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Geology (GEOL)


2010-2012 Catalog

Geology (GEOL)

110 The Dynamic Earth (4) Study of processes responsible for the origin and ongoing physical development of Earth. Geologic concepts and principles are explored in the context of selected U.S. national parks and monuments. Laboratory emphasizes hands-on experience in mineral and rock identification, topographic and geologic map interpretation, and field trips. No prerequisite. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) F10, F11

112 Historical Geology (4) Surveys the 4.5 billion year history of continents and ocean basins, and reviews the evolution of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and life on Earth. Analyzes continental development and alteration. Laboratory activities stress stratigraphic sequences and paleontology. One field trip, weather permitting. Prerequisite GEOL 110. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours) S11, S12

130 Environmental Geology (4) Introduction to the interactive relationship between humans and their geologic environment. Emphasizes causes and effects of natural and technologic (human-related) hazards, as well as topics related to public awareness, hazard prediction, risk assessment, and remediation. Analysis of case studies, outside readings and field trips are an integral part of the course. No prerequisite. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S11, S12

170 Earth Science (3) Broad survey of basic concepts and principles of astronomy, geology, oceanography and meteorology. Emphasizes the relationship between Earth processes and the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and biology. Designed especially for prospective elementary teachers. Does not meet the General Education requirement for a laboratory science. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.) F10, S11, F11 (DLC only)

281/681 Special Topics (1-3) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Geology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.

315 Climatology (3) Exploration of the processes that control Earth's climate and affect the environment on timescales of hundreds of millions to tens of years. Discussions include how and why the environment was different in the era of the dinosaurs (relative to today) and concerns about future global warming. Prerequisite: lab science course. S12

350 Physical Oceanography (3) Emphasizes the physical and chemical processes that operate in the world's oceans. Includes an overview of the history of oceanography, the origin of water on the planet, plate tectonics of the ocean basins, ocean basin sedimentation, ocean water physical and chemical characteristics, ocean currents, waves and tides, as well as environmental issues of concern to marine scientists. Weekly special topics and problem sets are presented to amplify the concepts presented in lecture. A term project in an area of a student's oceanographic interest is required. Prerequisites: GEOL 110 and/or GEOL 130, upper-level science major standing and/or instructor permission are required. (Lecture four hours.) S12

360 Geomorphology (4) Study of soils as products of surface geological agents and biological processes in varying geomorphic, climatic and weathering environments. Includes an overview of the following topics: soil genesis; soil mineralogy, composition and geochemistry; soil colloid properties; soil classification; soil physics; soil/vadose zone hydrology; contaminate transport processes in the soil zone; soil contamination/remediation strategies; and soil engineering applications. Includes field-oriented projects and field trips. Prerequisites: GEOL 110 and/or GEOL 130. F10

400 Watershed Hydrology (4)A study of water properties, occurrence, distribution, and movement and their relationship with the environment within each phase of the hydrological cycle. Examines water quantity and quality issues, and water management policies. Uses mix of lecture- and problem-based approaches. Students will be introduced to techniques used in addressing environmental problems such as flooding, water supplies, and groundwater contamination. Recommended for science students interested in the environmental sciences and/or securing a position in the environmental field. Prerequisite: GEOL 110 or 130, and CHEM 105, MATH 115 recommended, or permission of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)

481/681 Special Topics (1-3) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Geology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand. Instructor consent required.

491 Undergraduate Research (1-4) Course developed in cooperation with faculty and area research facilities designed to provide students with practical experience in geological research. Candidates for this course must outline a research problem. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured and the formal research plan is approved. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Offered on demand.

496 Internship (1-4) On-the-job experience with local agencies and research laboratories to provide students with practical knowledge of careers in the field of geology. Designed to provide students with realistic opportunities to apply their skills to practical problems. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been made. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered on demand.


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