COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

616-100 PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY GL 5 cr
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: 900-150 or consent of instructor.

616-204 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY GM 3 cr
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 the cost of chartering a bus.
Prereq: 900-150 or consent of instructor.

616-205 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY LABORATORY 1 cr
A laboratory course in earth history emphasizing paleontologic, stratigraphic, and geologic map studies. One two-hour lab per week.
Prereq: 616-204 or con reg in 616-204.

616-206 PLANETARY GEOLOGY 3 cr
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.
Prereq: 900-150.

616-300 PRINCIPLES OF OCEANOGRAPHY GM 3 cr

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 those students electing to participate on an optional field trip to cover the cost of chartering a bus.
Prereq: 600-105 or consent of instructor.

616-301/501 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY 3 cr
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. Possibly one or two optional field trips will be taken in which students will have to make a deposit to cover the cost of chartering a vehicle. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week. The course will be offered during the Fall semester of the even numbered year.
Prereq: 616-100 or 722-210 or consent of instructor.

616-314 GLACIAL GEOLOGY 2 cr
A study of glacial processes and landforms, and effects of the glacial climate. Emphasis is placed on the local area which is studied on a number of field trips. One or more field trips are 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.
Prereq: 616-100.

616-315 INTRODUCTION TO MINERALOGY 4 cr
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 the cost of chartering a bus.
Prereq: 616-100, (640-102 or 640-141 recommended).

616-316 INTRODUCTION TO PETROLOGY 3 cr
An introduction to petrology with emphasis on the mode of occurrence, composition, classification and origin of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Offered every spring semester. 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.
Prereq: 616-100, 616-315, (640-104 and 800-163 recommended).

616-317 PALEONTOLOGY 3 cr
Description, with study specimens, of the most commonly found fossils representative of the plant and animal kingdoms. The course is a survey of many kinds of organisms that populated the earth during the past geological ages. Two lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Offered second semester, odd numbered years. 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.
Prereq: 616-100, 616-204 and 616-205; or 630-141, 630-142.

616-318 PRINCIPLES OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 3 cr
Classification, description and genesis of the features produced in the earth's crust by internal stresses and strains. 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 the cost of chartering a bus.
Prereq: 616-100, (760-152 recommended).

616-319 STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTATION 3 cr
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 the cost of chartering a bus.
Prereq: 616-100, 616-204, 616-205.

616-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-3 cr
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

616-494 SEMINAR 1-3 cr
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.

616-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 cr
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

616-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY 1-3 cr
Repeatable. Prereq: 8 cr in geology or cons instr and program coordinator.