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
2012-2013 Catalog Information (click "Class Search" for course descriptions for last five catalog years)
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Geology Field Camp is offered every summer, during Summer Session I.
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 email@example.com 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: Water and the Law
Through a combination of discussions, lectures and student presentations, this course will examine law and policy issues relating to the allocation and management of water resources. Water law doctrines that have developed in different regions of the United States and elsewhere will be examined. Particular attention will be focused on (1) property rights in water, (2) the conceptual confluence of the riparian and prior appropriation doctrines, (3) issues raised by both intra- and inter-basin diversions of water, (4) interstate water conflicts and (5) the effects of federal law on state water management and allocation programs. GEOL 40095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits) Instructor: Y. Eckstein.
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.