GEOL 3225. Geosciences Field Trip: Geology and Environment of Selected U.S. Regions (1-4-3) Prerequisites: GEOL1121 and GEOL1121L with a minimum grade of C. This course will focus on the study of the geology and environment of a selected U.S. region, including an extended field trip to points of interest in that region. Interactions between the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and solid Earth, including how human societies affect and are affected by interactions between these 'spheres', will be explored in detail. The selected region and topic will vary by semester and may be repeated for up to 9 credit hours.
GEOL 5117. Climate and Global Change (3-0-3) This course examines climate and global change from a modern and historical perspective. The basic science of the natural controls over both present and past climate, as well as the methods of studying past climates are included, with some focus on the evidence for climate change using quantitative analysis. The course also addresses concerns over human influences on our present climate and the potential impacts of climate change globally, as well as possible solutions or adaptations. Undergraduate Prerequisites: MATH1111 and one of the following: GEOL1121 or GEOL1122 or ENVS1105 or CHEM 1125 or CHEM1211 with a grade of "C" or better.
GEOL 5165. Hydrology (3-0-3) Prerequisites: CHEM 1211, CHEM 1211L, and MATH 1131. Study of hydrological systems on and beneath the earth's surface. Topics include: precipitation and evaporation, runoff and stream flow, groundwater infiltration, flownets and flow direction analysis of groundwater, properties of aquifers, regional groundwater flow patterns, and water pollution.
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.)