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GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES (GEO)

Professor Harold H. Stowell, Chairperson
Office: 202 Bevill Building

GEO 101 Introduction to Geology I. Four hours.

Three lectures and one laboratory. Study of the earth including materials, internal and external processes, deformational events, and plate tectonics. Offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

GEO 102 Introduction to Geology II. Four hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 101.

Three lectures and one laboratory. Survey of earth's history including origin of the earth, plate tectonics and evolution of the continents and ocean basins, and the development of life. Offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

GEO 202 Environmental Geology. Four hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 101.

Three lectures and one laboratory. Examination of the environmental impact of geologic hazards, and discussion of topics such as earth resources, waste disposal, and pollution. Includes four field trips to sites of environmental interest. Offered in the spring semester.

GEO 210 Mineralogy. Three hours.

Prerequisites: GEO 101 and CH 101.

Two lectures and one laboratory. Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry, techniques of mineral identification, and descriptive mineralogy. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 215 Optical Mineralogy. Two hours.

Prerequisite or corequisite: GEO 210.

One lecture and one laboratory. Determinative techniques and principles of optical properties of minerals. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 304 Marine Geology (same as MS 304). Four hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 101.

GEO 314 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. Four hours.

Prerequisites: GEO 210 and GEO 215.

Three lectures and one laboratory. Megascopic and microscopic study of igneous and metamorphic rocks, with emphasis on identification, classification, genesis, and relationships to tectonism. Offered in the spring semester.

GEO 320 Freshwater Studies (same as BSC 320 and GY 320). Four hours.

Prerequisites: BSC 114:115, GEO 101, or GY 101.

GEO 355 Invertebrate Paleontology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 102 or BSC 376.

Two lectures and one laboratory. Study of the taxonomy and morphology of major invertebrate fossil groups. Offered in the spring semester.

GEO 363 Geomorphology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 101.

Two lectures and one laboratory. Study of landforms with emphasis on the basic geomorphic processes that contribute to their origin. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 365 Structural Geology. Three hours.

Prerequisites: GEO 101 and PH 101; a working knowledge of trigonometry is assumed.

Two lectures and one laboratory. An introductory study of the deformation of rocks, including mechanical principles, description and identification of folds and faults, map interpretation, and regional tectonics. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 367 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology. Four hours.

Prerequisites: GEO 102, GEO 210, GEO 215, and GEO 365.

Three lectures and one laboratory. Study of the principles involved in the description and classification of sedimentary rocks and stratigraphic units, with emphasis on sedimentary processes and depositional environments. Offered in the spring semester.

GEO 369 Introduction to Geophysics. Three hours.

Prerequisites: GEO 101, PH 102, and MATH 125 or equivalent.

Introduction to the major fields of exploration geophysics such as seismology, isostasy, heat flow, gravity and magnetic prospecting, and electrical methods. The course includes both principles and applications to petroleum, mining, and environmental problems. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 399 Undergraduate Research in Geology. One to three hours.

A maximum of three hours can be applied toward the major in geology. Approval of the department chairperson is required prior to registration. Offered according to demand.

GEO 400 Recent Marine Sedimentation. Four hours.

Prerequisites: GEO 101 and GEO 102.

Survey of recent marine processes and depositional environments with emphasis on clastic environments of the Gulf Coast. Offered according to demand during the summer session only.

GEO 406 Hydrogeology. Three hours.

Prerequisites: GEO 367, CH 101, and MATH 126; or permission of the instructor.

Introduction to the theory of groundwater flow, groundwater exploration, water quality, and groundwater contamination. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 409 Hydrogeology Field Methods. Two hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 406.

Introduction to the commonly used field and laboratory methods in hydrogeologic studies, including aquifer test design and analysis, water quality sampling, site characterization and remedial investigation. Offered according to demand.

GEO 414 Advanced Igneous Petrology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 314.

Study of igneous processes with emphasis on phase relations, geochemical evolution, and physiochemical conditions. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 416 Volcanology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 101.

Study of the physical properties of magmas, eruptive mechanisms, volcanic products, and the relationship between volcanism and tectonism.

GEO 420 Petroleum Geology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 365, GEO 367, or permission of the instructor.

Introduction to the origin, migration, accumulation, and entrapment of petroleum. Emphasis is on sedimentary, geochemical, and hydrodynamic processes. Offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years.

GEO 424 Topics in Geology. One to four hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Special topics in the following areas: economic geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geomorphology, hydrogeology, mineralogy, paleontology, petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. Offered according to demand.

GEO 430 Ore Deposits. One to four hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 210 and permission of the instructor.

Introduction to sedimentary, hydrothermal, metasomatic, and magnetic ore deposits, including geologic setting and genesis. Offered according to demand.

GEO 435 Honors Seminar I. One hour.

Oral presentations on current geological topics. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 436 Honors Seminar II. One hour.

Oral presentations on current geological topics. Offered in the spring semester.

GEO 453 Introduction to Micropaleontology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 355.

Introduction to the morphology, classification, and distribution of important microfossil groups. Offered according to demand.

GEO 457 Geologic History of the Vertebrates and Land Plants. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 102.

Geologic history of vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants as they invaded and evolved on the land. Offered according to demand.

GEO 460 Watershed Hydrology. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 363 or permission of the instructor.

Analysis of hydrological processes in watersheds. Emphasis on applying hydrology concepts to evaluate runoff, erosion, fluvial processes, channel stability, ecological impact, and flood prediction in natural and altered watersheds. Offered alternate spring semesters and according to demand.

GEO 462 Quaternary Environments. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 363 or permission of the instructor.

Examination of quaternary glaciations and environmental changes. Emphasis on sedimentologic, geomorphic, and biogeographic evidence of changes in geomorphic, hydrological, and biological processes in response to climatic variations. Offered according to demand.

GEO 470 General Geochemistry. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 314 or permission of the instructor.

Overview of the field of geochemistry (elementary chemical equilibria and thermodynamics, organic geochemistry, isotope geochemistry), with an emphasis on solving geologic problems. Offered in the fall semester.

GEO 476 Analytical Geochemistry. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the instructor.

Theory, techniques, and applications of geochemical methods for the analysis of rocks, soils, and aqueous fluids. Offered according to demand.

GEO 490 Seminar in Regional Geology. One hour.

Prerequisite: GEO 314 or permission of the instructor.

Seminar on and field trip to important geologic localities. May be repeated for credit. Offered according to demand.

GEO 492 Geologic Field and Writing Techniques. Two hours.

Corequisite: GEO 367 or permission of the instructor.

Introduction to the methods of field geology, geology of the southeastern U.S., geological writing, and presentation techniques. Offered according to demand.

GEO 495 Field Geology. Six hours.

Prerequisites: GEO 314, GEO 365, and GEO 367.

Five-week field course involving the application of geologic techniques and principles. Includes geologic mapping, data collection, and report writing. Offered during the first summer term.

GEO 499 Honors Research in Geology. One to three hours. Offered according to demand.

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