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GEOL: Geology

5000, 5001. Geomorphology (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 1500, 1501; an additional 4 s.h. in introductory GEOL sequences; or consent of instructor. Advanced study of landforms, stages of their development, and agencies that shaped them.
5150. The Geologic Component of Environmental Science (3)
P: Introductory GEOL course or consent of instructor. Basic geologic knowledge and insights that support sound, rational, and science based environmental decisions and policies in regard to land and water use. Topics include pollution abatement, clean up, and prevention; resource extraction, use, and conservation; and hazardous geologic processes.
5300. Geology of Coastal Processes and Environments (3)
May include field trips to various coastal systems. P: GEOL 1550, 4010, 4011; or consent of instructor. Modern coastal systems. Diversity and distribution, complexity and dynamics of interacting processes and responses, origin and evolutionary history, and role of man as major modifying force.
5350. Marine Geology (3)
P: GEOL 1550, 4010, 4011; or consent of instructor. Geology of world’s ocean basins. Impact of geophysical, geochemical, and geobiological principles on concepts of origin and evolution of ocean basins; source, transportation, and deposition of marine sediments and formation of marine stratigraphic record; and role of oceanographic processes affecting earth history such as sea level fluctuation, plate tectonics, paleogeography, and paleoclimatology.
5400, 5401. Optical Mineralogy (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 3050, 3051. Theory and basic techniques for determining optical constants of crystals using a polarizing microscope and thin sections.
5450. Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry (3)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161; or equivalent. Application of chemical principles to study of elements at earth’s surface; their transportation in aqueous solutions; and weathering, groundwater, and surface water chemistry, geochemical cycles, and distribution of stable isotopes.
5500, 5510, 5520. Directed Studies in Geology (2,2,2)
P: Senior or graduate standing in GEOL or consent of instructor. Independent study on selected topic. May include field work, directed readings, or some combination thereof. Occasionally special field study or course offered using one of these course numbers.
5600, 5601. Economic Geology (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 3050, 3051. Genesis, mode of occurrence, and utilization of mineral resources. Metals, nonmetals, and basic energy resources such as petroleum, coal, and uranium. Emphasis on geology of these resources and their relationship to modern technological society.
5700, 5701. Geohydrology of Drainage Basins (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 1500, 1501; or consent of instructor. Drainage basin geology and hydrology. Emphasis on quantitative analysis, evaporation, streamflow, and hydrologic parameters of surface water and ground water basins.
5710, 5711. Ground Water Hydrology (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 1500, 1501; or consent of instructor. Origin, occurrence, movement, quality, regional analysis, and management of ground water. Interrelationship of ground and surface water. Lab emphasis on aquifer test data collection and interpretation.
6020, 6021. Magmas and Igneous Rocks (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 5400, 5401; or equivalent. Magmas from generation to emplacement as intrusive and volcanic rocks. Lab includes recognition and textural interpretations utilizing rock thin sections and polarized-light microscopes.
6040, 6041. Metamorphic Petrology (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 5400, 5401; or equivalent. Advanced course. Emphasis on chemical systems, pressure and temperature of mineral formation, and tectonic significance of metamorphic assemblages. Lab emphasis on petrographic studies.
6200, 6201. Sedimentary Petrology (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. Field trip. P: GEOL 5400, 5401; or consent of instructor. Terrigenous and carbonate rocks using hand specimen and optical petrographic techniques.
6220, 6221. Carbonate Petrology (3,0)
P: GEOL 6200, 6201; or consent of instructor. Description, classification, and origin of sedimentary carbonate rocks. Examines roles played by various groups of animals and plants in carbonate sediment formation. Special emphasis on sedimentary processes and environments that control deposition of modern carbonate sediments.
6250. Stratigraphic Analysis (3)
P: GEOL 4020, 4021; or equivalent. Interpretation of stratified sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on principles and methodology.
6300, 6301. Sedimentary Environments (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 4010, 4011, 4200, 4201; or consent of instructor. Emphasis on recent environments of sediment deposition. Products of sedimentary processes as related to their analogs in stratigraphic record.
6310, 6311. Principles of Paleoecology (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 4200, 4201. Interpretation of ecological relationships of ancient organisms and their environments. Emphasis on principles and methodology. Importance of ecological studies of modern animals and plants and extrapolation of such information to similar ancient groups.
6350. Environmental and Global Change (3)
Field trips required. P: GEOL 4010, 4011; or consent of instructor. Geologic history of past two million years. Emphasis on global and regional environmental changes associated with Quaternary glaciations and sea-level fluctuations. Investigation of interactions between land, sea, and ice; geologic evidence used for reconstructing Quaternary environments; dating methods; and ways in which living organisms (including humans) have responded to past environmental change.
6400. Geochemistry (4,0)
3 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161; or equivalent. Introduces principles that determine distribution, organization, and abundance of elements.
6500. Tectonics (3)
Features, styles, and processes of deformation and tectonic evolution studied in plate-edge terranes and intraplate tectonic regions.
6522, 6532. Readings in Selected Geology Topics (1,1)
P: Graduate standing in GEOL or consent of instructor. Directed readings of topics not covered in regular course offerings or advanced study of previously covered topic.
6523, 6533. Readings in Selected Geologic Topics (2,2)
P: Graduate standing in GEOL or consent of instructor. Directed readings of topics not covered in regular course offerings or advanced study of previously covered topic.
6550, 6551. Principles of Geophysics (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: GEOL 3300, 3301; PHYS 1250, 1260 or equivalent. Seismology, gravity, rock magnetism, and heat flow as applied to earth. Emphasis on relationships between large scale features of earth and their geophysical characteristics. Lab introduces geophysical instrumentation, data processing, and interpretation.
6703. Seminar in Geology (1)
P: Graduate standing in GEOL or consent of instructor. Selected topics of current geological interest.
6704. Seminar in Geology (2)
P: Graduate standing in GEOL or consent of instructor. Selected topics of current geological interest.
6705. Seminar in Geology (3)
P: Graduate standing in GEOL or consent of instructor. Selected topics of current geological interest.
6900. Preparation of Geological Manuscripts (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Emphasis on grammatical style, syntax, and organization of manuscripts. Supplementary exercises develop skills in preparing illustrations (computer graphics, drafting, photographic techniques). Steps of publication process presented in detail.
6950. Geological Data Analysis (3,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: Graduate standing in GEOL or consent of instructor. Discusses and implements various methods of geological data analysis. Emphasis on methods most applicable to research topics in geology. Topics include data collection and project design, box models, and uni- and multi-variate analysis of geological data, and time-series analysis.
6998. Research Project (3)
May be repeated once. May count a maximum of 3 s.h. P: Non-thesis GEOL major; consent of advisor. Formulate research project demonstrating principles and procedures used to recognize, state, solve, and write problems of geological importance. Requires formal seminar presentation of completed project and paper.
7000. Thesis (3)
May be repeated. May count a maximum of 6 s.h.
7001. Thesis: Summer Research (1)
May be repeated. No credit may count toward degree. Students conducting thesis research may only register for this course during summer.
7830. Principles of Biogeochemical Interactions (3) Formerly GEOL 6830
P: CHEM 1160. General introduction to life’s effects on chemistry of Earth’s surface. Examines interactions between atmosphere, land surface, and oceans. Stresses human impact on global environmental chemistry.
7910. Sediment Transport and Depositional Processes (4)
P: GEOL 4010; or consent of instructor. Examines processes involved in transport and deposition of sediment. Focus on fundamental principles and how they apply to active processes, recent sediment, and environmental applications.
7920, 7921. Advanced Surface Water/Groundwater Hydrology (4,0)
P: GEOL 5710, 5711; or consent of instructor. Advanced hydrologic topics with emphasis on computer applications and modeling. Evaluates steady-state and nonsteady-state models and applied aspects of hydrology related to management of water resources.
7930. Biogeochemical Processes (4) Formerly GEOL 6930
P: CHEM 1160. Overview of life’s effects on chemistry of Earth’s surface. Examines interactions between atmosphere, land surface, and oceans. Biotic mechanisms in these habitats followed by synthesis of global cycles of biologically relevant elements (C, N, O, P, and S).
GEOL Banked Courses
5050. Regional Geomorphology of the US (2)
5250, 5251. Stratigraphy (3,0)
5750, 5751. Introduction to Engineering Geology (3,0)
6100, 6101. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4,0)
6210, 6211. Sandstone Petrology (3,0)
6230, 6231. Clay Mineralogy (3,0)
6240. Diagenesis (2)
6330. The Pleistocene (2)
6340, 6341. Micropaleontology (3,0)
6560. Tectonostratigraphy (2)
6570. Tectonic Analysis of North America (2)