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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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

GEOL 5060 - Geodata analysis for Geological Sciences

This course is designed to introduce the principles of surface and subsurface data 2D and 3D visualization, analysis, and management and the applications of geospatial techniques in addressing geological, environmental, or petroleum resource exploration problems. Topics include geospatial data organization and preparation, exploratory data analysis, geospatial data correlation and regression, spatial interpolation and modeling, reservoir volume calculation, and well production data analysis and performance evaluation.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

GEOL 5160 - Geology, Mining, and Economics of Ore Deposits

An introduction to the classification, distribution and characteristics of metallic and industrial ore deposits. The course emphasizes the geologic conditions and environments leading to the formation of various ores, and examines economics of ore deposits, mining methods, hazards, and remediation techniques. The tectonic settings of ore deposits are considered within the context of the plate tectonic paradigm, and we will discuss ore deposits with respect to geologic time and changes to the Earth system. Laboratory assignments focus on identifying common economic minerals, exploration practices, and ore characterization techniques.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

GEOL 5180 - Solid Earth Geochemistry

This course addresses the magmatic and metamorphic evolution of the Earth using major element, trace element, and radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry. Students learn how to generate, present and use geochemical data as tracers of geologic processes, with an emphasis on solid earth processes.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,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

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I