2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

GEOL - Geology
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).
University Studies Requirements:
Natural Sciences - Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring 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 120Our Water Resources4.00
The Water & Environment course is designed for all students and aim to train students broadly in water resources. The course will be emphasizing on surface water, groundwater, water use, water quality, dams, water allocation, water use conflict, and emerging water issues. Water resources will be linked to the environmental issues that facing our globe. Problem in global change related to the land surface and water through hydrological cycle, contamination, recharge-discharge, and water scarcity will be addressed. Students will work with various software (Aquachem, GIS, Excel) and learn through the lab and assignments problem solving skills.
University Studies Requirements:
Natural Sciences - Environment
Natural Sciences - Lab
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.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
GEOL 170Earth Science for Teachers2.00
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. Qualifies as an Academic-Service Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details). A meaningful AS-L project, which requires pre-service teachers to establish a connection with their area schools, is a required component of the DLC section of this course. (Lecture one hour, laboratory two hours.)
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
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 310Geology of Minnesota and Wisconsin4.00
A field-based course that introduces the geologic history of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. The regional geologic record is used to reinforce fundamental concepts and skills introduced in Geology 110. Field trip destinations may include the Minnesota North Shore, Soudan Mine, Crystal Cave, and the Mesabi Iron Range. There are two required Saturday trips.
Prerequisites:
Completion of GEOL 110
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
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.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
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. (Lecture 3 hours)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking is course is successful completion of GEOL 110 or GEOL 112 or GEOL 130 or GEOL 170 or instructor permission.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Even Years Only
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 Even 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 and evaluation. Recommended for science students interested in the environmental sciences and/or securing a position in the environmental field. MATH 115 recommended. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is successful completion of CHEM 105, GEOL 110 or GEOL 130 or instructor consent. MATH 115 is recommended.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
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