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Undergraduate Geological Sciences Courses

  • GEOL 1010 - How The Earth Works

    An introduction to the forces affecting our planet's surface and interior features. Topics include the origins of volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountain belts along with the ways they impact people's lives. Topics also include the roles of landslides and streams in shaping the Earth's surface, and the formation of earth materials and mineral resources. Intended for both science and nonscience majors seeking a nontechnical overview of the Earth's always changing and sometimes dramatic geology.

    Credits: 4

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 1200 - The Mobile Earth

    An examination of the earth's dynamic systems including continental drift, sea floor spreading, mountain building, volcanic activity, and earthquakes, and their explanation in terms of plate tectonic theory. Intended for both science and nonscience majors seeking a nontechnical overview of plate-tectonics.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 1300 - Geology of the National Parks

    Survey of the geologic features of the national parks of the United States, emphasizing the history of their geologic development.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 1350 - Natural Disasters

    Analysis of threats associated with living on a dynamic planet. Focus on the origins and physical natures of hazardous geological events. Taught using case studies of actual disasters. Intended to convey how we can minimize our vulnerability to disasters by applying lessons learned from past earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, and sinkhole collapses. Intended for science and nonscience majors seeking a basic understanding of geology and how it affects the human race.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2AS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 1400 - Dinosaurs and the Mesozoic

    An introduction to the systematics, anatomy, physiology, ecology, evolution, and extinction of dinosaurs and other Mesozoic life, as well as a review of the science of paleontology and basic Earth history during the Mesozoic including climate, geography, tectonics, mass extinctions, and other major geologic events. The course will begin with an introduction to the sciences of paleontology and geology including an overview of the theories of plate tectonics and evolution, geologic time, relative and absolute age dating, and the fossil record. The history of the science of paleontology will also be explored as well as the different methods and techniques employed by modern paleontologists to ask and answer scientific questions about ancient life including dinosaurs. Topics will then focus on the physical, biological, and chemical conditions of the Mesozoic world and a general introduction to dinosaurs including their classification, anatomy, physiology, and behavior. Three major groups of dinosaurs will be discussed in detail, the Ornithischia, Sauropoda, and Therapoda in addition to other major components of Mesozoic ecosystems including marine reptiles, pterosaurs, mammals, insects, and plants. The course will conclude with an overview of the evolution of terrestrial and marine ecosystems during the Mesozoic and the causes and effects of the end Cretaceous mass extinction.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 1700 - Metal, Stone, Energy, and Society

    Survey of a broad array of Earth resources with the goal of examining the impact of those resources on society. The influence of plate-tectonic processes and Earth's evolution on resource distribution are considered. The manner in which technological changes in mineral processing are changing recycling rates and are fostering closer connections between industries, the environment, and society will be explored.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2AS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2020 - Introductory Geology Lab

    Laboratory covering mineral and rock identification, topographic and geologic map reading, and geologic time for students planning to major or minor in the geological sciences.

    Requisites: (GEOL 1200 or 1300 or 1350 or 1400 or 1700 or 2080 or 2110 or 2150 or 2210 or 2310 or 2710) and WARNING: No credit for this course if taken after the following: GEOL 1010 or 2830

    Credits: 1

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 2080 - Geology of the Solar System

    Students can experience the thrill of geologic exploration of solid planets and moons in the solar system through the study of samples and knowledge obtained by manned and robotic spacecraft missions. Focuses on changing perceptions and advancement of knowledge with each new mission and discovery.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2090 - Gems, Jewels, and Crystals

    An exploration of the Earth's most valuable minerals, gems and jewels, with close study of how, where, and why they form. Topics also include how earth scientists discover, extract, and process the crystals on their way to their ultimate destination, the jewelry store. The course culminates in a close look at the geological and contextual origins of the world's most famous and valuable crystals.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2110 - Introductory Oceanography

    Survey of physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of oceanography.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2150 - Environmental Geology

    Survey of geological aspects of environmental crisis. Focus on major environmental processes, immediate and extended influence of humans, and prospects for future of physical environment. Presupposes no background in sciences.

    Requisites: WARNING: No credit for both this course and the following (always deduct credit for the first course taken): GEOL 2830

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2AS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2170 - Water Resources and Sustainability

    Sustainability of water resources is complicated because groundwater and surface water are connected, and the use of water resources should be in a manner that can be maintained for an indefinite time without causing unacceptable environmental, economic, or social consequences. The course emphasizes the importance of water resources and its sustainable development in the 21st Century. Students will learn fundamental concepts and theories related to the occurrence, movement, storage, quality, and sustainability of water resources. They will also be exposed to real-world issues of water resources sustainability, e.g., water risks, contamination, remediation, health, economics and disputes;the water-energy nexus water security; and efforts to improve sustainability of water resources.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2AS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2210 - Earth and Life History

    A nontechnical survey exploring the 4.5 billion-year history of the interaction between life and the environment. Topics include the origin of the Earth, the origin and development of life, the origin and evolution of the continents, the history of the atmosphere and ocean, catastrophic extinctions, and the impact of human evolution.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2310 - Water and Pollution

    The interrelationship between geologic and hydrologic principles and technology as they relate to the use of water resources and the environmental problems associated with its pollution.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2AS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2550 - Historical Geology

    An introduction to the geologic history of the Earth, emphasizing the tectonic, stratigraphic, and climatic record of North America.

    Requisites: GEOL 1010 or 2020

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 2710 - Extreme Ancient Climates

    Examination of Icehouse, Greenhouse, and Hothouse climates in Earth history from an Earth System Science perspective.

    Requisites: GEOG 1100 or 2020 or GEOL 1010 or 2110 or 2150

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2830 - Geology for Engineers

    Geologic principles applied to engineering projects and materials.

    Requisites: WARNING: No credit for this course if taken after the following: GEOL 1010 and WARNING: No credit for both this course and the following (always deduct credit for the first course taken): GEOL 2150

    Credits: 4

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory, 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2900 - Special Topics in Geological Sciences

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

  • GEOL 2970T - Geological Sciences Tutorial

    Honors Tutorial College tutorial about the foundational concepts and applications of the Geological Sciences.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 tutorial

  • GEOL 2971T - Geological Sciences Tutorial

    Honors Tutorial College tutorial about the foundational concepts and applications of the Geological Sciences.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 tutorial

  • GEOL 2980T - Geological Sciences Tutorial

    Honors Tutorial College tutorial about the foundational concepts and applications of the Geological Sciences.

    Requisites: GEOL 2971T and HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 tutorial

  • GEOL 2981T - Geological Sciences Tutorial

    Honors Tutorial College tutorial about the foundational concepts and applications of the Geological Sciences.

    Requisites: GEOL 2980T and HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 tutorial

  • GEOL 3050 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 1010 or 2020 and GEOL major and WARNING: not ISE 3040 or ISE 3200 or QBA 2010

    Credits: 4

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 3092J - Geowriting

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

    Requisites: GEOL 3150 and Jr standing and Warning: No credit if taken after ENG 3090J or ENG 309J

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 1J

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 3120 - Earth Materials and Resources

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

    Requisites: (CHEM 1210 or 1510) and (GEOL 1010 or 2020) and WARNING: No credit for this course if the following is taken (keeps credit for the following course, as defined by department): GEOL 3150

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 3150 - Mineralogy

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

    Requisites: (CHEM 1220 or 1520) and (GEOL 1010 or 2020) and WARNING: No credit for GEOL 3120 if this course is taken

    Credits: 4

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 3201 - 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!

    Requisites: GEOL 3150

    Credits: 4

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 3300 - Principles of Geomorphology

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

    Requisites: GEOL 1010 or 2020

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 3400 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 2550

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 3500 - Stratigraphy-Sedimentology

    Introduction to principles of stratigraphy and sedimentation. Interpretation of depositional environments and their relation to plate tectonic setting. Satisfies half of the Tier I Junior Composition Equivalency JE requirement via a series of research and writing exercises culminating in a term paper at the end of the semester. The written work students submit deepens understanding of how professional writing in Geological Sciences is undertaken, and strengthens students abilities to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize primary literature sources in sedimentary geology journals. Writing and editing drafts will strengthen student skills in construction of compelling and logical arguments as well as critical assessment of the written work of other scientists.

    Requisites: GEOL 3201

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 1JE

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 3600 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3500

    Credits: 4

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 3910 - Internship

    Provides qualified students with the opportunity to receive credit for work experience directly related to the geological sciences. Supervised by geological sciences faculty and evaluated by an on-the-job supervisor. A report detailing the internship activities is required before credit is awarded.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 10.0 internship

  • GEOL 3970T - Geological Sciences Tutorial

    Honors Tutorial College tutorial about the foundational concepts and applications of the Geological Sciences.

    Requisites: GEOL 2981T and HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 tutorial

  • GEOL 3980T - Geological Sciences Tutorial

    Honors Tutorial College tutorial about the foundational concepts and applications of the Geological Sciences.

    Requisites: GEOL 3970T and HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 tutorial

  • GEOL 4080 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3500 and Sr

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4090 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3120 or 3201

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4160 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3120 or 3150

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4170 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3201

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4260 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3201

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4270 - 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.

    Requisites: (CHEM 1220 or 1520) and (GEOL 1010 or 2020)

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4280 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 4270

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4290 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 4270 and Sr

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4320 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3300

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4390 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOG 3150 or GEOL 3300

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4430 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3400

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4440 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3400 or 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4460 - Earth Systems Evolution

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

    Requisites: GEOL 3500 and (PHYS 2001 or 2051)

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 1JE

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4480 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3400

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4510 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4520 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3500

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 1JE

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4530 - Physical Limnology

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

    Requisites: (CHEM 1220 or 1520) and (GEOL 1010 or 2020)

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4540 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4541 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 4540 or concurrent

    Credits: 1

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 40.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4560 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4570 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3600 or concurrent

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4580 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4640 - Regional Tectonics

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

    Requisites: GEOL 3600

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4660 - Geodynamics: The Earth's Interior

    The application of gravitational, magnetic, seismological, and heat flow measurements to defining the geophysics of the solid earth, including its internal structure, dynamics, and evolution of Earth's core, mantle, and crust. Students synthesize the evidence during a series of technical writing assignments whose summaries and critiques of scientific papers combine to form an integrated term paper.

    Requisites: GEOL 3201

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 1JE

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4670 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4710 - 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.

    Requisites: (CHEM 1220 or 1520) and (GEOL 1010 or 2020) and Sr

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4730 - Forensic Geoscience

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

    Requisites: ANTH 4470 or BIOS 3640 or CHEM 4310 or GEOL 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4760 - Subsurface Methods

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

    Requisites: GEOL 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4800 - 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.

    Requisites: (GEOL 1010 or 2020 or 2830) and (MATH 1300 or 2301) and (PHYS 2001 or 2051)

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4811 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 4800

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4830 - Field Hydrology

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

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 4

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 40.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4850 - Introduction to Applied Geophysics

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

    Requisites: PHYS 2002 or 2052

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4860 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 4850

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4890 - 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.

    Requisites: GEOL 4800

    Credits: 1 - 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 9.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4900 - Special Topics in Geological Sciences

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4901 - Geologic Studies

    Individual or small group independent study arranged with faculty members.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 6

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 tutorial, 1.0 lecture

  • GEOL 4902 - Seminar in Geology

    Seminar on specific topics in geological sciences. Content will vary with each offering.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 2

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 8.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

  • GEOL 4940 - Senior Thesis

    Independent research project requiring departmental approval of thesis proposal before registering. Required for departmental honors program, but can be taken by non-honors students if department approves.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 5

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 research

  • GEOL 4960 - Field Geology

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

    Requisites: GEOL 3600

    Credits: 6

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 40.0 laboratory

  • GEOL 4970T - Geological Sciences Tutorial

    Honors Tutorial College tutorial about the foundational concepts and applications of the Geological Sciences.

    Requisites: GEOL 3980T and HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 tutorial

  • GEOL 4980T - Geological Sciences Tutorial

    Honors Tutorial College tutorial about the foundational concepts and applications of the Geological Sciences.

    Requisites: GEOL 4970T and HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 tutorial

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