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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 "C" or better
Corequisites GEOL 1122L
Description

This course focuses on the Earth’s surface and sedimentary environments, hydrologic cycle, environmental geology, energy resources, geologic time, evolution and the fossil record, 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

This course focuses on the Earth’s 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 Natural Resources and the Future of Energy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines Earth’s natural and energy resources and how individuals and society affect these resources as an ever-growing population raises concerns for an environmentally friendlier and sustainable future of energy resources.

GEOL 2002 Environmental Hazards and Natural Disasters
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the basic geological processes behind environmental hazards and natural processes, and explores how humans’ activities and climate change turn these natural processes into disasters.

GEOL 3000 Foundations in Geosciences: Skills, Careers, and Navigating the Major
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

This course is designed to ensure that students can demonstrate foundational skills within the geosciences disciplines. Each concentration offered by the department will be featured so that students can confirm an appropriate path for their careers. It will be required for all majors and should be completed as soon as a student has declared the major and completed an introductory course in geosciences.

GEOL 4002 Hydrogeology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) or consent 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, contaminant geochemistry, and aquifer restoration methods.

GEOL 4003 Principles and Applications of Environmental Geochemistry
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1121K, MATH 2211, and CHEM 1212K
Description

This course will cover the principles of environmental geochemistry and their applications to the understanding of low-temperatures environmental and geological problems. Primary topics include: elementary thermodynamics; geochemistry of natural waters; oxidationreduction reactions; mineral-water interaction; cycling of biogeochemical elements; and introduction to isotope geochemistry and geochronology for low temperature systems.

GEOL 4004 Advanced Environmental Geochemistry
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4003 with a C or higher
Description

This course will focus on the applications of quantitative methods of physicochemical, kinetics and thermodynamics to understand natural systems and solve practical problems in environmental geochemistry.

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.

GEOL 4008 Rock Fracture and Fluid Flow
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4002 with a C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

Formation and analysis of rock fracture, heterogeneity, and anisotropy and their effects on the hydraulic properties of shallow dual porosity aquifers, flow equations, hydraulic testing of fractured rock, and karstification. Applications to the methods of detection and analysis of fractured aquifers.

GEOL 4010 Groundwater Hydrology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Concentrated study of 1) principles of fluid mechanics that apply to groundwater flow, 2) water-storage properties of geologic media, 3) field and analytical methodologies for quantifying hydraulic properties of geologic media, 4) applications of Darcy’s Law and Conservation of Mass principles for modeling water flow in aquifers and variably-wetted soils during groundwater recharge.

GEOL 4011 Principles of Paleontology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1122K (or GEOL 1122 and GEOL 1122L) with a C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

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.

GEOL 4013 Structural Geology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 4015 with a C or higher
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.

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

Principles of crystallography and optical mineralogy. Laboratory study of minerals using the polarizing microscope.

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

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 Scholars course.

GEOL 4018 Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1113, GEOL 1121K (or GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L), GEOL 2001, and BIOL 2108K (or BIOL 2108 and BIOL 2108L), each with a C or higher, or consent of the instructor
Description

Review of the development US environmental regulatory framework including the key or legacy hazardous waste sites that lead to the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Principles of toxicology, common contaminant geochemistry, environmental risks and hazards, and personal protective equipment.

GEOL 4042 Environmental Instrumentations I: Aqueous Media
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1212K (or CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) and MATH 2211 or equivalents with a C or higher
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 4043 Environmental Analytical Methods and Instrumentations II: Solid Media
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1212K (or CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) and MATH 2211 or equivalents with a C or higher
Description

This course will cover the theoretical and practical aspects of analytical instrumentations and methodologies used for modern-day analysis of environmental solid media (soils, sediments, rocks and minerals) including the basis for each analysis, limitations and potential sources of errors.

GEOL 4075 Fundamentals of Soils
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1212K (or CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) with a C or higher
Description

This course will focus on the applications of quantitative methods of physicochemical, kinetics and thermodynamics to understand natural systems and solve practical problems in environmental geochemistry.

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

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

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. Application of Python to data science and machine learning.

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 17 hours of geology or geography at the 4000-level with grades of C or higher, and enrollment in a concentration in Geology or Environmental Geosciences, or consent of the instructor
Description

Examines contemporary problems and issues, and traditional research skills in the geosciences. 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 4832 Geosciences Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites At least 17 hours of geology or geography at the 4000-level with a C or higher and consent of the instructor
Description

Academic training and professional experience through short-term internships at public or private agencies. Paper and related deliverables required to the department aside from internship responsibilities. Students should find internship experiences first and then contact the department for approval to enroll in this course. May be taken more than once, but only six credits may be applied toward major requirements. Signature Experience course.

GEOL 4870 Honors Thesis I
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis project. Signature Experience course.

GEOL 4880 Honors Thesis II
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. Signature Experience course.

GEOL 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.