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The College of Sciences and Mathematics

Department of Geology:
Course Listing

Geology
CourseTitleCredits
GOL 507Sedimentology.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab. Study of sediments and sedimentary processes.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
3
GOL 508Depositional Systems.

Three hours lecture per week. Use of recent professional literature to conduct detailed studies of clastic and carbonate depositional systems and the interpretation of classic sedimentary sequences of North America in the context of sequence stratigraphy.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
3
GOL 510Thesis Research Methods.

One hour lecture per week. Principles of research design and development, including utilization of available resources and effective writing skills; experimental design is emphasized throughout the course; development of thesis proposal, grant proposals and professional résumés. Should be taken within first two semesters of enrollment.

3
GOL 515Sedimentary Petrography.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Study of sedimentary rocks using the polarizing microscope and their relationship to depositional environments.

  • Prerequisite(s): Geology 443.
3
GOL 518Advanced Structural Geology.

Three hours lecture, one hour laboratory per week. Integrated study of geologic structures and behavior of materials.

  • Prerequisite(s): GEO 338.
3
GOL 519Advanced Petroleum Geology.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Modern advancements in oil and gas exploration and production, including petrophysical logs, depositional facies, hydrocarbon maturation, seismic interpretation, and economic analyses.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
3
GOL 520Geochemistry.

Application of fundamental chemical concepts to natural aqueous solutions. Quantitative techniques are employed to solve problems involving geological materials.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
3
GOL 521Environmental Techniques.

Three hours lecture per week. Modern techniques to deal with environmental problems at the Earth’s surface and shallow subsurface.

  • Prerequisite(s): Admission to environmental science or geology graduate program.
3
GOL 525X-ray Crystallography.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. X-ray diffraction analysis of solid materials. History, theory and applications of determinative and quantitative xrd-methods.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
3
GOL 535Non-Seismic Methods.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. This course is designed to teach students to collect and interpret non-seismic data that will help solve problems in the environmental, petroleum, mining and engineering fields. Lectures will cover theory, instrumentation and interpretation techniques for various geophysical methods. Labs will emphasize the processing and analyses of real or simulated data sets. Processed data will form the basis of a term project.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
3
GOL 536Seismic Methods.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. This course is a survey of the application of seismic methods to hydrocarbon exploration, investigations of the lithosphere and environmental investigations of the shallow subsurface. Topics include physical principles of seismic wave propagation, and acquisition, processing, and interpretation of seismic reflection and refraction data.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
3
GOL 549Applied Hydrogeology.

Three hours lecture per week. Principles of water movement through the unsaturated and saturated zones with emphasis placed on quantifying the rate and method of movement.

  • Prerequisite(s): Geology 449.
3
GOL 550Cave and Karst Systems.

This course will explore the underground world of caves as students are introduced to the complexities of karst systems, including the geologic and hydrologic controls on porosity evolution in soluble rocks. Students will learn characteristics and behavior of fluid flow through multi-permeability systems as it applies to karst aquifers and mineral deposits. Students will be introduced to the unique environmental and engineering concerns associated with karst terrains and groundwater resources.

  • Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
3
GOL 551Hydrogeology Field Techniques.

Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week. This course emphasizes various techniques utilized for characterization and monitoring of water resources. Students learn how to evaluate aquifers, including practical field experience that emphasizes various requirements and procedures involved in hydrogeologic sampling. Students will conduct field exercises that investigate groundwater, including well design, well installation and aquifer characterization.

  • Prerequisite(s): Geology 449 or 549, or permission of instructor.
3
GOL 559Contaminant Hydrology.

Three hours lecture per week. Investigation of the relationship between the movement of water through a porous medium and the movement of inorganic and organic compounds. Special emphasis is given to developing methods by which contaminant movement can be predicted.

  • Prerequisite(s): Geology 449 or 549.
3
GOL 566Advanced Topics In Geology.

In-depth study of the following subjects: (a) sedimentary environments, (b) advanced field geology, (c) quantitative applications, and (d) advanced petrology. Students may receive credit for each of the above topics.

  • Prerequisite(s): Geology major or minor.
3
GOL 568Special Studies In Geology.

One to four semester hours. Study of general and specific topics in geology. Content changes with each offering. May be repeated once.

  • Prerequisite(s): Geology major or minor status.
1-4
GOL 575Advanced Graduate Studies.

One to four semester hours lecture, six hours lab per week. Individual studies; topics of study are especially designed to increase the student’s knowledge of some aspects of geology as related to his/her field of interest. May be repeated under different topics.

1-4
GOL 576Advanced Graduate Studies.

Same as 575 for credit in different topic.

1-4
GOL 578Seminar In Geology.

  • Prerequisite(s): Geology major or minor status. May be repeated.
3
GOL 589Thesis Research.

Research for thesis. Should be planned and initiated at least two semesters before the thesis is to be completed.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of geology.

Note: Students completing a thesis must register each semester university resources are being utilized.

3
GOL 590Thesis Writing.

Writing of thesis. The research project of this course must be initiated at least one semester before registration in order that the thesis research be carried out over a period of not less than two semesters.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 semester hours of geology and Geology 589.

Note: Students completing a thesis must register each semester university resources are being utilized.

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