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GEOL 402 - Volcanology (4) This course offers a well rounded understanding of volcanic activity and the hazards associated with different types of eruptions, with an emphasis on the physical and chemical processes that take place within volcanoes and the methods used to study them. Thecourse includes a laboratory component, a term paper, and reading/discussion of scientific papers on volcanoes. Prereq: GEOL 302 (3-1). On demand.
GEOL 407 - Geomorphology (4) Discussion of surface processes and landforms
created by those processes. Emphasis on the evolution of landforms and
the interpretation of their origins. Major topics include tectonism, volcanism,
weathering and pedological applications, fluvial, eolian,
coastal, karst, and glacial processes. Course includes semester-long
research project applying geomorphological concepts to topics in geomorphology.
Prereq: GEOL 162, GEOL 261 and GEOL 302, or permission
of instructor. Recommended: GEOL 316. (3-1) F every other year
GEOL 411 - Geology of Soils (4) Lecture and laboratory studies of the influence
that weathering, erosion, landform, topography, climate, flora and
fauna, parent material, ground water, and time has on soil development.
Soil classification, profiles, composition, chemistry, fertility, and engineering
properties and uses. Prereq: GEOG 112 or GEOL 131,161, any
college chemistry course. Recommended: GEOL 307. (3-1), Sp on demand.
GEOL 414 - Petroleum Geology (3) Lecture and laboratory exercises concerning
the nature and occurrence of oil and natural gas in the earth’s crust.
Laboratory exercises stress the practical application of lecture material
in hydrocarbon exploration and economic evaluation. Prereq: GEOL
161, 162. (2-1), on demand.
GEOL 415 - Coal Geology and Exploration (3) The geology of coal, including
environments of deposition, coal petrology, and distribution.
Techniques of coal exploration, drilling, geophysical logging, mapping,
and economic analysis. Prereq: GEOL 161 and a course in computer
programming. On demand.
GEOL 421 - Introduction to Geophysics (3) Survey of geophysical problems
and techniques, including lecture, laboratory exercises, and literature
studies. Prereq: GEOL 161, MATH 230, PHYS 176 or 206. (2-1), on
GEOL 441 - Hydrogeology (4) The behavior and properties of water in the
geologic environment. Emphasis on subsurface water, including studies
of flow patterns, chemistry, behavior in various geologic materials, and
pollution problems. Prereq: GEOL 161, GEOL 261, CHEM 261, MATH
230, or consent of instructor. (3-1) F
GEOL 445 - Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolutions (3) The nature of continents
and oceans, their current tectonic movements, and the record
they provide of past tectonic movements. Includes methods to determine
relative and absolute plate motion, historical account of plate tectonic
theory, and application of plate tectonics to the origin and development
of mountain belts. Prereq: GEOL 345 and consent of instructor.
(3-0), on demand.
GEOL 455 - Global Quaternary Environmental and Geologic Change (3)
This class seeks to describe and understand the changes in global and
regional geologic systems and climate that occurred during the
Quaternary by investigating the types of data available, the methods of
data acquisition, dating techniques and methods, and the interpretations
drawn from the acquired data. Prereq: GEOL 316, 407.
Recommended: GEOL 315, GEOG 214 or 215 (3-0) Sp
GEOL 465 - Introduction to GIS (3) Survey of computer-based techniques in
the storage, retrieval, analysis, and representation of spatially distributed
data. Emphasis is on application of GIS technology to problems such as
geologic hazard mapping, surface runoff and erosion, contaminant transport,
population density, and environmental impact assessment. Prereq:
GEOL 161 or GEOG 112, or MATH 230 (2-1), on demand.
GEOL 475 - Remote Sensing and Image Analysis (3) Elements of airborne and space borne remote sensing systems, including aerial photography, radar, thermal, and multi Spectral. Emphasis on use of remotely sensed images for geological mapping, environmental monitoring, resource assessment, and land use. Prereq: GEOG 112 or GEOL 161, PHYS 176 or 206. (2-1), on demand.
GEOL 481 - Advanced Environmental Geology (4) Capstone course for the major. Selected topics dealing with environmental geology, Earth resources, and land use. The course is conducted as group discussions centered on current and classical literature
followed by field experiences. Extensive individual investigation is required. Prereq: GEOL 162 and consent of instructor. GEOL 441 is recommended. (3-1) UCC, Sp
GEOL 499 - Independent Research (1-4) Individual research problems in an
area of common interest to student and instructor. May involve field
and laboratory activities, as well as literature surveys. Final report
required. Prereq: consent of instructor. F, Sp, Su