role of fluid-mineral interactions in the evolution of sediments, the ocean, and the atmosphere. Major geochemical cycles. Introduction to thermodynamic equilibrium, kinetics, complexation, oxidation-reduction, and cation exchange. Case studies of important geochemical and environmental issues.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5280 - Physical Geochemistry

    Basic principles of physical chemistry for hydrogeologic, environmental, and geologic applications. Topics include adsorption and desorption reactions, chemistry of sulfur and iron, introduction to stable isotopes, transport mechanisms of chemical species, and origin, formation, and migration of oil.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5290 - Contaminant Geochemistry

    Provides students with knowledge of the chemical principles and processes involved in the generation and movement of contaminants. It will give students an understanding of the sources, fate, and chemical behavior of some of the most important classes of chemical pollutants.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5300 - Principles of Geomorphology

    Basic concepts of origin and development of landforms. Lab study of topographic maps and aerial photographs.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5320 - Origin and Classification of Soils

    Consideration of concept of soil and factors of soil formation, introduction to soil morphology and systems of soil classification, discussion of major soil groups of world and soils of Ohio.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5390 - Fluvial Geomorphology

    Study of stream processes and human interactions with rivers, including the qualitative and quantitative techniques used to study natural and disturbed streams as presented in lecture and field settings.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5400 - Principles of Paleontology

    Introduction to paleontology emphasizing paleontologic theory and the study of the morphology and biologic relationships of key groups preserved in the fossil record.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5430 - Paleobiogeography

    Examines the coevolution of the Earth's biota with tectonic, climatic, and other types of environmental change. Examines both theoretical and practical aspects of paleobiogeographic analysis including implications for paleogeographic reconstruction. Incorporation of macroevolutionary theory, phylogenetic theory, and other advanced paleontologic methods are critical components.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5440 - Ichnology

    The study of trace fossils, including tracks, trails, burrows, borings, and nests, in marine and continental environments throughout geologic time. Topics include ichnologic theory, ichnotaxonomy, applications to paleoecologic and taphonomic problems, application to sedimentologic and stratigraphic problems, and application to oil and natural gas exploration.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5460 - Earth Systems Evolution

    Synthesis of the coupled histories of the Earth's interior, surface, and life.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5480 - Paleocology

    Examination of concepts of the relationship of organism with their environment that can be effectively studied within the fossil record. Topics include competition, predation, ecologic convergence, community paleoecology, and relationship to macroevolution. Will be divided between lectures and discussions of current paleoecologic literature.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5500 - Stratigraphy-Sedimentology

    Introduction to principles of stratigraphy and sedimentation. Interpretation of depositional environments and their relation to plate tectonic setting.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5510 - Diagenesis

    Critical view of diagenetic principles using numerous examples. Many topics are selected from recent journal articles. Students read, present, and discuss current literature, as well as writing a term paper.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5520 - Depositional Environments

    Advanced coverage of depositional processes and environments. Latter part of course focuses on global sedimentation and events. Students read, present, and discuss current literature, as well as write a term paper.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5530 - Physical Limnology

    Physical parameters and processes in lake environments, including temperature, light, heat, oxygen, alkalinity, and dissolved ions. Labs include outdoor sampling and measurements.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5540 - Carbonate Depositional Systems I

    Study of carbonate rocks in the modern and geologic record, including patterns and processes of sedimentation and diagenesis as well as depositional models.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5541 - Carbonate Depositional Systems II

    Field study of modern and Pleistocene carbonate rocks and depositional environments of the Bahamas. Involves a week long field trip during spring break and a post-field project.

    Credits: 2.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 40.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5550 - Limnogeology

    Geological aspects of ancient lake environments. Topics in lake models, geochemistry, sedimentology, and stratigraphy are selected from current literature for presentations and discussions.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5560 - Paleopedology

    The study of paleosols (fossil soils) throughout geologic time. Topics include an overview of soil formation and major soil processes, field and laboratory techniques in Paleopedology, the use of paleosols as paleoenvironmental indicators and stratigraphic markers, as well their application in paleogeographic, paleoecologic, and paleoclimatic reconstructions.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5570 - Petroleum Geology

    Designed for geology students at the senior undergraduate and graduate levels. It will provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts and processes that govern a) the generation, migration, and trapping of hydrocarbon resources, and b) the fundamentals of exploration for, and exploitation of, these resources.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5580 - Fluvial Sedimentology

    Provides students with an understanding of how to interpret the depositional environment of sedimentary rocks deposited by rivers and the large and small-scale forces that control the formation and preservation of these deposits.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5600 - Structural Geology

    Principles of rock deformation and interpretation of folding and faulting and related topics. Field-oriented structural problems, structural maps, and use of stereographic projections.

    Credits: 5.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5640 - Regional Tectonics

    Global tectonics and structure of continental cratons and margins, mid-ocean ridges, island arcs, and major orogenic belts.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5660 - Geodynamics: The Earth's Interior

    Solid earth geophysics (gravity, magnetics, seismicity, heat flow) and internal structure, dynamics, and evolution of Earth's core, mantle, and crust.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5670 - Tectonophysics

    Quantitative modeling of solid earth physical processes. Physical properties of minerals, rocks, and unconsolidated materials. Modeling of tectonic plate flexure, geothermal heat flow, seismic wave propagation, and fault mechanics.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5710 - Advanced Environmental Geology

    Covers the conceptual basis for understanding transport and reaction processes that govern change in many environmental systems. Emphasizes processes occurring at the three major environmental interfaces: air and water, water and the adjoining earthen material, and air and soil. Includes chemical and thermal equilibrium, chemical transport, and transport and transfer of energy across the interfaces.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5730 - Forensic Geoscience

    Introduction to geologic, geophysical, and geochemical techniques employed by forensic investigators. For majors in chemistry, biology, anthropology, and geology.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5760 - Subsurface Methods

    Resume of drilling, sampling, and logging by electric, radioactivity, temperature, and neutron methods as applied to petroleum exploration, water, and engineering projects.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5800 - Principles of Hydrogeology

    Principles governing occurrence, movement, and recovery of water in soil and aquifers. Hydrologic cycle, water budget, hydrology of agriculture, watershed studies, water chemistry, and pollution.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5811 - Advanced Hydrogeology

    Groundwater flow modeling, contamination, and remediation; loadings and reactive transport of nonpoint source pollutants and management in watersheds; flow and geochemical evolution of water in carbonate terrain; isotopes, climate change, and global hydrologic cycle.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5830 - Field Hydrology

    Introduction to collection, analysis, and interpretation of hydrological field data.

    Credits: 5.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 40.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5850 - Introduction to Applied Geophysics

    Introduction to environmental and geotechnical geophysics. Survey of applied geophysical methods including seismic, gravity, magnetic, electrical, and electromagnetic techniques.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5860 - Applied Seismology

    Field methods and analysis techniques for seismic characterization of shallow subsurface, multichannel digital data acquisition, generalized reciprocal refraction, and common offset refraction techniques as practiced in environmental and geotechnical industries.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5890 - Advanced Topics in Hydrogeology

    In-depth study of an advanced or current topic in hydrogeology, exploring, but not limited to, such areas as karst hydrogeology, fracture flow hydrology, mine hydrology, unsaturated flow, and inverse modeling.

    Credits: 1.0-4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 4.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5900 - Special Topics in Geological Sciences

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1.0-15.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 5910 - Field Geology

    Introduction to and application of geologic field mapping techniques. Satifies the departmental field camp requirement.

    Credits: 6.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 40.0 field experience/internship

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6530 - Sequence Stratigraphy

    Principles governing the use of relative changes in sea level to interpret sedimentary sequences with an emphasis on field and core examples.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6650 - Basin Tectonics and Hydrocarbon Exploration

    Overview of sedimentary and structural basins in passive, convergent, and transform settings with application to their potential for hydrocarbon accumulation.

    Credits: 4.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

    Eligible grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6900 - Special Topics in Geological Sciences

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1.0-15.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6901 - Geologic Studies

    Individual or small group independent study arranged with faculty members.

    Credits: 1.0-6.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 30.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 6.0 seminar

    Eligible grades: A-F,CR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6902 - Advanced Seminar in Geology

    Intensive study of selected geologic topics by special groups. (Several seminars may be held concurrently.)

    Credits: 1.0-2.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 10.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

    Eligible grades: F,CR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6921 - Colloquium in Geology

    Advanced seminar on current research in geology.

    Credits: 1.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 10.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

    Eligible grades: F,CR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6940 - Research in Geology

    Individual research projects arranged with faculty members.

    Credits: 1.0-3.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 12.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 research

    Eligible grades: F,CR,PR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6944 - Teaching Methods in Geology

    Practicum in pedagogical methods for geology teaching assistants.

    Credits: 1.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible grades: F,CR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

  • GEOL 6950 - Thesis

    Individual research toward a graduate thesis supervised by faculty member.

    Credits: 1.0-15.0

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 thesis/dissertation

    Eligible grades: F,CR,PR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

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