• Courses

    1303 Physical Geology (3-3-0) [#] - An introduction to physical geology. A study of minerals, rocks, structures, and the processes that modify the Earth's surface and affect the people that live there. Fall, Spring, Summer.

    1411 Historical Geology (4-3-3) - A study of the geologic history of the earth and its inhabitants with emphasis on the North American continent. Included are the geologic processes and principles that have shaped our planet including plate tectonics, age dating of geologic materials, fossil preservation, and ancient depositional environments. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401. (Field Trip and Travel Fee Required) Spring (odd years)

    2099 (1-4 hours credit) Special Topics - A course designed to meet special student needs. One, two, or three hours lecture per week. Laboratory may be included for some topics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Will not count toward a major or minor in geology. Fall, Spring

    2301 Principles of Geography (3-3-0) [#] - (See GEOG 2301 for course description)

    2303 Natural Hazards (3-3-0) [#] - A survey of the many natural hazards that interact with the human population. Course material includes the geological concepts that are fundamental to each natural hazard, the causes and effects of each natural hazard, methods of prevention and remediation, and case studies. Fall, Spring.

    2410 Mineralogy(4-3-3) [#] - An introduction to minerals and rocks; with an emphasis on their physical properties, including composition, classification, identification, occurrences, and uses. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 and consent of instructor. Spring (even years).

    3099 (1-4 hours credit) Special Problems - Field or laboratory studies of geological material. Emphasis is to be placed in the area of research of the professor teaching the course. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Fall, Spring, Summer

    3301 Oceanography (3-3-0) -An introduction to oceanography. This course emphasizes the application of geologic principles to the study of the marine environment. This course also covers atmospheric phenomena that occur at or near the surface of the earth, including weather and climate, that are impacted by the oceans of the earth. May not be used to fulfill major or minor requirements in Geology. Fall, Spring.

    3305 Volcanoes and Earthquakes (3-3-0) - A survey of the mechanisms that cause earthquakes and volcanoes, their relation toplate tectonics, and the associated hazards to humans will be studied. Volcanoes and faults of West Texas and New Mexico will be closely examined. May Term (even years). (Field trip and travel fee required.) This course may not be used to satisfy the degree requirement for science majors or minors.

    3310 Applied Environmental Geochemistry (3-2-X) - A comprehensive study of applied environmental practice, geochemistry, engineering, geologic hazard assessment / abatement, and sampling used in examining the earth. Prerequisite: Six hours of science. Fall (even years)

    3311 Field Methods I (3-2-X) - This is an applied field course that introduces the student to mapping techniques using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) equipment, Geographic Information Science (GIS) software, traditional surveying methods, geologic map production, and aerial photography interpretation. Prerequisite: Approval of the head of the department. (Field Trip and Travel Fee Required) Spring (odd years)

    3410 Concepts in Paleontology (4-3-3) - An introduction to the study of invertebrate fossils, their classification and uses in correlation. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 and 1411. Fall (odd)

    3410 Structural Geology (4-3-3) - A study of the architecture of the earth, including the causes of the deformation, resulting structure, and their interrelations. Prerequisite: GEOL 1401 and 1411. Fall (oddyears)

    4099 (1-4 hours credit) Special Problems - Individual or group study of specific topics in/or relating to geology. The courses may be repeated as topics vary. Laboratory studies may carry up to four hours credit; other studies from one to three hours credit. Prerequisite: Nine hours of advanced geology or approval of department head. Fall, Spring

    4312 Field Methods II (3-2-X) - This advanced, applied field course explores various techniques of geologic mapping including advance practices using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) equipment, Geographic Information Science (GIS) software, geologic map production, and aerial photography interpretation. Senior geology students will present an individual project that demonstrates the use of various mapping solutions to a geologic problem. Prerequisite: 16 hours of advanced geology and approval of department head. (Field Trip and Travel fee required) Summer (odd years)

    4315 Hydrogeology (3-3-0) - Comprehensive study of hydraulic characteristics of soil, rocks, aquifers, rivers and lakes with application to environmental and water resource planning concerns. Prerequisite: 12 hours of science. Fall (even years)

    4410 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4-3-3) - The sedimentary cycle and its products; rock-weathering, sediment transport, depositional environments, diagenesis, stratigraphic relationships and correlations. Prerequisite: Six hours of advanced geology or approval of department head. Fall (odd years)

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