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GEOL 1004: Essentials of Earth Science

ACTS Common Course - PHSC1104

An introduction to the fundamental topics of earth science including physical and historical geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Laboratory exercises include the study of minerals, rocks, fossils, topographic and geologic maps, and oceanographic and meteorological phenomena. Laboratory work will stress the use of the scientific method of problem solving. This course is designed as a general education science requirement and for prospective early childhood and middle level school teachers.

Note: Duplicate credit for GEOL 1004 and GEOL 1014 will not be allowed.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 1014: Physical Geology

ACTS Common Course - GEOL1114

A survey of the earth's features and forces which modify its surface and interior. Laboratory exercises include the study of minerals, rocks, and landforms through the use of topographic maps and aerial photography.

Note: Duplicate credit for GEOL 1014 and GEOL 1004 will not be allowed.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 2001,3001,4001: Seminar

Prerequisites: GEOL 1014 and GEOL 2001

Participants will prepare oral and written reports and participate in discussions of the reports. Topics for the seminar will be determined by the instructors but will be subjects which are beyond the scope of other geology courses.

GEOL 2024: Historical Geology

ACTS Common Course - GEOL1134

Prerequisite: GEOL 1014

A survey of the physical and biological history of the earth. Laboratory exercises include the study of fossils, geologic maps, and cross sections.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 2111: Environmental Seminar

Cross-listed: BIOL 2111, CHEM 2111

A seminar for students pursuing the environmental option of geology, biology, or chemistry and other students interested in environmental sciences.

GEOL 3004: Structural Geology

Prerequisites: GEOL 1014, GEOL 2024, and MATH 1203 or MATH 1914

A study and analysis of the structural features of the earth's crust.

Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 3014: Mineralogy

Prerequisites: GEOL 1014, GEOL 2024, CHEM 1113, CHEM 1111 or CHEM 2124

A study of crystallography, physical and chemical properties, origin, occurrence, and structure theory of minerals.

Lecture two hours, laboratory four hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 3023: Geologic Field Techniques

Prerequisites: GEOL 1014, GEOL 2024 and GEOL 3004

Interpretation of aerial photographs; mensuration techniques using the Brunton compass, hand level, and Jacob's staff, measurement and description of stratigraphic sections; construction of and geologic maps; collecting, sampling, and collation procedures.

Lecture/laboratory four hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 3044: Geomorphology

Prerequisites: GEOL 1014, GEOL 2024, GEOL 3004, and GEOL 3164

A study of land forms and the processes which shape the earth's surface. Special emphasis will be placed on slope forming and fluival processes.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 3053: Geology of Energy and Metallic Resources

Prerequisites: GEOL 1014, GEOL 3014, and GEOL 3164

A study of the principal earth materials essential to local and national economies. Location, genesis, methods of extraction, and primary utilization and conservation are emphasized.

GEOL 3083: Hydrogeology

Prerequisites: MATH 1113 and GEOL 1014 or permission of the instructor.

The earth's hydrologic system is studied in terms of both empirical and quantitative aspects of the steady-state condition of groundwater and its interaction with surface water, as well as transient behavior from the influence of wells. Basic water chemistry is also covered along with transport and fate of pollutants in groundwater.

GEOL 3111: Environmental Seminar

Cross-listed: BIOL 3111 and CHEM 3111

A seminar for students pursuing the environmental option of geology, biology, or chemistry and other students interested in environmental sciences.

GEOL 3124: Invertebrate Paleontology

Prerequisite: GEOL 2024

A systematic study of invertebrate fossils and their geologic significance.

Lecture laboratory six hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 3153: Environmental Geology

Prerequisite: GEOL 1014

A study of the geological factors which influence the pollution of land, water, and biological resources; the role of rock and soil in the geobiological community; hydrology; land sliding and faulting in the human environment, natural resource problems; urban and land use planning based on geological data.

GEOL 3164: Petrology

Prerequisite: GEOL 3014

A study of the classification, origin, geologic occurrence, physical and chemical properties of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 3174: Computer Applications in Geology

Participants will focus on mastering common geotechnical, oil and gas, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software utilized throughout the geologic profession. Course will include techniques on GIS analysis; generating stratigraphic sections, cross-sections, structure contours, fence diagrams, rose diagrams, and other geologic documents; geologic data management.

$20 course fee.

GEOL 4006: Field Geology

Offered: Each summer by arrangement

Prerequisites: GEOL 1014, GEOL 2024, GEOL 3004, GEOL 3014, GEOL 3023, GEOL 3124, and GEOL 3164

A six week summer course of instruction in the use of geologic mapping instruments, interpretation of aerial photographs and their use in the construction of geologic maps, development of techniques necessary in geological field work, recognition and interpretation of geologic phenomena, and potentially in environmental evaluation. The course is offered through arrangements with various universities. Students have the option of picking the field camp that best meets their interest from a list of pre-approved camps.

Note: Field camp expenses will vary, but the average cost for room/board and tuition is $3,000.

$20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 4013: Optical Mineralogy

Prerequisites: PHYS 2024, GEOL 3014, GEOL 3164

A study of minerals in thin sections with the petrographic microscope.

Lecture laboratory four hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 4023: Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

Prerequisites: GEOL 3124 and GEOL 3164

A study of sedimentary rocks and their stratigraphic relationships.

GEOL 4034: Subsurface Geology

Prerequisites: GEOL 3004, GEOL 3164, GEOL 4023, MATH 1113, PHYS 2014, PHYS 2024

A study of analytic procedures in selected topics in geophysics, well logging, and subsurface geological relationships.

Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. $20 laboratory fee.

GEOL 4111: Environmental Seminar

Cross-listed: BIOL 4111, CHEM 4111

A seminar for students pursuing the environmental option of geology, biology, or chemistry and other students interested in environmental sciences.

GEOL 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in Geology

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

GEOL 4991,4992: Special Problems in Geology

Open to geology majors with the approval of the department head.