Geology COURSES

*GEOL 1301, 1304, 3302, 3304, 3305, 3309 and 4307 may be taught at
external campuses as three hour courses without labs and without lab fees.

GEOL 1401 Physical Geology – An introduction to rock and mineral materials, and the dynamic processes responsible for shaping Earth and providing our natural resources, such as plate tectonics, volcanism, and various surficial processes. Field trips may be included as one of the instructional tools. Students may not take GEOL 1401 after taking GEOL 1403 without instructor consent. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $45 fee.

GEOL 1402 Historical Geology - The physical history of the Earth is examined through a systematic survey of the origin, growth, and changes of continents and ocean basins as it relates to plate tectonics, with emphasis on North America. Climate variation and changes in the fossil record through geologic time are discussed along with various stratigraphic principles and dating methods used to interpret Earth’s history. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $45 fee.

GEOL 1403 Earth Science for Educators - A study of the Earth, integrating elements of physical Geology, oceanography, meteorology, planetary Geology and historical Geology. Prerequisite: Declared intention to become an elementary or middle school teacher. Students may not take GEOL 1403 after taking GEOL 1401 without instructor consent. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $45 fee.

GEOL 1404 Earth Systems - The Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and continents are examined through the concept of plate tectonics, with special reference to Earth’s place in the solar system. Topics include introductions to meteorology, oceanography, plate tectonics and planetary astronomy. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $45 fee.

GEOL 2401 Mineralogy – Students will be introduced to mineral groups and their systematic classification. An emphasis will be made on rock-forming minerals and their relationship to igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Topics include crystallography, crystal chemistry, optical properties, and identification of minerals. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: GEOL 1402 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 3307 Petroleum Geology - an examination of hydrocarbon chemistry, migration, entrapment, and recovery. Additional topics include exploration methods, economics, and risk analysis. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 or consent of instructor.

GEOL 3401 Petrology - Study of the textures, structures, and mineral assemblages of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks utilizing hand specimens and thin sections. Topics include origin, mode of occurrence, identification, and systematic classification of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: GEOL 2401 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 3402 Meteorology - The composition of the atmosphere and the energy transformations which take place in the various atmospheric arenas are discussed in detail. Weather forecasting and climatology are also studied.  Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $45 fee.

GEOL 3403 Structural Geology – A survey of various physical structures of the Earth's crust; their classification, origin, economic aspects, and methods of discovery will be discussed. Students will learn concepts of stress, strain, the mechanisms of rock deformation, and descriptions of structural variations in different tectonic settings. Work includes solution of structural problems and an introduction to geologic mapping. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 3404 Environmental Geology - Relationships between Earth's natural environments and human populations are evaluated. Topics include volcanic and earthquake hazards, soil, groundwater, and atmospheric contamination, and special problems associated with radioactive and hazardous waste disposal. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 3405 Planetary Geology - A survey of the planets in our solar system. Topics will include the origin and Geology of the planets and their moons, comets, asteroids, and meteorites, as well as current updates from the various space probes. Labs may consist of nighttime observation of planetary objects using the University's telescopes. Field trips may include visits to observatories in the area. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 3406  Geomorphology  -  A study of surficial processes and the development and modification of land-surface features formed by atmospheric, fluvial, glacial, mass-wasting, volcanic, and tectonics agents. The course focuses on the spatial aspects of landscape evolution using topographic maps and aerial photographs. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 3407  Petroleum Geology  -  An examination of hydrocarbon chemistry, migration, entrapment, and recovery. Additional topics include exploration methods, economics and risk analysis. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 3408 Geographic Information Systems - An examination of the principles and techniques of spatial data collection, handling, and analysis. Labs include application of geographic information systems technology in Geology, environmental science, health science, business and other areas through case studies and hands-on use of microcomputer-based GIS software. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: COSC2300 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 3409 Regional Geology - Course introduces students to the unique geological aspects of the region in which it is taught. It includes discussion of the present day landforms, including their origins using a plate tectonic theme, rock types and structures, resources and other geologic phenomenon unique to that region. Prerequisite: none (GEOL1401 recommended)
Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. $45 fee.

GEOL 3410 Paleontology  - A study of paleontologic principles and methods with emphasis on systematics, paleoecology, and biostratigraphy. Other topics will include taphonomy,  biogeography and fossil identification. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401and 1402 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 4301- Field Methods in Geology - Techniques of geologic fieldwork. The use of a GPS unit, Brunton compass, and other field instruments is covered. Study includes use of aerial imagery, construction and interpretation of various map types (topographic, geologic, etc.), and interpretation of geologic phenomena. Prerequisites: School of Math and Science approval. $45 fee. Other fees may apply for field costs.

GEOL 4302 Field Geology - Applications of field methods/techniques. Includes extended field trip, collecting field data, oral and written reports, rock and mineral identification and interpretation, structure analysis, stratigraphic interpretation, and other field problems. Prerequisites: School of Math and Science approval. $45 fee. Other fees may apply for field costs.

GEOL 4403 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy - A study of the origin, evolution and interpretation of sedimentary rocks using microscopic to field characteristics. The course emphasis will be to understand sedimentary processes and interpretation of depositional environments. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of stratigraphic principles and will be exposed to various stratigraphic interpretations such as: sequence stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, magneto-stratigraphy, and seismic-stratigraphy. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: GEOL 3401, or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 4404 Geochemistry (CHEM 4404)- An examination of the Earth and Earth processes through the application of chemical principles. Topics will include principles and application of crystal chemistry, geochemical thermodynamics, isotope geochemistry, and aqueous geochemistry. Lab will involve participation by each student in the acquisition, interpretation, and presentation of geochemical data relevant to a specific geologic problem. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: GEOL 1401 and CHEM 1401, or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 4405 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology - Igneous topics include principles of igneous petrology; generation, emplacement and crystallization of magma; phase chemistry; principles of igneous rock classification; the relationship of magma types to geologic setting. Metamorphic topics include principles of metamorphic petrology; metamorphic reactions and phase chemistry; concepts of metamorphic grade, P-T regimes and relationships to geologic environments. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: GEOL 3401, and CHEM 1401 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 4406 Hydrology - A survey of both surface and ground water hydrology. Topics to be covered include knowledge of the various pathways of the hydrologic cycle and major reservoirs, flood hazard, soil moisture, principles of local and regional ground water flow, Geology of ground water occurrence, and ground water development and management. Labs will include computer models of ground water movement and may include field activities. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite GEOL 1401 or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 4407 Oceanography (BIOL 4407) - A study of ocean currents, waves, chemistry, beaches and seafloor, and life in the oceans with applications on how these life forms are used to trace currents, temperatures, and origins of the water. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. May be used in meeting biology major requirements. Field trips may be included as one of the instructional tools. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401or consent of instructor. $45 fee. Other fees may apply for field costs.

GEOL 4408 Petrophysics – An understanding of physical properties that influence porosity, permeability, texture, and composition of reservoir rocks. Students will gain knowledge in well log analyses and their relationship to rock properties. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: GEOL 3407 and either PHYS 1401 or Phys 2401, or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 4409. Geophysics - An examination of geophysical aspects of the Earth including different methods of study including seismic reflection, seismic refraction, gravimetrics and magnetics. Processes of heat flow within the Earth are also covered. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: GEOL 3401 and either PHYS 1401 or Phys 2401, or consent of instructor. $45 fee.

GEOL 4X10. Selected Topics in Geology - Covers an examination of different aspects of the
Earth including various systems and processes as selected by the student under guidance of the instructor. May be taken for up to 4 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor  $45 fee.

GEOL 5401 Earth’s Systems, Earth’s Cycles 1- This course is designed to provide teachers with both content enrichment and hands-on activities suitable for classroom use addressing TAKS Objective 5-Earth and Space Systems. The course will cover aspects of Earth materials and processes, including various surface systems and cycles (rock, hydrologic, etc.) $45 fee.

GEOL 5402 Earth’s Systems, Earth’s Cycles 2- This course is designed to provide teachers with both content enrichment and hands-on activities suitable for classroom use addressing TAKS Objective 5-Earth and Space Systems. The course will address components of the hydrologic cycle including oceanic and atmospheric processes along with features of the Earth-moon system. $45 fee.

GEOL 5X09 - Selected Topics in Geology - Covers an examination of different aspects of the
Earth including various systems and processes as selected by the student under guidance of the instructor. May be taken for up to 4 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. $45 fee

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