Course descriptions

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GEOLOGY (GLY)

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 (same as GLY 472).

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 (same as GLY 475).

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. Groundwater Hydrology. 3 hrs. Pre- or Co-requisite: GLY 476. Principles and applications of ground water movement in various geological environments (same as GLY 477).

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

480. Field Geology. 6 hrs. Prerequisites: GLY 304, 308, 380, 401. Geologic maps, stratographic 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


EXPLANATION

The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.
Example:

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

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