Geoscience

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85.102 Weather Forecasting Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7764
Status Active

Introduction to forecasting techniques including use of upper air observations and numerical forecast guidance. This course is intended primarily for students majoring in the various options of environmental science. It does not satisfy specific science requirements for majors in the Division of Science.

85.120 The Nature of Science Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7765
Status Active

In this course students are introduced to the role of critical thinking in the development of scientific theories. Several major areas of science are explored with a focus on the link between conceptual thought and the resulting physical laws. The importance to society of scientists and citizens making informed decisions on science/technology issues are examined. Methods to gather and assess data are discussed and a number of examples of the use of scientific principles to prove fact or fraud are studied. The students will learn how to question propositions put before them.

85.141 Weather and Climate Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7766
Status Active

Serves as a general meteorology course for the non-science major. Topics include: atmospheric composition, solar radiation, temperature, moisture and condensation relationship between air pressure and wind, weather patterns, severe weather, optical phenomena in the atmosphere, and the behavior and possible change of climate. This course satisfies the Gen Ed science requirement, but not specific science requirements for majors in the Division of Science.

85.143 Weather and Climate Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7767
Status Active

The laboratory encourages students to apply knowledge from the lectures to a variety of atmospheric and climatic phenomena developed from data analysis, experimentation, and maps. Synthesis and critical thinking are encouraged in the solution of problems.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 85.141 Weather & Climate.

85.213 Atmospheric Science Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7770
Status Active

The plotting and analysis of meteorological data is introduced, with the goal of understanding the basis for various ways of looking at weather systems. After each technique is introduced, students will see the computer counterpart using the workstations in the weather lab. Both the strengths and weaknesses of automated displays are made clear to students, thus making them better able to interpret the computer images on a daily basis.

85.214 Meteorology Analysis Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7771
Status Active

The use of the skew-T diagram to understand the vertical structure in the atmosphere is the main focus of this course. Students will learn to plot and analysis atmospheric sounding data, and to recognize various structures in the analyzed data. Both hand and computer-aided analysis will be compared.

85.234 Scientific FORTRAN Programming Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7772
Status Active

A basic course in computer programming using FORTRAN 90/95. Topics include programming arithmetic, decisions, repetition, input/output structures, arrays and array processing, and simple algorithms for searching and sorting.

85.291 Practicum in Meteorology Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7773
Status Active

85.301 Atmospheric Dynamics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7774
Status Active

The variables of state, Charles' law, Boyle's law, equation of state for an ideal gas, mixtures of gases. Thermodynamics of dry air, water vapor and moist air. Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Adiabatic and pseudoadiabatic processes. Moisture variables. Hydrostatics equilibrium, hydrostatics of special atmospheres. Hydrostatic stability. Convection theory, parcel method, slice method, entrainment, bubble theory.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II, 95.103 General Physics I, and 92.132 Calculus II.

85.301 Atmospheric Thermodynamics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7774
Status Active

The variables of state, Charles' law, Boyle's law, equation of state for an ideal gas, mixtures of gases. Thermodynamics of dry air, water vapor and moist air. Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Adiabatic and pseudoadiabatic processes. Moisture variables. Hydrostatics equilibrium, hydrostatics of special atmospheres. Hydrostatic stability. Convection theory, parcel method, slice method, entrainment, bubble theory.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II, 95.103 General Physics I, and 92.132 Calculus II.

85.304 Methods in Meteorology I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7776
Status Active

The application of vector analysis to dynamic meteorology. Three-dimensional divergence and vorticity, circulation, and solenoids. Selected ordinary and partial differential equations of fluid mechanics and their solutions. Spectral decomposition of hemispheric wave motion.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II and 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

85.305 Methods in Meteorology II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7777
Status Active

Fundamentals of numerical weather prediction. Data analysis methods in meteorology using the techniques of curve fitting, correlation, and power spectrum analysis. Solution of stability problems.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 85.304 Methods in Meteorology I and 85.234 Scientific FORTRAN Programming.

85.308 Forecasting and Synoptic Techniques I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7779
Status Active

Explores techniques of synoptic analysis including graphical subtraction, thickness analysis, isentropic analysis, streamlines and trajectories, divergence and vorticity. The use of a computer to perform these computations is explored through student projects.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 85.102 Weather Forecasting Seminar and 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II.

85.309 Forecasting and Synoptic Techniques II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7780
Status Active

Explores three-dimensional structure and dynamics of mid-latitude storm systems; capabilities and limitations of the barotropic model; quasi-geostrophic model; and operational primitive equation models. Some mesoscale phenomena are covered as time permits including coastal cyclogenesis, thermal lows, and sea-breeze circulations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 85.308 Forecast & Synop Techniques I.

85.313 Physical Climatology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7781
Status Active

Atmospheric processes determining the climate: solar and terrestrial radiation, elevation and thermal properties of surfaces, atmospheric circulations and eddy conduction between the atmosphere and land or sea surfaces, heat and water balance of earth's surface and the atmosphere; hydrologic cycle; and climatic simulation models.

85.325 Weather Communications Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38852
Status Active

An introduction to the field of weather communication. Topics will include the basic principles of communicating weather forecasts, television and radio broadcasting, written communication of weather, the use of social media applications, and applied forecasting techniques. Individual and group projects utilizing commercial broadcast facilities.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 85.213 Atmospheric Science Lab, and 85.214 Meteorology Analysis Lab.

85.340 Tropical Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7782
Status Active

An introduction to the tropical atmosphere including tropical climatology, structure and dynamics of easterly waves, tropical cyclones and monsoonal circulations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II.

85.350 Satellite and Radar Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7783
Status Active

Explores theory and applications of radar, satellites, and lidar. Use of satellite imagery as a forecasting aide, theory and use of satellite profiling, and application of conventional and Doppler radar to severe weather and short term forecasting. Use of lidar and other profiling techniques to determine vertical temperature structure and turbulence.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II.

85.403 Physical Meteorology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7785
Status Active

Explores solar and terrestrial radiation processes and the heat balance of the atmosphere; fundamentals of radiation theory; radiative transfer processes in the atmosphere; atmospheric condensation processes; and nucleation theory and the growth of water drops and ice crystals by condensation, sublimation and accretion.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 85.301 Atmospheric Dynamics.

85.410 Advanced Forecasting Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7786
Status Active

Advanced analysis techniques and their use as forecasting tools are explored in both manual and computer formats. Techniques include moisture advection, moist isentropic trajectories, boundary layer destabilization, and other state-of-the-art techniques. Application of techniques to small and mesoscale phenomena.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II.

85.415 Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7788
Status Active

Explores dynamics of rotating fluids in a rotating reference frame. Conservation laws (momentum, continuity, and thermodynamics energy equations). Scale analysis, geostrophic balance. Applications to balanced flow, streamlines and trajectories, thermal wind, vertical motion, and surface pressure tendency. Circulation and vorticity, potential vorticity equation, barotropic and baroclinic vorticity.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 85.301 Atmospheric Dynamics and 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

85.416 Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7789
Status Active

Atmospheric turbulence and boundary layer equations. Secondary circulation and spindown. Quasi-geostrophic prediction, diagnosis of vertical motion, and baroclinic disturbances. Atmospheric oscillations and perturbation theory. Hydrodynamic instability, baroclinic instability, and baroclinic waves.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 85.415 Adv Atmospheric Dynamics I.

85.420 Introduction to Operational Numerical Weather Prediction Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36535
Status Active

In this class, the student will learn the structure and science behind modern numerical weather prediction models and how to use them to solve real-world issues facing modern meteorological consultants. The student will learn how to operate and apply a modern numerical weather prediction model to study such issues as offshore wind farm siting, solar power prediction, and energy load forecasting. Students should be prepared to use Linux-based PC's (supplied) to perform and submit projects.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 87.202 Earth & Environ Systems II, and 85.234 Scientific FORTRAN Programming.

85.430 Atmospheric Diffusion Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7790
Status Active

85.471 Air Pollution Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7791
Status Active

85.484 Space Weather Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35075
Status Active

Space Weather is an emerging field of space science focusing on understanding the conditions and processes on the sun, in the interplanetary space, and in the Earth�s magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere that can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems and can endanger human life or health. This course is an introduction level course. It applies knowledge learned in Physics I and II in particular in electromagnetics to a real situation: space. The course introduces the present knowledge of space phenomena and the physical understanding of the plasma environment from the sun to the earth�s ionosphere and in the heliosphere. Regions in space to be discussed include solar surface, solar wind, bow shock, magnetsheath, magnetosphere, magnetotail, radiation belts, ring currents, and ionosphere. Among space plasma physics theories, single particle theory, kinetic theory, and magnetohydrodynamics, which describe charged particle motion in electromagnetic fields and its consequences, are introduced and applied to space environment.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 92.231 Calculus III, 95.103 General Physics I, and 95.104 General Physics II.

85.491 Directed Study Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7793
Status Active

Students, through regular and frequent consultation with the instructor, undertake independent study of a particular area of meteorology.

85.493 Internship: Atmospheric Science Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38853
Status Active

Work experience with private or public employer. Written report and supervisor evaluation required.

85.495 Honors Research in Atmospheric Science Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7794
Status Active

An individual or team research project carried out by qualified students with the approval of and supervision by a faculty member.

85.495 Honors Research: Atmospheric Science Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7794
Status Active

An individual or team research project carried out by qualified students with the approval of and supervision by a faculty member.

85.496 Practicum Experience in Meteorology Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7795
Status Active

A program of on-campus and/or off-campus experiences developed by the student in consultation with a faculty member and, when appropriate, a member of the staff of an off-campus firm. May be repeatedup to a maximum of six credits. The practicum may not be substituted for a nonelective course in the major.

87.101 Environmental Science Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7840
Status Active

A survey of the field of environmental science, curriculum options, and career opportunities. Presentations by members of the department and guest speakers. This course is intended primarily for students majoring in the various options of environmental science. It does not satisfy specific science requirements for majors in the Division of Science.

87.102 Environmental Problems Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7841
Status Active

A survey of environmental problems and issues. Topics include air, water, and noise pollution; solid and liquid waste disposal; and the social, political, and economic implications of these issues. Readings, discussions, guest speakers, and field trips. This course is intended primarily for students majoring in the various options of environmental science. It does not satisfy specific science requirements for majors in the Division of Science.

87.115 Astronomy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7847
Status Active

Offers an introduction to the study of astronomy including historical development, instruments, solar system dynamics, planetary evolution, stellar systems and stellar evolution. Several field trips are included. This course satisfies the Gen Ed science requirement, but not specific science requirements for majors in the Division of Science.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 87.117 co-req

87.117 Astronomy Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7848
Status Active

Intended to develop a deeper understanding of astronomy through an exposure to the methods and materials used in astronomical analysis. Corequisite: 87.115 I,II(0,2)1

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 87.115 Astronomy.

87.201 Earth and Environmental Systems I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7850
Status Active

An integrated study of the interactions between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Emphasis will be placed on the physical and biological principles which underlie and control these interactions, pollution, geologic hazards, climate change, and social and political aspects which govern our relationship with the natural environment.

87.202 Earth And Environmental Systems II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7851
Status Active

A continuation of Principles of Earth & Environmental Systems.

87.203 Earth And Environmental Systems Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7852
Status Active

87.204 Earth And Environmental Systems Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7853
Status Active

87.301 GIS in Earth and Environmental Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37132
Status Active

This course introduces earth and environmental science students to applications of geographic information systems, emphasizing hands-on field experience in collecting spatial location data and in mapping environmental data using GIS software. Covers fundamentals of: geodesy; spherical and plane coordinate systems; spatial data concepts, including error, accuracy, and precision; location measurement technologies including GPS: vector and raster GIS data structures and file types, basic GIS operations, including georeferencing of raster files and editing of vector files; assembly of field data over a base map; analysis of spatial relationships using GIS tools; symbology and methods of map presentation.

87.493 Internship: Environmental Studies Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38854
Status Active

Work experience with private or public employer. Written report and supervisor evaluation required.

87.495 Honors Research: Environmental Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38727
Status Active

An individual or team research project carried out by qualified students with the approval of and supervision by a faculty member.

87.496 Practicum Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7866
Status Active

A program of on-campus and/or off-campus experiences developed by the student in consultation with a faculty member from the Department and, when appropriate, a member of the staff of an off-campus firm. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. The practicum may not be substituted for a required course in the major.

88.103 General Geology Laboratory Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7874
Status Active

89.5CO-OP Curricular Practical Training Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 38047
Status Active

Curricular Practical Training

89.101 General Geology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7881
Status Active

Presents a study of the earth with emphasis on earth materials, earth structure (crustal and internal), earth history, and the development of life. Designed for the general student.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 89.103 General Geology Lab.

89.103 General Geology Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7883
Status Active

Topics covered include rock and mineral identification; interpretation of topographic and geologic maps; earthquakes and rock deformation; ground water, streams, wind, and glaciers and the sculpting of the Earth's surface; and natural hazards and their impacts to humans.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 89.101 General Geology.

89.151 Earth and Life Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7891
Status Active

This course will trace the changes in both the Earth and a variety of organisms through an investigation of fossils, field sites, map interpretation, and basic earth science principles. The effects of physical change and geobiochemical processes on evolution will be stressed as will the effects of life on Earth. Students will gain an appreciation of the very special nature of the earth and its symbiont life forms when seen against the background of other planets.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 89.153 co-req

89.153 Earth and Life Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7892
Status Active

This laboratory will concentrate on the identification of fossils, discrimination of fossils from sedimentary structures, and interpretation of ancient environments from lithology, fossils, and maps. A field trip is required.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 89.151 co-req

89.198 Rocks Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7893
Status Active

89.215 Forensic Geology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30952
Status Active

This course deals with the application of geological and related principles to the solution of various types of crimes. The course will explore the use of evidence (rocks and minerals, soils, geochemistry, etc.) to identify the source and hence the potential perpetrator of the crime.

89.301 Mineralogy and Crystallography Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7903
Status Active

This course will introduce the concepts of crystallography necessary to prepare the student to use the analytical equipment of Optical Mineralogy and X-ray Crystallography. It also contains topics on the physical properties and chemistry of minerals aimed at improving the student's ability to identify mineral samples. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to an introduction to optical methods using oil immersion and thin section techniques.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 89.303 co-req

89.303 Mineralogy And Crystallography Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7904
Status Active

Techniques of crystallographic description. Megascopic and microscopic techniques of mineral identification.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 89.301 co-req

89.304 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7905
Status Active

The origin and evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Emphasis will be on physical and chemical processes, magma transport and crystallization, phase equilibria, development of metamorphic facies, open and closed system behavior, and the development of metamorphic fabric.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.306 Ig & Meta Petrology Lab.

89.306 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7906
Status Active

Identification and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Emphasis is on thin section identification and use of rock textures and compositions as guides to petrogenesis.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.304 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology.

89.307 Earth Materials I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38083
Status Active

An introduction to the basic principles that control the arrangement of atoms in crystalline solids (minerals) and their physical and chemical properties. Topics include crystal chemistry, crystal symmetry, macroscopic mineral identification, and the use of polarizing light microscopy and X-ray diffraction to identify and characterize minerals.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.309 Earth Materials I Lab.

89.308 Earth Materials II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38072
Status Active

Origin and properties of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. The rock cycle is used as a unifying concept. The role of rock properties in environmental, economic, and engineering applications is considered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 89.307 Earth Materials I and 89.309 Earth Materials I Lab and Co-req: 89.310 Earth Materials II Lab.

89.309 Earth Materials I Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 38084
Status Active

Laboratory to accompany Earth Materials I lecture. Topics include crystal structures, crystal symmetry, hand-speciman identification of minerals, X-ray diffraction, and polarizing light microscopy.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.307 Earth Materials I.

89.310 Earth Materials II Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 38073
Status Active

Macroscopic and microscopic characterization and classification of rocks. Investigation of physical processes and spatial representation of rock and sediment distribution.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.308 Earth Materials II.

89.314 Hydrogeology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7907
Status Active

This course investigates the science of water in a geologic setting with special emphasis on the distribution, movement, and chemistry of the water. The course will include the following topics: techniques for measuring elements in the hydrologic equation, accuracy of hydrologic measurement, statistical studies of floods, and study of groundwater for both steady-state and transient conditions.

89.315 Environmental Geochemistry Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 7908
Status Active

Application of geochemical principles to environmental problems including air pollution and atmospheric processes, climate change, water chemistry and water-rock interactions, and the transport and dispersal of organic and inorganic pollutants.

89.316 Geomorphology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7909
Status Active

A study of the physical and chemical processes at work on the earth's surface which result in the formation and development of surface features. Emphasis is placed on the mechanics of erosion (water, wind, ice, and waves) and the morphology and spatial distribution of the resultant landforms.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 89.316 co-req

89.318 Geomorphology Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7910
Status Active

Investigates landforms and surficialprocesses through an interpretation of maps and field work. Environmental applications of surficial processes are stressed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 89.316 co-req

89.319 Earth Surface Processes Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38074
Status Active

A study of the physical and chemical processes that create landforms on the Earth's surface. Emphasis is placed on physical and chemical weathering, fluvial erosion, glacial processes, soil formation, mass movements, slope stability and tectonic geomorphology.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.321 Earth Surface Processes Lab.

89.321 Earth Surface Processes Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 38075
Status Active

Hands-on investigation of landforms and surficial processes through interpretation and synthesis of maps, aerial photography and field data.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.319 Earth Surface Processes.

89.322 Structural Geology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7911
Status Active

An analysis of crustal deformation through detailed study of geologic structures with emphasis upon the response of geologic materials to stress and strain. Field techniques, tectonic principles, and geometrical analysis are employed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: Structural Geology Laboratory.

89.324 Structural Geology Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7912
Status Active

A survey of the graphical techniques used to convert field measurement into the information needed in the construction of geologic maps, cross-sections, and crustal stress-strain histories.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 89.322 Structural Geology.

89.325 Geology for Engineers Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38517
Status Active

This course will introduce basic geological principles with an emphasis on engineering applications. Topics covered include minerals and rocks and their properties, surface processes, earthquakes and rock deformation, dynamic processes that affect the earth's surface, geological hazards and their mitigation, earth resources.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 84.121 Chemistry l, 84.123 Chemistry l Lab, 95.141 Physics l, and 96.141 Physics l Lab.

89.331 Earth History Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38076
Status Active

An introduction to the history of the Earth and its life over the last 4.6 billion years. Applications include geologic principles, earth material, depositional environments, stratigraphy, the geological timescale, plate tectonics, and evolutionary theory.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.333 Earth History Laboratory.

89.333 Earth History Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 38077
Status Active

This laboratory compliments Earth History lecture material. Exercises include stratigraphic methods, geologic maps and fossil identification.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 89.331 Earth History.

89.341 Environmental and Engineering Geology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37928
Status Active

Fundamentals of geology applied to environmental and engineering problems. Topics include minerals and rocks, soil properties, rock mechanics, active tectonics and earthquake hazards, slope stability and landslides, groundwater, rivers and flood hazards, coastal processes, and site assessment. Student project.

89.352 Sedimentation And Stratigraphy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7915
Status Active

Principles and processes of sedimentation: erosion, mechanics of transport, diagenesis and lithification, models for sedimentary environments. Development of the stratigraphic record, relative and absolute time, and seismic stratigraphy.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 89.354 co-req

89.354 Sedimentation And Stratigraphy Laboratory Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 7916
Status Active

Determination of mass properties of sediments with emphasis on mechanical and statistical analysis, identification and description of sedimentary rocks, facies models and stratigraphic cross-sections.

Pre/Co-Requisites: 89.352 co-req

89.456 Applied Geophysics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7920
Status Active

Application of geophysics to problems in geology and environmental science. Principles and techniques of gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods. Field projects and surveys.

89.491 Directed Study: Geoscience Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7921
Status Active

The student, through regular and frequent consultation with the instructor, undertakes independent study of a particular area of the geosciences.

89.493 Internship: Environmental Geoscience Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38855
Status Active

Work experience with private or public employer. Written report and supervisor evaluation required.

89.495 Honors Research Geology Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7922
Status Active

An independent scientific research project carried out by a qualified senior under the supervision of a faculty member.

89.495 Honors Research: Geoscience Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7922
Status Active

An independent scientific research project carried out by a qualified senior under the supervision of a faculty member.