Geology (GEOL)

GEOL 415G   Environmental Geology    3 Hours

The interrelationships of geologic processes, earth materials, and human activities. Assessment of geologic factors with respect to site selection, energy production, land use, waste disposal, planning, water resources, engineering practices, and the recognition and control of geologic hazards. Class exercises stress the application of geologic knowledge to specific environmental situations.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 111-GEOL 113 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

GEOL 440G   Hydrogeology    3 Hours

Origin, occurrence, and movement of ground water; water wells and aquifer evaluations; exploratory investigations; quality of ground water supplies; legal aspects.
Corequisite(s): MATH 136.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 310 or GEOL 310 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

GEOL 445G   Aqueous Geochemistry    3 Hours

An introduction to geochemical processes of surface and ground water including concentrations of ions and organic compounds, chemical equilibria, and analytical techniques. Carbonate and clay minerals will be studied in detail.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 120 and CHEM 121.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

GEOL 465G   Geophysics    3 Hours

The fundamentals of general and exploration geophysics. Topics include the origin of the earth and solar system, the earth's interior, geochronology, gravity and isostasy, seismology, the earth's heat, geomagnetism, upper atmosphere, continents and ocean basins, ridges and island arcs, and plate tectonics. The theory and applications of exploration geophysics are also covered, especially gravity, magnetic, and seismic methods.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 111 and one year of college physics or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2017

GEOL 470G   Tectonics    3 Hours

Deformational structure and style of various crustal regions. Regional tectonics of North America is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 308.
Course Fee: $20
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

GEOL 485G   Geology of Fossil Fuels    3 Hours

Formation of coal, petroleum, and natural gas including depositional setting, source materials, and processes of thermal maturation. Stratigraphic and structural relations, modes of occurrence, exploration techniques, and resource evaluation are emphasized. Field trip required.
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 308 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

GEOL 511   The Dynamic Earth    3 Hours

This graduate course is specially designed for teachers of natural and earth science.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None