GEOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

GEOLGY 100     PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY     GL         5 u
An introduction to the concepts which describe the origin and evolution of the earth. Emphasis is on understanding (1) the material make-up of the earth, (2) the internal and external processes which affect the earth, (3) the scientific method as it applies to the study of the earth. One field trip is required. A special fee will be assessed to those students electing to participate on an optional field trip to cover the cost of chartering a bus. Four hours of lectures and two hours of lab each week.
Coreq: MATH 140 or MATH 141 or consent of instructor. Unreq: GEOLGY 101

GEOLGY 101     ELEMENTS OF GEOLOGY     GL         4 u
An introduction to the study of the earth. Emphasis is placed on: (1) the materials which make up the earth, (2) the internal and external processes which affect the earth, (3) the length of geologic time, and (3) the methods of science, especially as they apply to the study of the Earth. One half-day field trip in the immediate area is required. An optional field trip, requiring a transportation fee, will be conducted to the Baraboo Hills region. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.
Coreq: MATH 140 or MATH 141. Unreq: GEOLGY 100

GEOLGY 204     EARTH AND LIFE HISTORY     GM         3 u
A study of the changes in the earth's crust and life through geologic time and the methodology used in reconstructing earth history. One field trip is required. A special fee will be assessed to those students electing to participate on an optional field trip to cover transportation costs.
Coreq: MATH 140 or MATH 141

GEOLGY 205     HISTORICAL GEOLOGY LABORATORY         1 u
A laboratory course in earth history emphasizing paleontologic, stratigraphic, and geologic map studies. One field trip is required. One two-hour lab per week.
Prereq: GEOLGY 204 or concurrent registration in GEOLGY 204.

GEOLGY 206     PLANETARY GEOLOGY         3 u
A study of geological phenomena including (1) internal processes such as gravity, magnetism and volcanism, and convection, and (2) external processes such as glaciation, impact, wind and water erosion, and mass movement which affect the origin, evolution, and current structure of the planets, satellites, meteoroids, and asteroids. Processes affecting the earth and major features of the Earth will be used to illustrate and explain planetary processes.
Coreq: MATH 140 or MATH 141

GEOLGY 300     PRINCIPLES OF OCEANOGRAPHY     GM         3 u
A study of the physical, chemical, geological and biological aspects of the major water masses of the world and human dependency on these water masses. One field trip to observe shoreline processes is required. A special fee will be assessed to students electing to participate in an optional field trip to cover the transportation costs.
Coreq: MATH 140 or MATH 141

GEOLGY 301/501     ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY         3 u
A study of the physical and cultural problems associated with earthquakes, volcanism, weathering and mass movement, running water, groundwater, glaciers, coastal processes, waste disposal, contaminant hydrogeology, nonrenewable resources, and environmental health. An analysis of various engineering solutions and land use planning approaches concerning these problems will be examined. At least one field trip will be required. A special fee will be assessed to students who participate in optional field trips to cover transportation costs. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week.
Prereq: GEOLGY 100 or GEOGRPY 210 or consent of instructor.

GEOLGY 307     DINOSAURS     GM         3 u
The proposed course will examine all aspects of Dinosaurs from Earth System Science perspective. Who were the Dinosaurs? When, how and where did they live on earth? What is their relationship to birds? What ere the circumstances of their extinction?
Coreq: MATH 140 OR MATH 141

GEOLGY 315     INTRODUCTION TO MINERALOGY         4 u
An introduction to mineralogy with emphasis on the principles of crystallography, physical mineralogy, chemical mineralogy and the systematic classification of minerals. Three lectures and one two-hour lab per week. One field trip is required. A special fee will be assessed to those students electing to participate on an optional field trip to cover transportation costs. Offered every fall term.
Prereq: GEOLGY 100, (CHEM 102 or CHEM 141 recommended).

GEOLGY 316     PETROLOGY         4 u
A study of the mode of occurrence, composition, classification, and origin of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Special emphasis is placed on (1) hand specimen and microscopic characteristics as indicators of the origin and evolution of rocks and (2) the chemical and physical aspects of rocks which control their origin and evolution. Two lectures and two two-hour labs per week. Offered every spring term. One field trip is required. A special fee will be assessed of those students electing to participate in an optional field trip to cover transportation costs.
Prereq: GEOLGY 100, GEOLGY 315, (CHEM 104 and PHYSCS 163 recommended).

GEOLGY 317     PALEONTOLOGY         3 u
An introduction to the history of life on Earth. Lectures focus on concepts in paleontology including origin of life; evolution; ecology; and use of fossils in the solution of geologic problems. Characteristics of common fossils will be the focus of the laboratory. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week. One field trip is required; up to two optional field trips possible (fee required to cover cost of optional trips).
Prereq: GEOLGY 100, GEOLGY 204 and GEOLGY 205; or BIOLOGY 141, BIOLOGY 142.

GEOLGY 318     STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY         4 u
A study of the classification, description, and genesis of features produced in the earth's crust by stresses and resulting strain. Emphasis is placed on (1) understanding stress and strain, (2) the recognition and interpretation of structural features, outcrop patterns, and subsurface geology, (3) preparation and interpretation of geologic maps, and (4) the geologic structural provinces of North America. Two lectures and two two-hour labs per week. Offered every spring term. One field trip is required. A special fee will be assessed to those students electing to participate on an optional field trip to cover transportation costs.
Prereq: GEOLGY 100, (MATH 152 recommended).

GEOLGY 319     STRATIGRAPHY AND  SEDIMENTATION        3 u
Classification and description of the various kinds of sediments and sedimentary rock units; sedimentary facies; cyclic sedimentation; and techniques of correlating sedimentary rocks. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab each week. One field trip is required. A special fee will be assessed to those students electing to participate on an optional field trip to cover transportation costs.
Prereq: GEOLGY 100, GEOLGY 204, GEOLGY 205.

GEOLGY 352     GEOHAZARDS         3 u
The course will focus on the physical processes that create environmental hazards (e.g. earthquakes, volcanoes, severe weather), the primary controls on their frequency and intensity, and how human decision-making can influence the magnitude of impact that they have when they inevitably occur. Comparisons are made between impacts of hazards on developing versus developed countries. Prereq: GEOGRPY 210 OR GEOLGY 100 OR GEOLGY 101 OR an approved equivalent lab course from another discipline.

GEOLGY 490/690     WORKSHOP         1-3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

GEOLGY 492     FIELD STUDIES IN GEOLOGY         1-3 u
Field studies of classic geologic regions. Emphasis will be placed on training in the basic techniques and methods of field studies, recognition and interpretation of geologic structures, and the use of field observations to develop both geologic understanding of the region studied and geologic reasoning ability. Students will be responsible for the cost of the university van rental and other trip expenses.
Coreq: enrollment in or completion of GEOLGY 100 or consent of instructor.

GEOLGY 494     SEMINAR         1-3 u
An intensive study of one or more philosophical issues that supplement the curriculum. Original research papers may be expected as partial fulfillment of the course requirements.
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

GEOLGY 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES         1-3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

GEOLGY 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY         1-3 u
Repeatable. Prereq: 8 units in geology or consent of instructor and program coordinator.
 
 

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