Geology (3370)

Geology (3370)

100 EARTH SCIENCE 3 credits
Introduction to earth science for non-science majors. Survey of earth in relation to its physical composition, structure, history, atmosphere, oceans; and relation to solar system and universe.
101 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICAL GEOLOGY 4 credits
A study of the nature of earth, its materials, and the processes which continue to change it. Laboratory, field trips.
102 INTRODUCTORY HISTORICAL GEOL 4 credits
Prerequisite: 101. Geologic history of earth, succession of major groups of plants and animals interpreted from rocks, fossils. Laboratory, field trips.
103 NATURAL SCIENCE: GEOLOGY 3 credits
Study of basic principles and investigative techniques in various fields of geology with emphasis on relationship of geologic processes to society.
104 EXERCISES IN PHYSICAL GEOLOGY 1 credits
Prerequisites: 100 or 103 or 200/permission of geology adviser. Laboratory exercises on the identification of earth materials and the utilization and interpretation of geologic data and maps.
105 GEOLOGY FOR ENGINEERS 3 credits
Introduction of physical geology to engineers, including mechanics, hydraulics and case studies that illustrate interactions between geology and engineering. Laboratory, field trips.
121 DINOSAURS 1 credits
Introductory course exploring the geological occurrence, mode of fossilization, evolutionary development, habits, and sudden extinction of the largest known land vertebrates.
122 MASS EXTINCTIONS & GEOLOGY 1 credits
Catastrophic changes in plants and animals have occurred throughout earth history. The causes of these extinctions have sparked debate which has enlivened the scientific world.
125 EARTHQUAKES: WHY, WHERE, WHEN? 1 credits
Causes and effects of earthquakes, geological settings for earthquakes, seismic measurements, mechanical response of rock to stress, earthquake prediction and precautionary measures.
126 NATURAL DISASTERS & GEOLOGY 1 credits
A study of the earth's natural hazards including earthquakes, landslides, meteorites and tsunamis.
127 THE ICE AGE & OHIO 1 credits
Introductory course covering the effects of the ice age on the geology, vegetation, fauna and economy of Ohio.
128 GEOLOGY OF OHIO 1 credits
Survey of Ohio's geologic setting and history, natural resources, landforms, and their significance in terms of human activity, from early settlement to future economy.
129 MEDICAL GEOLOGY 1 credits
Abundance and distribution of trace elements in surface and groundwater, soils and rocks. The effects of trace elements to health through dose-response relationships.
130 GEOL RECORD OF CLIMATE CHANGE 1 credits
Examines evidence for natural climate changes in geologic past and evaluates the role of modern society in influencing future climate.
132 GEMSTONES & PRECIOUS METALS 1 credits
Introduction to minerals which form gemstones and precious metals. Topics to be covered include physical properties, geologic occurrences, and geographic locations of major deposits.
133 CAVES 1 credits
Topics include: karst processes and the origin of caverns; carbonate depositional environments and the origin of limestones; environmental problems associated with karst landscapes
134 HAZARDOUS & NUCLEAR WASTE DISP 1 credits
Disposition of hazardous waste in secured landfill site. Geologic factors which determine the selection of low-level and high-level radioactive waste sites.
135 GEOLOGY OF ENERGY RESOURCES 1 credits
Topics include the origin of hydrocarbon and coal deposits, global distribution of energy resources, environmental impact of energy consumption.
137 EARTHS ATMOSPHERE & WEATHER 1 credits
Structure and composition of the atmosphere; earth's radiation budget; atmospheric moisture, clouds and precipitation; weather systems and storms, severe weather, Ohio weather.
139 CT: GEOLOGY 1 credits
(May be repeated for up to 2 credits.) Special topics offered once or only occasionally in areas where no formal course exists.
140 ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARKS 1 credits
Badlands, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and other Rocky Mountain National Parks will be used to illustrate basic principles of geology.
141 NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF CHINA 1 credits
Introduction to geographical and geological environments of China. Geography and geology of geoparks will be presented and discussed as examples
171 INTRODUCTION TO THE OCEANS 3 credits
Provides a basic introduction to the oceans. Topics include formation of the oceans, ocean circulation, waves and tides, marine animals, marine communities, and climate change.
200 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY 3 credits
Analysis of geologic aspects of the human environment with emphasis on geologic hazards and environmental impact of society's demand for water, minerals and energy.
201 EXERC ENVIRONMENTL GEOLOGY I 1 credits
Prerequisite or corequisite: 200. Recognition, evaluation of environmental problems related to geology through field, laboratory exercises and demonstrations which apply concepts from 200. Laboratory.
203 EXERC ENVIRONMENTL GEOLOGY II 1 credits
Prerequisites: 200 (or corequisite) and 201. Recognition and evaluation of environmental problems related to geology. (Continuation of 201) Laboratory.
211 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 3 credits
Interdisciplinary analysis of our relationship with nature and dependence upon the environment, with emphasis on evaluation of current environmental problems and rational solutions.
230 MINERAL SCIENCE 4 credits
Prerequisites: 101. Corequisites: 3150:151, 152. Crystallography and chemistry of minerals. Topics also covered include physical, chemical and optical properties, occurrences and uses of the common non silicate minerals. Laboratory, field trips.
231 SILICATE MINERAL & PETROLOGY 4 credits
Prerequisite: 3370:101 and corequisites: 3150:151, 152. Physical and chemical properties, occurrence, and uses of common silicate minerals, followed by megascopic and microscopic identification, classification, and petrogenesis of rocks. Laboratory.
301 ENGINEERING GEOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisites: Four credits in introductory physical geology and permission. Presents quantitative analysis of geologic features and processes and is supported by the study of case histories. Lecture, lab, field study, field trips.
310 GEOMORPHOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisite: 101. Study of landforms as a function of structure, process, and time. Laboratory, field trips.
324 SEDIMENTATION & STRATIGRAPHY 4 credits
Prerequisites: 102 and 231. Introduction to sedimentary processes and environments; stratigraphic principles and techniques. Hand specimens, thin sections, and sedimentary sequences studied. Laboratory, field trips.
350 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 4 credits
Prerequisite: 101 or permission. Origins and characteristics of folds, faults, joints and rock cleavage. Structural features of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory, field trips.
360 PALEOBIOLOGY 4 credits
Prerequisite: 101 or 3100:111 Introductory course emphasizing morphology and evolution of major invertebrate groups with consideration of practical applications of paleontology. Laboratory, field trips.
371 OCEANOGRAPHY 4 credits
Prerequisite: 101. Study of the dominant feature of our planet, the oceans, emphasizing ocean basins evolution, and physical, chemical and biological processes in the various marine environments. Field trips.
405 ARCHAEOLOGICAL GEOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisites: 101, or permission. Provides background in geologic principles and techniques relevant to archaeologists. Topics include stratigraphy, absolute dating, locality assessment, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, and remote sensing. Laboratory, field trips.
407 ARCHAEOGEOPHYSICAL SURVEY 3 credits
Prerequisites: 3240:250 or 3370:101 or 3350:310. Advanced instruction in subsurface geophysical survey techniques in archaeology. Emphasis on magnetic gradiometry and electrical resistivity techniques, image processing and geological and archaeological interpretation.
410 REGIONAL GEOLOGY OF N AMERICA 3 credits
Prerequisites: 101, 102, or permission; recommended: 350. Examination of physiographic provinces of North America emphasizing structure, tectonic setting, stratigraphy and processes responsible for landforms in each province. Laboratory, field trips.
411 GLACIAL GEOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisite: permission. Causes and effects of Pleistocene expansion of polar ice masses with emphasis on glacial deposits and world climatic changes. Laboratory, field trips.
421 COASTAL GEOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisites: 101, 324 or permission of instructor. Study of the origins and evolution of coasts and coastal deposits with particular attention paid to the interaction of waves and currents with sediment, and the development of associated sedimentary features. Field trips.
425 PRINC: SEDIMNTRY BASIN ANALYS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 324 and 360 or permission. Primarily the study of depositional systems, regional and global stratigraphic cycles, and sedimentation and plate tectonics.
432 OPTCL MNRLGY, INTRO PETROLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisites: 230 and 231. Optical techniques for identification, characterization, and classification of minerals and rocks using the petrographic microscope. Laboratory.
433 ADVANCED PETROLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisite: 432. Petrogenesis of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks as determined by microscopic studies of textures and mineral assemblages using thin sections. Laboratory.
435 PETROLEUM GEOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisite: 350 or permission; recommended: 324. Natural occurrences of petroleum. Characteristics, origin, entrapment and exploration methods. Laboratory, field trips.
436 COAL GEOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisites: 101, 102; recommended: 324. Origin, composition and occurrence of coal with emphasis on depositional environments, coalification processes, exploration, evaluation and exploitation. Laboratory, field trips.
437 ECONOMIC GEOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisites: 231 and 350. Study of metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits emphasizing paragenesis and exploration. Laboratory, field trips.
441 FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOPHYSICS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 3450:223 or permission and 3650:292. Fundamental concepts in solid earth geophysics, planetary physics, geodesy, and geomagnetism. Contributions of geophysics to recent major developments in geoscience.
444 ENVIRONMENTAL MAGNETISM 3 credits
Prerequisite: 101 or permission. Introduction to the theory and methods of environmental magnetism and the application of environmental magnetism to interpreting sedimentary deposits.
445 ENVIRON AND ENG GEOPHYSICS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 3650:261 or 3650:291 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: 3650:262 or 3650:292 or permission of instructor. Basic subsurface exploration using ground penetrating radar and multi-channel electrical resistivity. Applications in environmental assessment, civil engineering and geotechnical engineering. Field trips.
446 EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 3450:223, 3650:292 or permission. Basic principles and techniques of geophysical exploration with emphasis on gravimetric, magnetic, seismic and electrical methods and application to geological problems. Laboratory, field trips.
449 BOREHOLE GEOPHYSICS 3 credits
Prerequisite: permission. Basic principles and techniques of geophysical well logging with emphasis on electrical, radioactive, and sonic measures and their quantitative evaluation. Applications in oil, gas, and groundwater exploration. Laboratory.
450 ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisite: 350 or permission. Fundamental and advanced concepts of structural geology with emphasis on current and developing concepts. Laboratory, field trips.
451 FLD/LAB STD: ENVIRONMENTAL SCI 3 credits
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Field/Laboratory inquiry into a specific interdisciplinary, environmental science topic. Students complete a research project involving collecting, analyzing and interpreting real world data. (May be repeated once.)
452 GEOL & ENVIRON SC SRVC LEARN 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Team service-learning project that involves collection, organization, analysis, and presentation of data. Field trips. (May be repeated for a maximum of four credits.)
453 GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP I 3 credits
Prerequisite: 101 and 102 and permission. Introduction to collection and interpretation of field data and construction of geologic maps. Student will bear trip expenses.
454 GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP II 3 credits
Prerequisites: 231, 350, 453, or permission. Advanced techniques and methods of field geology necessary for detailed geological maps and interpretation. Student will bear trip expenses.
455 FIELD STUDIES IN GEOLOGY 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Field trip course emphasizing aspects of geology not readily studied in Ohio. Includes pre-trip preparation and post-trip examination. Student will bear trip expenses. (May be repeated for a total of four credits.)
462 MACROEVOLUTION 3 credits
Prerequisites: 360 or 3100:111. Provides a comprehensive treatment of macroevolutionary theory, focusing on evidence from the fossil record. Topics include genetics, speciation, development, and fossil lineages. Laboratory.
463 ENVIRONMENTAL MICROPALEONTOLGY 3 credits
Prerequisite: 360 or permission. Introduction to techniques of micropaleontology as proxy indicators for environmental and climate change. Laboratory. Field trips.
465 GEOMICROBIOLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisites: 3150:151 and 3150:153. A course addressing the physiology, ecology, and activities of microorganisms that mediate important biogeochemical processes, and the interdisciplinary approaches to studying them.
470 GEOCHEMISTRY 3 credits
Prerequisite: 101, 230, and 231, 3150:151, 152 and 153 or permission. Application of chemical principles to the study of geologic processes. Laboratory, field trips.
472 STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY 3 credits
Prerequisite: 101 and 102; 3150:151, 152 and 153; 3450:221. Application of stable isotope geochemistry to the study of hydrologic and carbon cycles, modern sedimentary environments, and the interpretation of sedimentary rocks.
474 GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY 3 credits
Prerequisite: 101. Origin, occurrence, regimen and utilization of groundwater. Qualitative and quantitative presentation of geological and geochemical aspects of groundwater hydrology. Laboratory, field trips.
480 SEM: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 2 credits
Discussion of specific environmental topic(s) from an interdisciplinary viewpoint; resource persons are drawn from the University and surrounding community.
481 ANALYTICAL METHODS IN GEOLOGY 2 credits
Prerequisite: 230, 231. A survey of analytical methods used to solve geologic problems with emphasis on method selection, proper sample collection, analysis of data quality and data presentation.
484 GEOSCIENCE INFO ACQ & MGT 2 credits
Prerequisite: Must be a Geology Department graduate student or senior major in Geology, or have permission of instructor. Methods for finding, gathering, managing, and evaluating geoscience information. Emphasis on finding data sources (including electronic), creating valid data sets, visualizing data.
485 INDIV READINGS: GEOL & ENV SC 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (May be repeated for a total of 4 credits) Independent study and directed readings on a selected topic to fit an individual student's program.
490 W: GEOLOGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCI 1-4 credits
Group studies of special topics in geology and environmental science. May not be used to meet undergraduate major requirements in the Department. May be used for elective credit only. (May be repeated for up to 4 credits.)
491 INTERN: GEOL & ENVIRON SC 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair. Supervised professional experience in geology or environmental science. Only three credits may be applied toward a degree in geology. (May be repeated for a total of six credits.)
497 HONORS PROJ IN GEOLOGY 1-3 credits
(May be repeated for a total of six credits.) Prerequisite: permission of department honors preceptor, Honors student only. Exploration of research topics and issues in geology. Selection of research topic and writing of research paper in proper scholarly form under direction of faculty member.
498 ST: GEOLOGY 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Special lecture courses offered once or only occasionally in areas where no formal course exists.
499 RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN GEOLOGY 1-3 credits
(May be repeated for a total of four credits) Prerequisite: permission. Independent research leading to the completion of a written paper or presentation at a professional meeting.

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