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GEOLOGY (GEOL)
Division of Science and Mathematics
Division of Science & Mathematics - Adm
 
GEOL 1001 - Environmental Geology: Geology in Daily Life (SCI)
(4.0 cr; may not count toward the geol major or minor; spring, every year)
Effects of volcanoes, earthquakes, and floods on humans and civilization; geologic problems associated with rural and urban building, waste management, and waste disposal; the importance of geologic knowledge in the discovery of fossil fuels and mineral resources. (4 hrs lect)



GEOL 1011 - Geology of the National Parks (SCI)
(4.0 cr; may not count toward the geol major or minor; fall, offered periodically)
Exploration of the fundamental aspects of the geosciences: earth materials, geologic time, plate tectonics, and the evolution of landscapes by examining the geology and geologic history of the U.S. national parks. (4 hrs lect)



GEOL 1012 - Oceanography (SCI)
(4.0 cr; may not count toward geol major or minor; fall, offered periodically)
Physiography and geological evolution of ocean basins; marine sedimentation; coastal processes and environments; chemical evolution, and chemical and physical properties of seawater; ocean-atmosphere interactions; deep-ocean circulation; waves and tides; marine ecosystems. (4 hrs lect)



GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to the materials that make up the Earth and the structures, surface features, and geologic processes involved in its origin and development. Lab work includes study of the major constituents of the Earth's crust, including the important rocks and minerals; study of surface and geologic features using aerial photographs, topographic maps, and satellite imagery. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)



GEOL 1993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



GEOL 2001 - Natural and Unnatural Geologic Hazards (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; spring, offered periodically)
Examination of the more significant interactions between humans and geologic environments and processes. Earthquake and volcanic hazards, river flooding, mass movements and slope stability, coastal hazards, and water resources and pollution. Lectures and problems sets emphasize the quantitative approaches used to determine the likelihood and frequency of natural hazards, assess associated risks, and mitigate damage.



GEOL 2101 - Mineralogy and Crystallography (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101, Chem 1101 or #; fall, every year)
Classification, identification, physical and chemical properties, origin and natural occurrence of major mineral groups. Lab study of crystal systems by use of models; introduction to optical aspects and physical and chemical testing. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 2111 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2101; spring, every year)
Classification, composition, genesis, and natural occurrence of igneous and metamorphic rocks; lab study and identification of rocks by various macroscopic, microscopic, and chemical means. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 2121 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2101; fall, even academic years)
Processes of sedimentation, including origin, transportation, and deposition of sediments; interpretation of sedimentary environments. Principles of stratigraphy and their applications. Lab work includes sedimentary particle analysis; stratigraphic sections; and interpretation of ancient sedimentary environments based on stratified sequences of sedimentary rock. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 2131 - Geomorphology (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101; fall, even academic years)
Study of the Earth's surface and surficial processes; weathering, erosion, and deposition, and the resulting landforms and products; the history of the study of landforms in the United States. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 2141 - Glacial and Quaternary Geology (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101; spring, odd academic years)
Glaciers, glaciology, glacial deposition, glacial erosion; climatic change and the growth and advance of ice sheets; effect of glaciations on flora and fauna. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 2151 - Historical Geology: Earth History and Changing Scientific Perspectives (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; fall, odd academic years)
Development of fundamental theories and principles of geology, including stratigraphy, uniformitarianism, geologic time, evolution, and plate tectonics. Emphasis on how geological thought has evolved through time as the scientific, religious, and political climate has changed. Discussion of the Earth's history and science's changing views of the Earth; continental movements, mountain building, and the evolution and development of organisms and ecosystems. Lab experience on methods of interpreting Earth's history from rocks, fossils, and structures and solving geological problems. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)



GEOL 2161 - GIS and Remote Sensing (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or Biol 1101 or Biol 1111 or #; spring, every year)
Introduction to design, development, and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS); overview of acquisition and utility of satellite data and imagery; emphasis on applications in Earth and environmental sciences; lab component focuses on practical aspects of GIS development and use and involves original semester projects designed and implemented by individual students.



GEOL 2301 - Geology of Minnesota (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; summer, offered periodically)
Active, hands-on learning both in class and on class field trips to selected localities throughout the state. Field trips include: Pipestone National Monument; glacial geology of west-central Minnesota; geology of the Minnesota River Valley; and St. Cloud Quarry Park.



GEOL 2993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



GEOL 3001 - Global Tectonics (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-#; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Internal structure and composition of the earth; geometry and motion of lithospheric plates; geological and geophysical processes at plate boundaries; evolution of mountain belts; heat flow, thermal convection, and the driving mechanism for plate movement.



GEOL 3006 - X-ray Diffraction Techniques for the Identification of Clay Minerals in Geologic Environments
(2.0 cr; Prereq-1101; spring, offered periodically)
Introduction to clay mineralogy, discussion of the significance of clay minerals in physiochemical and biological processes that occur in terrestrial and marine environments, and the application of X-ray diffraction in the identification and analysis of clays in different geologic environments.



GEOL 3011 - Earth Resources (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx or 2xxx Geol course or #; fall, offered periodically)
Geology of mineral (base metals, precious metals, and non-metals), energy (fossil fuels, uranium, and alternatives), and other (water and soil) resources; overview of techniques for resource identification, delineation, and extraction; discussion of issues (e.g., environmental, political, and social) surrounding resource identification, extraction, and use; global resource distribution, historical trends, and future outlook.



GEOL 3101 - Structural Geology (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2111 or #; spring, every year)
Elementary concepts of stress and strain, theory of rock deformation; description and classification of structures in the Earth's crust; application of geometric, analytical, and map interpretation techniques to solving structural problems; field mapping problems. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 3111 - Introduction to Paleontology (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2151 or Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101 or #; fall, even academic years)
An introduction to the study of the evolutionary history of life on earth as revealed in the fossil and geologic record. Laboratory focuses on study of the classification, morphology, and paleoecology of invertebrate fossils. (two 65-min lect, one 3-hr lab, and weekend collecting trip required)



GEOL 3401 - Geophysics (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Math 1101, Phys 1101 or #; fall, odd academic years)
Propagation of seismic waves, earthquake seismology, and the structure of the Earth; the origin and nature of the Earth's magnetic and gravitational fields; the Earth's internal production and flow of heat; composition, state, and rheology of the Earth's interior; plate tectonics and elementary geodynamics. (4 hrs lect)



GEOL 3501 - Hydrology (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Math 1101 or #; fall, every year)
An examination of the hydrological cycle; evapotranspiration and precipitation; processes of infiltration; rainfall-runoff relationships and the generation of overland flow; response of the drainage basin to storm events; flood-frequency analysis; elements of groundwater flow and evaluation of aquifer characteristics; water quality, contamination, and contaminant transport. (4 hrs lect)



GEOL 3502 - Groundwater (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; spring, odd academic years)
The origin, occurrence, and availability of groundwater, aquifer geology and groundwater resources, chemical character of groundwater and groundwater pollution, groundwater wells and well design, and groundwater as a geologic agent. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 3993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



GEOL 4130 - Advanced Geomorphology
(4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-2131; spring, offered periodically)
Surficial processes and the resulting landforms; may include catastrophic events, large lakes, arid regions geomorphology or the evolution of the Badlands. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 4140 - Advanced Glacial and Quaternary Geology
(4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-2141; fall, odd academic years)
Glacial geology and glacial history; may include pre-pleistocene glaciations, quaternary stratigraphy, or subglacial processes. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips)



GEOL 4901 - Geology Senior Seminar
(1.0 cr; Prereq-#; required for geol major; fall, every year)
Capstone experience in Geology. Discussion of selected topics of geologic interest.



GEOL 4902 - Geology Senior Seminar Presentations
(1.0 cr; Prereq-#; required for geol major; spring, every year)
Capstone experience in geology. Presentations of research projects.



GEOL 4993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



 
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