Geoscience Minor - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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GEOSCIENCE MINOR

Complete 19 semester hours, including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 2 courses:

    GEOS 112 Physical Geology 4
    GEOS 114 Historical Geology 4
  2. Complete 1 of the following options:

    1. Complete the following 2 courses:

      GEOS 431 Invertebrate Paleobiology 4
      GEOS 434 Stratigraphy 4
    2. Complete the following 2 courses:

      GEOS 443 Mineralogy 4
      GEOS 444 Petrology 4
  3. Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

    GEOS 250 Map Reading and Cartography 4
    GEOS 251 Aerial Photograph Interpretation 3
    GEOS 310 Economic Geology 3
    GEOS 431 Invertebrate Paleobiology 4
    GEOS 434 Stratigraphy 4
    GEOS 437 Sedimentology 4
    GEOS 443 Mineralogy 4
    GEOS 444 Petrology 4
    GEOS 450 Principles of Soil Science 3
    GEOS 452 Geohydrology 3
    GEOS 454 Environmental Geochemistry 3
    GEOS 457 Meteorology 4
    GEOS 480 Field Geology 6
    GEOS 491 Literature Research in Geoscience 2
    GEOS 492 Laboratory Research in Geoscience 1-4
    GEOS 495 Independent Study in Geoscience 1-4
    PHYS 280 Astronomy 4

Course Descriptions:

GEOS112: Physical Geology

Materials of the earth; landforms and structures; the processes and agents responsible for their formation and modification. Modern tectonic concepts. Topographic and geologic maps. Required field trips. Not open to students who have had Principles of Geology. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Natural/Physical Science Laboratory. Offered as GEOS 112 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 105 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have had Principles of Geology.

GEOS114: Historical Geology

Geological history of the earth; the evolution of North America in terms of the changing geography, climate, and plant and animal life as interpreted from the rock and fossil record. Required field trips. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Natural/Physical Science Laboratory. Offered as GEOS 114 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 240 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

GEOS250: Map Reading and Cartography

This course is designed to acquaint students with the characteristics of map computation, design and construction. Historical development of mapping and map reading will be important areas of emphasis. Remote sensing, computer mapping will provide up-to-date procedures. Each student will work toward a map suitable for commercial publication. Offered as GEOS 250 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 212 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

GEOS251: Aerial Photograph Interpretation

Principles of photogrammetry and the use of aerial photographs as a significant research method to recognize and evaluate earth environments and resources. Offered as GEOS 251 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 211 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

GEOS310: Economic Geology

Geology and geography of non-metallic and metallic mineral resources and fuels. Problems associated with their occurrence and exploitation. Required field trips. (Not given every year.) Offered as GEOS 310 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 321 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 112 and 114.

GEOS431: Invertebrate Paleobiology

Invertebrate fossils-their classification, morphology, evolution, stratigraphic distribution and paleoecology. Required field trips. Offered as GEOS 431 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 342 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 114.

GEOS434: Stratigraphy

Stratigraphic principles and their application. Case studies of selected regions. Local stratigraphy interpreted through field studies. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Geoscience. Offered as GEOS 434 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 441 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 431.

GEOS437: Sedimentology

Geological processes and agents which form, transport, deposit, consolidate and alter sediments. Interpretation of the resultant sedimentary rocks. Laboratory work on the texture, mineralogy and mass properties of sedimentary particles. Required field trips. (Not offered every year.) Offered as GEOS 437 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 340 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 112.

GEOS443: Mineralogy

Crystallography, internal structure, origin, occurrence, and properties of minerals, laboratory study of common minerals. Required field trips. Offered as GEOS 443 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 220 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 112 and CHEM 120.

GEOS444: Petrology

Description, identification, classification, origin and occurrence of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory study of the common rocks. Required field trips. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Geoscience. Offered as GEOS 444 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 320 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 443.

GEOS450: Principles of Soil Science

Origin, composition, properties and classification of soils. Additional topics include water in soils and human impact on soil resources. Laboratory covers the measurement of soil properties and principles of soil mapping and soil resource assessment. Field trips are required. Offered as GEOS 450 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 341 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 112 and CHEM 120.

GEOS452: Geohydrology

The study of ground-water with particular emphasis given to its mode of migration, chemistry and relation to the geographic environment. Particular attention is given to Darcy's law, soil porosity, soil permeability and the ability to withdraw water for human consumption. Water pollutants and salt water incursions are investigated. Spatial distributions are analyzed and the processes examined. Cross listed with Earth and Environmental Studies, ENVR 452. Offered as GEOS 452 and ENVR 452 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 331 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 112 or 252 or ENVR 252.

GEOS454: Environmental Geochemistry

Chemical principles and methods applied to the study of interactions among lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Topics such as water pollution, waste disposal and human impact on global geochemical cycles will be discussed. Laboratory will stress the measurement of chemical properties related to water and soil quality as well as computer modeling of chemical transport in porous media. Offered as GEOS 454 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 322 effective Summer 2012. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 112 and CHEM 121.

GEOS457: Meteorology

The characteristics of the earth's atmosphere. Meteorological instruments, principles of atmospheric physics, weather patterns and measurements of changes within the atmosphere. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Geoscience. Offered as GEOS 457 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 403 effective Summer 2012. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 107, or 112, or 125, or EUGS 100.

GEOS480: Field Geology

Application of geologic principles to field mapping and interpretation in the North Central Applachians, Rocky Mountains, and/or regional geology of another designated area. Map production and writing field reports will be emphasized. This is an intensive summer field course. Offered as GEOS 480 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 404 effective Summer 2012. (4 hours lecture, 6 hours lab.) 6 sh.

Prerequisites: GEOS 472.

GEOS491: Literature Research in Geoscience

Each participating student conducts an in-depth library research of a specific problem of his/her interest in geoscience under the guidance of a sponsoring faculty member. The results of the study will be presented in a written research-style report. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

GEOS492: Laboratory Research in Geoscience

Each student conducts individual research on a specific problem in geoscience under the guidance of a sponsoring faculty member. The research may be based on earlier field or literary investigations. The results of the study will be presented in a written research-style report. 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

GEOS495: Independent Study in Geoscience

An opportunity for the qualified student to do library and/or laboratory investigation in a field of science of his/her choice under the guidance of a faculty member. The course is conducted exclusively by scheduled individual conferences and reports. (Offered on demand.) May be repeated three times for a maximum of 10.0 credits. Offered as GEOS 495 through Spring 2012. To become EAES 494 effective Summer 2012. () 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Majors only; departmental approval.

PHYS280: Astronomy

Application of physical laws to the earth as a planet; nature of the other planets; orbital motion and space flight; origin of the solar system; the birth, life and death of a star galactic structure; and cosmology. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 191, 192 or PHYS 193, 194.