Department of Geological Sciences (GEO)

The Department of Geological Sciences provides its majors with a strong foundation in traditional geology as well as broad instruction in multidisciplinary geosciences. This includes the study of earth processes and materials, environmental science, energy, water resources, marine science, paleontology, and all other major subdisciplines of geology. The department strongly encourages student participation in research and internship experiences. Majors gain extensive hands-on field and laboratory experience unified around a goal to produce both a practical and theoretical understanding of geosciences.

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Faculty

Chair
  • Fred Andrus
Professor
  • Fred Andrus

Courses

GEO
501
Hours
3
Paleoclimatology

Survey of the variability of global climate through geologic time and investigation of the mechanisms of change.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 126 or MATH 146; and PH 102
GEO
502
Hours
3
Communicating Geology

Evaluate and develop effective scientific communication skills including writing, oral presentations and poster presentations.

Prerequisite(s): None
GEO
507
Hours
3
Seismology

This course provides an overview of earthquake seismology for both undergrad and graduate geoscience students. Topics include elastic wave propagation, seismic ray theory, travel time interpretation, surface wave dispersion and seismic tomography.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 126 or MATH 146
GEO
510
Hours
3
Soil & Groundwater Restoration

Methods for restoring contaminated soil and groundwater by examining the factors and processes influencing the efficacy of remediation systems. An emphasis will be placed on the scientific principles upon which soil and groundwater remediation is based.

GEO
511
Hours
3
Contaminant Transport in Porous Media

This course will cover topics related to the transport and fate of contaminants in subsurface systems. Specifically, this course will discuss the many factors and processes influencing contaminant transport such as the effects of dispersion, inter-phase mass transfer, transformation reactions, and porous-media heterogeneity. In addition, representative conceptual/mathematical models describing contaminant transport phenomena will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 125, PH 102, CH 102, GEO 306 or equivalents; and/or with instructor’s permission.
GEO
513
Hours
4
Sedimtry Petr-Clastics

Study of the depositional and diagenetic history of clastic rocks. Offered on demand.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 215
GEO
515
Hours
3
Metamorphic Petrology

Study of metamorphic processes, types, textures, and petrogenesis and the use of metamorphic rocks for understanding tectonism. Offered on demand.

GEO
516
Hours
3
Volcanology

Rheologic properties of magmatic systems and application of these principles to the understanding of volcanic processes. Offered on demand.

GEO
522
Hours
3
Sedimentary Basin Analys

Examination of the evolution and development of sedimentary basins. Emphasis is on sedimentary, tectonic, and geochemical processes and their influence in petroleum generation, accumulation, and preservation. Offered on demand.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 365 and GEO 367 and GEO 210
GEO
525
Hours
1-6
Adv Topics In Geology

Advanced topics in the following areas: economic geology, geochemistry, geohydrology, geophysics, geomorphology, mineralogy, paleontology, petrology, sedimentation, stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. Offered on demand.

GEO
534
Hours
1
Tectonics Seminar

Discussion of current research in Tectonics and related subjects. May be repeated for credit. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEO
535
Hours
1
Graduate Seminar

Oral presentations on current geological topics. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEO
536
Hours
1
Graduate Seminar

Oral presentations on current geological topics. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEO
542
Hours
3
Geodynamics

Introduction to the structure of the Earth's interior and theory of plate tectonics. Quantitative analysis of the physical processes governing the formation of major tectonic and magmatic features on the Earth. Emphasis is on understanding geodynamic processes in orogenic belts, volcanic arcs, intraplate magmatism, sedimentary basins and continental extensional provinces. Offered spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 365 or GEO 314; and PH 102 and PH 104 and MATH 126 or MATH 146
GEO
545
Hours
4
Multichannel Seismic Processg

Introduction to multi-channel seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation. Includes the theory of wave propagation, time series analysis, and filtering. Problem-based lab using real-world data & examples.

GEO
546
Hours
3
Scientific Computing

This course covers a broad range of computational methods used in the geosciences. Topics include data analysis, manipulation and image processing, using a variety of software packages.

Prerequisite(s): At least two 200 or 300 level course in geology or by permission of the instructor.
GEO
564
Hours
3
Structural Validation and Modeling

Theory and techniques for validating and modeling maps and cross-sections. Includes balance and restoration of cross-sections and derivation and use of predictive geometric and kinematic models. Practical problem solving is emphasized. Offered alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 365 or equivalent
GEO
565
Hours
3
Compartve Struct Geology

Analysis of the original literature on structural families and deformation-mechanism associations, emphasizing the low-temperature environment.

GEO
570
Hours
4
General Geochemistry

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

Prerequisite(s): GEO 314
GEO
571
Hours
3
Thermodynamics For Geologists

Semi-derivational approach to understanding the thermodynamic relations most useful to geologists. Emphasis is on using the derived relations to solve common geologic problems. Offered alternate fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 126 or MATH 146
GEO
575
Hours
3
Petrochemistry

Principles and techniques in geochemical modeling of magmatic, hydrothermal and metamorphic processes.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor Permission
GEO
576
Hours
3
Analytical Geochemistry

Theory, techniques, and applications of geochemical methods for the analysis of rocks, ores, and aqueous fluids. Offered on demand.

GEO
583
Hours
3
Global Tectonics

Study of tectonics, plate motions, and tectonic environments. Includes discussion of controlling factors, driving forces, and resulting structures with emphasis on island arcs, trenches, backarc basins, transform boundaries, and continental margins. Offered alternate spring semesters or on demand.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 365 and GEO 367
GEO
590
Hours
1-3
Seminar Regional Geology

Literature and field study of the geology of selected areas. Offered on demand.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 314 and GEO 365 and GEO 367
GEO
597
Hours
3
Geological Internships

Field and laboratory projects with government and industry.

GEO
598
Hours
1-6
Non-Thesis Research

Non-Thesis Research.

GEO
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

Thesis Research.

GEO
602
Hours
3
Communicating Geology

Evaluate and develop effective scientific communication skills including writing, oral presentations and poster presentations.

Prerequisite(s): None
GEO
608
Hours
3
Contam Hydrolgy & Modelg

Introduction to concepts and models in contaminant hydrogeology. Offered Fall.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 607
GEO
626
Hours
1-6
Adv Topics In Geology

Advanced topics in the following areas: economic geology, geochemistry, geohydrology, geophysics, geomorphology, mineralogy, paleontology, petrology, sedimentation, stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. Offered on demand.

GEO
634
Hours
1
Tectonics Seminar

Discussion of current research in Tectonics and related subjects. May be repeated for credit. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEO
635
Hours
1
Graduate Seminar

Oral presentations on current geological topics. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEO
636
Hours
1
Graduate Seminar

Oral presentations on current geological topics. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEO
650
Hours
3
Isotope Geology

Principles of stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, and applications to economic geology, geochronology, petrology, and tectonics. Offered on demand.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 514 and GEO 515
GEO
698
Hours
1-12
Non-Dissertation Res

No description available.

GEO
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.