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Undergraduate Geology Courses

 

GE115 Field Excursions in Earth Science
(2,4) 4

A field and project based educational experience in which aspects of geology, including environmental geology, earth resources, tectonic processes, and the interrelationships among geology and other natural sciences will be addressed. Travel destinations will include regions with unique natural history. Prerequisite: SA 091 or equivalent/satisfactory score on ACT or placement exam.

GE121 Physical and Historical Geology I
(3,2) 4

The study of processes and features of the rocks and surficial materials that form the Earth's crust. Emphasis will be placed on the dynamic earth including volcanoes, plate tectonics, geologic time, catastrophic events such as earthquakes, and natural resources and their impact on society. The class requires student projects and emphasizes active problem-solving. Laboratory exercises involve minerals, rocks, and topographic and geologic maps. SA091 or equivalent/satisfactory score on ACT or placement exam.

GE122 Physical and Historical Geology II
(3,2) 4

The study of surficial processes and landforms in the context of their historical perspective. Emphasis will be placed on evolution of the earth, stratigraphic principles; tectonic framework of North America; landforms and depositional environments; climate, weathering, surficial processes, and sea level changes; and significant events in the history of plants and animals. Laboratory exercises involve geologic maps, invertebrate paleontology, and surficial processes including environmental applications. Prerequisite: GE121 or NS102 or GE115.

GE218 Structural Geology and Tectonics
(3,6) 5

A study of the deformation of the earth through a project-centered approach that focuses on actual tectonic problems. Emphasis will be placed on descriptive, kinematic, and dynamic analysis of geologic structures, deformation mechanisms, and the evolution of each in the context of regional and global geology. Prerequisite: GE122.

GE223 Mineralogy and Petrology
(3,6) 5

A laboratory course emphasizing hand-sample techniques for identification of minerals and rocks. Major topics include: Physical properties, crystalline structure, and chemical composition of minerals; classification of minerals and rocks; origins of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; plate tectonic occurrence of mineral and rock assemblages; and the societal and economic significance of minerals and rocks. Prerequisite: GE122 or NS102. Pre- or co-requisite CH115.

GE280 Introduction to Field Geology
(0,9) 3

Introduction to field methods in geology including measurement of sections, mapping techniques, and field interpretation of outcrops. A variety of geologic provinces and environments will be examined. A supply and travel fee will be charged. Prerequisites: GE218 and GE223.

GE290 Independent Study in Geology
(1-4,0) 1-4

Special studies and/or research in geology for individuals or small seminar groups. Course content to be arranged with instructor and with approval of the school dean. This course may be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.

GE 315 Geoenvironmental Systems
(3,6) Alternate Years 5cr.

The study of environmental issues in a geological context through local and regional field projects. Projects will examine issues such as flooding, shoreline erosion, slope stability, groundwater resources and contamination, and the environmental impacts of mineral and energy resource extraction. Emphasis will be placed on evaluation of environmental issues through the application of geological and geophysical field data such as collecting and analyzing sediments, bedrock and sediment mapping, and well log analysis. Prerequisite: GE280.

GE 318 Tectonic Systems
(3,6) Alternate Years 5cr.

Study of tectonic processes and how these processes effect the Earth and its evolution through time. A variety of modern and ancient tectonic settings will be studied through projects and case studies. The deformational, geochemical, sedimentological, and geophysical characteristics of individual tectonic settings will be evaluated and their evolution with time will be analyzed. Weekend field trips may be required. Prerequisites: GE218, GE223.

GE 323 Geochemical Systems
(2,6) Alternate Years 4cr.

The study of high-temperature igneous, metamorphic, and hydrothermal processes in the context of their global tectonic settings. Topics include the origin and evolution of magmas, igneous crystallization and emplacement processes, hydrothermal reactions and ore deposits, the thermodynamics of metamorphic reactions, and the tectonic environments in which these processes occur. A pre-semester one-week field trip and weekend field trips may be required. Prerequisite: GE280.

GE 325 Clastic Systems
(2,6) Alternate Years 4cr.

The study and interpretation of siliciclastic sediments and environments based on stratigraphic principles. Topics include clastic transport and fluid flow, sedimentary structures, lithostratigraphy, facies recognition and relationships, depositional models, diagenesis, stratigraphic diagrams and maps, and tectonics and sedimentation. A pre-semester one-week field trip and weekend field trips may be required. Prerequisite: GE280.

GE 411 Hydrologic Systems: Surface and Groundwater
(2,6) Alternate Years 4cr.

The study of hydrologic systems with an emphasis on land surface and groundwater hydrology. Topics include global climate and the hydrologic cycle, precipitation, snow processes, soil water flow, evapotranspiration, groundwater flow, groundwater- surface interactions, and stream hydraulics. Laboratory components will provide experience in hydrologic field techniques, numerical modeling, and independent research. Prerequisites: PH221 or PH231.

GE 431 Geophysical Systems
(3,6) Alternate Years 5cr.

The study of geologic, geophysical, and environmental problems using magnetic, electromagnetic, resistivity, gravity, and seismic geophysical techniques. Projects will involve geophysical and geologic survey design, data collection, data processing, and data interpretation and will require the integration of geophysical and geological data to solve problems. A pre-semester one-week field trip and weekend field trips may be required. Prerequisites: GE218, GE223.

GE 445 Carbonate Systems
(3,6) Alternate Years 5cr.

The study and interpretation of carbonate sediments and environments based on stratigraphic principles. Topics include biostratigraphy, facies characteristics and relationships, depositional models, diagenesis, stratigraphic diagrams and maps, and invertebrate paleontology. Weekend field trips may be required. Prerequisites: GE218, GE223.

GE 450 Geology Seminar I
(1,3) Alternate Years 2cr.

Study, discussion, and laboratory experience in specialized topics in geology. Students will collect and compile information, write papers, make presentations, and lead discussions.

GE 451 Geology Seminar II
(1,3) Alternate Years 2cr.

Study, discussion, and laboratory experience in specialized topics in geology. Students will collect and compile information, write papers, make presentations, and lead discussions.

GE480 Advanced Field Geology
(0,9) 3

Three weeks of advanced field methods in geology including field mapping of deformed rocks, construction of cross sections, and interpretation of depositional and deformational histories. A variety of geologic provinces and environments will be examined. A supply and travel fee will be charged. Prerequisites: GE218 and GE223.

GE490 Research Topics in Geology
(1-4, 0) 1-4

Special studies and/or research in Geology for individuals or small seminar groups. Course content to be arranged with instructor and with approval of the school dean. This course may be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisites: Junior standing or higher.


Undergraduate Geography Courses

 

GG106 Physical Geography: Landforms
(3,2) 4

Introduction to the description and distribution of landforms with emphasis on lithospheric, hydrospheric, and atmospheric relationships. Natural (physical ) science credit given. Prerequisite: Completion of mathematics competency graduation requirement. Credit for both GG106 and NS107 not permitted.

GG108 Physical Geography: Meteorology & Climatology
(3,2) 4

Introduction to Earth-Sun relationships, maps and elementary principles of atmospheric science. Natural (physical ) science credit given. Prerequisite: MA086 or equivalent/satisfactory score on ACT or Placement Exam. Credit for both GG108 and NS105 not permitted.

 

Undergraduate Natural Science Courses
in Physics, Geology, and Astronomy

 

NS101 Conceptual Physics
(3,2) 4

A survey of basic physical science principles emphasizing their applications in daily life. Prerequisite: MA086 or equivalent/satisfactory score on ACT or Placement Exam.

NS102 Introduction to Geology
(3,2) 4

A survey course to acquaint students with the major concepts and phenomena inherent in a study of geology. It will also provide sufficient background for a better understanding of human relationships to the physical environment. Prerequisite: None.

NS116 Introduction to Oceanography
(3,2) 4

A survey of the features, processes, and evolution of Earth's ocean basins. The course will examine geological, physical, chemical, and ecological aspects of oceanography with an emphasis on their interrelationships and their impact on humanity. Prerequisite: None.

NS119 Descriptive Astronomy
(3,2) 4

Introductory course with a balanced, comprehensive account of contemporary astronomy with emphasis placed on the broad principles of astronomy rather than on a chronological or historical framework. Prerequisite: MA086 or equivalent/satisfactory score on ACT or Placement Exam.


Undergraduate Physics Courses

Special topics courses will be available as need and interest develop. Consult the semester course schedule for these.

PH221 Elements of Physics I
(3,2) 4

General principles of rigid body mechanics (kinematics, laws of motion, energy and momentum), fluid mechanics and thermal physics. Prerequisites: MA109, and either MA111 or MA140.

PH222 Elements of Physics II
(3,2) 4

Vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity and modern physics. Prerequisite: PH221 with a grade of C or better.

PH224 Topics in Physics for Electrical Technology
(3,2) 4

Vibrations and waves, optics, relativity and modern physics. (Identical to PH222). Electricity and magnetism topics of particular relevance to electronic engineering technology. Prerequisites: PH221 with a grade of C or better, sophomore standing in EET coursework, and MA141 (which may be taken concurrently.

PH231 Applied Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
(3,2) 4

An introductory course in rigid body mechanics and fluid mechanics using calculus with emphasis on practical applications. Intended primarily for students of engineering, physical science and mathematics. Prerequisite: MA152 or MA143.

PH232 Applied Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
(3,2) 4

Continuation of PH231. Introduction to thermal physics, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, and optics. Prerequisite: PH231 with a grade of C or better.

PH290 Independent Study in Physics
(1-4,0) 1-4

Special studies and/or research in physics for individuals or small seminar groups. Course content to be arranged with instructor and with approval of the school dean. This course may be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or higher and permission of instructor.

 

 
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