Graduate Course Descriptions | Department of Geology | Kent State University

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. 

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.

52065 WATERSHED HYDROGEOLOGY (3)
Study of water movement, storage, and transformation across landscapes.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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.

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.

60084 GRADUATE STUDENT 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.

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.

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.

70084 GRADUATE STUDENT 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.

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.