Geology (GEOLOGY)

GEOLOGY 1140 Physical Geology 4 Credits

The physical and chemical earth, materials of the earth's crust and interior, their compositions, distributions, origins, and the processes that modify them; minerals and rocks; interpretation of topographic maps and aerial photographs; field trips.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GEOLOGY 1240 Historical Geology 4 Credits

Study of the history of the Earth, beginning with its place in the solar system. An introduction to common rocks and minerals, to geological principles and reasoning, and to concepts of geologic time. Study of how the physical geography of Earth has changed through time and how the changes in the rock record tell of seas, mountain ranges, deserts, and ice ages through geologic time. Study of the fossil record and how life on Earth has changed to cope with the varying physical environments of Earth. Laboratory. Field trip(s) may be required.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Typically Offered: Occasional

GEOLOGY 1350 Introduction to Environmental Geology 3 Credits

The physical environment and our interaction with it. Emphasis on Earth processes affecting humans, such as flooding, erosion, groundwater, landslides, and earthquakes. The impact of humans upon the environment along with the application of the science of geology to these impacts. Field trip(s) may be required.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: DEMAND

GEOLOGY 1440 Landscapes of North America 3 Credits

A general survey of the characteristics and origins of major natural/physical regions of North America, with emphasis on national parks and monuments and other public areas. Field trip(s) may be required.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

GEOLOGY 1690 Environmental Geology 4 Credits

The physical environment and our interaction with it. Emphasis on earth processes affecting humans, such as flooding, erosion, groundwater, landslides and earthquakes. The impact of humans upon the environment along with the application of the science of geology to these impacts. Air, water and soil pollution studied from a physical-chemical standpoint. The depletion of energy and mineral resources and the need for humans to design with nature. Two hours of lab per week. Field trip(s) may be required.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Natural Science
Typically Offered: DEMAND

GEOLOGY 1700 Disasters - Lives on the Edge 3 Credits

Study of various environmental hazards, their causes, impacts on humans, and mitigations. Core topics are natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, landslides, tornadoes, hurricanes), and anthropogenic hazards (climate change/global warming, nuclear hazards, and overpopulation). Additional topics may be covered: coastal hazards, pollution of groundwater, air, soil, and water, other atmospheric hazards (extreme weather, droughts), impacts from space, extinctions, biohazards, chemical hazards, and terrorism.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: DEMAND

GEOLOGY 2970 Special Topics 1-4 Credits

Designed to cover topics not ordinarily covered in existing courses, or that cannot be accommodated in existing course formats. The topics selected in this course will depend on competencies of available staff and will be announced in the course timetable. May be taken more than once for credit if topics are different.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Typically Offered: DEMAND

GEOLOGY 3040 Mineralogy and Lithology 4 Credits

A condensed course on earth materials for majors in science and engineering. A paragenetic approach is used to study minerals with associated rocks. Laboratory emphasizes identification, classification. Field trips and research paper and presentation required.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GEOLOGY 1140 or GEOLOGY 3130
Typically Offered: Occasional

GEOLOGY 3130 Geology for Engineers 3 Credits

Geology applied to the solution of a variety of problems in the fields of civil and environmental engineering. Compositions of materials of the earth¿s crust and interior, geomorphology, seismology, slope stability, hydrogeology; field trips. Research paper and presentation required.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CHEMSTRY 1240 or CHEMSTRY 1450, P or C: CIVILENG 2000, or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GEOLOGY 3430 Hydrogeology 3 Credits

Applied geological concepts and theory of water resources, including both groundwater and surface water. Field trips. Research paper and presentation required.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GEOLOGY 1140 or GEOLOGY 3130; CHEMSTRY 1240 is recommended
Typically Offered: Fall

GEOLOGY 4030 Economic Geology 3 Credits

The origin and geology of mineral deposits, energy resources, precious metals and gems, and agricultural and construction materials derived from geologic sources.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GEOLOGY 1140 or GEOLOGY 3130; GEOLOGY 3040 is recommended
Typically Offered: Occasional

GEOLOGY 4660 Cooperative Field Experience 1-8 Credits

Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of department chair
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GEOLOGY 4920 Individual Research in Geology 1-3 Credits

Supervised research by individual students; written report required.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of department chair
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring