Geoscience (GSCI)

Director: Professor Lisa Park Boush, Center for Integrative Geosciences

1010. Dinosaurs, Extinctions, and Environmental Catastrophes

(Formerly offered as GEOL 1010.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1050, 1051, 1055, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1010 and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1010 be converted to a CA 3 laboratory course.

A reconstruction of the Mesozoic world of the dinosaurs based on paleontological and geological evidence. Past and present environmental catastrophes leading to mass extinctions and changes in biodiversity. Fundamental concepts of geology, stratigraphy, historical geology, and paleoclimatology. CA 3.

1050. Earth’s Dynamic Environment

(Formerly offered as GEOL 1050.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, or 1070.

Origin and history of planet Earth, emphasizing how rock, air, water, and life interact at different scales to produce the earth’s crust, landforms, life systems, natural resources, catastrophes, and climatic regimes. Provides a scientific context for human-induced global change. A fee of $10 is charged for this course. CA 3-LAB.

1051. Earth’s Dynamic Environment (Lecture)

(Formerly offered as GEOL 1051.) Three credits. Three class periods. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1055, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1051 and 1052 may request that GSCI 1051 be converted to a CA 3 laboratory course.

Origin and history of planet Earth, emphasizing how rock, air, water, and life interact at different scales to produce the earth’s crust, landforms, life systems, natural resources, catastrophes, and climatic regimes. Provides a scientific context for human-induced global change. CA 3.

1052. Earth’s Dynamic Environment (Laboratory)

(Formerly offered as GEOL 1052.) One credit. Prerequisite or corequisite: GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, or 1070. Not open to students who have passed GSCI 1050. Students who complete both GSCI 1052 and one of GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, or 1070 may request that the prerequisite be converted to a CA 3 laboratory course.

Laboratory complement to GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, or 1070. Provides an opportunity to work with specimens (minerals, fossils, rocks), terrain images, maps, physical models, and simulation experiments. Includes local field trips. A fee of $10 is charged for this course.

1053. Discussion Earth and Life through Time

(Formerly offered as GEOL 1053.) One credit. Corequisite: GSCI 1050 or 1051 or 1052 or instructor consent. May be repeated for credit with instructor consent.

Faculty-taught, weekly discussions to enhance GSCI 1050 and 1051. Emphasis and approach will vary, but all sections will track the lecture syllabus.

1054. Field Trips Earth and Life through Time

(Formerly offered as GEOL 1054.) One credit. Corequisite: GSCI 1050 or 1051 or 1052 or instructor consent. May be repeated for credit with instructor consent.

Two or more faculty-led weekend field trips to nearby sites of interest, designed to enhance GSCI 1050 and 1051.

1055. Geoscience and the American Landscape

(Formerly offered as SCI 1051.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Honors students. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1051, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1055 and 1052 may request that GSCI 1055 be converted to a CA 3 laboratory course.

An Honors Core course. Foundation course in geology linked to the American Landscape through readings from American history and literature. CA 3.

1070. Natural Disasters and Environmental Change

(Also offered as GEOG 1070.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1051, 1055. Students who complete both this course and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1070 be converted to a CA 3 laboratory course.

Climate change, global warming, natural hazards, earth surface processes, and the impact these have on populations now and in the past. CA 3.

2310. National Parks Unearthed: Geology and Landscapes through Time

(Also offered as GEOG 2310.)  Three credits.

Geologic processes that shape the Earth’s landscapes and interior through the study of National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores. Plate tectonics, climate and biotic change, natural hazards and resources, and environmental conservation.

3010. Earth History and Global Change

(Formerly offered as GEOL 3010.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052.

Reconstruction of earth history from geological data. Processes and events responsible for the stratigraphic record, and techniques used to decipher it. An integrated survey of earth history. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

3020. Earth Surface Processes

(Formerly offered as GEOL 3020.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052.

Processes responsible for the formation of the unconsolidated materials, landforms, and soils which constitute the Earth’s surface. Introduction to surface-water and groundwater hydrology, geological hazards and the effects of climatic change. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

3030. Earth Structure

(Formerly offered as GEOL 3030.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052.

Structure and composition of the earth, including a survey of plate tectonics and crustal evolution. Gravitational, thermal and tectonic processes associated with the earth’s surface and interior. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

3040. Earth Materials

(Formerly offered as GEOL 3040.) Four credits. Two class periods and two 3-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052. Recommended preparation: CHEM 11241126 or 1127 and 1128.

Principles of symmetry and crystal chemistry and the identification of minerals by hand sample, petrographic and x-ray methods. Description of the mineralogy and texture of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and the application of contemporary petrogenetic models to the interpretation of the geologic environments they record. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

3230. Beaches and Coasts

(Formerly offered as GEOL 3230.) (Also offered as MARN 3230.) First semester (Avery Point). Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 1002 or 1003 or GSCI 1050 or 1051 or instructor consent.

Introduction to the processes that form and modify coasts and beaches, including tectonic setting, sediment supply, coastal composition, energy regimes and sea level change; tools and techniques utilized in marine geologic mapping and reconstruction of submerged coastal features; field trips to selected coastal features.

3710. Engineering and Environmental Geology

(Formerly offered as GEOL 3710.) (Also offered as CE 3530 and ENVE 3530.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: GSCI 1050 or 1051. Liu

Application of geological principles to engineering and environmental problems. Topics include site investigation, geologic hazards, slope processes, earthquakes, subsidence, and the engineering properties of geologic materials. Course intended for both geoscience and engineering majors.

3990. Spring Field Trip

(Formerly offered as GEOL 3990.) Three credits. Prerequisites: GSCI 1050 or 1051, or BIOL 1107 or 1108, or consent of instructor.

A field-based introduction to the integration of geological and biological observations and processes. Field trip during and weekly meetings before and after spring break. May be repeated for credit with change in field venue or permission of the instructor.

4050W. Geoscience and Society

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4050W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050 or 1051; at least two 2000-level or above GSCI courses one of which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Application of fundamental geological principles to issues of concern to society such as global climate change; wildfires; drought and water resources; earthquake, volcano, and tsunami hazards; medical geology; energy resources; sustainability; and coastal processes.

4110. Sedimentology

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4110.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052. Recommended preparation: GSCI 3020.

Basic principles of sedimentology with an emphasis on the description of sedimentary texture and structure. Physicochemical and biological processes that characterize depositional environments. Diagenesis. Examination of modern systems to interpret ancient sedimentary environments. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

4120. Paleobiology

(Also offered as EEB 4120.) (Formerly offered as GEOL 4120.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052; or BIOL 1108

Ancient life, including the preservation of organisms as fossils, evolution, ecology, geobiology, biostratigraphy, and major events in the history of life. Includes microorganisms, animals, and plants.

4130. Geomicrobiology

Three credits. Prerequisites: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052; or BIOL 1108 or instructor consent. Recommended preparation: GSCI 3010, MCB 2610. Dupraz, Visscher

Microbial diversity and biogeochemistry, microbe-mineral interactions, fossil record, atmospheric record, microbialites, and research methodology in geomicrobiology. A weekend field trip may be required.

4210. Glacial Processes and Materials

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4210.) Three credits. One 2-hour class period and one 3-hour laboratory (for lab exercises and field trips). Recommended preparation: GSCI 3020.

Reconstruction of former glaciers and the interactive processes leading to the character and distribution of unconsolidated surface materials in glaciated regions. Techniques for interpreting subsurface unconsolidated materials.

4230. GIS and Remote Sensing for Geoscience Applications

(Also offered as GEOG 4230.) Three credits. Prerequisite: GEOG 2300; or GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052. Ouimet

Application of Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and image interpretation to problems in geoscience. Data acquisition, processing and analysis of Digital Elevation Models and satellite imagery. Geologic materials, processes, landforms and landscapes.

4330. Active Tectonics

Three credits. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052; or GSCI 1070 and 1052; or GEOG 2300; or consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: GSCI 3020 and 3030. Byrne

Tectonic processes that shape the Earth’s surface, particularly its landforms. Emphasis on short-term processes that produce disasters and catastrophes and affect human society.

4390. Field Problems in Earth Structure

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4390.) Two credits. Two weekend field trips and one 1-hour class period. Prerequisite or corequisite: GSCI 3030.

Mapping techniques and map interpretation using concepts developed in GSCI 3030. Emphasis on mapping moderately deformed rocks in which sedimentary and tectonic features can be differentiated. A fee of $35 is charged for this course.

4510. Applied and Environmental Geophysics

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4510.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: PHYS 1230 or 1402 or 1502 or 1602, which may be taken concurrently; MATH 1122 or 1132 or 1152, which may be taken concurrently. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 268Q. Liu

Principles of imaging the Earth’s interior using observations of electric, magnetic and gravity fields, with applications to environmental problems.

4520. Exploration Seismology

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4520.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: PHYS 1230 or 1402 or 1502 or 1602,which may be taken concurrently; MATH 1121 or 1131 or 1151, which may be taken concurrently. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 267Q. Liu

Principles of seismic methods for imaging the interior of the earth, with applications to resource exploration and environmental problems.

4550. Physics of the Earth’s Interior

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4550.) (Also offered as PHYS 4100.) Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 1230 or 1402 or 1502 or 1530 or 1602, which may be taken concurrently; MATH 1122 or 1126 or 1131, which may be taken concurrently. Recommended preparation: MATH 1132. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 264Q. Cormier

The composition, structure, and dynamics of the Earth’s core, mantle, and crust inferred from observations of seismology, geomagnetism, and heat flow.

4560. Fundamentals of Planetary Science

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4560.) (Also offered as PHYS 4130.) Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 1230 or 1402 or 1502 or 1530 or 1602, which may be taken concurrently; MATH 1122 or 1126 or 1131, which may be taken concurrently. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 266Q. Cormier

Evolution of the solar system, celestial mechanics, tidal friction, internal composition of planets, black-body radiation, planetary atmospheres.

4735. Introduction to Ground-Water Hydrology

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4735.) (Also offered as NRE 4135.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory for which occasional field trips will be substituted. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052; or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. Robbins

Basic hydrologic principles with emphasis on ground water flow and quality, geologic relationships, quantitative analysis and field methods.

4989. Undergraduate Research in Geoscience

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4989.) Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor.

Independent research for the advanced undergraduate student interested in investigating a special problem involving field and/or laboratory observations in geoscience. The student is required to give an oral presentation in a departmental seminar at the end of the semester.

4990. Internship in Geoscience – Field Study

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4990.) One to three credits. May not be repeated. Internship contract must be formulated before internship work begins. Students with summer internship must preregister for GSCI 4990 for the fall semester. Prerequisite or corequisite: GSCI 3010, 3020, 3030, and 3040. Must be taken concurrently with GSCI 4991; no credit will be given for one course without the other. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

An internship program under the direction of Geoscience faculty. Students will be placed with government agencies or businesses where academic training will be applied in a program of activities to be planned and agreed upon in advance by the job site supervisor, the faculty coordinator, and the intern. One credit may be earned for each 42 hours of pre-approved activities up to a maximum of three credits.

4991. Internship in Geoscience – Research Paper

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4991.) One credit. May not be repeated. Students with summer internship must preregister for GSCI 4991 for the fall semester. Prerequisite or corequisite: GSCI 3010, 3020, 3030, and 3040. Must be taken concurrently with GSCI 4990; no credit will be given for one course without the other.

Preparation of written report and oral presentation to Department summarizing internship experience and evaluating the applicability of academic experience to job situations and the impact of the internship experience on academic and career plans.

4995. Special Topics

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4995.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Investigation of special topics related to, but not ordinarily covered in the undergraduate offerings; emphasis on laboratory projects.

4996W. Undergraduate Research Thesis in Geoscience

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4996W.) Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: GSCI 4989; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor.

Writing of a formal thesis based on independent research conducted by the student.

4998. Variable Topics

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4998.) Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

4999. Independent Study

(Formerly offered as GEOL 4999.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

 

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