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GEOL 3266. Mineralogy (3-3-4) Prerequisite: MATH1111, GEOL1121, and GEOL1121L with "C" or better in each course. This course will expose students to fundamentals of mineral formation, identification, and uses, including crystal chemistry, crystallography, crystal structure, and crystal growth. Both physical and optical properties will be explored, and mineral classification schemes will be covered. The course will particularly focus on the identification, classification, and formation of common rock forming, industrial, and diagnostic minerals; although students will be exposed to a wide variety of minerals representative of the major mineral groups. (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 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.)