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Courses - Spring 2024
GEOL
Geology Department Site
GEOL100
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.
GEOL102
Historical Geology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL120 or GEOL100; and GEOL110. Or permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Earth's history as revealed through the principles of stratigraphy and the processes of physical geology. Emphasis on formations and geologic development of the North American continent.
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 lab 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
Cross-listed with: AOSC123.
Credit only granted for: AOSC123, GEOG123, or GEOL123.
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.
GEOL204
Dinosaurs, Early Humans, Ancestors, and Evolution; The Fossil Record of Vanished Worlds of the Prehistoric Past
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Examination of evidence used to reconstruct critical events in the history of life by looking at case studies of significant evolutionary origins, transitions, and extinctions; addressing the role of paleontology in human society, including science education, conservation, and the media.
GEOL322
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL120 or GEOL100; and GEOL110. And CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or CHEM103.
Restriction: Permission of instructor is required for non-degree seeking students.
Basic mineralogy for geology majors. The principles of morphologic crystallography, crystal chemistry, and determinative mineralogy.
GEOL340
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL120 or GEOL100.
Restriction: Permission of instructor is required of non-degree seeking students.
Analysis of landforms, organized on the basis of the geologic processes that have operated during the late Cenozoic. Constructional and erosional landforms related to physical systems operating on geologic structures through time.
GEOL391
Biology of Extinct Animals
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106.
Cross-listed with: BSCI392.
Credit only granted for: GEOL391 or BSCI392.
A survey of extinct animals that have few, if any, direct living descendants. The principles governing the functional design of animals will be used to infer life styles for extinct, and frequently bizarre, organisms.
GEOL392
Biology of Extinct Animals Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI392.
Cross-listed with: BSCI393.
Credit only granted for: GEOL392 or BSCI393.
An overview of the techniques used in paleobiological reconstructions of extinct animals.
GEOL393
(Perm Req)
Geology Senior Thesis I: Proposal
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: PHYS141 or (PHYS161 and PHYS174); 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.
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
(Perm Req)
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.
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.
GEOL437
Global Climate Change: Past and Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH115 or MATH140; and (GEOL100 or GEOL120); and (CHEM131 or CHEM135); and (CHEM132 or CHEM136).
Cross-listed with: AOSC437.
Credit only granted for: AOSC437 or GEOL437.
Introduction to the processes by which climate varies, the paleoclimate record, and projections of climate change into the 21st century, including discussion of climate sensitivity to external radiative forcing.
GEOL443
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL322. And CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or CHEM103. And must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in GEOL423; and (GEOL100 or GEOL120); and GEOL110.
Corequisite: Permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Study of igneous and metamorphic rocks: petrogenesis, distributions, chemical and mineralogical relations, macroscopic and microscopic descriptions, geologic significance.
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.
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.
GEOL457
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL120 or GEOL100; and (MATH141, GEOL110, and MATH140). Or permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Recommended: PHYS171, PHYS141, or PHYS161.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Credit only granted for: GEOL457 or GEOL489A.
Formerly: GEOL489A.
General overview of the basics of seismology, starting with wave propagation, seismic reflection and refraction. Applications to the determination of the seismic velocity and anisotropy structure of the Earth. Earthquake generation, postseismic deformation and creep events, relation to faulting and plate tectonics.
GEOL488
Geology Colloquium; Geology Colloquium
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
GEOL489X
Special Topics; Preparing for the Artemis Missions -- the Geology and Geophysics of the Moon
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Exploration of the Moon is undergoing a new renaissance, with the planned return of humans under the NASA Artemis missions opening a new chapter of exploration and science. This class will be a combination of lecture, paper reading and student-led presentations, with a focus on grad student and advanced undergraduate engagement on the latest topics in lunar research and exploration. Topics would cover recent results that have furthered our understanding of lunar geology, geophysics, formation models, surface composition and evolution, internal dynamics and structure, and mission science. Students would lead paper discussions and a research project using the latest lunar datasets.
GEOL497
Recent Advances: Geology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed at least 2 upper-level GEOL courses.
Corequisite: GEOL393; and a third upper-level geology course.
Restriction: Must be in Geology program; and GPA of 3.0 or better in both overall and in all courses required for the major; and senior standing; and to be taken as late as possible in the program.
Credit only granted for: GEOL497 or GEOL489H.
Formerly: GEOL489H.
A survey of important recent advances in geological sciences in the context of the methods and practices of scientific research.
GEOL497H
Recent Advances: Geology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed at least 2 upper-level GEOL courses.
Corequisite: GEOL393; and a third upper-level geology course.
Restriction: Must be in Geology program; and GPA of 3.0 or better in both overall and in all courses required for the major; and senior standing; and to be taken as late as possible in the program.
Credit only granted for: GEOL497 or GEOL489H.
Formerly: GEOL489H.
A survey of important recent advances in geological sciences in the context of the methods and practices of scientific research.
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, S-F
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.
GEOL657
Seismic Wave Propagation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140 and MATH141; and (PHYS141, PHYS161, or PHYS171); and permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Recommended: GEOL100 or GEOL120; and (MATH241 and MATH246); and (PHYS260 or PHYS273).
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Credit only granted for: GEOL657 or GEOL789A.
Formerly: GEOL789A.
A description of the physics of seismic wave propagation and their applications to the determination of the structure of the Earth and the mechanics of earthquakes.
GEOL688
Geology Colloquium; Geology Colloquium
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
GEOL789C
Recent Advances in Geology; Advanced Data Analysis Workshop
Credits: 2 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
GEOL789R
Recent Advances in Geology; Geoscience Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
GEOL789V
Recent Advances in Geology; Remote Sensing in Geoscience
Credits: 2 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
GEOL789X
Recent Advances in Geology; Preparing for the Artemis Missions -- the Geology and Geophysics of the Moon
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Exploration of the Moon is undergoing a new renaissance, with the planned return of humans under the NASA Artemis missions opening a new chapter of exploration and science. This class will be a combination of lecture, paper reading and student-led presentations, with a focus on grad student and advanced undergraduate engagement on the latest topics in lunar research and exploration. Topics would cover recent results that have furthered our understanding of lunar geology, geophysics, formation models, surface composition and evolution, internal dynamics and structure, and mission science. Students would lead paper discussions and a research project using the latest lunar datasets.
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: S-F
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: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.