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Geology

GEOLOGY (GEOL) Undergraduate Courses

105-3. Physical Geology. (3-2) An introduction to the physical processes operating in and on the planet earth. Emphasis on internal structure, magmatism, earth materials, and surficial features. Introduction to plate tectonic theory and its relation to earth processes. Lab fee $10. Course fee $5 (F,Sp,Sm I)

106-4. Historical Geology. (3-2) The history of the earth from the beginning of geologic time to the
present. Topics include a review of the earth's geological, tectonic and biological history and how
geologists utilize rocks, fossils, structural geology, stratigraphy, and geochemistry to understand this history. Prerequisite: GEOL 1054 or GEOL 108 or approval of department head. Lab fee $10. Course fee $5 (F,Sp,Sm II)

107-4. Introduction to Environmental Science. (3-2) Integration of existing knowledge of geological, hydrological, and environmental processes associated with environmental management and land-use planning issues; including discussions of surface and subsurface water quality and quantity, soil erosion, solid and liquid waste disposal and flooding. Case studies involving environmental impact analysis. Prerequisites: GEOL 1054, 1074; CHEM 1054, or approval of department head. Lab fee $15 Course fee $10. (Sp)

108-3. Natural Disasters. (3-2) Course focuses on the causes, effects, and mitigation of natural disasters around the world. Topics covered will include: plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, landslides, meteor impacts, climate change, and major weather events such as tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Emphasis will be on methods used by scientists to monitor and study these natural phenomena, as well as the economic and societal impact of and response to the events. Core lab science credit will not be awarded for both GEOL 105 and GEOL 108. Course fee $15. Lab fee $10. (F)

300-4. Crystallography and Mineralogy. (3-3) A study of crystals and minerals. The course covers physical properties, crystallography, crystal growth, common occurrence, and economic uses of minerals. Prerequisite: GEOL 1054. Lab fee $10. (F)

305-3. Paleontology. (2-3) An introduction to the study of fossils. A survey of the systematics, evolution and paleoecology of microfossils, plants, invertebrate and vertebrate fossils. Prerequisites: GEOL 1054, 1064 and BIOL 1204, 1214 or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

306-4. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. (2-3) An introduction to the origin, characteristics, and associations of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Introduction to igneous phase diagrams and
metamorphic phase equilibria. Prerequisite: GEOL 2034. Lab fee $10. Course fee $50.

310-3. Geomorphology. (2-3) Study of surface processes in geological environments with emphasis on environmental and engineering applications. Topics include weathering, soil formation and erosion, landslides, and landforms associated with rivers, groundwater, coasts, arid and semi-arid climates. Laboratory emphasizes aerial photo and topographic map interpretation. Prerequisites: GEOL 1054, 1064. Course fee $25. Lab fee: $10.

312-3. Structural Geology. (2-3) A study of the forces and processes resulting in the deformation of and structural features of units in the earth's crust. Lab work includes solution of problems by descriptive geometry, geologic and topographic maps and cross-sections. Prerequisites: GEOL 1054, 1064; MATH 1093 or approval of department head. Lab fee $10. Course fee $25.

313-4. Stratigraphy and Sedimentology. (3-3) A study of the origin, transportation, and deposition of sediments and the formation of sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on the study of strata and depositional systems and the utilization of sedimentology and stratigraphy in economic geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology and petroleum geology. Prerequisites: GEOL 1054, 1064, 2034. Lab fee, $10. Course fee $35.

314-3. Geochemistry. (2-3) A survey of the application of chemical principles to problems of geology. Topics include the origin and distribution of the elements and exploration of the behavior and distribution of various elements in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Basic concepts of thermodynamics, solution chemistry, and isotope geochemistry will be discussed. Credit for both GEOL 3143 and CHEM 3143 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: CHEM 1084. Lab fee $10.

320-3. Hydrogeology. (2-3). Aquifer characteristics, physical principles of groundwater flow, well
analysis, geologic controls on local and regional groundwater movement, water chemistry, groundwater pollution, legal issues in groundwater. Prerequisite: GEOL 1054, CHEM 1084, MATH 1093, or approval of department head. Lab fee $10

405-3. Introduction to Field Geology. (2-3) An introduction to the identification and interpretation of rocks and geological structures in the field. Field and laboratory activities include rock identification and interpretation, surveying with plane table and alidade, measuring and describing geologic sections and field mapping with Brunton compass, air photos, and topographic maps. Prerequisites: GEOL 1054, 1064. Lab fee $10. Course fee $50.

411-3. Economic Geology. (2-3) An introduction to the origin, classification, uses, and economics of metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits. Lab will introduce reflected light microscopy, alteration petrology and simulate a complete mineral deposit exploration program. Prerequisite: GEOL 2063 or concurrent enrollment. Lab fee $10.

412-3. Subsurface Methods. (2-3) A survey of the techniques used in groundwater, petroleum, and mineral exploration. The course focuses on use of borehole and surface geophysical data, well cuttings, and cores to characterize the geology of the subsurface. Computer mapping, cross section construction, and contouring techniques will be emphasized. Prerequisites: GEOL 3134 or approval of department head. Lab fee, $10.

486-3. Problems. (Credit variable) A course open to capable Geology and Earth Science students. Topics may vary according to student need. May be repeated for credit, subject to the approval of the department head. Prerequisite: Junior classification and approval of department head.