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Geology Minor

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Division of Science and Mathematics
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 34
Objectives--The geology curriculum serves those interested in broadening their knowledge of the natural environment and the geological sciences as part of their liberal arts education. It provides a firm foundation in geology, related sciences, and mathematics for students interested in the investigation and solution of geologic problems, provides background in earth science for those who plan to teach in this field at the secondary level, and serves those in other professional or interdisciplinary programs who need geology as a related subject.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Up to 8 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the minor requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits earning a grade of A or B. The GPA in these courses must be at least 2.00.
Minor Required Courses
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
GEOL 2101 - Mineralogy and Crystallography [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
GEOL 2111 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
GEOL 2121 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GEOL 2131 - Geomorphology [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 2141 - Glacial and Quaternary Geology [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 2151 - Historical Geology: Earth History and Changing Scientific Perspectives [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 2161 - GIS and Remote Sensing [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3001 - Global Tectonics [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3101 - Structural Geology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3111 - Introduction to Paleontology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3401 - Geophysics [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3501 - Hydrology [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 4130 - Advanced Geomorphology (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 4140 - Advanced Glacial and Quaternary Geology (4.0 cr)
· Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· GEOL 1993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· GEOL 2993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· GEOL 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· GEOL 4993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
 
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GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the materials that make up the Earth and the structures, surface features, and geologic processes involved in its origin and development. Lab work includes study of the major constituents of the Earth's crust, including the important rocks and minerals; study of surface and geologic features using aerial photographs, topographic maps, and satellite imagery. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)
GEOL 2101 - Mineralogy and Crystallography (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Classification, identification, physical and chemical properties, origin and natural occurrence of major mineral groups. Lab study of crystal systems by use of models; introduction to optical aspects and physical and chemical testing. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 1101, Chem 1101 or instr consent
GEOL 2111 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Classification, composition, genesis, and natural occurrence of igneous and metamorphic rocks; lab study and identification of rocks by various macroscopic, microscopic, and chemical means. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 2101
GEOL 2121 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Processes of sedimentation, including origin, transportation, and deposition of sediments; interpretation of sedimentary environments. Principles of stratigraphy and their applications. Lab work includes sedimentary particle analysis; stratigraphic sections; and interpretation of ancient sedimentary environments based on stratified sequences of sedimentary rock. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 2101
CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Scientific method, measurements, nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, thermochemistry, chemical periodicity, introduction to chemical bonding, and properties of common elements and ions. Development of scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. Laboratory exercises concomitant with these topics. (three 65-min lect, 180 min lab) prereq: Math 0901 or placement beyond Math 0901 using ACT/placement exam score
CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of Chem 1101. Chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, acid-base chemistry, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, quantum theory, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Lab exercises concomitant with these topics. (three 65-min lect, 180 min lab) prereq: 1101
GEOL 2131 - Geomorphology (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Study of the Earth's surface and surficial processes; weathering, erosion, and deposition, and the resulting landforms and products; the history of the study of landforms in the United States. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 1101
GEOL 2141 - Glacial and Quaternary Geology (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Glaciers, glaciology, glacial deposition, glacial erosion; climatic change and the growth and advance of ice sheets; effect of glaciations on flora and fauna. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 1101
GEOL 2151 - Historical Geology: Earth History and Changing Scientific Perspectives (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Development of fundamental theories and principles of geology, including stratigraphy, uniformitarianism, geologic time, evolution, and plate tectonics. Emphasis on how geological thought has evolved through time as the scientific, religious, and political climate has changed. Discussion of the Earth's history and science's changing views of the Earth; continental movements, mountain building, and the evolution and development of organisms and ecosystems. Lab experience on methods of interpreting Earth's history from rocks, fossils, and structures and solving geological problems. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)
GEOL 2161 - GIS and Remote Sensing (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to design, development, and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS); overview of acquisition and utility of satellite data and imagery; emphasis on applications in Earth and environmental sciences; lab component focuses on practical aspects of GIS development and use and involves original semester projects designed and implemented by individual students. prereq: 1101 or Biol 1101 or Biol 1111 or instr consent
GEOL 3001 - Global Tectonics (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Internal structure and composition of the earth; geometry and motion of lithospheric plates; geological and geophysical processes at plate boundaries; evolution of mountain belts; heat flow, thermal convection, and the driving mechanism for plate movement. prereq: instr consent
GEOL 3101 - Structural Geology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Elementary concepts of stress and strain, theory of rock deformation; description and classification of structures in the Earth's crust; application of geometric, analytical, and map interpretation techniques to solving structural problems; field mapping problems. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 2111 or instr consent
GEOL 3111 - Introduction to Paleontology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
An introduction to the study of the evolutionary history of life on earth as revealed in the fossil and geologic record. Laboratory focuses on study of the classification, morphology, and paleoecology of invertebrate fossils. (two 65-min lect, one 3-hr lab, and weekend collecting trip required) prereq: 2151 or Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101 or instr consent
GEOL 3401 - Geophysics (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Propagation of seismic waves, earthquake seismology, and the structure of the Earth; the origin and nature of the Earth's magnetic and gravitational fields; the Earth's internal production and flow of heat; composition, state, and rheology of the Earth's interior; plate tectonics and elementary geodynamics. (4 hrs lect) prereq: Math 1101, Phys 1101 or instr consent
GEOL 3501 - Hydrology (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
An examination of the hydrological cycle; evapotranspiration and precipitation; processes of infiltration; rainfall-runoff relationships and the generation of overland flow; response of the drainage basin to storm events; flood-frequency analysis; elements of groundwater flow and evaluation of aquifer characteristics; water quality, contamination, and contaminant transport. (4 hrs lect) prereq: Math 1101 or instr consent
GEOL 4130 - Advanced Geomorphology
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Surficial processes and the resulting landforms; may include catastrophic events, large lakes, arid regions geomorphology or the evolution of the Badlands. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 2131
GEOL 4140 - Advanced Glacial and Quaternary Geology
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Glacial geology and glacial history; may include pre-pleistocene glaciations, quaternary stratigraphy, or subglacial processes. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 2141
GEOL 1993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
GEOL 2993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
GEOL 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
GEOL 4993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.