GEOL 1121 Introductory Geology I
Credit Hours 3.0
Corequisites GEOL 1121L
Description

This course covers the formation and internal structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes,volcanism, minerals, and rocks.

GEOL 1121K Introductory Geology I: Dynamic Earth
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Formation and internal structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanism, minerals and rocks. Includes a laboratory component.

GEOL 1122 Introductory Geology II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K, or GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L, with a grade of "D" or better
Corequisites GEOL 1122L
Description

This course focuses on Earth surface and sedimentary environments, hydrologic cycle, environmental geology, energy resources, geologic time, evolution and the fossil record, and the geology of Georgia and North America.

GEOL 1122K Introductory Geology II: Earth and Life Through Time
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L or GEOL 1121K with a grade of C or higher
Description

Earth surface and sedimentary environments, hydrologic cycle, environmental geology, energy resources, geologic time, evolution and the fossil record, geology of Georgia and North America. Includes a laboratory component.

GEOL 2001 Geologic Resources and the Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. The origin, distribution, and consequences of consuming the Earth’s resources (metallic, non-metallic, soil, and groundwater). Topics include fossil fuels, nuclear energy, alternative energy sources, uses of minerals, waste disposal, and contaminants in the environment.

GEOL 4003 Aqueous Geochemistry
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K, MATH 2212, and CHEM 1212K
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Theoretical aspects of aquatic chemistry with applications to natural water systems. Major topics include thermodynamic theory, sorption systematics, oxidation-reduction reactions, mineral-water interaction, and isotope geochemistry applied to hydrogeology.

GEOL 4005 Geology of Georgia
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Geology of Georgia, a study of the influence of geology and geologic history on biology and biodiversity, is an intense field trip-based laboratory science course designed for science majors and minors and for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers who have a natural science background.

GEOL 4006 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K and GEOL 1122K with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor
Description

Properties of sediments; origin, classification, and description of sedimentary rocks; principles of stratigraphy; analysis of sedimentary facies and environments of deposition. Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week, plus field trips.

GEOL 4007 Hydrogeology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1122K and MATH 2212, or permission of instructor
Description

Overview of the principles of hydrogeology and their application, including the hydrological cycle, geology of groundwater occurrence, mathematical development of flow equations, surface-groundwater interaction, flow to wells, and advection-dispersion theory.

GEOL 4008 Rock Fracture and Fluid Flow
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4007 and GEOL 4013 with a C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Formation and analysis of rock fracture and its relationship to hydraulic properties of shallow dual porosity aquifers, flow equations in fractured rock, hydraulic testing of fractured rock, role of fracture in karstification, methods of detection and analysis of fractured aquifers.

GEOL 4011 Principles of Paleontology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1122K with grade of C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. An introduction to the principles of paleontology including taphonomy, taxonomy, evolution, and extinction by examination of the fossil record. Study of commonly preserved organisms and their use in paleoecology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, biostratigraphic correlation, and conservation paleobiology will be stressed as well. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOL 4013 Structural Geology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4015
Description

Introduction to the principles of structural geology including theories and methods of analysis of stress, strain, rheology, fractures, folding, faulting, foliation, and lineation. The study of geologic maps and cross sections. Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week.

GEOL 4015 Crystallography and Optical Mineralogy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K, GEOL 1122K, and CHEM 1211K with grades of C or higher or concurrent registration
Description

Principles of crystallography and optical mineralogy. Laboratory study of minerals using the polarizing microscope. Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week.

GEOL 4016 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4015 with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Nature, distribution, and origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks in relation to tectonic setting and experimental studies. Laboratory study of igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand specimen and thin section.

GEOL 4017 Environmental Geology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K and CHEM 1211K
Description

Application of geological and geochemical concepts to the study of Earth’s near surface environment. Topics may include water supply and pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, soil contamination, natural disasters, mineral resources, environmental management, and selected regulations. Quantitative treatment of population growth and water resources. Global Perspectives Course.

GEOL 4023 Terrestrial Sediments
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4006 with grade of C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Weathering, transport, deposition, and diagenesis of continental sediments. Selected examples of fluvial, lacustrine, volcaniclastic, and/or eolian sedimentation and facies models. Stable and radiogenic isotopes and geochronology in continental sediment. Sedimentary, mineralogical, and geochemical records of tectonics and paleoclimate.

GEOL 4042 Environmental Instrumentations
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1212K or equivalent; MATH 2212 (calculus with one variable)
Description

Theoretical and practical aspects of analytical instrumentations and methodologies used for modern-day analysis of environmental samples (water, soils, sediments, biological tissues, etc.) including the basis for each analysis, limitations and potential sources of errors.

GEOL 4095 Seminar in Geosciences
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites at least 12 hours in geology or geography
Description

One lecture hour per week. Current research topics in geosciences. May be repeated once.

GEOL 4097 Topics in Geological Sciences
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

One to three lecture hours a week. Detailed presentation of a selected topic in geological sciences. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours if topic is different.

GEOL 4098 Independent Research in Geological Sciences
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites prior approval of a written program of the proposed work and consent of instructor
Description

Six laboratory hours a week. It is normal for the research to span more than one semester.

GEOL 4120 Basic Field Geology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4006 and GEOL 4013 with a C or higher and completion of a core-curriculum science sequence and consent of instructor
Description

Nine hours a day, six days a week, for three weeks. Introduction to field geology in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with emphasis on basic concepts and field methods. Construction of simple geologic maps, cross sections, and stratigraphic columns, using topographic maps and aerial photographs in the field. Includes a seven-day excursion to geologically interesting areas of the Western U.S.
This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOL 4121 Advanced Field Geology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4006 and GEOL 4013 with grades of C or higher, GEOL 4120 or concurrently, and consent of instructor
Description

Nine hours a day, six days a week for three weeks. Intensive geologic mapping and interpretation in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with particular emphasis on complexly deformed areas. Includes mapping in folded and faulted sedimentary rocks, intrusive and volcanic igneous rocks, and high-grade metamorphic basement terrain. Construction of multiple cross sections for complex structures and advanced interpretation of geologic history of complex areas. Involves extensive, rough, off-trail hiking. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOL 4123 Geoinformatics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Fundamentals of geoscience knowledge representation applying Semantic Web technologies of OWL, RDF, and RDFS. Design and development of spatial and process ontologies, data analytics, design of relational database, Python and data science.

GEOL 4235 Water, Wastewater, and the Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites 4 Hours of Natural Science Lab
Description

This course introduces the environmental context, principles, and approaches to water quality and treatment. The course includes multi-disciplinary perspectives on water and wastewater, including biology, chemistry, engineering, hydraulics, and quantitative methods. Students will be able to identify the major processes of treatment systems, factors that influence their efficacy, and methods of collection, conveyance, and analysis.

GEOL 4550 Field School in the Geosciences
Credit Hours 3.0 - 9.0
Description

Development of fieldwork skills in the geosciences, including project design, data collection, and analysis and presentation. Fieldwork projects are designed to aid in the development of future research projects, including senior papers, practicums, and theses. Extensive travel may be required. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOL 4830 Senior Seminar CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites At least 15 hours of geology or geography at the 4000-level with grades of C or higher, and enrollment in a concentration in Geosciences, Urban Studies, or Environmental Geosciences, or consent of the instructor
Description

Philosophical foundations of geography, contemporary problems and issues, and traditional research skills. Data acquisition and processing, analysis, writing, and presentation of research findings. Intended to serve as a capstone to the undergraduate curriculum. This course is only offered during the fall semester and should be completed in the fall prior to graduation. Serves as the Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course required of all geosciences majors.

GEOL 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOL 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4870 with grade of C or higher, good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

GEOL 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.