GEOL - Geology

Mickey E. Gunter, Dept. Chair of Geological Sciences (322 Mines Bldg. 83844-3022; phone 208/885-6192).

GEOL 101 Physical Geology

Geol 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

The earth, its composition, structure, and natural processes. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one 1-day field trip.

GEOL 101L Physical Geology Lab

Geol 101L Physical Geology Lab (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

The earth, its composition, structure, and natural processes. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one 1-day field trip.

GEOL 102 Historical Geology

Geol 102 Historical Geology (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Evolution of the physical earth, plants, and animals; techniques used in interpretation of geologic history. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one 1-day field trip.

GEOL 102L Historical Geology Lab

Geol 102L Historical Geology Lab (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Evolution of the physical earth, plants, and animals; techniques used in interpretation of geologic history. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one 1-day field trip.

GEOL 111 Physical Geology for Science Majors

Geol 111 Physical Geology for Science Majors (4 cr)

Introductory course in earth science for geology and other science majors. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; two 1-day field trips.

GEOL 111L Physical Geology for Science Majors Lab

Geol 111L Physical Geology for Science Majors Lab (1 cr)

GEOL 200 Seminar

Geol 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

GEOL 203 Workshop

Geol 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

GEOL 204 Special Topics

Geol 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

GEOL 212 Principles of Paleontology

Geol 212 Principles of Paleontology (4 cr)

Studies of morphology, classification of fossil groups, and utility of fossils in interpreting depositional environments and ages of sedimentary rocks. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; one 1- to 2-day field trip. Recommended Preparation: Geol 102.

GEOL 249 Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy

Geol 249 Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy (4 cr)

Principles of crystallography, crystal chemistry, and crystal structure; mineral identification; principles of optical mineralogy and use of the polarized light microscope. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; two 1-day field trips.

Prereq: Geol 111/111L or Geol 101/101L, and Chem 111

GEOL 290 Field Geology I

Geol 290 Field Geology I (3 cr)

Introduction to field mapping and field techniques; interpretation of sedimentary sequences; introduction to tectonic structures; preparation of reports based on field observations and interpretations. Accident and health insurance required. Three week, off-campus field course. (Summer only)

Prereq: Geol 101/101L or Geol 111/111L, and Geol 102/102L

GEOL 299 Directed Study

Geol 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

GEOL 309 Ground Water Hydrology

Geol 309 Ground Water Hydrology (3 cr)

Occurrence, movement, and properties of subsurface water; intro to ground water geology and hydrology.

Prereq: Geol 101/101L or Geol 111, and Math 130 or Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 324 Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

Geol 324 Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4 cr)

Interrelationship of sedimentation and stratigraphy and processes and factors influencing genesis of sedimentary rocks. Topics include weathering, fluid flows, sediment mechanics, depositional environments, stratigraphic logging and field data collection, sedimentary lithofacies, provenance, and application of principles of interpretation of stratigraphic record. Two lec and one 4-hr lab per week; two 1-day field trips; One 5-day field trip.

Prereq: Geol 102/102L and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 326 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Geol 326 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4 cr)

Hard rock petrology plus megascopic and microscopic petrography of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Two lec and two 2-hr labs a wk; two 1-day or one 2-day field trips.

Prereq: Geol 249 and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 335 Geomorphology

Geol 335 Geomorphology (3 cr)

Classification, recognition, origin, and significance of land forms; land form analysis in interpretation of geologic structure and history. One 2-day field trip.

Prereq: Geol 101/101L or Geol 102/102L or Geol 111/111L, or Geog 100/100L; and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better; or Permission

GEOL 344 Earthquakes and Seismic Hazards

Geol 344 Earthquakes and Seismic Hazards (3 cr)

The geology of earthquakes including the cause of fault rupture, seismic waves, focal mechanisms, and earthquakes associated with all fault types in a variety of tectonic settings; methods of identifying paleo-earthquakes in the geologic record, and the assessment of seismic hazard and risk in active fault environments. One 3-day field trip.

Prereq: Geol 101/101L or Geol 111/111L; and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 345 Structural Geology

Geol 345 Structural Geology (4 cr)

Investigation of deformed rocks; mechanics of brittle and continuum failure, stress and strain relations, characterization, description, classification of folded and fractured rocks. Three hours of lecture and one 2-hr 45-min lab a wk; one week-long mandatory field trip. (Spring only)

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better; and one semester high-school trigonometry or Math 144; and Geol 101/101L or Geol 111/111L; and Phys 111/111L or Phys 211/211L.

GEOL 361 Geology and the Environment

Geol 361 Geology and the Environment (3 cr)

Environmental consequences of development of geologic resources; including issues of waste disposal, pollution and human health; natural hazards and their impact on humans and the environment. Two 1-day field trips.

Prereq: Geol 101/101L or Geol 111/111L; and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 375 Geology of National Parks

Geol 375 Geology of National Parks (2 cr)

Primarily for non-geology majors who want to acquire a better knowledge of geologic concepts and processes through study of geology of national parks. One 6-day field trip.

Prereq: Geol 101/101L, Geol 102/102L, Geol 111/111L, or Geog 100/100L; and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 398 Internship

Geol 398 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

GEOL 400 Seminar

Geol 400 (s) Seminar (1 cr, max arr)

Participation in departmental colloquium.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 403 Workshop

Geol 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

GEOL 404 Special Topics

Geol 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

GEOL 405 Professional Development

Geol 405 (s) Professional Development (cr arr)

GEOL 407 Basin Analysis

Geol J407/J507 Basin Analysis (3 cr)

Formation mechanisms and characteristics of sedimentary basins. Modern concepts of tectonics and sedimentary basin analysis, including geologic application of provenance, thermal and subsidence histories, and sequence stratigraphy. Lithofacies distributions and structural styles in a variety of basin types with specific examples from around the world. One 2-day field trip. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring only)

Prereq: Geol 324

GEOL 410 Techniques of Groundwater Study

Geol 410 Techniques of Ground Water Study (3 cr)

Collection and analysis of field data for reconnaissance ground water studies. Two weekend field trips.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

Prereq or Coreq: Geol 309

GEOL 417 Advanced Paleontology

Geol 417 Advanced Paleontology (3 cr)

Fossil assemblage analyses and report writing; marine faunal assemblage 1st half semester; nonmarine floral assemblage 2nd half semester. Three 2-hr labs a wk; one 1-day field trip.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better and Geol 212; or Permission

GEOL 422 Principles of Geophysics

Geol 422 Principles of Geophysics (4 cr)

Outline of geophysical methods for geological investigations. One 1-day field trip. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and one 2 hour lab per week.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 423 Principles of Geochemistry

Geol 423 Principles of Geochemistry (3 cr)

Physiochemical principles applied to geologic processes. Topics covered include atmospheric geochemistry, environmental geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry, crystal chemistry, radiogenic and stable isotopes. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk.

Prereq: Geol 249

GEOL 426 Principles of Forensic Mineralogy and Geology

Geol 426 Principles of Forensic Mineralogy and Geology (3 cr)

Introduction to the use of geological and mineralogical materials and techniques within the criminal/civil justice system. Topics will include the origin and description of minerals, rocks, soils and sands, fossils, industrial materials, and pollen, the history of forensic science, instrumental & forensic laboratory techniques, and the legal aspects of scientific evidence. Two lec and one 2-hr labs a wk; one 1-day field trip.

Prereq: Geol 101/101L or Geol 111/111L; and Chem 111; and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better; or Permission

GEOL 432 Geologic Development of North America

Geol J432/J532 Geologic Development of North America (3 cr)

Tectonic, magmatic, and sedimentary sequence studies of North American continent through time; concepts of metal and petroleum enrichment related to time and geological processes. Additional questions on two exams and written report of field trip reqd for grad cr. One 7-day field trip. Geol 532 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 433 Geodynamics

Geol J433/J533 Geodynamics (4 cr)

This class focuses on the processes and mechanisms that cause motions within and on the surface of the Earth and other planets. Topics to be covered include plate boundary deformation, plate flexure, planetary heat transfer, convection in the mantle and core, melting and melt transport, magma dynamics, and large-scale lithospheric deformation. For graduate credit students will be expected to complete a research project and report. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and one 3 hour lab per week. Offered fall semester. Recommended Preparation: Math 175 or equivalent. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better; and Math 170 or equivalent

GEOL 464 The Geochemistry of Natural Waters

Geol J464/J564 The Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3 cr)

Basic principles of aqueous geochemistry applied to natural waters (groundwaters, lake and river waters, seawater), presented at an intermediate level; carbonate equilibria and alkalinity, solubility of minerals, sorption processes and surface reactions, redox reactions and Eh-pH diagrams, organic geochemistry, etc. For graduate credit, students are required to complete an additional independent research paper Recommended preparation: Geol 423.

Prereq: Chem 111

GEOL 467 Volcanology

Geol J467/J567 Volcanology (3 cr)

Eruption mechanisms, volcanic processes and landforms, and volcanic deposits. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; seven days of field trips. Geol 567 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 471 Ore Deposits and Exploration

Geol 471 Ore Deposits and Exploration (3 cr)

The geologic origin of metallic ore deposits, and the methods used to search for them. Taught in alternating years. 3-hr lec per week. One one-day and one three-day field trips.

Prereq: Geol 249 and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 490 Field Geology II

Geol 490 Field Geology II (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Advanced field problems and methods; interpretation of field data, preparation of reports based on field observations and interpretations. Accident and health insurance required. Three week, off-campus. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Summer only)

Prereq: Geol 290 and Geol 345; and Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 497 Practicum In Tutoring

Geol 497 (s) Practicum in Tutoring (1 cr, max 2)

Tutorial services performed by advanced students under faculty supervision. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better and Permission of department

GEOL 498 Senior Thesis

Geol 498 Senior Thesis (1-4 cr, max 4)

Completion of original research and report. Course is taken over two semesters; first semester is graded IP until completion of second semester.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better and Senior standing and Permission

GEOL 499 Directed Study

Geol 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better

GEOL 500 Master's Research and Thesis

Geol 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

GEOL 501 Seminar

Geol 501 (s) Seminar (1 cr, max arr)

Participation in departmental colloquium.

GEOL 502 Directed Study

Geol 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

GEOL 503 Workshop

Geol 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

GEOL 504 Special Topics

Geol 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

GEOL 505 Professional Development

Geol 505 (s) Professional Development (cr arr)

GEOL 507 Basin Analysis

Geol J407/J507 Basin Analysis (3 cr)

See Geol J407/J507.

GEOL 510 Geosystems

Geol 510 (s) Geosystems (3 cr, max 6)

Interdisciplinary core graduate course in earth sciences. Course will involve multiple instructors and modules framed around a common theme. Specific focus may vary from year to year. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

GEOL 520 Advanced Topics in Sedimentary Rocks

Geol 520 (s) Advanced Topics in Sedimentary Rocks (2-3 cr, max 6)

Modern aspects of sedimentary rocks.

Prereq: Geol 324

GEOL 532 Geologic Development of North America

Geol 532 Geologic Development of North America (3 cr)

See Geol J432/J532.

GEOL 533 Geodynamics

Geol J433/J533 Geodynamics (4 cr)

This class focuses on the processes and mechanisms that cause motions within and on the surface of the Earth and other planets. Topics to be covered include plate boundary deformation, plate flexure, planetary heat transfer, convection in the mantle and core, melting and melt transport, magma dynamics, and large-scale lithospheric deformation. For graduate credit students will be expected to complete a research project and report. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and one 3 hour lab per week. Offered fall semester. Recommended Preparation: Math 175 or equivalent. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Math 143 with a grade of 'C' or better; and Math 170 or equivalent

GEOL 541 Structural Analysis

Geol 541 (s) Structural Analysis (3 cr, max arr)

Structural analysis of complexly deformed rocks in orogenic belts. Field trip required. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

GEOL 542 Advanced Structural Geology

Geol 542 Advanced Structural Geology (3 cr)

Concepts of linear elastic fracture mechanics as applied to the classification, origin and evolution of all types of rock fractures; continuum theory in rock mechanics; rock strength and failure criteria; stress tensors; elastic theory. Two 1-day field trips. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Geol 345

GEOL 548 Tectonics

Geol 548 Tectonics (3 cr)

Synthesis of observations from diverse disciplines ofgeology leading to the development of modern plate tectonic theory. Applications of plate tectonic principles to fundamental problems of continental and marine geology. Two lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one 5-day field trip. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Geol 345 or Permission

GEOL 549 Principles of Electron Microscopy

Geol 549 Principles of Electron Microscopy (3 cr)

Theory and principles of scanning and transmission electron microscopy as an investigative tool; includes physical principles of electron microscopy, operation and maintenance of the electron microscope, specimen preparation, and digital image capture. Lab section involves hands-on use of SEM and TEM. Students registering are required to complete a research project. One 1.5-hr lec and one 2-hr lab a week. (Fall only)

GEOL 550 Advanced Mineralogy

Geol 550 Advanced Mineralogy (3 cr)

Advanced concepts in mineralogy not covered at the undergraduate level. Specifically the methods necessary to determine, examine, and represent the crystal structure of minerals and relate them to the mineral's physical properties. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Geol 249 or equivalent

GEOL 554 Physical Petrology

Geol 554 Physical Petrology (3 cr)

Applications of continuum mechanics and fluid dynamics to generation, rise, storage, and eruption of magmas. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

GEOL 564 The Geochemistry of Natural Waters

Geol 564 The Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3 cr)

Geol J464/J564.

GEOL 567 Volcanology

Geol 567 Volcanology (3 cr)

See Geol J467/J567.

GEOL 598 Internship

Geol 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

GEOL 599 Research

Geol 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

GEOL 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Geol 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)