Undergraduate Advisors in Geology:
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Joseph Ortiz
Field Camp Director: Dr. David Hacker
The Kent State University Scholarships for Broadening Participation in the Sciences will annually provide 21 undergraduate scholarships, averaging $5,000 each to promising science students.
Applications are accepted beginning in early March for undergraduates pursing a STEM major for the following academic year. For more scholarship opportunities, search Pathways to Science for opportunities to do research at the undergraduate level, here and abroad. The Institute for Broadening Participation in the STEM sciences also offers free online search tools to encourage minority participation in STEM sciences.
Free Tutoring for all Geology CORE Courses
Experienced Geology graduate students and lab instructors answer your questions, beginning week three of each semester, in room 223 MCG, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. No appointment necessary.
Reminder about Registration Fee Effective Fall 2013
Attention Geology Majors and Geology Graduate Students: Please note the university undergraduate course fee of $447 per credit hour for this Fall 2013 for course loads over 16 credit hours. For graduate students, the fee is $475 per credit hour for course loads over 16 credit hours. This additional fee does not apply to students taking courses only at the Regional Campuses. Plan accordingly to take no more than 16 credit hours in the semester in order to avoid this additional fee.
The following is the planned schedule of course offerings for the Department of Geology. Please note that some courses are offered in both the Fall and Spring, some courses are offered in the Fall or Spring only, and some are offered in alternating years. Special Topic (GEOL 4/ 5/ 60095 ST:) course descriptions are available at the bottom of the page.
Please contact the department office, undergraduate advisors, graduate coordinator, or the course instructor for additional information regarding offered courses. This plan may change during the course of a semester. Check back here for changes.Geology Undergraduate Course Descriptions
2013-2014 Catalog Information (click "Class Search" for course descriptions for last five catalog years)
Check the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for current course schedules.
Geology Field Camp is offered every summer, during Summer Session I.
Basic Science Core Courses Offered Each Semester
- GEOL 11040 (3) How the Earth Works 100% web sections available
- GEOL 11041 (1) How the Earth Works Lab (pre or co-requisite: How the Earth Works) 100% web sections available
- GEOL 11042 (3) Earth and Life through Time (optional field trip) 100% web sections available
- GEOL 11043 (1) Earth and Life through Time Lab (pre or co-requisite: Earth and Life through Time) (optional field trip) 100% web sections available
- GEOL 21080 (3) All About the Oceans 100% web sections available
Courses Offered Primarily for the Geology Major
- GEOL 23063 (4) Earth Materials I (Fall at Kent Campus, Spring at Stark Campus)
- GEOL 31080 (4) Structural Geology (Spring) (required field trip)
- GEOL 34061 (4) Invertebrate Paleontology (Fall at Kent Campus, Spring at Stark Campus) (required field trip)
- GEOL 42035 (3) Scientific Methods in Geology (Spring at Kent Campus, Fall at Stark Campus)
- GEOL 31070 (4) Earth Materials II (Spring at Kent Campus, Fall at Stark Campus) (required field trip)
- GEOL 32066 (4) Geomorphology (Fall)
- GEOL 44070 (4) Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (Spring) (required field trip)
- GEOL 41092 (6) Summer Field Camp (Summer I)
Geology Upper Division and Graduate Course Offerings Plan
- GEOL 6/70080 (1) Research Orientation
- GEOL 4/52067 (3) Introductory Hydrogeology (required field trip)
- GEOL 4/52069 (3) Hydrogeochemistry
- GEOL 6/74032 (3) Systematic Invertebrate Paleontology II
- GEOL 6/74065 (3) Sedimentology
- GEOL 4/52078 (4) Engineering Geology (required field trip)
- GEOL 6/72082 (3) Introduction to Soil Mechanics
- GEOL 4/52074 (3) Env. Core/Well Logging
- GEOL 4/50095 (3) ST: Natural Hazards & Geologic Disasters
- GEOL 4/53042 (3) Environmental Geochemistry
- GEOL 4/51025 (3) Geophysics
- GEOL 4/52030 (3) Remote Sensing
- GEOL 4/5/60095 (3) ST: Watershed Hydrology
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Marine Processes
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Carbonate Rocks and Evaporites
- GEOL 6/74030 (3) Systematic Invertebrate Paleontology I
- GEOL 6/72079 (3) Advanced Engineering
- GEOL 6/70080 (1) Research Orientation
- GEOL 4/54074 (3) Paleoceanography
- GEOL 4/52078 (4) Engineering Geology
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Critical Zone Processes
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Fluvial Processes
- GEOL 4/52067 (3) Introductory Hydrogeology
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Environmental Mineralogy
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Tectonics and Sedimentation
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Paleontology Seminar
- GEOL 4/53040 (3) Principles of Geochemistry
- GEOL 4/52068 (3) Contaminant Hydrogeology
- GEOL 4/51080 (3) Tectonics and Orogeny
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Watershed Hydrology
- GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Paleontology Seminar
- GEOL 4/5/72030 (3) Remote Sensing
- GEOL 6/73063 (3) Sedimentary Petrology
- GEOL 6/72082 (3) Soil Mechanics
This course explores how paleomagnetic and rock magnetic techniques can be applied to a range of problems in earth science, including: plate motions and paleogeography; deformational processes; the structure and age of the crust; reconstructing past depositional and environmental conditions; and the behaviour and evolution of the geomagnetic field. Emphasis will be placed on building a real-world understanding of theoretical concepts through data analysis and discussions of the current scientific literature.
ST: Watershed Hydrology
In this course, we will address basic questions like: "Where does the water go when it rains?"; "What pathways does it take to the stream channel?"; and "How long does water reside in a watershed?" Working at the plot, hillslope, and watershed scales, we will focus mainly on surface and near-surface water to understand how hydrologic processes are regulated by landscape characteristics, human activities and climate dynamics and how hydrology impacts patterns of water quality and geomorphology. Course will include one weekend field trip, plus occasional outdoor lab times.
ST: Urban Hydrology
In this course we will investigate the science and management of water in cities and built environments. The course is designed with geology majors and conservation biology minors and grad students in mind, and we will approach the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating hydrology, geology, biology, architecture/engineering, and the social sciences. The course will include readings, discussions, data analysis, one or more field trips, and designing an urban rain garden. GEOL 40095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits), Tuesday & Thursday 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm. For more information, contact: Dr. Anne Jefferson firstname.lastname@example.org McGilvrey 235C.
ST: Geological Hazards (Stark Campus)
Application of basic principles of geology to understand Earth's naturally occurring hazards, their frequency, magnitude, and potential to change in response to human activity. Case studies and student projects will be utilized during the semester to explore and discuss these hazards. GEOL 40095 (3 credits). Instructor: Eric Taylor.
ST: Environmental Mineralogy
This course will explore reactions between minerals and aqueous solutions, including growth and dissolution, surface complexation, and redox reactions. We will focus on the role of these reactions in chemical weathering, contaminant mobility, microbe-mineral interactions, and an understanding of mineral-water interface processes and mechanisms at the molecular level. Common analytical methods used in mineral-water interface studies will be introduced. A series of cases studies will be placed in a historical and geological context with emphasis on the underlying mineralogy and (bio)geochemistry. An emphasis will also be placed on the potential role of remediation and the societal impacts of environmental contaminants. GEOL 40095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits) Instructor: D. Singer.
ST: Advanced Sedimentology
Fluid dynamics, grain transport, sedimentary structures, granulometry, bedform and facies sequences, and facies architecture. Interpretation of continental and marine classic depositional environments and processes. GEOL 40095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits) Instructor: N. Wells.
ST: Marine Processes
The sea is the ultimate repository for material eroded from the continents, plays a critical role in climate change and is integral to the cycling of energy and matter in the Earth System. This special themes course will explore some of the mechanisms (physical, chemical, and biological) thorough, which the ocean operates, and how it influences climate on seasonal, inter-annual, and where applicable, glacial-interglacial times scales. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the relative importance of these processes and how they have varied through time, and the potential outcomes of human induced changes to these processes. GEOL 440095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits) Instructor: J. Ortiz.