GEOL 404. Geology Field Camp. 6 Hours.
PR: GEOL 285 and GEOL 341 and GEOL 311 and Consent. Practical experience in detailed geological field procedures and mapping. (Living expense in addition to tuition must be paid at time of registration.).
GEOL 411. Deep Time Earth Systems. 3 Hours.
GEOL 454. Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 1. 3 Hours.
PR: PHYS 102 and (MATH 156 or GEOL 351). Basic theory, computer modeling, and use of gravitational, magnetic, resistivity, and electromagnetic methods in the evaluation or shallow targets of interest to environmental, hydrological, and hazardous waste site investigations.
GEOL 455. Introduction to Remote Sensing. 3 Hours.
Theory, technology and applications of photo-interpretation and digital image analysis of aerial photography and multispectral images. (2 hr. lec., 1 hr. lab.) (Also listed as GEOG 455.).
GEOL 463. Physical Hydrogeology. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 101 and MATH 126. Principles of ground-water hydrology, emphasizing the physical occurrence and movement of ground water. Topics include aquifer properties, flow net analysis, and hydraulic aquifer testing.
GEOL 466. Cave and Karst Geology. 3 Hours.
PR: (GEOL 101 and GEOL 102) or (GEOL 110 and GEOL 111) or (GEOG 110and GEOG 111) and (CHEM 110 or (CHEM 110A and CHEM 110B) or CHEM 111or CHEM 115). Study of the nature and origins of cave and karst landforms, terrains, geomorphology, hydrogeology, environmental hazards, and petroleum and mineral ore deposits. (Two required field trips.).
GEOL 470. Mineral Resources. 3 Hours.
GEOL 479. Log Analysis-Reading the Rocks. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. The Geosciences require knowledge of the sub-surface properties. Students learn the theory and practice behind a range of subsurface methods. Experience with challenges in geology.
GEOL 486. Environmental Isotopes. 3 Hours.
PR: CHEM 111 or CHEM 115. Isotopes are excellent natural tracers and integrators of important environmental, geological and ecological processes. Topics include basic principles of stable isotope geochemistry and their applications in environmental sciences, hydrology, plant/animal ecology, climate reconstruction, and energy.
GEOL 488. Environmental Geochemistry. 3 Hours.PR: GEOL 351 and CHEM 116. Basic review of physical and aqueous chemistry, discussion of basic geochemical processes; calcium carbonate chemistry, digenetic processes, weathering, the silicate and iron system.
PR: GEOL 311 and GEOL 341. Develop subsurface interpretations from integrated geological, geophysical and engineering databases in a computer workstation environment. Construct maps and 3D visualizations of subsurface structure, seismic horizons, layer properties, etc., for prospect location and subsurface assessment.
GEOL 522. Surficial and Glacial Geology. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 321 or GEOG 321 or consent. Analysis of late Cenozoic landscapes, especially those caused by glaciers or otherwise influenced by global climate change. Required weekend field trips at student's expense. (Also listed as GEOG 522.).
GEOL 525. Problems in Geomorphology. 0-4 Hours.
GEOL 543. Tectonics. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 341 and GEOL 311; undergraduates need Consent. Investigation of patterns and processes of large-scale deformation mechanisms that shape the earth. Focuses on the structural evolution and modeling process of various plate boundaries.
GEOL 554. Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 2. 3 Hours.
PR: PHYS 102 and (MATH 156 or GEOL 351) or Consent. Basic and applied studies of reflection and refraction seismology and ground penetrating radar methods will be covered with an emphasis on the use of computers in the modeling and interpretation of seismic data.
GEOL 556. 3-D Seismic Visualization. 3 Hours.
This course focuses on the application of 3-D seismic data visualization and interpretation technologies to the characterization of subsurface structure, facies, and reservoirs, with particular reference to hydrocarbon exploration and CO2 sequestration.
GEOL 558. Seismic Attributes. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 341 and GEOL 311 and MATH 155. The effective seismic attribute technologies and attribute interpretation workflows, their application to the characterization of subsurface structures, facies, and reservoir properties, with particular reference to hydrocarbon exploration and C)2 sequestration.
GEOL 562. Quantitative Hydrogeology. 3 Hours.
PR: MATH 156 or GEOL 351 and GEOL 463 or Consent. Mathematical and computer analysis of groundwater flow, aquifer systems, radial-flow solutions; well/aquifer test methods; superposition, boundaries; dispersive/advective transport.
GEOL 575. Imperial Barrel Competition. 3 Hours.
The students will participate in the Imperial Barrel Award competition sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). They will evaluate a real-world petroleum basin using industry seismic and well data and will make a presentation to a panel of professional judges recommending an exploration strategy. Travel to the regional and national AAPG meeting may be required.
GEOL 579. Applied Petroleum Geoscience. 3 Hours.
Students work in teams to conduct integrated characterization of a petroleum reservoir, develop numerical simulation, consider technical options, perform economic analyses and make a final report to the company/organization.
GEOL 580. Organic Contaminant Geochemistry. 3 Hours.
This course focuses on fundamental chemical properties and structures of organic contaminants that control their functionality, fate, and transport in the environment. Natural organic matter and inorganic phases are discussed relative to contaminant mobility.
GEOL 585. Optical Mineralogy and Petrology. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 285. Introduction to the optical properties of minerals and the use of the petrographic microscope. Interpretation of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks based on microscopic examination of thin sections. (Offered alternate years.).
GEOL 586. Advanced Isotope Geochemistry. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 486. Advance the understanding of isotopic systems by comprehensive discussion of selected research publications. Laboratory exercises will provide hands-on training in stable isotope measurement techniques. Study topics will focus on use of isotopes to address research questions in variety of fields, including geology, biology, forensics, environmental sciences and energy.
GEOL 588. Aqueous Geochemistry. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 101 and CHEM 112 or CHEM 116, or Consent. Review of basic chemical principles as they apply to aqueous geochemical environments. Properties of water and the types, sources, and controls of the common and environmentally significant chemical species dissolved in water.
GEOL 594. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.
Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.
GEOL 610. Advanced Stratigraphy. 3 Hours.
GEOL 611. Carbonate Sedimentology. 4 Hours.
GEOL 615. Stratigraphy of Porous Media. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 311. Advanced discussion of the deposition of clastic sediments, chemistry of carbonates, sequence stratisgraphy, porosity development in sandstones and limestones, flow of oil through rock.
GEOL 616. Advanced Sedimentation. 4 Hours.
PR: GEOL 311 or Consent. (Required field trips at student's expense.) Origin of sedimentary rocks; principles involved in interpretation of ancient geography, climates, animals, and plants. Emphasis on detrital sediments and rocks.
GEOL 619. Advanced Petroleum Geology. 3 Hours.
Petroleum source rocks, thermal and biogenic maturity, primary and secondary migration of oil, porosity development in reservoirs, permeability. (Required weekend field trip.).
GEOL 621. Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology. 4 Hours.
PR: GEOL 321 or GEOG 321 or Consent. Analysis of stream processes, landforms, deposits, including paleohydrology and Appalachian surficial geology. (Required weekend field trips at student's expense; also listed as GEOG 521.).
GEOL 632. Paleoecology. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 331 and GEOL 311 or Consent. Methods of paleoecologic analysis in sedimentary geology. Topics include trace fossil analysis, shell biogeochemistry, community paleoecology, biofacies analysis of basins, and Precambrian paleoecology.
GEOL 642. Advanced Structural Geology. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 341. Theoretical and observational aspects of the development of geological structures. Problems ranging from the microstructural to the orogenic scale will be addressed.
GEOL 645. Basin Analysis. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOL 341 and GEOL 311 or equivalent. The origin, development, and distribution of basins and the structure found within basins throughout the world are studied. The techniques used for investigating basin evolution are emphasized. The effects of basin processes on the occurrence of energy resources are addressed.
GEOL 655. Remote Sensing Principles. 3 Hours.
Mapping of earth features using aerial and satellite-borne sensors, image enhancement, geo-referencing, and classification. (Also listed as GEOG 655.).
GEOL 659. Quantitative Methods in Geoscience with R. 3 Hours.
GEOL 665. Groundwater Modeling. 4 Hours.
PR: GEOL 562 or Consent. Theory and application of groundwater flow modeling, focusing on MODFLOW; numerical methods; discretization and boundaries; parameterization and calibration; problems and case histories.
GEOL 666. Karst Geology. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Review of karst terrain hydrogeology and geomorphology, emphasizing origins and nature of caves, sinkholes and other karst landforms, environmental problems of karst, and its water and mineral/ petroleum resources.
GEOL 680. Masters Project Research. 1-5 Hours.
Planning and presentation of a professional project, including proposal, work plan execution, and project report. Status reports and timeline planning. Must be taken in two consecutive semesters, totaling to 6 credits.
GEOL 687. Physical Geochemistry. 3 Hours.
GEOL 690. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of geology. Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading will be P/F.).
GEOL 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.
PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation. (Grading may be S/U.).
GEOL 699. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. For graduate students not seeking course work credit, but who wish to meet residence requirements, use the University facilities and participate in it's academic and cultural programs. NOTE: Graduate students not actively involved in course work or research or enrolled, through enrollment in his/her departments Graduate Colloquium, to consult with graduate faculty, participate in both formal and informal academic activities sponsored by his/her program and retain all of the rights and privileges of duly enrolled students. Grading is P/F; colloquium credit may not be counted against credit requirements for master's programs.
GEOL 755. Advanced Remote Sensing. 3 Hours.
PR: GEOG 655 or GEOL 655 or consent. Collection, processing and classification of remotely sensed data, including optical, thermal, radar, and topographic information. (2 hour lecture, 1 hour laboratory.) (Also listed asGEOG 755.).for main here.