Course Details

GEOL 5115. Geochemistry (3-0-3) Prerequisite: GEOL 3266, CHEM 1212, and CHEM 1212L. An overview of geologically significant chemical systems. Topics include: cycling of elements within the Earth's crust and mantle, composition and evolution of igneous magmas, chemical weathering, formation of chemical sediments, metamorphism, and development of natural resources. (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 5175. Physical Anthropology and Archeology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. A survey of primate and human origins, the paleontological record of human evolution and the study of Paleolithic cultures and the diverse biologies of modern human populations. Course work will include techniques of lithic archeology and focus on North American native prehistory. (Course fee required.)

GEOL 5215. Geomorphology (3-2-4) Prerequisites: GEOL 1121, CHEM 1212, and CHEM 1212L. Evolution of land forms in various climates and the formation of soils. (Course fee required.)

GEOL 5275. Vertebrate Paleontology (3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1122. History and taxonomy of the vertebrates. Analyses of vertebrate origins, periods of mass extinctions, evolution of body structures and function. Laboratory survey of the taxa and techniques of curating. Field trips other than during class time may be scheduled. (Course fee required.)