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Courses - Fall 2018
GEOL
Geology Department Site
GEOL100
Physical Geology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with GEOL110) or DSNS
Credit only granted for: GEOL100 or GEOL120.
Additional information: CORE Distributive Studies Physical Science Laboratory Course only when taken concurrently with GEOL 110.
A general survey of the rocks and minerals composing the earth, its surface features and the agents that form them, and the dynamic forces of plate tectonics.
GEOL104
Dinosaurs: A Natural History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS
Dinosaurs, their evolution, and our understanding of their fossil record. Students will examine the geologic record and the tools used by paleontologists to determine: geologic ages and ancient environments; evolutionary history and extinctions; dinosaurian biology and behavior; and their survival as birds. Mechanisms of global change ranging from plate tectonics to asteroid impact will be discussed.
GEOL110
Physical Geology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in GEOL120 or GEOL100.
Additional information: CORE Distributive Studies Physical Science Laboratory Course only when taken concurrently with GEOL 100.
The basic materials and tools of physical geology stressing familiarization with rocks and minerals and the use of maps in geologic interpretations.
Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
GEOL120
Environmental Geology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with GEOL110) or DSNS
Credit only granted for: GEOL100 or GEOL120.
A review of geologic factors underlying many environmental problems and the interactions between population and physical environment: geologic hazards, land-use planning, conservation, mineral resources, waste disposal, land reclamation, and the geologic aspects of health and disease. The course is aimed at lower division students in education and liberal arts, and should be useful to any student concerned with geologic perspectives of environmental problems.
GEOL123
Causes and Consequences of Global Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Also offered as: AOSC123.
Credit only granted for: AOSC123, GEOG123, GEOL123, or METO123.
Study of the major components of Earth's climate system and climate change history. Discussion of 21st century climate change prediction, mitigation and adaptation efforts.
GEOL124
(Perm Req)
Evolution of Life and Environment on Planet Earth
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
An exploration of how life has shaped Earth's physical environments, both in the contemporary Earth and over the long course of Earth history. Topics range from evidence for the origin and diversification of life and its impact on Earth environments to the mind-set and methods of the scientists who interpret it, and what those methods tell us about future interactions between life and the environment, both on Earth and in the Solar System.
Restricted to students in Carillon Communities.
GEOL200
Earth's Fury: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunami
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunami frequently remind us of th dangers associated with living on a constantly changing planet. How do people prepare for these rare but dramatic events? Student will study the science behind earthquakes and volcanoes, how it guides monitoring, forecasting, prevention, and response, and the cultural and ethical aspects of these events.
GEOL212
Planetary Geology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS
Credit only granted for: ASTR330 or GEOL212.
An examination of the geologic and geochemical processes at work in the solar system from the perspectives supplied by space age exploration of the planets and other solar system bodies.
GEOL331
Principles of Paleontology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL102; or (BSCI207 or BSCI392); or permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Restriction: Permission of instructor is required of non-degree seeking students.
Also offered as: BSCI333.
Credit only granted for: GEOL331 or BSCI333.
A review of the theory, principles, and applications of Paleontology. A systematic overview of the morphology, evolution, and relationships of the major fossil-producing taxa.
GEOL342
Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL120 or GEOL100; and GEOL110; and GEOL322. And CHEM103; or (CHEM131 and CHEM132); or (CHEM135 and CHEM136).
Restriction: Permission of instructor is required of non-degree-seeking students.
Description, origin, and distribution of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Two mandatory weekend field trips.
GEOL351
Statistics for Geoscientists
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH115.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
Practical approach to basic statistics applied in the geosciences. Experimental design, elementary statistics and probability, sequence analysis, spatial analysis, linear regression, nonparametric statistics, bivariate, multivariate and principal components analysis of variance, hypothesis testing. Problem sets and participatory discussion of statistical applications in the current literature.
GEOL375
Introduction to the Blue Ocean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140.
Recommended: MATH141, PHYS161, or PHYS171.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Also offered as: AOSC375.
Credit only granted for: AOSC375, GEOL375 or METO375.
Introduction to physical, chemical, and biological properties of the ocean. Role of the ocean in climate as a component of the Earth system. El Nino and the ocean, impact of global warming on the ocean and marine habitats including fisheries.
GEOL393
(Perm Req)
Geology Senior Thesis I: Proposal
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS141 and MATH141. And CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136). And must have completed at least two upper-level geology courses and be concurrently enrolled in a third.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in Geology program; and non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
The first semester of the two-semester Geology Senior Thesis. Emphasis is on developing a plan for original research in the geosciences and presenting that plan both in writing and in public presentations that adhere to geosciences professional standards.
GEOL394
Geology Senior Thesis II: Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: GEOL393; and must have completed at least three upper level GEOL courses.
Restriction: Must be in Geology program; and junior standing or higher; and in addition, non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the department.
The second semester of the two-semester Geology Senior Thesis. Investigation of specific original research question in geosciences. Emphasis is on completion of original research proposed in GEOL393 and presentation of results both in writing and in public presentations that adhere to geosciences professional standards.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOL423
Optical Mineralogy
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL100 or GEOL120; and GEOL110; and GEOL322. And CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or CHEM103.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
The optical behavior of crystals with emphasis on the theory and application of the petrographic microscope.
GEOL445
High Temperature Geochemistry
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL322, GEOL100, and MATH115. And CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or CHEM103.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Review of chemical principles and their use in understanding processes of Earth, and solar system formation and differentiation. Topics include nucleosynthesis and cosmochemical abundances of elements, bonding and element partitioning, equilibrium thermodynamics and phase stabilities, radiogenic isotopes and geochronology, kinetics, and diffusion.
GEOL446
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS141, MATH141, and MATH140; and (GEOL100 or GEOL120).
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
An introduction to modern geophysics. Topics include: global plate tectonics, plate motion, triple junctions, geomagnetism, earthquakes and faulting, reflection and refraction seismology, gravity and isostasy, heat flow and mantle dynamics, deep interior of the Earth, geophysical observations and measurements.
GEOL447
Observational Geophysics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140 and MATH141; and (PHYS141, PHYS161, or PHYS171).
An introduction to practical signal processing, data analysis, and inverse theory in geophysics.
GEOL451
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL110 and MATH140; and (GEOL120 or GEOL100); and (CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or CHEM103). Or permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor; and junior standing or higher.
An introduction to the basic geologic parameters associated with the hydrologic cycle. Problems in the accumulation, distribution, and movement of groundwater will be analyzed.
GEOL452
Watershed and Wetland Hydrology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor; and junior standing or higher.
Physical processes by which water moves in watershed and wetland systems. Topics include: precipitation, infiltration, flow in the unsaturated zone, streamflow generation processes, and groundwater flow.
GEOL453
Ecosystem Restoration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH120 or MATH140; or must have completed MATH220. And (CHEM131 or CHEM135); and (CHEM132 or CHEM136); and (GEOL100, GEOL120, or ENST200).
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and permission of instructor is required of non-degree-seeking students.
Credit only granted for: GEOL453 or GEOL489L.
Formerly: GEOL489L.
Overview of ecosystem functions across biomes/geologic settings, and considerations and tradeoffs in ecosystem restoration strategies. Specific case studies and discussions will be aimed at understanding how structure can influence biophysical and biogeochemical processes supporting ecosystems, and then describes how rates, timing, and location of physical, chemical, and ecosystem processes can be altered by different restoration strategies to enhance ecosystem services.
Also offered as MEES698E and GEOL789L.
GEOL460
Field Geophysics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140, MATH141, and GEOL446; and (PHYS141, PHYS161, or PHYS171).
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Students will become familiar with geophysical instrumentation used for both scientific and industrial applications. Students will be given an introduction to the use of geophysical instrumentation for data collection, processing, and analysis, design of field experiments for investigating field geophysical problems, and an introduction to the theory of instrument design and use. Instruments that will be covered include (but are not limited to): broadband seismometers, geophones, ground-penetrating radar, magnetotellurics, and Global Positioning Satellites.
GEOL471
Geochemical Methods of Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or CHEM103.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Principles and application of geochemical analysis as applied to a variety of geological problems. X-ray and optical spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption, electron microprobe, and electron microscopy.
GEOL499
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Geology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: GEOL100 or GEO120, GEOL110, GEOL102; or equivalent; and permission of department. In addition, non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor. Intensive study of a special geologic subject or technique selected after consultation with instructor. Intended to provide training or instruction not available in other courses which will aid the student's development in his or her field of major interest.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOL647
Observational Geophysics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140, MATH141, and PHYS141; and (PHYS161 or PHYS171).
Credit only granted for: GEOL789O or GEOL647.
Formerly: GEOL789O.
Introduces graduate students to instrument design and performance, signal processing, data analysis and inverse theory in geophysics.
GEOL650
Isotope and Trace Element Geochemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL443; or permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Trace elements and isotopes in geology, including modern applications in geochronology and petrogenesis.
GEOL651
Statistics for Geoscientists
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH115; and non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Credit only granted for: GEOL789V or GEOL651.
Formerly: GEOL789V.
Practical approach to basic statistics applied in the geosciences. Experimental design, elementary statistics and probability, sequence analysis, spatial analysis, linear regression, nonparametric statistics, bivariate, multivariate and principal components analysis of variance, hypothesis testing. Problem sets and participatory discussion of statistical applications in the current literature.
GEOL652
Advanced Watershed and Wetland Hydrology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL452; or permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Physical and chemical processes in watershed and wetland systems: with an emphasis on redox reactions.

GEOL670
Physical Oceanography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Also offered as: AOSC420, AOSC670.
Credit only granted for: GEOL670, AOSC670 or AOSC420.
Ocean observations. Water masses, sources of deep water. Mass, heat, an salt transport, geochemical tracers. Western boundary currents, maintenance of the termocline. Coastal and estuarine processes. Surface waves and tides. Ocean climate.
GEOL671
Analytical Methods in Mineralogy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM471.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
An intensive study in the operation and application of instrumentation in mineralogical problems. Emphasis on designing and testing methods of analysis for use in the student's research problems in geology.
GEOL682
Computational Geodynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Geology department; or (MATH462, GEOL680, and MATH240).
Recommended: Familiarity with MATLAB.
Credit only granted for: GEOL682 or GEOL789M.
Formerly: GEOL789M.
An introduction to the techniques used to model geodynamics processes. The focus is on understanding and applying techniques, not on proving their worth and programming. Students will learn about Finite Element, Boundary Elements, and Finite Differences methods. We will not explore these topics with the rigor expected by Applied Mathematics but focus instead on practical aspects and their application to geodynamics.
GEOL789E
Recent Advances in Geology; Active Tectonics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GEOL789J
Recent Advances in Geology; Mantle Dynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GEOL789L
Recent Advances in Geology; Special Topics in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences: Principles and Practices of Ecosystem Restoration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as MEES698E and GEOL453. Overview of critical ecosystem functions across biomes/geologic settings emphasizing tradeoffs in restoration designs. Case studies illuminate structure's influence over biophysical and biogeochemical processes supporting ecosystems; then show how properties of physical, chemical, and ecosystem processes can be altered by different restoration strategies, to optimize ecosystem services and habitat quality. Includesa semester research project.
GEOL798
(Perm Req)
Seminar in Geology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOL799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOL898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GEOL899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.