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Graduate Course Descriptions

50095  SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY  (3)
Selected topics presented by visiting professors or one-time offerings presented by regular faculty.

51025  GENERAL GEOPHYSICS  (3)

Physics of Earth. Seismology, geomagnetism; heat flow, radioactivity, geochronology, gravity and isostasy, geotectonic models. Lecture 3 hours weekly.

51080  TECTONICS AND OROGENY  (3)
Introduces advanced concepts of plate tectonics and mountain building with emphasis on Western United States and Appalachians. Required field trip.

51082  ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY  (3)
Theoretical and applied studies in structural geology, including mechanical, mathematical, model and field investigations. Prerequisite: GEOL 31080.

51092  SUMMER FIELD CAMP  (6)
Five weeks devoted to geologic mapping and solving structural and stratigraphic problems in Black Hills, S.D. Special fee on actual cost basis.

52030  REMOTE SENSING  (3)
Computer analysis of multispectral satellite datasets. Applications in Terrestrial Earth Science are emphasized.

52035  SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN GEOLOGY  (3)
Applying scientific methods to geologic data in the field and lab; models and sampling procedures. Collecting and analyzing data. Formulating and testing hypotheses.

52067  INTRODUCTORY HYDROGEOLOGY  (3)
Occurrence of ground water in geologic materials; emphasizing utilization, conservation and management of ground water resources.

52068  CONTAMINANT HYDROLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY  (3)

An introduction to the basic principles of chemical and physical behavior of contaminants introduced by humans into the environment. Students are expected to understand concepts and work practical quantitative problems.

52069  HYDROGEOCHEMISTRY  (3)
Processes and evolution of the chemical composition of water in the natural hydrologic cycle. Methods of hydro chemical interpretation applied to ground water and pollution problems.

52074  ENVIRONMENTAL CORE AND WELL LOGGING  (3)
Examination of subsurface processes and the distribution of stratigraphic layers using core and well logging techniques based on analysis of physical properties of sediment, rock and pore fluids. Applications to paleoclimate, hydrogeology, engineering geology, oil and gas exploration and environmental remediation.

52078  ENGINEERING GEOLOGY  (4)
Engineering properties of soils and rocks. Site evaluation for building foundations, dams, tunnels and highways. Slope stability. Lecture three hours and lab two hours weekly.

53040  PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY  (3)
Introduction to chemical thermodynamics and its applications in solving geochemical problems. Distributions of elements and isotopes in the Earth and laws governing these distributions.

53042  ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY  (3)
Explores chemical processes that influence the natural environment including anthropogenic impacts. Topics include atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, energy and climate change, toxic organic compounds, water chemistry and water pollution, metals, soils, sediments and waste disposal. Environmental problem solving using steady state and non-steady state box models, thermodynamics and energy transfer, and chemical reactions and equilibria is emphasized. Required half-day field trip. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

53044  ENVIRONMENTAL ISOTOPES  (3)
Deals with the fundamentals of isotope geochemistry and the application of primarily light stable isotopes (H, O, C, N) to earth system processes (involving the hydrosphere, biosphere, and upper geosphere). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

53066  OPTICAL PETROGRAPHY  (3)
Theory of optical crystallography and the microscopic examination and identification of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks in thin section.

54070  SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY  (4)
Students are introduced to the principles regarding the systematics of sedimentary rocks and the relationships between geologic formations at various spatial and temporal scales. Lectures are integrated with readings from the open literature and required labs and field trips.

54074  PALEOCEANOGRAPHY  (3)
A broad spectrum of geological approaches, including paleontology, geochemistry and stratigraphy is employed to interpret the history of Earth's oceans.

60080  RESEARCH ORIENTATION  (1)
Faculty research presentations; thesis/dissertation proposal preparation; discussion of professional organizations, preparation of manuscripts and oral presentation of papers.

60091  SEMINAR  (1-2)
Specialized topics in geology. Precise title to be inserted in schedule of classes.

60094  COLLEGE TEACHING OF APPLIED GEOLOGY  (1)
Training and experience in presentation of data and college teaching of applied geology, as well as a discussion forum on professional ethics and responsibilities. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

60095  SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY  (3)
Selected topics presented by visiting professors or one-time offerings presented by regular faculty.

60098  RESEARCH  (1-15)
Research for master's level students. Credits earned may be applied toward degree if department approves. Repeated registration permitted.

60199  THESIS I  (2-6)
Thesis students must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester distributed over several semesters if desired.

60299  THESIS II  (2)
Thesis students must continue registration each semester until all degree requirements are met. Prerequisite: GEOL 60199.

62011  HYDROLOGY  (3)
Introduction to hydrologic measurements, properties of water, precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff computations, streamflow, and flood routing. Prerequisite: GEOL 32066.

62068  ADVANCED HYDROGEOLOGY  (3)
Quantitative approach to occurrence of ground water; methods of investigation, evaluation and development of ground water resources emphasizing optimization and maximal exploitation without environmental changes.

62079  ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY  (3)

Role of geology in site selection, design and construction relative to dams, tunnels, highways, slope stability and nuclear power plants. Selected case histories. Lecture three hours weekly. Field trip and term paper required. Prerequisite: GEOL 4/52078.

62082  INTRODUCTION TO SOIL MECHANICS  (4)

Engineering properties and engineering behavior of soils including classification properties, compaction, permeability, strength, and compressibility. Lecture three hours and lab two hours weekly.

62083  ROCK SLOPE STABILITY  (3)

Provide information used to recognize, avoid, design for, control and correct slope movements in rocks; determination of shear strength along rock discontinuities; stability analysis of rock slopes.

62084  FOUNDATION ENGINEERING  (3)
Seepage and drainage of foundation soils. Subsurface investigations. Principles, design and construction of shallow and deep foundations. Earth retaining structures. Lecture three hours weekly. Prerequisite: GEOL 42078 or 52078 or 42082 or 52082 or 72082.

63063  SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY  (3)
Classification, texture, composition, provenance and diagenesis of sandstones and carbonates, following review of optical mineralogy. Petrographic microscopy and other laboratory techniques are emphasized.

63067  CARBONATE ROCKS  (3)
Basic principles of carbonate sedimentology including composition, classification, origin and distribution of carbonate sediments and their diagenesis and lithification.

64028  PALEOECOLOGY  (3)
Relationships between ancient organisms and their environments, as interpreted from fossils, enclosing rock strata and recent analogs. Field and laboratory studies. Saturday field trips.

64030  SYSTEMATIC INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY I  (3)
Detailed investigation and examination of important literature concerning taxonomic characters of invertebrate phyla: Protista, Porifera, Cnidaria and Bryozoa. Numerous oral reports, specimen examination.

64032  SYSTEMATIC INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY II  (3)

Detailed investigation and examination of important literature concerning taxonomic characters of invertebrate phyla: Brachiopoda, Mollusca, Arthropoda and Echinodermata. Numerous oral reports, specimen examination.

64036  CENOZOIC CLIMATE CHANGE  (3)
An overview of the concepts and principles involved in interpreting global and hemispheric Cenozoic climate change (past 65 million years). Emphasis on particular temporal and spatial scales and cycles. Extensive reading in scientific journals.

64038  PALEOLIMNOLOGY  (3)
An overview of significant topics and applications in paleolimnology of Holocene (last 10,000 years) and Pleistocene (last 2 million years) records, including current issues in environmental and climatic reconstruction. Extensive reading expected.

64065  SEDIMENTOLOGY  (3)
Fluid dynamics, grain transport, sedimentary structures, granulometry, bedform and facies sequences, and facies architecture. Interpretation of continental and marine clastic depositional environments and processes.

70080  RESEARCH ORIENTATION  (1)
Faculty research presentations; thesis/dissertation proposal preparation; discussion of professional organizations, preparation of manuscripts and oral presentation of papers. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

70091  SEMINAR  (1-2)
Specialized topics in geology. Precise title to be inserted in schedule of classes. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

70094  COLLEGE TEACHING OF APPLIED GEOLOGY  (1)
Training and experience in presentation of data and college teaching of applied geology, as well as a discussion forum on professional ethics and responsibilities. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

72011  HYDROLOGY  (3)
Introduction to hydrologic measurements, properties of water, precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff computations, streamflow, and flood routing. Prerequisite: GEOL 32066 and doctoral standing.

72030  REMOTE SENSING  (3)
Computer analysis of multispectral satellite datasets. Applications in Terrestrial Earth Science are emphasized. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

72068  ADVANCED HYDROGEOLOGY  (3)
Quantitative approach to occurrence of ground water; methods of investigation evaluation and development of ground water resources emphasizing optimization and maximal exploitation without environmental changes. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

72069  HYDROGEOCHEMISTRY  (3)
Processes and evolution of the chemical composition of water in the natural hydrologic cycle. Methods of hydrochemical interpretation applied to ground water and pollution problems. Lecture three hours weekly. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

72079  ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY  (3)
Role of geology in site selection, design and construction relative to dams tunnels highways slope stability and nuclear power plants. Selected case histories. Lecture three hours weekly. Field trip and term paper required. Prerequisite: GEOL 4 52078 and doctoral standing.

72082  INTRODUCTION TO SOIL MECHANICS  (4)

Engineering properties and engineering behavior of soils including classification properties, compaction, permeability, strength, and compressibility. Lecture three hours and lab two hours weekly. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

72083  ROCK SLOPE STABILITY  (3)

Provide information used to recognize, avoid design for control and correct slope movements in rocks determination of shear strength along rock discontinuities stability analysis of rock slopes. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

72084  FOUNDATION ENGINEERING  (3)

Seepage and drainage of foundation soils. Subsurface investigations. Principles design and construction of shallow and deep foundations. Earth retaining structures. Lecture three hours weekly. Prerequisite: GEOL 42078 or 52078 or 42082 or 52082 or 72082; and doctoral standing.

73042  ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY  (3)
Explores chemical processes that influence the natural environment including anthropogenic impacts. Topics include atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, energy and climate change, toxic organic compounds, water chemistry and water pollution, metals, soils, sediments and waste disposal. Environmental problem solving using steady state and non-steady state box models, thermodynamics and energy transfer, and chemical reactions and equilibria is emphasized. Required half-day field trip. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

73044  ENVIRONMENTAL ISOTOPES  (3)
Deals with the fundamentals of isotope geochemistry and the application of primarily light stable isotopes (H, O, C, N) to earth system processes (involving the hydrosphere, biosphere, and upper geosphere). Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

73063  SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY  (3)

Classification, texture composition provenance and diagenesis of sandstones and carbonates following review of optical mineralogy. Petrographic microscopy and other laboratory techniques are emphasized. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

73067  CARBONATE ROCKS  (3)

Basic principles of carbonate sedimentology including composition, classification origin and distribution of carbonate sediments and their diagenesis and lithification. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

74028  PALEOECOLOGY  (3)
Relationships between ancient organisms and their environments, as interpreted from fossils, enclosing rock strata and recent analogs. Field and laboratory studies. Saturday field trips. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

74030  SYSTEMATIC INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY I  (3)
Detailed investigation and examination of important literature concerning taxonomic characters of invertebrate phyla: Protista, Porifera, Cnidaria and Bryozoa. Numerous oral reports, specimen examination. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

74032  SYSTEMATIC INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY II  (3)

Detailed investigation and examination of important literature concerning taxonomic characters of invertebrate phyla: Brachiopoda, Mollusca, Arthropoda and Echinodermata. Numerous oral reports, specimen examination. Prerequisite: doctoral standing.

74036  CENOZOIC CLIMATE CHANGE  (3)
An overview of the concepts and principles involved in interpreting global and hemispheric Cenozoic climate change (past 65 million years). Emphasis on particular temporal and spatial scales and cycles. Extensive reading in scientific journals. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

74038  PALEOLIMNOLOGY  (3)
An overview of significant topics and applications in paleolimnology of Holocene (last 10,000 years) and Pleistocene (last 2 million years) records, including current issues in environmental and climatic reconstruction. Extensive reading expected. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

74065  SEDIMENTOLOGY  (3)
Fluid dynamics, grain transport, sedimentary structures, granulometry, bedform and facies sequences and facies architecture. Interpretation of continental and marine clastic depositional environments and processes. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

80091  SEMINAR IN APPLIED GEOLOGY  (1-2)
Specialized topics in applied geology. Precise title to be inserted in schedule of classes. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

80095  ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY  (3)
Advanced topics presented by visiting professors or one-time offerings presented by regular faculty. Prerequisite: Special approval and doctoral standing.

80098  RESEARCH  (1-15)
Research for doctoral students. Credits earned may be applied toward degree if department approves. Repeated registration permitted. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

80199  DISSERTATION I  (15)
Doctoral dissertation, for which registration in at least two semesters is required first of which will be semester in which dissertation work is begun and continuing until the completion of 30 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for doctoral degree and doctoral standing.

80299  DISSERTATION II  (15)
Continuing registration required of doctoral students who have completed the initial 30 hours of dissertation, continuing until all degree requirements are met. Prerequisite: GEOL 80199 and doctoral standing.

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