2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
GEOL 110The Dynamic Earth4.00
An introductory science class that emphasizes the foundational principles and concepts of geology. Topics include: minerals, rocks, Earth's internal structure, plate tectonics, geologic structures, the rock cycle. Climate change, glaciers, groundwater, geologic structures, the rock cycle, climate change, glaciers, groundwater, geologic resources and earthquakes. One weekend field trip. (lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours).
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
GEOL 112Historical Geology4.00
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. One weekend field trip. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours)
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
GEOL 130Environmental Geology4.00
An investigation of how human activities affect and are affected by physical Earth processes. Topics include: an overview of Earth's development and internal processes such as plate tectonics, minerals and rocks, surface processes, the use of natural resources, waste disposal and pollution, global climate and related topics. (Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours) Fall Semester, Distance Learning Center course and Spring Semester course is offered on campus.
General Education Attributes:
NS Natural Science-Environmental
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
GEOL 170Earth Science3.00
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 elementary education majors in order to fulfill an earth science requirement. This class does not meet the General Education requirement for a laboratory science. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.)
GEOL 189Geology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GEOL 281Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOL 289Geology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GEOL 315Climatology3.00
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.
GEOL 350Physical Oceanography3.00
Emphasizes the physical and chemical processes that operate in the world's oceans. Topics include: the history of oceanography, plate tectonics of the ocean basins, ocean basin sedimentation, ocean water physical and chemical characteristics, ocean currents, waves and tides, and environmental issues of concern to marine scientists. (Lecure 3 hours)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GEOL 110 or GEOL 130 or instructor permission.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
GEOL 360Geomorphology4.00
Geomorphology is the study of landscapes and landforms. Geomorphology entails the systematic description of landforms, analysis of the processes that form them, and understanding their response to changes in climate, tectonics, human disturbance, and the progression of time. Includes field trips. (Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of GEOL 110 or GEOL 130 or instructor permission.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
GEOL 389Geology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GEOL 400Watershed Hydrology4.00
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.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for GEOL 300: CHEM 105 and either GEOL 110 or GEOL 130
GEOL 481Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOL 489Geology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
GEOL 491Undergraduate Research1.00 - 4.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
GEOL 496Internship1.00 - 4.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms

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