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Undergraduate Geology

2019 Fall Term

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4 Units

ELEMENTS OF GEOLOGY

Geology 101

An introduction to the study of the earth. Emphasis is place on: (1) the materials which make up the earth, (2) the internal and external processes which affect the earth, (3) the length of geologic time, and (4) the methods of science, especially as they apply to the study of the Earth. One field trip is required.


3 Units

EARTH AND LIFE HISTORY

Geology 204

A study of the changes in the Earth's crust and life through geologic time and the methodology used in reconstructing Earth history, including plate tectonics, organic evolution and stratigraphy. A special fee will be assessed to cover transportation costs for those students selecting to participate on an optional field trip.


3 Units

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

Geology 301

A study of geological phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanism, mass movements, river processes, coastal processes etc. and their impacts on society and enviroment. Special emphasis will be placed on examining remedial measures against geological hazards and how human actions influence natural geological processes. Three lecture hours per week.


3 Units

PALEONTOLOGY

Geology 317

A detailed study of the history of life on Earth. Lectures focus on concepts in paleontology including paleoecology; evolution; paleobiogeography; and use of fossils in the solution of geologic problems. Characteristics of common fossils will be the focus of the exercises. One field trip is required; up to two optional field trips possible (fee assessed to cover transportation costs of optional trips).


1-3 Units

FIELD STUDIES IN GEOLOGY

Geology 492

Field studies of classic geologic regions. Emphasis will be placed on training in the basic techniques and methods of field studies, recognition and interpretation of geologic structures, and the use of field observations to develop both geologic understanding of the region studied and geologic reasoning ability. Students will be responsible for the cost of the university van rental and other trip expenses. Repeatable 3 times in the major and degree, up to 9 credits total.


1-3 Units

INTERNSHIP IN GEOLOGY

Geology 493

Students will be placed in an outside private or governmental agency where they will utilize geographic techniques in approaching practical problems relevant tothe agency's mission. An on-campus seminar with fellow interns and the supervisory instructor is required.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Geology 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Geology 498R

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable


2-3 Units

GEOLOGY THESIS

Geology 499

Individual research for major writing a thesis under direct supervision of a member of the faculty. Available only for senior students.

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