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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

GEOLOGY (GY)

GY 111 Physical Geology 3 cr

Materials that make up the Earth as well as the properties and geological processes that operate in the Earth. Special topics include plate tectonics, mineral chemistry, the rock cycle, sedimentary processes, metamorphism and geological map reading. Core Course. Co-requisite: GY 111L.

GY 111L Physical Geology Lab 1 cr

Laboratory course for Physical Geology. Co-requisite: GY 111. Fee.

GY 112 Earth History 3 cr

The origin and history of the Earth as seen in the rocks and their contained life record. Fee. Core Course. Co-requisite: GY 112L.

GY 112L Earth History Lab 1 cr

Laboratory course for Earth History. Co-requisite: GY 112. Fee.

GY 113 Honors Geoscience Field Work - H 3 cr

A two-week field course emphasizing the recognition and understanding of geologic processes in the field environment. The course is based in the Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, with field trips ranging across northern New Mexico and southern Colorado during the interim session. Pre-requisites: GY 111, GY 112, or permission of instructor.

GY 301 Geomorphology 3 cr

Principles of landform development as it relates to specific processes (fluvial erosion, glacial erosion, etc.), construction of topographic base maps with Alidade/Total Station, GPS navigation and surveying, and rock/mineral resource evaluation. Pre-requisite: GY 111, or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 302 Crystallography and Mineralogy 4 cr

Introduction to elementary crystallography, crystal chemistry, and atomic structure of minerals, as well as the identification, characterization, and use of common rock-forming minerals and important ore minerals. Pre-requisites: GY 111, GY 112, and CH 100 or CH 131, or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 303 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4 cr

The study of the formation and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Pre-requisites: GY 111 and GY 302, or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 304 Stratigraphy (W) 3 cr

The development of the stratigraphic column; correlation and field procedures. Pre-requisite: GY 112 and EH 102. Fee.

GY 305 Geophysics (C) 4 cr

Application of classical physics to the study of the Earth and the solution of problems in Earth sciences, including analysis of geomagnetics, the Earth's gravitational field, seismic analysis, sequence stratigraphy, well log interpretation, and applications to petroleum exploration. Pre-requisites: GY 111 and PH 114 or PH 201, or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 310 Environmental Earth Sciences 3 cr

A spatial perspective on major global environmental problems. Topics include population pressure; loss of biodiversity; ozone depletion; global warming; water, energy and mineral resources; food supplies; waste disposal; geologic hazards and political/economic forces (identical to GEO 310). Pre-requisite: GY 111 or GEO 101 or GEO 102 or permission of instructor.

GY 332 Remote Sensing I 4 cr

Interpretation of maps, air photos and satellite images (identical to GEO 332). Pre-requisites: GEO 102 and GEO 102L or GY 301 or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 401 Paleontology 3 cr

Major invertebrate fossil groups, their identification, and their geologic distribution. Pre-requisites: GY 112 and GY 112L, or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 402 Sedimentary Petrology (W) 3 cr

A study of sediments and their classification, as well as sedimentary processes, petrography and diagenesis. Pre-requisites: GY 111, GY 112, EH 102, and GY 304 or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 403 Structural Geology 4 cr

Study of the deformation of the internal Earth and the structures that result. Pre-requisites: GY 111, GY 301, and PH 114 or PH 201, or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 411 Soils 3 cr

A review of soil formation, processes and properties (identical to GEO 411). Pre-requisite: GEO 102 or GY 301 or permission of the instructor.

GY 413 Coastal Geomorphology 2 cr

An introduction to coastal sediment processes and their applied coastal geomorphology with emphasis on waves, tides, sediments and their interactions including the impacts of anthropogenic influences. Taught only at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

GY 420 Geostatistics 3 cr

Applied bivariate and multivariate statistics to problems in Geography, Geology and Meteorology; parametric and non-parametric procedures in correlation, regression, analysis of variance, etc. Time series analysis, trend surface analysis, kriging and analysis of spatial (map) data. Identical to GEO 420. Pre-requisite: MA 125 or ST 210. Fee.

GY 421 Applied Environmental Geology (W) 3 cr

A geological applications course designed to familiarize students with techniques used by environmental and engineering geologists in their studies of land use, land development and assessment of geological hazards. Material is illustrated with case studies from the Mobile area. Pre-requisite: GY 111 and EH 102. Fee.

GY 422 Sedimentary Geology   3 cr

A course examining sedimentation with emphasis on environments of deposition, sea-level and other controls on sedimentation in the rock record, and petroleum exploration. Pre-requisite: GY 111 and GY 112. Credit for both GY 422 and GY 544 will not be allowed. Fee.

GY 425 Hydrology  4 cr

Principles of sources, occurrences, and movement of ground-water. Surface and subsurface investigations of groundwater and elementary groundwater hydrology and chemistry. Pre-requisite: GY 111, or permission of the instructor. Credit for both GY 425 and GY 575 will not be allowed. Fee.

GY 426 Contaminant Hydrogeology   3 cr

Flow systems, mass transport in the vadose and saturated zones; advection and dispersion; transformation, retardation and attenuation of solutes; low temperature geochemical processes and kinetics of chemical reactions; contaminant modeling using finite difference-finite element methods. Pre-requisite: GY 425. Credit for both GY 426 and GY 576 will not be allowed. Fee.

GY 431 Optical Mineralogy and Crystallography 4 cr

Theory and use of the petrographic microscope in the recognition and identification of crystallographic and optical properties in non-opaque minerals. Pre-requisite: GY 302 or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 433 X-Ray Analytical Methods 4 cr

Theory and use of X-ray diffraction systems as applied to crystallography, mineralogy, chemistry, and metallurgy. Pre-requisite: GY 302 or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 446 Marine Geology 4 cr

A study of the geology of the ocean basins, with special emphasis on the continental shelves, their sediments, and sedimentary processes at work there. Pre-requisites: GY 111 and GY 112.
GY 450 Thin-Section Techniques 1 cr  
A laboratory based course illustrating techniques employed by geologists to prepare thin-sections from geological materials. Students will produce thin-sections and write up reports detaining the petrography of the samples examined. Pre-requisites: GY 302, GY 303 and GY 402 or permission of the instructor. Fee.

GY 480 Field Geology 6 cr

A six-week, summer field course on the methods of geologic surveying, the nature and construction of geologic maps and cross-sections, measurements of stratigraphic sections, and preparation of geologic reports. Pre-requisites: GY 303, GY 402, GY 403, and HS 170 or equivalent first aid course or permission of instructor. This course serves as a capstone class for Geology majors.

GY 490 Special Topic 1-4 cr

Geological topics not covered in current geology courses. Pre-requisite: Junior or Senior standing.

GY 492 Seminar 1-3 cr

Departmental seminar investigating a selected field of geology (Topic announced prior to registration.) May be repeated when content varies for a maximum of 3 credits.

GY 494 Directed Studies 1-4 cr

Independent research in the field or laboratory under the direction of a member of the Geology faculty. Students must have an acceptable project approved before registering for this course. Pre-requisites: Permission of the Chair; Junior or Senior standing. No more than 8 hours of directed study is allowed.

GY 496 Internship in Geology 1-3 cr

On-the-Job training through occupational or professional work through an approved geological organization. Only open to geology majors. Pre-requisites: Permission of chair; Junior or senior standing. No more than 3 hours of internship is allowed.

GY 520 Geostatistics (C) 4 cr

Applied bivariate and multivariate statistics to problems in Geography, Geology, and Meteorology; parametric and non-parametric procedures in correlation, regression, analysis of variance, etc. Time series analysis, trend surface analysis, kriging and analysis of spatial (map) data. Identical to GY 420 or GEO 420. Pre-requisite: MA 125 or ST 210.

GY 531 Optical Mineralogy and Crystallography 4 cr

Theory and use of the petrographic microscope in the recognition and identification of crystallographic and optical properties in non-opaque minerals. Graduate credit will require an additional project specified by the instructor: Credit for both GY 431 and GY 531 will not be allowed. Pre-requisite: GY 302 or permission of the instructor. Fee.

GY 533 X-ray Analytical Methods 4 cr

Theory and use of X-ray diffraction systems as applied to crystallography, mineralogy, chemistry, and metallurgy. Pre-requisite: GY 302 or permission of instructor. Fee.

GY 544 Sedimentary Geology 3 cr

A study examining sedimentation with emphasis on environments of deposition, sea-level and other controls on sedimentation in the rock record, and petroleum exploration. Pre-requisites: MAS 603, GY 402 or permission of the instructor. Credit for both GY 422 and GY 544 will not be allowed. Fee.

GY 575 Hydrology 4 cr
Principles of sources, occurrences and movement of groundwater. Surface and subsurface investigations of groundwater and elementary groundwater hydrology and chemistry. Credit for both GY 575 and GY 425 is not allowed. Fee.
GY 576 Contaminant Hydrogeology 4 cr
Flow systems, mass transport in the vadose and saturated zones; advection and dispersion; transformation, retardation and attenuation of solutes; low temperature geochemical processes and kinetics of chemical reactions; contaminant modeling using finite difference-finite element methods. Pre-requisite: GY 425 or GY 575. Credit for both GY 426 and GY 576 is not allowed. Fee.
GY 590 Special Topic 1-6 cr

An in-depth course for advanced students in geology. Topics and titles will be selected to examine the subject matter in an area of current interest to students and in an area of particular faculty expertise. To include specialized topics not currently listed in Bulletin course offerings.

GY 592 Seminar 1-6 cr

Students and faculty meet weekly in an interactive discussion of current literature in geological sciences. The focus will be on "state-of-the-art" theories and methodologies as they occur in the primary geology literature. Student presentation is required to receive credit.

GY 594 Directed Research 1-6 cr

Independent research, not related to the dissertation, under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. May be used to learn new techniques or explore research questions of special interest. A maximum of 6 hours may be earned for this course toward the graduate degree in Marine Sciences. On-the-job training through occupational or professional work through an approved geological organization. Only open to geology and marine sciences majors. Pre-requisite: Permission of chair.
Department of Earth Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

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