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GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Committee on Geological Sciences

H. Teng, R.P. Tollo, J.M. Clark, C.A. Forster, C.E. Brown, G. Mattietti, E. Pauli

Bachelor of Arts with a major in geological sciences—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite courses—Geol 1001 and 1002, or 1002 and 1005.

3. Required courses in related areas—Chem 1111-12.

4. Required courses for the major—Geol 2111, 2112, 2122, 3126, and 4195, plus three courses chosen with approval of the program advisor from a list of designated courses.

Bachelor of Science with a major in geological sciences—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite courses—Geol 1001 and 1002, or 1002 and 1005.

3. Required courses in related areas—Chem 1111-12; Phys 1011-12 or Astr 1001-2; Math 1220-21 or 1231 or Stat 1091. Students who wish to focus their study on geobiology must include BiSc 1111-12 in their program.

4. Required courses for the major—Geol 2111, 2112, 2122, 3126, and 4195, plus four courses chosen with approval of the program advisor from a list of designated courses.

Special Honors—In addition to meeting the general requirements stated under University Regulations, a candidate for graduation with Special Honors must maintain a grade-point average of 3.3 both cumulative overall and for courses in the major and must submit an approved Honors thesis.

Minor in geological sciences—Prerequisite: Geol 1001 and 1002, or 1002 and 1005. The minor consists of Geol 2111, 2112, 2122, 3126, and 4195.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
1001 Physical Geology (3) Tollo, Brown
 
Lecture, laboratory. An introduction to the principal features of the composition and structure of the earth. Topics include the nature of minerals and rocks, surface and deep earth processes, mineral and energy resources, and plate tectonics. Laboratory fee. Credit will not be given for both Geol 1001 and 1005. (Fall and spring)
1002 Historical Geology (3) Forster, Brown
  Lecture, laboratory. An introduction to the history of the earth. Topics include sedimentary environments, plate tectonics, origin of life, and evolution. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1005. (Fall and spring)
1005 Environmental Geology (3) Teng, Brown
 
Lecture, laboratory. An introduction to the impact of geology on the environment, with emphasis on the relation of people and society to natural environments; population evolution, natural hazards, and mineral resources. Laboratory fee. Credit will not be given for both Geol 1001 and 1005. (Fall and spring)
1006 Science and the Environment (3) Staff
  The large-scale processes operating within the atmosphere, oceans, and solid Earth. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1005. (Spring)
2105 Geological Hazards in Land-Use Planning (3) Staff
  Lecture and laboratory. An analysis of geological hazards and related factors that affect land-use planning. Field trip. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1005 or permission of instructor. Laboratory fee. (Spring)
2106 Oceanography (3) Brown
  The ocean with its many environments represents the last largely unexplored frontier on earth. Origin of the ocean systems and plate tectonics, ocean habitats and their biota, marine hydrology and ocean currents; air–sea interaction and climate control; ocean mapping techniques; environmental regulations covering marine resources. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1005.
2111 Mineralogy (4) Tollo
  Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to the crystallography and chemical systematics of rock-forming and ore minerals. Exercises emphasize the analysis of mineralogic data and the paragenesis of mineral assemblages. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1005 or permission of instructor. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
2112 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4) Tollo
  Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to basic light theory and the identification and characterization of minerals through optical properties. Laboratory exercises provide an introduction to petrologic analysis of igneous and metamorphic mineral systems. Prerequisite: Geol 2111 or permission of the instructor. Laboratory fee. (Spring)
2122 Structural Geology (3) Staff
  Lecture and laboratory. Study of natural and experimental rock deformation and the relationships between stress and strain as recorded by geologic structures. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1005. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
2151 History of Life (3) Forster
  A review of the origin of life, the geologic record, and the evolutionary history of the major groups of organisms, including the origin of life and evolution of invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1002 or BiSc 1111-12. Laboratory fee. Same as BiSc 2451. (Spring)
2159 Geobotanical Ecology of the Central Appalachians (4) Tollo, Wells
 
A multidisciplinary approach to Appalachian ecology involving application of scientific principles from both geology and botany, stressing interrelationships between geological, geochemical, and biological processes. Field trips. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1005 and BiSc 1111-12; or equivalent with permission of instructor. (Spring, odd years)
2190 Special Topics (1 to 3) Staff
  Topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
3118 Volcanology (3) Tollo
  Fundamental principles and geologic processes associated with volcanism. Eruptive styles, processes leading to magma production and transport, triggering mechanisms, plate tectonic settings, volcanic hazards, and disaster mitigation. Case histories of selected volcanic eruptions examined in detail. Prerequisite: Geol 2111 or permission of instructor. Laboratory fee. (Spring)
3119 Field Experience in Volcanology (1) Tollo
  Week-long field exercise at a major volcanic center in the western United States. Field-based interpretation and analysis of volcanic and related rocks. The geology of each site and the processes responsible for volcanism discussed in detail. Corequisite: Geol 3118. Deposit for expenses is required.
3123 Crustal Dynamics (3) Staff
  Basic plate tectonic processes and features; the plate tectonic paradigm in historical evolutionary framework. Students present an original research project orally and in writing. Prerequisite: Geol 2122. Laboratory fee.
3126 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4) Forster
  Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to sedimentation and stratigraphy; origin and classification of sediments and sedimentary rocks; introduction to clastic and carbonate depositional environments and stratigraphic principles. Prerequisite: Geol 1002, 2111. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
3131 Global Climate Change (3) Brown
 
Fundamental causes and patterns of climate change. Methods of reconstruction of past climates; modeling and predicting climate change. (Spring)
3138 Hydrogeology (3) Brown
 
Principles and theory of basic and applied hydrology: surface water hydrology, geology of groundwater systems, groundwater flow, surface water–groundwater interactions, contamination and remediation technologies, conservation, management, and regulations. Prerequisite: Geol 2111, 2122; Math 1221 or 1231; or permission of instructor. Laboratory fee. (Spring, alternate years)
3140 Geochemistry (3) Teng
  Chemical systems and processes on the planet Earth; origins and interactions among and within the Earth’s lithosphere, oceans, and atmosphere; origin, distribution, and behavior of the elements; radioactive and stable isotope systems. Aqueous geochemistry; geochemical cycles. Prerequisite: Geol 1001 or 1005; Chem 1111-12 or equivalent. Same as Chem 3140.
3189 Geophysics (3) Staff
  Principles of magnetic, gravity, seismic and electrical methods applied to geological problem-solving. Prerequisite: Geol 2122 or permission of instructor. (Spring)
3191 Geology of Energy Resources (3) Brown
 
Principles of geology applied in energy exploration, exploitation, and production; the geology of energy resources in ocean basins; borehole and surface geophysical applications and reconnaissance mapping techniques; management and regulation of energy resources; sustainability, efficiency, and conservation issues. Prerequisite: Geol 2122 or permission of instructor. Laboratory fee.
4195 Geological Field Methods (4) Tollo
  Weekend field trips. Methods of outcrop analysis, geologic mapping, and data interpretation. The geological evolution of the central Appalachian mountains and the plate tectonic processes responsible for their formation emphasized. Prerequisite: Geol 2111, 2122. Field trip fee. (Spring)
4199 Undergraduate Research or Reading (arr.) Staff
  Problems approved by the staff. May be repeated for credit.
 

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