GEOL Options

GEOL 2225. The Fossil Record (3-2-4) A survey of the history of life known from the fossil record. Includes principles of paleontology, evolutionary theory, and mass extinction. Field trips other than class time will be scheduled. (Course fee required.)

GEOL 5116. Meteorology: Introduction to Weather and Climate (3-2-4) This course will introduce concepts that include: properties and circulation of the atmosphere, the scientific principles that govern weather and climate, interactions between the atmosphere and the other components of the Earth system, and the implications of those interactions for humankind. (Course fee required.)

GEOL 5135. Introduction to Oceanography (3-0-3) An overview of the world's oceans, including: geology of ocean basins and oceanic sediments; the physical oceanography of currents, waves, and tides; the chemistry of seawater; and the nature of shorelines and coastal processes. (Course fee required.)

GEOL 5255. Environmental Geology (3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121. Examination of human interaction with the geologic environment. Geologic hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions will be considered, as well as resources and waste management, and human impacts on the physical environment. (Course fee required.)

GEOL 5555. Selected Topics in Geology ({0-6}-{0-12}-{1-6}) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121 and GEOL 1121L, with "C" or better in each course. Course will encourage students to pursue specific topics in geology to greater depth. These topics might include the details of regional geology through field trips and/or library study. Course may be taken three times for credit. (Course fee required.)