Courses (Geology)

Undergraduate Courses:

 

101. Physical Geology. 3 hrs. An introductory course emphasizing the origin and nature of earth materials and processes affecting the earth's surface and interior (CC 1113).

101L. Physical Geology Laboratory. 1 hr. Pre- or corequisite: GLY 101. An elementary study of rocks, minerals and maps (CC 1111).

103. Historical Geology. 3 hrs. A study of earth history as revealed in the character and fossil content of rocks (CC 1123).

103L. Historical Geology Laboratory. 1 hr. Pre- or corequisite: GLY 103. Introduction to the study of fossils and interpretation of geologic maps (CC 1121).

151. Introduction to Ocean Science. 3 hrs. Survey of the physical, chemical, geological and biological features of the ocean (Same as MAR 151).

151L. Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory. 1 hr. Pre- or corequisite: GLY 151. Elementary exercises for interpreting oceanographic data and samples (Same as MAR 151L).

301. Mineralogy. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 101, GLY 101L, CHE 106. Pre- or corequisite: MAT 103. Elements of crystallography, silicate structures and determinative mineralogy.

301L. Mineralogy Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 301.

304. Petrology. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 301, GLY 301L. Principles of rock genesis, classification and recognition.

304L. Petrology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 304.

306. Environmental Geology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or permission of instructor. The nature of geological hazards and man's impact on the environment.

308. Structural Geology. 3 hrs. Pre- or corequisite: GLY 301. Principles of rock deformation.

308L. Structural Geology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 308.

310. Geomorphology. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 101, GLY 101L, MAT 103 or equivalent. Study of geologic processes involved in landscape development.

310L. Geomorphology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 310.

341. Invertebrate Paleontology. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 103, GLY 103L, or permission of instructor. Taxonomy, morphological features and geologic distribution of invertebrate fossils.

341L. Invertebrate Paleontology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 341.

401. Principles of Stratigraphy. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 301, GLY 308, GLY 341, or permission of instructor. A study of the character and distribution of sedimentary rock units in space and time.

403. Optical Mineralogy. 3 hrs. Pre- or corequisite: GLY 304. Introduction to optical mineralogy, and thin section study of rocks using polarizing microscope.

403L. Optical Mineralogy Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 403.

405. Sedimentology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 304. Origin of sedimentary particles, sedimentary structures and classification of sedimentary rocks.

405L. Sedimentology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 405.

406. Fundamentals of Crystallography. 1 hr. Prerequisite: MAT 103. An introduction to the concepts of crystal systems, morphology, Herman-Mauguin symbols, Bravais lattice, unit cells, Miller indices and X-ray diffraction; for nongeology majors.

406L. Fundamentals of Crystallography Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 406.

407. Principles of X-ray Diffraction. 1 hr. Prerequisites: GLY 301, 406, or permission of instructor. Introduction to principles, analytical techniques and precautions involved in X-ray diffraction instrumentation.

407L. Principles of X-ray Diffraction Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 407.

408. Petrography. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 304, GLY 403L. Characterization of rock composition and textures, classification and petrogenesis with use of polarizing microscope and thin sections.

408L. Petrography Laboratory. 1 hr. Prerequisites: GLY 403, GLY 403L. Corequisite: GLY 408.

410. Elements of Geochemistry. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 304. Chemical principles governing the formation of minerals and rocks and their reactions with the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

411. Applied Groundwater Geochemistry. 3 hrs. Recommended prerequisites: GLY 410, GLY 476. Applications of chemistry to the study of groundwater, interactions with natural elements and human-induced groundwater changes.

420. Applied Geophysics I. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 308, PHY 201 or consent of instructor. Introduction to seismic methods used in hydrocarbon and mineral exploration.

420L. Applied Geophysics I Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 420. Introductory exercises in seismic computation and interpretation.

421. Applied Geophysics II. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 308, PHY 201 or consent of instructor. Introduction to gravity, magnetic and electrical methods used in hydrocarbon and mineral exploration.

421L. Applied Geophysics II Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 421. Introductory exercises in computation and interpretation of gravity, magnetic and electrical fields.

422. Geophysical Well-Logging. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 101, MAT 103, PHY 201. Pre- or Corequisite: GLY 405. Principles of obtaining data from bore hole instruments, and geological interpretation of data.

422L. Geophysical Well-Logging Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 422.

423. Geological Remote Sensing and GIS. 2 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 301, GLY 304 and GLY 308 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: GLY 423L. Applications of geospatial data and imagery to geology.

423L. Geological Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GLY 423. A lab to accompany GLY 423.

430. Principles of Geology for Science Teachers. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Principles of physical and historical geology for teachers; not applicable to geology degree.

430L. Principles of Geology for Science Teachers Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 430.

443. Calcareous Micropaleontology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 341. Taxonomy, morphology and stratigraphic use of carbonate microfossils.

443L. Calcareous Micropaleontology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 443.

444. Siliceous Micropaleontology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 341. Taxonomy, morphology and stratigraphic use of siliceous and organic-walled microfossils.

444L. Siliceous Micropaleontology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 444.

450. Geological Marine Science. 3 hrs. Pre- or corequisite: GLY 405, or consent of instructor. Study of the formation and deformation of the oceanic crust and the distribution and character of marine sediments (Same as MAR 481).

450L. Geological Marine Science Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 450 (Same as MAR 481L).

465. Engineering Geology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 308 or permission of instructor. The integration of geologic and engineering principles and their application in the evaluation and utilization of Earth resources and the mitigation of natural and human-induced hazards.

470. Petroleum Geology. 3 hrs. Pre- or corequisite: GLY 401 or permission of instructor. The origin, occurrence and accumulation of oil and natural gas.

470L. Petroleum Geology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 470.

 

472. Soils. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or GHY 105, or equivalent. Instruction on the formation, composition, properties, variability, classification, distribution, and management of soils.

474. Geological Excursion. 1 hr. Field studies of geological phenomena in areas remote from the campus.

 

475. Fluvial Geomorphology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or GHY 105, or equivalent.  Instruction on river channel hydrology, hydraulic behavior, sediment transport, morphologic dynamics, and applications.


476. Hydrology. 3 hrs. Pre- or corequisite: GLY 401 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the origin, distribution, movement and properties of the waters of the earth.

 

477. Ground Water Hydrology. 3 hrs. Pre- or Co-requisite: GLY 476. An introductory level course describing the principles and applications of ground water movement in various geological environments.

478. Geological Field and Research Methods. 4 hrs. Pre- or corequisites: GLY 304, 308 and 401. An introduction to writing, computer, and field techniques in the geological sciences.

480. Field Geology. 6 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 304, 308 and 401. Geologic maps, stratigraphic columns, structural cross-sections and reports will be prepared based on field data collected by the student.

487. Industrial Rocks and Minerals. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Nature and formation of industrial rock and mineral deposits.

492. Special Problems in Geology. 1-4 hrs. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the chair. Independent study or research.

498. Senior Thesis. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of chair. Formal presentation and publication of supervised research for students with senior standing; degree requirement for McCarty Scholarship awardees.

 

 

Graduate Courses:

 

501. Principles of Stratigraphy. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 304, 308, 341, or permission of instructor. A study of the character and distribution of sedimentary rock units in space and time.

503. Optical Mineralogy. 3 hrs. Pre- or Corequisite: GLY 304. Introduction to optical mineralogy and thin section study of rocks using polarizing microscope.

503L. Optical Mineralogy Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 503.

505. Sedimentology. 3 hrs. Study of the character of sediments and sedimentary structures in the context of depositional environments.

505L. Sedimentology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 505.

506. Fundamentals of Crystallography. 1 hr. Prerequisite: MAT 103. An introduction to the concepts of crystal systems, morphology, Herman-Mauguin symbols, Braviais lattice, unit cells, Miller indices, and X-ray diffraction.

506L. Fundamentals of Crystallography Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 506.

507. Principles of X-ray Diffraction. 1 hr. Prerequisite: GLY 301 or permission of instructor. Introduction to principles, analytical techniques, and precautions involved in X-ray diffraction instrumentation.

507L. Principles of X-ray Diffraction Laboratory. Corequisite: GLY 507.

508. Petrography. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 503 and GLY 503L. Characterization of rock composition and textures, classification, and petrogenesis with use of polarizing microscope and thin sections.

508L. Petrography Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 508.

510. Elements of Geochemistry. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 304. Chemical principles governing the formation of minerals and rocks and their reactions with the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.

511. Applied Groundwater Geochemistry. 3 hrs. Recommended prerequisites: GLY 510, GLY 576. Applications of chemistry to the study of groundwater, interactions with natural materials and human-induced groundwater changes.

520. Applied Geophysics I. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 308, MAT 168, and PHY 112 or 202 or permission of instructor. Introduction to seismic methods used in hydrocarbon and mineral exploration.

520L. Applied Geophysics I Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 520.

521. Applied Geophysics II. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 308, MAT 168, and PHY 112 or 202 or permission of instructor. Introduction to gravity, magnetic, and electrical methods used in hydrocarbon and mineral exploration.

521L. Applied Geophysics II Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 521.

522. Geophysical Well-Logging. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 101, MAT 103, and PHY 112 or 202. Pre- or Corequisite: GLY 505. Principles of obtaining data from bore hole instruments, and geological interpretation of data.

522L. Geophysical Well-Logging Laboratory. 1 hr. Must be taken concurrently with GLY 522.

523. Geological Remote Sensing and GIS. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GLY 523L. Introduction to the use of geospatial data and imagery in applied geology.

523L. Geological Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite: GLY 523.

530. Principles of Geology for Science Teachers. 3 hrs. Corequisite: GLY 530L. Principles of physical and historical geology for teachers. Not applicable to geology degree.

530L. Principles of Geology for Science Teachers Laboratory. 1 hr. Must be taken concurrently with GLY 530.

543. Calcareous Micropaleontology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 341. Taxonomy, morphology, and stratigraphic use of calcareous microfossils.

543L. Calcareous Micropaleontology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 543.

544. Siliceous Micropaleontology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 341. Taxonomy, morphology, and stratigraphic use of siliceous and organic-walled microfossils.

544L. Siliceous Micropaleontology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 544.

550. Geological Marine Science. 3 hrs. Pre- or Corequisite: GLY 505 or permission of instructor. Study of the formation and deformation of the oceanic crust and the distribution and character of marine sediments.

550L. Geological Marine Science Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 550. Examination and interpretation of marine geological samples and data.

565. Engineering Geology. 3 hrs. The integration of geologic and engineering principles and their application in the evaluation and utilization of earth resources and the mitigation of natural and human-induced hazards.

570. Petroleum Geology. 3 hrs. Pre- or Corequisite: GLY 401 or permission of instructor. The origin, occurrence, and accumulation of oil and natural gas.

570L. Petroleum Geology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 570.

 

572. Soils. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 101 or GHY 105, or equivalent. Instruction on the formation, composition, properties, variability, classification, distribution, and management of soils.

574. Geological Excursion. 1-4 hrs. Field studies of geological phenomena in areas remote from the campus.

576. Hydrology. 3 hrs. An introduction to the origin, distribution, movement, and properties of the waters of the earth.

 

577. Ground Water Hydrology. 3 hrs. Pre- or Co-requisite: GLY 476. An introductory level course describing the principles and applications of ground water movement in various geological environments.

587. Industrial Rocks and Minerals. 3 hrs. Nature and formation of industrial rock and mineral deposits.

600. Paleoclimatology. 3 hrs. Past climatic conditions based on the rock, mineral, and biologic record.

601. Pleistocene Geology. 3 hrs. Earth history of the Pleistocene epoch, with emphasis on glacial phenomena.

603. Sedimentary Environments. 3 hrs. Comparison of modern environments of sedimentation with the evidence regarding paleoenvironments.

604. Tectonics. 3 hrs. Investigation of large-scale crustal deformation.

607. Sedimentary Petrology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 403/503, 405/505, or permission of instructor. Origin, classification, composition and geochemistry of sedimentary rocks.

607L. Sedimentary Petrology Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 607.

608. Gulf Coast Geology. 3 hrs. Stratigraphy, structural geology, and mineral resources of the Gulf Coastal Province of the United States.

612. Isotope Geology. 3 hrs. Theory and application of geochronology and the use of isotopes as tracers of geological processes.

615. Clay Mineralogy. 3 hrs. Origin, structure, and chemistry of clays, identification techniques, clay-water systems, soil formation, and engineering applications.

615L. Clay Mineralogy Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: GLY 615.

641. Paleoecology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: GLY 341 or equivalent. A study of the relationship between ancient organisms and the environment in which they lived; field trips.

677. Advanced Groundwater Hydrology. 3 hrs. The advanced study of groundwater flow and seepage, well hydraulics, water quality, groundwater management, modeling techniques, and exploration methods pertaining to water resource investigations.

689. Seminar. 1 hr. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated once for a total of 2 hours credit.

691. Research in Geology. 1-16 hrs. Prerequisite: Approval of major instructor.

692. Special Problems in Geology. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Approval of chair. Investigation of a specific problem not related to thesis research.

697. Independent Study and Research. Hours arranged. Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.

698. Thesis. 1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hrs.