Geology (GEOL)

GEOL 1050: Planet Earth

An introduction to Earth Science. Topics include: evidence for continental drift and plate tectonics, causes and prediction of natural hazards, the scale of geological time.

Credit Hours: 3


GEOL 1100: Principles of Geology with Laboratory

Three lectures, 2-hours lab. Earth processes and products and their impact on human needs and the environment. One field trip. For the Mizzou Online sections, there will not be required lectures, lab, and field trip.

Credit Hours: 4


GEOL 1100H: Principles of Geology with Laboratory - Honors

Three lectures, 2-hours lab. Earth processes and products and their impact on human needs and the environment. One field trip.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Honors eligibility required


GEOL 1150: Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers

Introduction to physical geology and basic earth processes with a focus on applications and societal relevance. In addition to basic geologic processes, basic physical principles will illustrate the interactions between geology and engineering

Credit Hours: 4
Corequisites: MATH 1500


GEOL 1200: Environmental Geology with Laboratory

The interaction between geologic processes and human society. Topics include mineral, water, and energy resources, volcanic hazards, earthquakes, landslides, floods, coastal erosion, pollution problems and environmental management.

Credit Hours: 4


GEOL 1250: The World's Oceans

An interdisciplinary introduction to oceanography. Topics include: geologic evolution of ocean basins, properties of seawater, ocean circulation (waves, tides, and currents), marine ecosystems, instability of beaches and coastlines, coastal development and engineering.

Credit Hours: 3


GEOL 1400: Themes in Geology

5-week course organized around a central theme or topic, up to 3 different sections can be taken for credit.

Credit Hour: 1


GEOL 2100: Independent Study in Geology

Directed Library research in geological topics, under the supervision of faculty sponsor. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours credit.

Credit Hour: 1-3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 2110: Introduction to Soil Science with Laboratory

(same as SOIL 2110). Introduction to Soil Science with emphasis placed on physical, biological, and chemical properties and applications to land use, plant growth, and environmental problems with laboratory application of these concepts.

Credit Hours: 5
Prerequisites: CHEM 1320


GEOL 2120H: Faults and Earthquakes: Past, Present, and Future

Seminar in science and societal ramifications of earthquakes. Geologic background includes causes, behavior, and distribution of faults. Student-led discussions cover historical disasters, economic, political, psychological, and cultural perspectives.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000
Recommended: Honors eligibility


GEOL 2150: The Age of the Dinosaurs

Study of the evolution of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Era. New information on dinosaur life habits, food resources, dispersal by plate tectonics, and theories of extinction will be covered.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: 1000-level science course


GEOL 2160H: Volcanoes and the Human Environment - Honors

<p>(same as GN_HON 2450H). This course gives students an understanding of how volcanoes work, how they are studied, and how they have impacted human cultures. Students will gain appreciation of volcanology as a broad scientific discipline within geology and the role that science plays in public policy. Graded on A/F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: Honors eligibility required


GEOL 2200: Oceanography

Topics include: history and methods of marine research, properties of seawater, ocean circulation, biological productivity and zonation, origin and classification of marine sediments, character of major coastal and open-ocean environments, economic resources and environmental hazards. Math Reasoning Proficiency Course.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or equivalent


GEOL 2220H: Honors Seminar: Headline Topics in the Geological Science

Seminar organized around a central theme that is the focus of intense ongoing research and public debate.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000
Recommended: Honors eligibility


GEOL 2300: Earth Systems and Global Change

Study of the earth as a whole, taking into account the many interwoven components of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

Credit Hours: 3
Recommended: 1000-level Science course


GEOL 2350: Historical Geology

Summary of principles and techniques used in reconstructing Earth's history. Survey of major events that have affected Earth and its inhabitants. Review of geologic history of North America.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200 and ENGLSH 1000


GEOL 2360: Historical Geology Laboratory

A laboratory course designed to improve understanding of Earth History by examination of maps and mineral, rock, sediment and fossil samples.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200
Corequisites: GEOL 2350


GEOL 2400: Surficial Earth Processes and Products with Laboratory

Semiquantitative analysis of geologic processes that shape the earth's surface. Includes topics in sedimentation and geomorphology.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200, and MATH 1100


GEOL 2450: Global Water Cycle

Study of environmental geochemical factors controlling the composition of natural waters, and sources of water's constituents (natural or human-produced). Math Reasoning Proficiency Course.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 1100
Recommended: 1000-level science course


GEOL 2500: Regional Geology Field Trip

Field based study of a particular geologic region, including classroom preparation prior to the field trip. The trip will last 7-10 days, either during Spring Break or immediately after finals week. May be repeated for credit.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200


GEOL 2600: Mineral and Energy Resources of the Earth

This course examines the geology of Earth's major mineral and energy resources--their origin, distribution, and characteristics--and societal implications of their use and abundance. Major topics: fossil fuels, nuclear energy, base & precious metals, non-metallic minerals, water.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200


GEOL 3085: Problems in Geological Sciences

Problems in Geological Sciences.

Credit Hour: 1-5
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 3110: Geology of Missouri

The physical, historical, and environmental geology of Missouri are described, discussed and interpreted.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000 and either GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1200


GEOL 3115: Geology of Missouri Laboratory

A field based and laboratory based course that uses standard geological techniques to interpret the rock record of Boone County and Missouri.

Credit Hour: 1
Corequisites: GEOL 3110


GEOL 3200: Rocks and Rock-Forming Minerals: Identification, Occurrence and Origin

Introduction to the classification, occurrence, and origin of rocks and rock-forming minerals.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1200 and CHEM 1310


GEOL 3210: Rocks and Rock-Forming Minerals Laboratory

Identification of rock-forming minerals and rocks in hand specimen by their physical properties.

Credit Hour: 1
Corequisites: GEOL 3200


GEOL 3250: Mineralogy

Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry and crystal structures. Systematic study of mineral groups. Includes identification of minerals by physical, chemical and optical properties.

Credit Hours: 5


GEOL 3300: Introduction to Geochemistry

Fundamentals of chemistry as applied to geology. Includes phase diagrams, thermodynamics, redox chemistry, aqueous chemistry, stable and radiogentic isotopes. Computer-based homework problems (satisfies computing requirement for Geology majors).

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites or Corequisites: CHEM 1330
Prerequisites: MATH 1400 or MATH 1500, and GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200


GEOL 3550: Introduction to Paleontology with Laboratory

Study of the morphology, paleontology, patterns of evolution, and causes of extinction in geologically important groups of invertebrate and vertebrate fossils. Lab concentrates on identification of biostratigraphically important fossils (mostly invertebrates). Several half-day field trips.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200


GEOL 3650: Structural Geology

The mechanical behavior of earth materials. Analysis of the geometry and mechanics of faults, fractures, and folds. Laboratory includes problems on stresses and strains associated with deformation, geometric analysis of deformation structures, and interpretation of geologic maps.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200 and MATH 1140 or MATH 1160 or MATH 1500


GEOL 3800: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy with Lab

Mechanics of sediment transport by fluid flow and gravity flow, origins of stratification and sedimentary structures, facies characteristics depositional environments.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250


GEOL 4002: Topics in Geological Sciences-Biological/Physical/Mathematics

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary. May be repeated with departmental consent.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 4100: Groundwater Hydrology

(cross-leveled with GEOL 7100). Analysis of groundwater occurrence, flow, recovery, and solute transport within shallow levels of the Earth's crust.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200, and PHYSCS 1210 or PHYSCS 2750, and MATH 1400 or MATH 1500


GEOL 4110: Karst Hydrology

The hydrology of karst terrains is taught from the perspective of integrated drainage basins. Discussion addresses the origin and hydrogeology of karst aquifers and the biology of the animals that live in karstic aquifers.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 4120: Engineering Geology

(cross-leveled with GEOL 7120). Fundamentals of earth materials and geological processes and their applications in engineering works and environmental sciences. Includes properties of minerals and rocks, rock and soil mechanics, surficial geological processes, and practice of engineering.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200, and MATH 1500, or instructor's consent


GEOL 4130: Groundwater Modeling

Use of leading groundwater flow and contamination modeling software. Theory of groundwater flow, solute transport, and selected numerical solution techniques. Applications to water resource, environmental, and geological problems.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 4100 or equivalent


GEOL 4180: Solar System Science

(same as PHYSCS 4180 and ASTRON 4180). Investigates physical states, interior structures and comparative geology of solar systems bodies: planets, moons, asteroids, comets, sun. Solar system formation and evolution.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 1700 and PHYSCS 1220 or PHYSCS 2760 or instructor's consent


GEOL 4200: Economic Geology with Laboratory

Geochemistry of ore deposits. Introduction to types of mineral deposits, genesis of ore, and current areas of research. Laboratory emphasizes hand-specimen and polished-section studies of a wide variety of ore deposit types.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: GEOL 4900


GEOL 4210: Marine Geology

Comprehensive examination of the geology of the oceans. Topics includes techniques of data collection and interpretation, physical oceanography, origin of marine sediments, marine tectonics, and ocean history.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3800, CHEM 1330 and PHYSCS 1220


GEOL 4300: Introduction to Low-Temperature Geochemistry

Introduction to the chemical alteration of rock-forming minerals in weathering environments and to factors controlling the chemical composition of subsurface water.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3300 or instructor's consent


GEOL 4318: Environmental Soil Chemistry

(same as SOIL 4318 and ENV_SC 4318). Study of chemical constituents and processes occurring in soils. Topics include soil minerals and weathering processes, organic matter, solution chemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions and adsorption processes.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SOIL 2100 or GEOL 2400, CHEM 1320 and CHEM 1330. Junior standing or instructor's consent


GEOL 4350: Patterns and Processes in the Fossil Record

(cross-leveled with GEOL 7350). The purposes of this course are to 1) analyze patterns in the history of life and 2) to recognize the biased processes that led to its preservation. We will accomplish these goals by examining two disparate fossil preservation pathways: 1) Konservat lagerstätten: fossil deposits that are notorious for the exceptional and rare preservation of soft tissues and 2) Konzentrat lagerstätten: fossil deposits that are exceptional for the enormous amount of fossilized skeletal material they contain. Through careful examination of both the rare and the hyper-abundant, we can address the fundamental question of paleobiology: how literally can the fossil record be read as the history of life? Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 2350, GEOL 2360


GEOL 4400: Geomicrobiology and Microbial Biogeochemistry

Roles of microbes in a variety of geological settings through time. Microbial roles in degradation of organic pollutants and transformation of toxic metals and radionuclides in contaminated environments.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3300 or instructor's consent


GEOL 4500: Organic Geochemistry

Topics include chemistry of petroleum-forming reactions and their kinetic parameters; use of organic-chemical criteria in source-rock evaluation; carbon isotope fractionation in organic precursors of biological molecules; early history of earth's atmosphere.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 4650: Plate Tectonics

Formation, evolution, and structure of the earth. Rules, causes, and implications of plate tectonics with emphasis on present-day features.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250 or GEOL 3650 or instructor's consent


GEOL 4650W: Plate Tectonics - Writing Intensive

Formation, evolution, and structure of the earth. Rules, causes, and implications of plate tectonics with emphasis on present-day features.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250 or GEOL 3650 or instructor's consent


GEOL 4680: Neotectonics and Earthquake Geology

(cross-leveled with GEOL 7680). Introduction to techniques and concepts of active crustal deformation from the geological and geodetic perspectives. Topics include tectonic geomorphology, paleoseismology, Quaternary dating, tectonic geodesy, numerical models of faults, and earthquake hazard assessment.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3650 or GEOL 4650


GEOL 4700: Theoretical Geochemistry

Introduction to theoretical concepts in low and high temperature geochemistry. Topics include thermodynamics of fluids, gases and solids in geological materials, phase diagrams, equilibrium constants, electrolyte theory, oxidation-reduction reactions.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250, CHEM 1330 and MATH 1700


GEOL 4800: Introduction to Geophysics

(cross-leveled with GEOL 7800). Introduction to the fundamentals of geophysical methods and their applications in geology, environmental studies, and exploration. Topics include seismic, gravity, magnetic, and electric methods.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200 and MATH 1700 or instructor's consent


GEOL 4900: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology with Laboratory

Introduction to igneous and metamorphic rock associations and rock-forming processes. Emphasis on understanding the evolution of the Earth in view of igneous and metamorphic rock petrogenesis.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250
Recommended: GEOL 3300


GEOL 4950: Senior Thesis

Research conducted in an area of the Geological Sciences under the auspices of a member of the faculty. Under normal circumstances, this research should be completed over two semesters. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours credit.

Credit Hour: 1-3


GEOL 4990: Communicating in the Earth Sciences

Synthesis of Geology curriculum through study of classic Earth Science papers. Emphasizes critical analysis of scientific papers, data interpretation, science writing and oral presentations. Satisfies Capstone for BA in Environmental Geology.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructors consent


GEOL 4991: Capstone in Environmental Geology

Readings and discussions in selected areas of environmental geology. Subject depends on instructor. 3 credit hour Capstone must be completed unless student completes a Senior Thesis. In that case, Capstone + Senior Thesis credit hours must equal 3.

Credit Hour: 1-3


GEOL 4992: Geology Field Camp

Field study of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. Facies analysis of sedimentary rocks, mapping of folded and faulted sedimentary strata and fabric analysis of an igneous-metamorphic terrane. Excursion to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Credit Hours: 6
Recommended: GEOL 2350, GEOL 3650, and GEOL 3800


GEOL 7002: Topics in Geological Sciences-Biological/Physical/Mathematics

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and earnable credit may vary. May be repeated with departmental consent.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 7085: Problems in Geological Sciences


Credit Hour: 1-8
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 7100: Groundwater Hydrology

(cross-leveled with GEOL 4100). Analysis of groundwater occurrence, flow, recovery, and solute transport within shallow levels of the Earth's crust.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200, and PHYSCS 1210 or PHYSCS 2750, and MATH 1400 or MATH 1500


GEOL 7110: Karst Hydrology

Study of the mechanisms of groundwater flow in Karst terrains. Emphasizing several scales including that of a conduit, a catchment, and regional framework.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 7120: Engineering Geology

(cross-leveled with GEOL 4120). Fundamentals of earth materials and geological processes and their applications in engineering works and environmental sciences. Includes properties of minerals and rocks, rock and soil mechanics, surficial geological processes, and practice of engineering.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200 and MATH 1500, or instructor's consent


GEOL 7130: Groundwater Modeling

Use of leading groundwater flow and contamination modeling software. Theory of groundwater flow, solute transport, and selected numerical solution techniques. Applications to water resource, environmental, and geological problems.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 4100 or equivalent


GEOL 7180: Solar System Science

(same as PHYSCS 7180 and ASTRON 7180). Investigates physical states, interior structures and comparative geology of solar systems bodies: planets, moons, asteroids, comets, sun. Solar system formation and evolution.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 1700 and PHYSCS 1220 or PHYSCS 2760 or instructor's consent


GEOL 7200: Economic Geology with Laboratory

Geochemistry of ore deposits. Introduction to types of mineral deposits, genesis of ore, and current areas of research. Laboratory emphasizes hand-specimen and polished-section studies of a wide variety of ore deposit types.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: GEOL 4900


GEOL 7210: Marine Geology

Comprehensive examination of the geology of the oceans. Topics includes techniques of data collection and interpretation, physical oceanography, origin of marine sediments, marine tectonics, and ocean history.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3800 CHEM 1330 and PHYSCS 1220


GEOL 7300: Introduction to Low-Temperature Geochemistry

Introduction to the chemical alteration of rock-forming minerals in weathering environments and to factors controlling the chemical composition of subsurface water.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3300 or instructor's consent


GEOL 7318: Environmental Soil Chemistry

(same as SOIL 7318 and ENV_SC 7318). Study of chemical constituents and processes occurring in soils. Topics include soil minerals, and weathering processes organic matter, solution chemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions and adsorption processes.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: SOIL 2100 or GEOL 2400, CHEM 1320 and CHEM 1330 or instructor's consent


GEOL 7350: Patterns and Processes in the Fossil Record

(cross-leveled with GEOL 4350). The purposes of this course are to 1) analyze patterns in the history of life and 2) to recognize the biased processes that led to its preservation. We will accomplish these goals by examining two disparate fossil preservation pathways: 1) Konservat lagerstätten: fossil deposits that are notorious for the exceptional and rare preservation of soft tissues and 2) Konzentrat lagerstätten: fossil deposits that are exceptional for the enormous amount of fossilized skeletal material they contain. Through careful examination of both the rare and hyper-abundant we can address the fundamental question of paleobiology: how literally can the fossil record be read as the history of life? Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


GEOL 7400: Geomicrobiology and Microbial Biogeochemistry

Roles of microbes in a variety of geological settings through time. Microbial roles in degradation of organic pollutants and transformation of toxic metals and radionuclides in contaminated environments.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3300 or instructor's consent


GEOL 7500: Organic Geochemistry

Topics include chemistry of petroleum-forming reactions and their kinetic parameters; use of organic-chemical criteria in source-rock evaluation; carbon isotope fractionation in organic precursors of biological molecules; early history of earth's atmosphere.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 7650: Plate Tectonics

(cross-leveled with GEOL 4650). Formation, evolution, and structure of the earth. Rules, causes, and implications of plate tectonics with emphasis on present-day features.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250, GEOL 3650 or instructor's consent


GEOL 7680: Neotectonics and Earthquake Geology

(cross-leveled with GEOL 4680). Introduction to techniques and concepts of active crustal deformation from the geological and geodetic perspectives. Topics include tectonic geomorphology, paleseismology, Quarternary dating, tectonic geodesy, numerical models of faults, and earthquake hazard assessment.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3650 or GEOL 4650


GEOL 7700: Theoretical Geochemistry

Introduction to theoretical concepts in low and high temperature geochemistry. Topics include thermodynamics of fluids, gases and solids in geological materials, phase diagrams, equilibrium constants, electrolyte theory, oxidation-reduction reactions.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250, CHEM 1330 and MATH 1700


GEOL 7750: Microanalysis for Geological Sciences

(cross-leveled with GEOL 4750). This course is intended to provide a working knowledge of electron and X-ray microbeam analytical instruments - both in principle and in practice. Lectures will focus on the physics of how these instruments collect data, and how these data can be interpreted. In addition, students will gain hands-on experience with operating these instruments, specifically on their own samples, as well as preparing their samples for microanalysis and interpreting/manipulating the resulting data. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Instructor's consent (Instrument time is limited; graduate students who will use the instruments in their research will have priority)


GEOL 7800: Introduction to Geophysics

(cross-leveled with GEOL 4800). Introduction to the fundamentals of geophysical methods and their applications in geology, environmental studies, and exploration. Topics include seismic, gravity, magnetic, and electric methods.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 1100 or GEOL 1150 or GEOL 1200 and MATH 1700 or instructor's consent


GEOL 7990: Research in Geological Sciences-Masters

Does not lead to dissertation.

Credit Hour: 1-8


GEOL 7991: Investigation of Earth Materials

Hands-on experience in all facets of quantitative field and laboratory analyses of near-surface earth materials.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 2350, GEOL 4100, and GEOL 3800


GEOL 8002: Topics in Geological Sciences

Organized study of selected topics. May be repeated with departmental consent.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: PhD standing, instructor's consent


GEOL 8050: Research in Geological Sciences-Masters Non-Thesis

Research leading to a non-thesis Masters project. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-3


GEOL 8085: Problems in Geological Sciences


Credit Hour: 1-8
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 8090: Research in Geological Sciences-Masters Thesis

Preparation of dissertation. Graded on a S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-99


GEOL 8100: Continental Tectonics

The structural, metamorphic, and igneous evolution of mountain belts and continental rifts with emphasis on convergent margin settings and terrane accretion processes and products. Case studies are considered from the Precambrian to the recent.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3650 and GEOL 4900


GEOL 8140: Metamorphic Petrology

Petrography and petrology of metamorphic rocks. Emphasis on textures, mineral assemblages, and mineral chemistry in order to determine the physico-chemical condition of metamorphism.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250 and GEOL 4900


GEOL 8150: Earthquake Seismology

Theory and techniques used in analyzing earthquake seismograms and seismicity data. Ray theory and phase identification for the whole earth. Epicenter determination. Frequency-magnitude relationships. Earthquake source mechanisms and parameters.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 8320


GEOL 8160: Igneous Petrology

Studies of the origin and evolution of magmas with use of phase equilibria, physical properties, and kinetics.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3250 and GEOL 4900


GEOL 8170: Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry

Studies of the application of trace element and radiogenic isotope systematics to petrogenesis of rocks.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 4900


GEOL 8190: Advanced Paleontology

Principles of taxonomy, biostratigraphy, functional morphology and paleoecology are illustrated by individual projects that combine field collecting, laboratory examination and literature research.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 4550


GEOL 8200: Advanced Structural Geology

Advanced analysis of deformation structures in rocks. Theory and techniques of stress and strain analysis and their application to the mechanics of formation of faults, folds, shear zones, and rock fabric. Techniques of multideformation structural analysis.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3650


GEOL 8210: Advanced Aqueous Geochemistry

Study of mineral-water interface geochemistry. Course will cover dissolution and precipitation kinetics, sorption reactions, and current theories.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 4300 or GEOL 7300 or instructor's consent


GEOL 8230: Groundwater and Subsurface Geomicrobiology

Distribution of microorganisms in subsurface environments and the effects of microbial activity on groundwater chemistry. In situ bioremediation of contaminated aquifers by subsurface microorganisms.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 4400


GEOL 8240: Hydrolgeologic Processes

Quantitative analysis of role of groundwater in major geologic processes. Theory review of fluid flow, heat transport, reactive solute transport in porous media. Applications to sedimentary diagenesis, hydrothermal ore deposits, petroleum migration, earthquakes, magmatism, metamorphism.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 4100 or GEOL 7100 or equivalent


GEOL 8300: Precambrian History

Coupled evolution of the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere over the span of Precambrian history. Topics will be discussed largely in the context of biological evolutionary events and the fossil record, as well as with a focus on geochemical records.

Credit Hours: 3


GEOL 8320: Introduction to Seismology

Principles of wave propagation in layered elastic media. Applications of digital signal processing to seismological problems. Emphasis on theoretical basis behind modern analysis techniques.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: PHYSCS 2760, MATH 4500 and CMP_SC 1050


GEOL 8350: Marine Chemistry

Survey of biogeochemical processes in shallow and deep marine settings. Topics include sediment diagenesis, geochemical tracers, nutrient patterns and pathways, global biogeochemical cycles, paleoceanographic proxy records, and integrated paleoenvironmental reconstructions of ancient marine sequences.

Credit Hours: 3


GEOL 8400: Ancient Greenhouse Climate

Will explore a wide range of data concerning greenhouse climates and different techniques used in paleoclimatology. Graded on A/F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3800, GEOL 3500 and GEOL 4300


GEOL 8450: Tectonics and Sedimentation

Global survey of modern and ancient convergent plate boundaries with an emphasis on sedimentary facies and structural styles.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 3650, GEOL 3800 and instructor's consent


GEOL 8510: Geodynamics

This course is designed to cover the fundamentals of the quantitative aspects of Plate Tectonics. The study of these subjects s generally referred to as Geodynamics or Geodynamic Theory. This theory revolutionized the earth sciences and the way people think of earth processes. By definition Geodynamics is an interdisciplinary paradigm therefore it is necessary to cover a wide range of topics from heat transfer to gravity. This course will overlap with subjects covered in both Plate Tectonics and Geophysics but we will emphasize the quantitative aspects of this theory in this course.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 1700, PHYSCS 2760


GEOL 8550: Stable Isotope Geochemistry

Mechanisms and fundamental concepts of fractionation of light stable isotopes in nature. Emphasizes application of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and sulfur isotopes to igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, metallic ore deposits, and to natural waters.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 8600: Quaternary Environments

Study of the Earth's most recent glacial/interglacial cycles.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


GEOL 8650: Thermal Processes in the Solid Earth

Principles of heat transfer in solid earth by conduction, advection and convection. Basic analytic and numerical solutions. Application in Earth's dynamic system, environmental sciences, and geological problems.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 1700, PHYSCS 1220 or PHYSCS 2750


GEOL 8750: Silicate Glasses, Liquids and Magmas

Theory of silicate liquid viscosity, heat capacity and configurational entropy, emphasizing the role of volatile components. Applications to magma rheology and eruptive behavior. Lab instruction in viscometry techniques.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 4900 and GEOL 4700, or instructor's consent


GEOL 8800: Applied Numerical Analysis

A study of applied mathematical analysis of spatial and temporal data as applied in the geosciences.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 1700 or MATH 2300, PHYSCS 1220 or PHYSCS 2760


GEOL 8990: Research

Does not lead to dissertation.

Credit Hour: 1-8


GEOL 9090: Research in Geological Sciences-Doctoral Dissertation

Preparation of dissertation. Graded on a S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-99