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Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Undergraduate Courses

*Note: Some courses may not be offerred on a consistant basis, please contact the department to ensure a course is being taught*
ENSP 2000 Introduction to Environmental Science 3(3,0) Basic principles of environmental science including ecology, energy, resources, waste management; and air, water, and soil pollution. Consideration of issues, specific cases, investigative approaches, and remedial actions. Preq: Sophomore standing and two semesters of freshman chemistry or biology.

ENSP 4000,6000 Studies in Environmental Science 3(3,0) Study of historical perspectives, attitudes, and government policy within the framework of environmental case studies to illustrate the interaction between human and natural factors as they mutually affect the environment and man's ability to deal with that environment. Preq: ENSP 2000 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 1000 Current Topics in Geology 1(1,0) Lectures and demonstrations covering topics of current interest in the different fields of geology. Recent research developments and career opportunities in the geosciences are emphasized.

GEOL 1010, 1010 (HON) Physical Geology 3(3,0) Study of the minerals and rocks which compose the earth's crust, their origins and transformations. Emphasis is on geological processes, both internal and external, by which changes are produced on or in the earth.

GEOL 1020, 1020 (HON) Historical Geology 4(3,3) Survey of the earth's geologic history emphasizing how the continents and ocean basins have evolved through geologic time. Evolution of life from the beginning of the fossil record through the present; identification of fossil plants and animals and interpretation of earth's past through study of geologic maps. Field trips illustrate principles. Preq: GEOL 1010, 1030.

GEOL 1030, 1030 (HON) Physical Geology Laboratory 1(0,2) Laboratory to accompany GEOL 1010. Instruction is provided in the identification of minerals and rocks and in the interpretation of geologic processes through study of topographic maps. Field trips provide direct observation of processes and results. Coreq: GEOL 1010.

GEOL 1120 Earth Resources 3(3,0) Survey of earth's mineral, energy, water, and land resources, and environmental and societal impacts associated with the use of these resources. Preq: GEOL 1010.

GEOL 1140 Earth Resources Laboratory 1(0,2) Laboratory to accompany GEOL 1120. Instruction is provided in the identification of ore and gem minerals and of other earth materials of economic importance. Land and water resources are explored through the use of topographic map, aerial photographs, remotely sensed images, and field trips. Preq: GEOL 1030. Coreq: GEOL 1120.

GEOL 2050 Mineralogy and Introductory Petrology 3(3,0) Includes crystal symmetry and introduction to x-ray crystallography, composition and stability of minerals, survey of common rock-forming minerals, petrological classification of rocks and introduction to rock associations. Preq: GEOL 1010, 1030, or consent of instructor.

GEOL 2070 Mineralogy and Introductory Petrology Laboratory 1(0,3) Identification of rock-forming minerals and important ore minerals based on their physical properties. Includes hand specimen petrology of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Credit toward a degree will be given for only one of GEOL 2070 or 2080. Coreq: GEOL 2050.

GEOL 2080 Mineralogy and Petrography Laboratory 2(0,6) Identification of rock-forming minerals and important ore minerals based on their physical and optical properties. Hand specimen petrology and petrography of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Study of minerals in thin section using polarizing microscope. Credit toward a degree will be given for only one of GEOL 2070 or 2080. Coreq: GEOL 2050.

GEOL 2100 Geology of the National Parks 3(3,0)Survey of selected national parks and monuments emphasizing the dynamic geological processes which have shaped the landscapes of these areas. Special attention is focused on parks exhibiting recent geological activity related to volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers. Slides and films are used to highlight specific geological features.

GEOL 2110 Geoanalysis I 4(3,3) Students develop a working knowledge of statistical methods used to formulate and solve problems in the earth sciences. Emphasis is on sampling methods and experimental design for geologic settings and on formulating and evaluating hypotheses using statistical inference of data sets. Preq: MTHS 1080.

GEOL 2120 Geoanalysis II 4(3,3) Students develop a working knowledge of deterministic methods used to formulate and solve problems in the earth sciences. Emphasis is on developing conceptual models from geologic field observations, formulating idealized problems, and analyzing and interpreting solutions. Special focus is on using computer software to support analyses. Preq: GEOL 2110, MTHS 1080.

GEOL (ASTR) 2200 Planetary Science 3(3,0) Survey of the formation and evolution of planetary bodies. Emphasizes the origin of planetary material and comparative study of the primary processes operative on planetary surfaces. Describes major features of the planets and moons in our solar system, as revealed by recent space missions.

GEOL 2700 Experiences in Sustainable Development: Water 3(3,0) Integrates cross-disciplinary perspectives on sustainability through active student participation in real-world development projects. Focuses on identifying and overcoming environmental, technical, social/organizational, and economic barriers to the sustainability of water resources. Emphasizes small-scale international water resources development.

GEOL 2910 Introduction to Research I 1(1,0) Required group learning and research experience for Geology majors (open to others with consent of instructor). Introduction to problem solving through case studies and interdisciplinary team approaches. Focus is on, but not limited to, research approaches in geology. Social and ethical contexts, communication skills, and professional development are incorporated.

GEOL 2920 Introduction to Research II 1(1,0) Required group learning and research experience for Geology majors (open to others with consent of instructor). Introduction to problem solving through case studies and interdisciplinary team approaches. Focus is on, but not limited to, research approaches in geology. Social and ethical contexts, communication skills, and professional development are incorporated. Preq: GEOL 2910 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3000, 3000 (HON)nvironmental Geology 3(3,0) Discussion-oriented introductory study of the relationships of man to his physical surroundings and problems resulting from upsetting the established equilibria of geologic systems; man's role as a geologic agent, environmental conservation and management. Preq: GEOL 1010 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3020 Structural Geology 4(3,3) Diverse geological structures of the earth, their description, origin, and field recognition. Practical problems in interpreting geologic structures are utilized, in addition to theoretical considerations of the mechanics and causes of tectonism. Preq: GEOL 1020 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3130 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4(3,3) Topics include origin, composition, and texture of sediments and sedimentary rocks; sedimentation processes, depositional environments, facies relationships, and diagenesis; introduction to stratigraphic methods and geochronology. Laboratory involves description and classification of hand specimens and thin sections and analytical methods. Preq: GEOL 2060 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3140, 314 (HON) Sedimentary Petrology 3(2,3) Origin, composition, and texture of sediments and sedimentary rocks, including both siliciclasitc and chemical varieties. Interpretation of tectonic settings, depositional systems, facies relationships, and diagenesis. Laboratory involves description and classification of hand specimens and thin sections and analytical methods. Preq: GEOL 3060 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 316, 316 (HON) Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3(2,3) Classification, occurrence, and origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Discussion of the chemical and physical processes involved in magmatic crystallization and metamorphism. Laboratory study of igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand specimen and thin section. Not open to students who have received credit for GEOL 3090. Preq: GEOL 3060 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3180 Introduction to Geochemistry 3(3,0) Introduction to distribution of elements in the core, mantle and crust of the earth. Control of rock type on trace element content in soils and sediments. Weathering, soil and regolith formation, water-sediment interrelations; solubility, mobility and bioavailability in relation to redox, pH and complexation; biogeochemical cycles of selected elements. Preq: GEOL 1010,1020 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3700 Western United States Field Study 3(1,4) Field excursion to a geologic region in the western U.S. Students spend one week visiting sites where the stratigraphy and structure are well exposed, studying a variety of landforms and the geologic processes responsible for their formation. Pre- and post-trip sessions are held on campus. Additional fees are required. Preq: GEOL 1010 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3750 Bahamian Field Study 3(1,4) Relationships among marine sediment types, physical processes, and biological activity are observed. The world's third largest barrier reef is examined. Students stay one week at a field station on Andros Island in the Bahamas and travel by van and boat to various sites. Additional fees are required. Preq: GEOL 1010 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3910 Research Methods I 1(1,0) Required group learning and research experience for Geology majors (open to others with consent of instructor). Introduction to problem solving through case studies and interdisciplinary team approaches. Focus is on, but not limited to, research methods in geology. Social and ethical contexts, communication skills, and professional development are incorporated. Preq: GEOL 2920 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3920 Research Methods II 1(1,0) Required group learning and research experience for Geology majors (open to others with consent of instructor). Introduction to problem solving through case studies and interdisciplinary team approaches. Focus is on, but not limited to, research methods in geology. Social and ethical contexts, communication skills, and professional development are incorporated. Preq: GEOL 3910 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4030, 6030 Invertebrate Paleontology 3(2,3) Study of life of past geologic ages as shown by fossilized remains of ancient animals, with emphasis on the invertebrates. Preq: GEOL 1010 or consent of instructor. Instuctor:

GEOL 4050, 6050 Surficial Geology 3(2,3) Study of surface features of the earth and the processes that produce them. Analysis of landforms including their form, nature, origin, development, and rates and patterns of change. Laboratory studies emphasize terrain analysis and the mechanics of surficial geological processes. Preq: GEOL 1020, 3000, or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4080, 6080 Geohydrology 3(3,0) Study of the hydrologic cycle, aquifer characteristics, theory of groundwater movement, mechanics of well flow, experimental methods, and subsurface mapping. Preq: GEOL 1010, 1020.

GEOL 4090, 6090 Subsurface Methods 4(3,3) Students develop an understanding of the principles and methods used to acquire, analyze, and interpret subsurface geological data. Emphasizes borehole measurements; seismic gravimetric, magnetic, and electrical methods; and their applications to hydrogeology, remediation, and oil and gas exploration. Preq: GEOL 3130.

GEOL 4110, 4110 (HON) Research Problems 1-3(0, 3-9) Field, laboratory or library study of an approved topic in geology. Topic would be one not normally covered in formal courses, but may be an extension of a course. Taught either semester and may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Preq: Senior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4130, 6130 Stratigraphy 3(2,2) Analysis of stratified rocks as the repository of earh history and the conceptual framework used to synthesize the world geologic record as a coherent whole. Emphasis is placed not only on traditional lithostratigraphy but also on modern seismic stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, and current stratigraphic issues. Preq: GEOL 3140 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4150, 6150 Analysis of Geological Processes 3(3,0) Introduction to methods for analyzing geological processes. Mathematical methods are introduced to solve problems related to stream flow, reaction kinetics, radioactive decay, heat flow, diffusion, fluid flow through geologic media and related processes. Preq/Coreq: MTHS 2060 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4210, 6210 GIS Applications in Geology 3(1,4) Introduction to geographic information systems with applications to current geological and hydrological problems. Topics include the use of global positioning systems, spatial analysis, and image analysis. Hands-on training with geographic information systems software and techniques is covered in lab. Preq: Senior standing, strong computer skills.

GEOL 4510, 6510 Selected Topics in Hydrogeology 1-4(1-3,0-3) Selected topics in hydrogeology, with emphasis on new developments in the field. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits, but only if different topics are covered. Preq: GEOL 3000 or 4080 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4750, 6750 Summer Geology Field Camp 6(4,6) Introduction to field techniques emphasizing methods applied to hydrogeology. Description and mapping of hydrogeologic units and structures using outcrop data and lithologic and geophysical well logs. Construction of potentiometric maps from water level data. Performance of pump tests on mapped aquifers and analysis of data to determine aquifer characteristics. Preq: GEOL 3020, 3060 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4910, 6910 Research Synthesis I 4(3,3) Required capstone group learning and research experience for Geology majors (open to others with consent of instructor). Involves synthesis of applied geology and other approaches for problem solving through collaborative teams. Course is the culmination of a sequence of case studies incorporating social and ethical contexts, communication skills, and professional development. Preq: GEOL 3920 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4920, 6920 Research Synthesis II 4(3,3) Required capstone group learning and research experience for Geology majors (open to others with consent of instructor). Involves synthesis of applied geology and other approaches for problem solving through collaborative teams. Course is the culmination of a sequence of case studies incorporating social and ethical contexts, communication skills, and professional development. Preq: GEOL 4910 or consent of instructor.

PHSC 1070 Introduction to Earth Science 4(3,3) Survey of topics in geology, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography emphasizing comprehension and practical application of earth science concepts to experiments and activities appropriate for the elementary school classroom. Enrollment priority will be given to Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors.

PHSC 1080 Introduction to Physical Science 4(3,3) Survey of topics in chemistry and physics emphasizing comprehension and practical application of physical science concepts to experiments and activities appropriate for the elementary school classroom. Enrollment priority will be given to Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors.

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