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Course ID:GEOL 1120. 3 hours.
Course Title:Environmental Geoscience
Course
Description:
Exploration of various effects on Earth's long-term physical-chemical systems caused by human consumption and pollution of its vital resources and emphasize environmental and geological issues critical to earth's sustainability.
Athena Title:ENVIRON GEOSCIENCE
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in GEOL 1121
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 1250-1250L. 4 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Physical Geology
Course
Description:
Physical geology; characteristics and origins of rocks and minerals; mechanism and processes of volcanism, plutonism, metamorphism, weathering, erosion, sedimentation, and lithification; evolution of landforms. Tectonic processes of continental drift, sea-floor spreading, and plate tectonics. Emphasis on scientific methods.
Athena Title:PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in GEOL 1121 or GEOL 2350H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 1260-1260L. 4 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Historical Geology
Course
Description:
Methods and concepts by which Earth history is interpreted. The geologic time scale; interactions of physical, chemical, and biological processes through time. Origin of life; evolution and distribution of plants and animals through time. Geologic history of North America. Emphasis on interpretation of the rock record.
Athena Title:HISTORICAL GEOLOGY
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in GEOL 1122 or GEOL 1122H or GEOL 2360H
Pre or Corequisite:GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1121H or GEOL 1250-1250L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:HONS(BIOL)(CHEM)(GEOL)(PHYS) 2070H. 4 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Honors Science
Course
Description:
Concepts of physics, chemistry, geology, and biology in an integrated fashion. The evolution of the universe from the primordial state to the present time, and considers human interaction with the environment.
Athena Title:HONORS SCIENCE
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in PHYS 1010 or CHEM 1110
Nontraditional Format:Occasional weekend field trips required.
Prerequisite:(ENGL 1101 or MATH 1101) and permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:HONS(BIOL)(CHEM)(GEOL)(PHYS) 2080H. 4 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Honors Science
Course
Description:
Concepts of physics, chemistry, geology, and biology in an integrated fashion. The evolution of the universe from the primordial state to the present time, and considers human interaction with the environment.
Athena Title:Honors Science
Nontraditional Format:Weekend field trips required.
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 2120. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introduction to Environmental Geology
Course
Description:
Environmental geology focusing on understanding global and current environmental problems and their relationships with geological processes. Emphasis on case histories of geologic hazards and environmental impact of resources extraction and use. Requirements for a sustainable society analyzed.
Athena Title:INTRO ENVIR GEOL
Nontraditional Format:During discussion period students will discuss readings, discuss environmental situations and their solution, and give presentations on subjects they have researched. Emphasis is on research, analysis, and problem solving.
Prerequisite:(GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L) or GEOL 1250-1250L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 2350H. 4 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Physical Geology (Honors)
Course
Description:
Characteristics and origins of minerals and rocks. Plate tectonics and structure of the Earth's interior. Geologic processes that affect the Earth's surface: volcanism, earthquakes, coastal erosion, and global climate changes. Natural Earth resources and human interaction.
Athena Title:PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1121H or GEOL 1250-1250L
Nontraditional Format:During Summer semester this course will be taught in the field as part of the Geology, Anthropology Summer Field Program. Extensive field observations and projects will be included in addition to organized lecture and laboratory work.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 2360H. 4 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Historical Geology (Honors)
Course
Description:
Measurement of geologic time. Physical and biological history of Earth as recorded in rocks and fossils. Development of the major features of the Earth, with particular emphasis on North America.
Athena Title:HISTORICAL GEOLOGY
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in GEOL 1260-1260L
Nontraditional Format:Course taught during summer session in the field. Traditional methods are combined with field exercises and problems, interpretive exercises, and extensive field discussions.
Prerequisite:GEOL 2350H and Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3010-3010L. 4 hours. 2 hours lecture and 4 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Earth Materials
Course
Description:
Physical and chemical properties, identification, and modes of occurrence of minerals and mineral assemblages. Mineral crystallography, determinations of optical properties with the petrographic microscope, x-ray diffraction and structural formula determinations. Introduction to mineral thermodynamic phase relations.
Athena Title:EARTH MATERIALS
Prerequisite:CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3020-3020L. 4 hours. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Surficial and Near-Surficial Processes
Course
Description:
Surface processes; geohydrological, geochemical cycles; and surface geological structures of the Earth.
Athena Title:SURF&NEAR-SURF PROC
Nontraditional Format:Field Trips Required
Prerequisite:(GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L) or GEOL 1250-1250L
Pre or Corequisite:(GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) or 1260-1260L
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3030. 3 hours.
Course Title:Elementary Oceanography
Course
Description:
Basic aspects of oceanography: ocean basins and plate tectonics, shallow and deep ocean circulation, waves and tides, marine biology and ecology, marine sediments, chemistry of seawater, paleoceanography, and environmental oceanography.
Athena Title:ELEM OCEANOGRAPHY
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:HONS(GEOL) 3070H. 1-3 hours.
Course Title:Honors Research Methods
Course
Description:
Research methods in the natural sciences to enhance directed study participation and Honors thesis/project preparation.
Athena Title:HONORS RES METHODS
Nontraditional Format:Weekly seminars focus on individual student research designs. May be held as daily seminars during the May session.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3080. 1 hour.
Course Title:Volcanoes of the Puna Plateau
Course
Description:
Geological evolution of the Puna high plateau. Recent tectonic uplift of the Puna and subduction-related volcanism. Geology, geomorphology, biology, and culture of one of the most unique, forbidding, and remote regions of our planet.
Athena Title:VOLCANOES PUNA
Nontraditional Format:Course will be field-based only, and will be offered as an optional extension of the Geology Study Abroad Program in Argentina.
Pre or Corequisite:GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1250-1250L or GEOL 1122 or GEOL 1260-1260L or GEOL 3200 or GEOL 3100
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3090. 3 hours.
Course Title:Gems and Gem Materials
Course
Description:
Gem materials, historical, cultural, mineralogical, technological, and scientific aspects. The identification and evaluation of gems.
Athena Title:GEMS/GEM MATERIALS
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3100. 3 hours.
Course Title:Geology of Argentina
Course
Description:
Geological evolution of the Argentinean territory since the Proterozoic. Magmatic and stratigraphic histories discussed within the framework of plate tectonics. The origin of the Andes: one of the largest and youngest mountain belts on Earth. Paleontological record of early evolution of dinosaurs and unique ancient floras of the southern continents.
Athena Title:GEOL OF ARGENTINA
Nontraditional Format:Course may be taught during Summer Session, in the field, as part of the Geology in Argentina Study Abroad Program.
Pre or Corequisite:GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1250-1250L or GEOL 1122 or GEOL 1260-1260L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3120-3120L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Geological Hazards
Course
Description:
Consequences of potentially hazardous geologic processes, including volcanic activity, earthquakes, landslides, flooding, shoreline erosion, and ground failure. Emphasis on developing understanding of the underlying geologic processes that result in hazards and delineating risk potential. Evaluation of methods of prediction and damage control through laboratory analysis of case studies.
Athena Title:GEOLOGIC HAZARDS
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3130. 3 hours.
Course Title:National Parks of the Western United States
Course
Description:
Geological features of selected national parks used as type examples for understanding rock forming processes (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic) and orogenic processes. Exploitation of mineral resources in and around national parks and conflicts that ensue.
Athena Title:NAT PARKS
Nontraditional Format:May also be taught as part of domestic field study programs or Study Abroad. Relevant field observations, discussions and projects are combined with the traditional content.
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3150. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Coastal Processes and Conservation
Course
Description:
The major physical processes which characterize marine coastal habitats. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of the complex interdependency within various environments and evaluating the responses to natural and human-induced disturbances. Discussion of stabilization vs. conservation issues and environmental effects of private and governmental attempts at risk mitigation.
Athena Title:COASTAL PROC & CONS
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3200. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Rocks and Minerals
Course
Description:
Basic properties, origins, and methods of describing and classifying the common minerals and rocks. Emphasis on identifying and describing samples on the hand specimen and outcrop scale.
Athena Title:ROCKS & MINERALS
Nontraditional Format:Field trips required. Many of the lectures will be delivered on site during field trips. May be taught during study abroad programs.
Pre or Corequisite:(GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L) or GEOL 1250-1250L or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3220. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Water Resources Issues
Course
Description:
An examination of water quality, quantity, management, and planning issues; how scientific principles and practices can be employed to understand their causes, effects, and solutions.
Athena Title:WATER RES ISSUES
Nontraditional Format:A critical part of the learning process is from field trips and therefore they will be required. These field trips will be undertaken during the normal class period. An optional one-day field trip will be offered on one weekend, outside of the normal class period. Extra credit (10% of grade) will be awarded for participation in this trip.
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3350. 3 hours.
Course Title:Dinosaurs - Lifestyles of the Big and Famous in the Mesozoic
Course
Description:
Dinosaur dinners, dates, dallying, and domiciles (or dinosaur habitats and eating, reproductive, and social behavior). Warm-bloodedness versus cold-bloodedness. Relationship to birds, reptiles, and mammals. Evolutionary patterns. Extinction and asteroids. Climate, sea level, and continents during the Mesozoic Era.
Athena Title:DINOSAURS
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 3400. 3 hours.
Course Title:Geological Evolution of North America
Course
Description:
An investigation of the geologic processes that have shaped the North American continent over the last 4.57 billion years, with particular focus on the origin of the Appalachian (east coast) and Cordilleran (west coast) mountain systems.
Athena Title:GEOL EVOL NA
Nontraditional Format:At least one weekend field trip.
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4010-4010L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Life and Ecologies of the Past
Course
Description:
Principles of paleobiology, including biostratigraphy, paleoecology, taphonomy, and macroevolutionary dynamics.
Athena Title:LIFE & ECOL PAST
Prerequisite:(GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) or GEOL 1260-1260L or GEOL 1122H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4020-4020L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Internal Earth Processes
Course
Description:
Internal processes which are responsible for the formation and physico-chemical evolution of the earth. Study of the basic tools of igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, thermodynamics and heat-transfer mechanisms and their application in field and laboratory investigations.
Athena Title:INTERNAL PROCESSES
Pre or Corequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4050/6050. 3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.
Course Title:Facies Models and Stratigraphy
Course
Description:
Sedimentary processes in major siliciclastic and carbonate depositional environments. Factors affecting deposition and erosion of sediments on time scales of hundreds of years to hundreds of thousands of years.
Athena Title:FACIES AND STRATA
Prerequisite:GEOL 4010-4010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4060/6060-4060L/6060L. 4 hours. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Structural Geology
Course
Description:
Stress and strain within the earth, and the mechanical properties and behavior of earth materials. Geologic structures, their recognition and interpretation in the field, and solution of structural problems. Framework of the earth's crust; evolution of mountain belts, continents, and basins. Relation between structures, deformation, and plate tectonics.
Athena Title:Structural Geology
Prerequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:HONS(GEOL) 4070H. 3 hours. 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Special Problems Seminar in the Natural Sciences
Course
Description:
Selected problems in the natural sciences which have special or current relevance to members of the University community. Topics will vary to meet interest and demand.
Athena Title:SEM IN NATURAL SCI
Nontraditional Format:Discussions include student presentations of material researched for the course. May be held daily during May session, or as part of a Study Abroad program.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4090/6090. 3 hours.
Course Title:Marine Geology
Course
Description:
The geologic aspects of ocean basins, including morphology, sedimentation processes, and mode of origin.
Athena Title:MARINE GEOLOGY
Prerequisite:[GEOL 1250-1250L or (GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L)] and [GEOL 1260-1260L or (GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L)]
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4110/6110. 3 hours.
Course Title:Principles of Geochemistry
Course
Description:
Distribution of elements and isotopes in minerals, rocks, and waters. Principles governing the migration and behavior of elements and isotopes.
Athena Title:PRIN OF GEOCHEM
Prerequisite:(CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L and GEOL 3010-3010L) or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4130/6130. 3 hours.
Course Title:Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry
Course
Description:
Chemical behavior of natural aquatic systems: chemical kinetic and equilibrium relationships controlling the quality of surface and subsurface waters, both pristine and polluted. Distribution and behavior of chemical species in aqueous environments.
Athena Title:AQUEOUS ENV GEOCHEM
Undergraduate Prerequisite:GEOL 3150 or GEOL 3020-3020L or GEOL 4110/6110 or CHEM 2100 or permission of department
Graduate Prerequisite:GEOL 4110/6110 or CRSS 4670/6670 or GEOL 4550/6550 or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4220/6220. 3 hours.
Course Title:Hydrogeology
Course
Description:
Groundwater in the hydrologic cycle. Examination of flow through porous media, regional flow, influence of wells, water chemistry, and contaminant transport. Emphasis on practical environmental problems.
Athena Title:HYDROGEOLOGY
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4250/6250. 2 hours. 1 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Field Methods in Geology
Course
Description:
Field measurement of geologic parameters, accurate recording of observations, production and interpretation of geologic maps and cross sections, and the recognition of structures and lithologies in the field.
Athena Title:FIELD METHODS
Nontraditional Format:Two day weekend field trips are required.
Prerequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L
Pre or Corequisite:GEOL 3020-3020L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4270/6270. 6 hours.
Course Title:Geology Field School
Course
Description:
Theory and practice of field measurement, large scale planimetric and topographic mapping, and grid surveying. Graphic presentation of field data. Geologic mapping projects, including interpretation of observed geologic features. Summary maps and reports must be prepared and defended in the field. Student must demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills taught in the required on-campus major courses.
Athena Title:GEOL FIELD SCHOOL
Nontraditional Format:Taught in the field during the summer term. Instructional methods include lectures, demonstrations, field trips, as well as supervised field study.
Prerequisite:GEOL 4060/6060 and GEOL 4500/6500
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4300/6300. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Course
Description:
Textures, mineralogy, and classification of the common igneous and metamorphic rocks. Origin of magmas and volcanoes and their impact on civilizations; evolutions of continental and oceanic crusts; metamorphic rocks as probes of crustal processes.
Athena Title:IGN & MET PETROLOGY
Prerequisite:GEOL 4020-4020L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4310/6310. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Economic Geology
Course
Description:
Classification and origin of base and precious metal ore deposits; relationships between ore deposits, host rocks, and plate tectonics; principles of ore deposit exploration and evaluation.
Athena Title:ECONOMIC GEOLOGY
Corequisite:GEOL 4020-4020L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4320/6320. 3 hours.
Course Title:Petroleum Geology
Course
Description:
Geological understanding of petroleum, including its origin, its migration, the reservoir rocks in which it is found, the mechanisms by which it is trapped in the subsurface, the techniques by which it is found and extracted, and its geochemical and physical properties.
Athena Title:PETROLEUM GEOLOGY
Undergraduate Prerequisite:GEOL 1120 or GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1122 or GEOL 1250-1250L or GEOL 2350H or HONS(BIOL)(CHEM)(GEOL)(PHYS) 2080H
Graduate Prerequisite:GEOL 1120 or GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1122 or GEOL 1250-1250L or GEOL 2350H or HONS(BIOL)(CHEM)(GEOL)(PHYS) 2080H
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4330/6330. 3 hours.
Course Title:Geology of North America
Course
Description:
Evolution of North American continent through time. Stratigraphic, sedimentary, and magmatic history and tectonic development of various regions since the early Precambrian. Paleontological record of environmental and biological changes. Origin of energy, mineral, soil, and water resources. History of human habitation and resource utilization. Current environmental hazards and challenges.
Athena Title:GEOL OF NORTH AMER
Nontraditional Format:May be taught during summer session in the field as part of the Geology/Anthropology Summer Field Program.
Prerequisite:GEOL 1260-1260L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year. Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL(ANTH) 4340/6340. 3 hours.
Course Title:Archaeometry
Course
Description:
Methods of archaeometric analysis including chronometric and instrumental techniques. Absolute age dating and characterization of archaeological materials by physico-chemical analysis.
Athena Title:Archaeometry
Pre or Corequisite:GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1121H or GEOL 1122 or GEOL 2350H or ANTH 3220 or ANTH 3250 or ANTH(ECOL) 4210/6210 or CLAS(ANTH) 2000
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4350/6350. 3 hours.
Course Title:Planetary Dynamics
Course
Description:
A rigorous and quantitative study of the physiochemical underpinning of planetary processes and applications to specific planetary bodies.
Athena Title:Planetary Dynamics
Prerequisite:MATH 2260 and PHYS 1211-1211L and CHEM 1211
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4360/6360. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introduction to Geomechanics
Course
Description:
Introduction to the brittle field of rock deformation, the rock mass concept, and its role for site characterization and engineering design. Understanding rock as a material, the relationship between stress and strain, and deformation and failure of rock to classify rock fracture types and rock fracturing behavior.
Athena Title:Introduction to Geomechanics
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4390/6390. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Computer Algebra Systems in the Earth and Planetary Sciences
Course
Description:
A hands-on course on the use of computer algebra systems to solve analytical and numerical problems from many areas within the Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Athena Title:CAS in Earth and Planet Scien
Prerequisite:MATH 2260
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4410/6410. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Archeogeology
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques applicable to archeogeology.
Athena Title:RES ARCHEOGEOLOGY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study, but traditional lecture and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4420/6420. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Geochemistry
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques applicable to geochemistry.
Athena Title:RES GEOCHEMISTRY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study, although traditional lecture and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4430/6430. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Geophysics
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques applicable to geophysics.
Athena Title:RES GEOPHYSICS
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lecture and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4440/6440. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Hydrogeology
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques applicable to hydrogeology.
Athena Title:RES HYDROGEOLOGY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lecture and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4450/6450. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Mineralogy
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques applicable to mineralogy.
Athena Title:RES MINERALOGY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study, but traditional lecture and lab exercises may be employed when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4460/6460. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Paleontology
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques applicable to paleontology.
Athena Title:RES PALEONTOLOGY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lecture and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4470/6470. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Petrology
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques applicable to petrology.
Athena Title:RES PETROLOGY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study, but traditional lecture and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate. May also be taught during domestic field study or Study Abroad programs. In that case, field work will complement research, and additional on- campus work may be required.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4480/6480. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Sedimentary Geology
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques appropriate to sedimentation and stratigraphy.
Athena Title:RES SEDIMENT GEOL
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lecture and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4490/6490. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Introduction to Research in Structure/Tectonics
Course
Description:
The literature, research procedures, and instrumental techniques applicable to structural geology and/or tectonics.
Athena Title:RES STRUC/TECTONICS
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lecture and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4500/6500-4500L/6500L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Sedimentary Geology
Course
Description:
Interpretation and origin of sediments and sedimentary rocks, with an emphasis on grain production, sediment transport, diagenesis, facies models, sequence stratigraphy, and sedimentary basins. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of sedimentary rocks in hand sample and thin section, as well as application of course material in solving geological problems.
Athena Title:Sedimentary Geology
Prerequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4510/6510. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Marine Micropaleontology
Course
Description:
Geologic history and applications of marine microfossils, especially foraminifera, calcareous nannoplankton, radiolaria, and diatoms.
Athena Title:MARINE MICROPALEO
Prerequisite:GEOL 4010-4010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4520/6520. 3 hours. 1 hours lecture and 4 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Paleoecology
Course
Description:
The ecological factors affecting the distribution and abundance of fossil organisms, with emphasis on marine invertebrates. Invertebrates as a guide to environments of the past and as indicators of environmental change. Taphonomy of invertebrates.
Athena Title:PALEOECOLOGY
Prerequisite:[GEOL 1260-1260L or (GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) or (GEOL 1122H and GEOL 1122L) and GEOL 4010-4010L] or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4530/6530-4530L/6530L. 3 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Principles and Environmental Applications of GIS
Course
Description:
Provides rigorous hands-on-exercises on the applications of geographic information system (GIS) techniques in geological and environmental sciences. Students will master image processing and spatial analysis techniques (e.g., image classifications, spatial interpolation, georeferencing). The course will cover the fundamentals of GIS with an emphasis on geology and hydrology.
Athena Title:Environmental GIS
Nontraditional Format:This courses is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students in Geology or related programs looking to enhance their knowledge and application of GIS.
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:CRSS(GEOL) 4540/6540-4540L/6540L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Pedology
Course
Description:
Soils as a natural component of the ecosystem, including morphology, landscape distribution, formation, identification of diagnostic horizons and features, and classification.
Athena Title:PEDOLOGY
Nontraditional Format:A one-day trip to North Georgia and a two-day trip to the Coastal Plain will be required at student's expense.
Prerequisite:CRSS(FANR) 3060-3060L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4550/6550. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Clay Mineralogy and Geochemistry
Course
Description:
Clay minerals with emphasis on x-ray diffraction analysis and identification of mixed layer systems. Geochemical factors for clay origin and uses including applications to soils, petroleum, archeological, environmental and economic ore deposit studies.
Athena Title:CLAY MINERAOLOGY
Prerequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4560/6560. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Weathering and Diagenesis
Course
Description:
Global cycling of major elements. Rock-water interactions. Kinetics of mineral dissolution and growth in soil, marine, freshwater, sedimentary basins and hydrothermal systems. Geochemical models for estimating reaction rates and reservoir capacities/fluxes are considered.
Athena Title:WEATH & DIAGENESIS
Prerequisite:CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L and GEOL 3020-3020L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4600/6600. 3 hours.
Course Title:Solid Earth Geophysics
Course
Description:
Analysis of Earth's gravity, magnetic, and seismic wave fields applied to the investigation of structure and dynamics of the Earth's interior. Course will cover theory, methods of analysis, and results of geophysical investigations. Emphasis on major new initiatives in satellite geodesy and digital seismic array studies.
Athena Title:SOLID EARTH GEOPHYS
Prerequisite:GEOL 4020-4020L and MATH 2200 and MATH 2200L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4620/6620. 3 hours.
Course Title:Exploration Geophysics
Course
Description:
Geophysical methods for imaging the subsurface. Course will focus on gravity, magnetic, resistivity, seismic refraction, and seismic reflection surveys. Applications discussed include exploration for hydrocarbons and characterization of the shallow subsurface for engineering/groundwater studies. Laboratory will include field experiments and computer modeling studies.
Athena Title:EXPLORATION GEOPHYS
Prerequisite:GEOL 4020-4020L and MATH 2200 and MATH 2200L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4640/6640. 3 hours.
Course Title:Geochemical and Geophysical Surveys
Course
Description:
Geochemical dispersion and survey of common pathfinder elements; methods of instrumental analysis used in geochemical exploration. Background theory of gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic, and electrical techniques used in resource exploration. Field based projects.
Athena Title:GEOCHEM/GEOPHYS SUR
Prerequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L
Pre or Corequisite:GEOL 4020-4020L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4660/6660. 6 hours. 6 hours lecture and 48-56 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Field School in Shallow Geophysics
Course
Description:
Techniques for the geophysical propsection of near-surface geology, geohydrology, and geomorphology. Techniques include electro-magnetic, radar, sonar, and magnetism.
Athena Title:SHALLOW GEOPHYSICS
Nontraditional Format:Course taught during summer semester utilizing applied field exercises in addition to traditional lecture/lab methods.
Prerequisite:(GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L) or GEOL 1250-1250L or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4670/6670. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Environmental Instrumental Analysis
Course
Description:
Lecture and laboratory course emphasizing principles and practical experience in chemical analysis of sediments, rocks and water, with particular emphasis on environmentally important organic and inorganic contaminants.
Athena Title:ENV INST ANAYLYSIS
Nontraditional Format:Field trip participation required.
Prerequisite:CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL(ANTH) 4700/6700. 3 hours.
Course Title:Archaeological Geology
Course
Description:
Archaeological geology examines the use of earth science methods and theories in the study of archaeological sites and their contents. The four major areas covered include: (1) the archaeological site and geology; (2) age determination techniques; (3) exploration techniques; (4) artifact characterization.
Athena Title:ARCHAEO GEOLOGY
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:WASR(CRSS)(ECOL)(ENGR)(GEOG)(GEOL) 4700L/6700L. 3 hours. 4 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Hydrology, Geology, and Soils of Georgia
Course
Description:
This field course focuses on the physical environment of Georgia by examining the diverse geology, soils, and surface and subsurface hydrologic processes within the state. We will travel to all of Georgia's physiographic areas, visiting mines, farms, forests, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and estuaries to explore the influence of human activities on the physical environment.
Athena Title:HYDROLOGY FIELD LAB
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in FORS(ENGR)(CRSS)(GEOL)(GEOG)(ECOL) 4170L/6170L
Nontraditional Format:This is a Maymester field course, with lectures and laboratories scheduled during the entire session. Students are expected to travel throughout the state. Class will begin Period 1 on Day 1, and will end on the last day of the session.
Undergraduate Prerequisite:Permission of school
Graduate Prerequisite:Permission of school
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4750/6750. 4 hours.
Course Title:Earth Sciences for Middle School Teachers
Course
Description:
Fundamentals of earth sciences for middle school teachers. Map interpretation; minerals and rocks; principles of astronomy, meteorology and oceanography. Processes at the surface and inside the Earth. Emphasis on plate tectonics; geologic time scale, evolution of life, and a study of fossils. Geology and resources of Georgia.
Athena Title:EARTH SCI MID SCH
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4900/6900. 1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.
Course Title:Seminar in Geohydrology
Course
Description:
Current and classical studies in geohydrology.
Athena Title:SEMINAR IN GEOHYDRO
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4910/6910. 1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.
Course Title:Seminar in Geochemistry
Course
Description:
Current and classical studies in geochemistry.
Athena Title:SEMINAR IN GEOCHEM
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4920/6920. 1 hour.
Course Title:Seminar for Geology Teaching Assistants
Course
Description:
Discussion of the delivery of geology laboratory material, including presentation techniques, attendance policy, grading, and support systems.
Athena Title:SEM TEACH ASSTS
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4950/6950. 1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.
Course Title:Geology Seminar
Course
Description:
Reviews and discussions of current research topics.
Athena Title:GEOLOGY SEMINAR
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4960H. 3-4 hours.
Course Title:Directed Reading and/or Projects (Honors)
Course
Description:
Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a project director.
Athena Title:DIRECTED READINGS
Nontraditional Format:Directed study.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4970H. 3-4 hours.
Course Title:Directed Reading and/or Projects (Honors)
Course
Description:
Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a project director.
Athena Title:DIRECTED READING
Nontraditional Format:Directed study.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4980H. 3-4 hours.
Course Title:Directed Reading and/or Projects (Honors)
Course
Description:
Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a project director.
Athena Title:DIRECTED READING
Nontraditional Format:Directed study.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 4990H. 3 hours.
Course Title:Honors Thesis
Course
Description:
Individual research in the field of his/her major or in a closely related field.
Athena Title:HONORS THESIS
Nontraditional Format:Students in this course meet with their supervising professor as needed to successfully complete assignments and readings.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 7000. 1-12 hours. Repeatable for maximum 45 hours credit.
Course Title:Master's Research
Course
Description:
Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.
Athena Title:MASTER'S RESEARCH
Nontraditional Format:Independent research under the direction of a faculty member.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:GEOL 7005. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 45 hours credit.
Course Title:Graduate Student Seminar
Course
Description:
Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.
Athena Title:GRAD STUDENT SEM
Nontraditional Format:Seminar.
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:GEOL 7300. 1-12 hours. Repeatable for maximum 24 hours credit.
Course Title:Master's Thesis
Course
Description:
Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.
Athena Title:MASTER'S THESIS
Nontraditional Format:Independent research and thesis preparation.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8000. 3 hours.
Course Title:Scientific Writing: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations
Course
Description:
Introduction to the craft of effective scientific communication for graduate students in Geosciences. Students will learn standard format, content, and style of scientific papers, research proposals and theses. Students will also be trained in the use of relevant computer programs for creating effective figures and presentations.
Athena Title:SCIENTIFIC WRITING
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8010. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Archaeological Geology
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of staff members on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP ARCH GEOL
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study using traditional lecture and lab exercises when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8020. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Geochemistry
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of staff members on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP GEOCHEM
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lectures and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8030. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Geophysics
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of staff members on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP GEOPHYSICS
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lectures and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8040. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Hydrogeology
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of staff members on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP HYDROGEOL
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lectures and lab exercises may be used when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8050. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Mineralogy
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of a staff member on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP MINERALOGY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lectures and lab exercises may be utilized when applicable.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8060. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Paleobiology
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of staff members on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP PALEOBIOL
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lectures and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8070. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Petrology
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of staff members on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP PETROLOGY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lectures and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8080. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Sedimentary Geology
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of staff members on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP SED GEOLOGY
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lectures and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8090. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Structural Geology
Course
Description:
Intensive study under the direction of staff members on approved topics.
Athena Title:ADV TOP STRUC GEOL
Nontraditional Format:Taught as a directed study but traditional lectures and lab exercises may be utilized when appropriate.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8100. 3 hours. 1 hours lecture and 6 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Microchemical Analysis of Geologic Materials
Course
Description:
Theoretical and laboratory study of microchemical analytical techniques commonly used to analyze the composition of geologic materials. Includes training on the operation of the JEOL 8600 Superprobe for geochemical analysis.
Athena Title:Microchem Analysis Geol Mater
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8120. 3 hours. 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Paleobiodiversity
Course
Description:
Pattern, process and causal mechanisms of modern and fossil biodiversity issues.
Athena Title:PALEOBIODIVERSITY
Prerequisite:GEOL 4520/6520 or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8130. 3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.
Course Title:Paleocommunities
Course
Description:
Geologic history and paleoecology of fossil associations through time with emphasis on the marine fossil record.
Athena Title:PALEOCOMMUNITIES
Prerequisite:GEOL 4010-4010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8140. 3 hours.
Course Title:Sequence Stratigraphy
Course
Description:
Principles of sequence stratigraphy. Roles of sediment supply, subsidence, and eustasy in the accumulation of sediments on time scales of tens of thousands of years and longer.
Athena Title:SEQUENCE STRAT
Prerequisite:GEOL 4010-4010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8150. 3 hours.
Course Title:Earth Surface Geochemistry
Course
Description:
Geochemical principles, materials, and processes related to the near-earth-surface environment. Systems studied include weathering and shallow groundwater; rivers, lakes, and oceans; diagenesis and deep groundwater; and the linkage of the rock and water cycles.
Athena Title:EARTH SURF GEOCHEM
Prerequisite:GEOL 4110/6110
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8160. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Advanced Igneous Petrology
Course
Description:
Mineralogy, petrology, and chemical compositions of igneous rocks. Origin and evolution of magmas and the causes and characteristics of volcanic eruptions including effects on climate and societies.
Athena Title:ADV IGNEOUS PETROL
Nontraditional Format:One weekend field trip is required.
Prerequisite:GEOL 4300/6300
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8170-8170L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Petrology of Stony Archaeological Material
Course
Description:
Petrographic analysis and interpretation of stony archaeological materials, including rocks, minerals, ceramics, slags, and glass using the petrographic microscope.
Athena Title:PET ARCH MAT
Prerequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L or GEOL(ANTH) 4700/6700 or GEOL(ANTH)4340/6340
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8180. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Sandstone Petrology
Course
Description:
Petrology of sandstones: classifications, mineralogy, geochemistry, provenance, diagenesis, porosity, and hydrogeology of sandstones. Laboratory examination of sandstone mineralogies and diagenetic fabrics.
Athena Title:SANDSTONE PETROLOGY
Prerequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8200. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Carbonate Petrology
Course
Description:
Petrology, mineralogy, and geochemistry of limestones, dolostones, speleothems, travertines, and other carbonate-bearing geological materials. Precipitation of carbonate minerals, origin of carbonate grains, neomorphism, diagenesis, dolomitization, silicification, porosity, and permeability in carbonate rocks.
Athena Title:CARBONATE PETROLOGY
Prerequisite:GEOL 3010-3010L and GEOL 4010-4010L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8220. 3 hours.
Course Title:Advanced Metamorphic Petrology
Course
Description:
Rigorous and quantitative study of metamorphic rocks through the use of chemical thermodynamics. A study of chemical equilibrium and solution behavior applied to minerals and geologic fluids is followed by specific applications to metamorphic rocks.
Athena Title:ADV METAM PETROLOGY
Prerequisite:GEOL 4300/6300
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8250. 3 hours.
Course Title:Plate Tectonics
Course
Description:
Mechanics of plate motion on a sphere; analysis of earthquake focal mechanisms and state of stress in the lithosphere; paleomagnetism; true polar wander; geologic processes at plate boundaries; forces driving plates. Discussion of papers covering models for convection, fate of slabs, recent results from global tomography, and regional tectonics.
Athena Title:PLATE TECTONICS
Prerequisite:GEOL 4020-4020L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8270. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 1 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Continental Tectonics
Course
Description:
Origin and evolution of mountain systems, orogenic belts, and related terrains. Emphasis will be on processes of deformation and crustal growth; plate tectonic driving forces; relations between deformation, magmatism, and sedimentation; field and laboratory methods used to study orogenic belts; and/or the evolution of specific mountain systems and continents.
Athena Title:CONTINENTAL TECTON
Prerequisite:GEOL 4060/6060
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8370. 3 hours.
Course Title:Data Analysis in the Geosciences
Course
Description:
The principles of data analysis, including data collection methods, graphical presentation, and basic statistics.
Athena Title:Data Analysis in Geosciences
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8460. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Isotope Geochemistry
Course
Description:
Theory of isotope fractionation and radioactive decay. Analytical methods for measurement of isotope ratios. Applications of isotope methods in the earth sciences including age dating, studies of chemical cycles in the environment, and evolution of inorganic and organic systems.
Athena Title:ISOTOPE GEOCHEM
Prerequisite:GEOL 4020-4020L and GEOL 4110/6110
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8550-8550L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Clay Mineralogy
Course
Description:
Clay minerals with emphasis on X-ray diffraction analysis and identification of mixed layer systems. Geochemical factors for clay origin and uses, including applications to soils, petroleum, archeological, environmental, and economic deposits.
Athena Title:CLAY MINERALOGY
Nontraditional Format:Each student is expected to make an oral presentation on the subject of his or her choice. The topic must pertain to some aspect of clay mineralogy (either a lab project or a library referenced presentation is possible). An abstract, outline, figures, and list of references should be provided to each class participant.
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8600. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.
Course Title:Advanced Topics in Seismology
Course
Description:
Topics in theoretical and observational seismology. Wave propagation, time series analysis, geophysical data processing, inverse theory, and seismic array studies of the lithosphere, mantle and core. Topics to vary from year to year.
Athena Title:ADV TOP SEISMOLOGY
Prerequisite:(GEOL 4020-4020L and MATH 2210 and MATH 2210L and PHYS 1212-1212L) or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8700. 3 hours.
Course Title:Physical Hydrogeology
Course
Description:
Mathematical treatment of subsurface flow and transport using the hydraulic approach. Both regional and local problems are examined. Emphasis is on selecting the appropriate differential equation and boundary conditions to adequately describe a problem. Practical applications are used to illustrate the approach.
Athena Title:PHYSICAL HYDROGEOL
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:CRSS(GEOL) 8710. 3 hours.
Course Title:Watershed-Scale Modeling
Course
Description:
The science, technology, and policy aspects of watershed-scale modeling. There will be multiple assignments that will require the use of the Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model and a project chosen by the student (including a term paper). A midterm will cover science and policy readings.
Athena Title:Watershed-Scale Modeling
Prerequisite:CRSS(FANR) 3060 or GEOL 3020-3020L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8720. 3 hours.
Course Title:Geologic and Hydrologic Remote Sensing
Course
Description:
Hands-on-exercises on the applications of remote sensing techniques in geological and environmental sciences. Students will master image processing and spatial analysis techniques (e.g., radiometric and geometric enhancement, image classifications, and spatial interpolation). The course will cover the fundamentals of remote sensing with an emphasis on hydrologic applications.
Athena Title:ENVIRONMENTAL REMOT
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:WASR(GEOL) 8730. 3 hours.
Course Title:Aquifer Mechanics
Course
Description:
Mechanics of flow through subsurface media, including flow in confined, water table, and leaky aquifers, delayed yield, partially penetrating wells, boundaries, multiple wells, dual porosity media, and fractured rock; use of aquifer tests to estimate aquifer hydraulic properties.
Athena Title:AQUIFER MECHANICS
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in FORS 8730
Prerequisite:FORS 4110/6110-4110L/6110L or WASR(FORS) 4110/6110-4110L/6110L or GEOL 4220/6220 or GEOG 4030/6030 or CRSS 4600/6600-4600L/6600L or permission of school
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL(WASR) 8740. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Hydrologic Flow and Transport Modeling
Course
Description:
Solutions of surface and subsurface flow and transport problems including finite difference, finite element, and boundary integral methods. Analytic techniques include Laplace-, z-, and Fourier-transform, complex variable, and separation of variables methods. Application to problems commonly found in the environmental field, including capture zones, particle-tracking, advection-dispersion, and non-aqueous phase liquids.
Athena Title:HYDROLOGIC MODELS
Prerequisite:GEOL 8700 or FORS 4120/6120 or WASR 4500/6500
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8750. 3 hours.
Course Title:Environmental Organic Geochemistry
Course
Description:
Origin and distribution of organic compounds in rocks, soils, and water. Biochemistry of major classes of organic compounds found in rocks, soils, and minerals. Emphasis on anthropocentric contamination and geochemistry of remediation.
Athena Title:ENV ORGANIC GEOCHEM
Prerequisite:CHEM 2211 and CHEM 2211L and GEOL 1260-1260L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL(CRSS) 8760. 3 hours.
Course Title:Organic Contaminant Hydrogeology
Course
Description:
Physical and chemical processes controlling the mobility and fate of organic contaminants in soils, sediments, surface, and ground waters. Processes include biotic and abiotic (hydrolysis, volatilization, sorption, redox, and photochemical) reactions in the natural systems. Relationships between chemical structure and reactivity in the environment.
Athena Title:ORG CONT HYDROGEOL
Prerequisite:(CHEM 2100 and CHEM 2100L) or (CHEM 2212 and CHEM 2212L) or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8770. 3 hours.
Course Title:Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
Course
Description:
The current state of environmental pollution and the application of innovative technologies in clean-up of contaminated soil, sediment, and groundwater. Evaluate the performance and limitations of existing technologies due to site heterogeneity.
Athena Title:HAZARD WASTE REMED
Prerequisite:GEOL 4130/6130 and EHSC 4350/6350-4350L/6350L
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 8790. 3 hours. 1 hours lecture and 6 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Special Projects in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology
Course
Description:
Environmental geological problems such as sanitary landfills, underground storage tank contaminated sites, mine land pollution areas, and hydrological assessment of wetlands.
Athena Title:PROJ IN ENV GEOL
Nontraditional Format:Field trip participation is required.
Prerequisite:GEOL 8700 or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:GEOL 9000. 1-12 hours. Repeatable for maximum 45 hours credit.
Course Title:Doctoral Research
Course
Description:
Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree under the direction of faculty members.
Athena Title:DOCTORAL RESEARCH
Nontraditional Format:Independent research under the direction of a faculty member.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:GEOL 9300. 1-12 hours. Repeatable for maximum 24 hours credit.
Course Title:Doctoral Dissertation
Course
Description:
Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor.
Athena Title:DOCT DISSERTATION
Nontraditional Format:Independent research and preparation of the doctoral dissertation.
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
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