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Geology (GEOL)

 

110 Physical Geology (4) Study of processes responsible for the origin and ongoing physical development of Earth. Geologic concepts and principles are explored in the context of selected U.S. national parks and monuments. Laboratory emphasizes hands-on experience in mineral/rock identification, topographic and geologic map interpretation, and field trips. No prerequisite. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) F06, F07

 

130 Environmental Geology (4) Introduction to the interactive relationship between humans and their geologic environment. Emphasizes causes and effects of natural and technologic (human-related) hazards, as well as topics related to public awareness, hazard prediction, risk assessment, and remediation. Analysis of case studies, outside readings and field trips are an integral part of the course. No prerequisite. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S07, S08

 

170 Earth Science (3) Broad survey of basic concepts and principles of astronomy, geology, oceanography and meteorology. Emphasizes the relationship between Earth processes and the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and biology. Designed especially for prospective elementary teachers. Does not meet the General Education requirement for a laboratory science. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.)

 

281/481 Special Topics (1-3) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Geology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. May be repeated when topics are different. Instructor consent required. Offered on demand.

 

300 Watershed Hydrogeology (3) A descriptive and quantitative analysis of the hydrologic cycle at global and drainage basin scales. Emphasizes a characterization of the physical, chemical and biological factors impacting fluvial, lacustrine, wetland, coastal and groundwater systems. Case studies and hands-on field experience and field trips are an integral part of the course. Recommended for science students interested in the environmental sciences and/or securing a position in the environmental field. Prerequisite: GEOL 110 or 130, and CHEM 105, or permission of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) F07

 

350 Physical Oceanography (3) Emphasizes physical and chemical processes that operate in the world's oceans. Includes an overview of the history of oceanography, the origin of water on the planet, plate tectonics of the ocean basins, ocean basin sedimentation, ocean water physical and chemical characteristics, ocean currents, waves and tides, as well as environmental issues of concern to marine scientists. Weekly special topics and problem sets are presented to amplify concepts presented in lecture. A term project in an area of a student's oceanographic interest is required. Prerequisites: GEOL 110 and/or GEOL 130, upper-level science major standing and/or instructor’s permission. (Lecture four hours.) S08

 

360 Surficial Processes and Soils (4) Study of soils as products of surface geological agents and biological processes in varying geomorphic, climatic and weathering environments. Includes an overview of: soil genesis; soil mineralogy, composition and geochemistry; soil colliod properties; soil classification; soil physics; soil/vadose zone hydrology; contaminate transport processes in the soil zone; soil contamination/remediation strategies; and soil engineering applications. Includes field-oriented projects and field trips. Prerequisites: GEOL 100 and/or GEOL 130. F06

 

481 Special Topics (1-3) In-depth study of specialized current topics in Geology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. May be repeated when topics are different. Offered on demand.

 

491 Undergraduate Research (1-4) A course developed in cooperation with faculty and area research facilities designed to provide students with practical experience in geological research. Candidates for this course must outline a research problem. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured and the formal research plan is approved. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Offered on demand. Topics: Bad River Solid Waste, Subsurface Mapping of the Upper St Croix Sub-Basin, SPARKS Curriculum Development.

 

496 Internship (1-4) On-the-job experience with local agencies and research laboratories to provide students with practical knowledge of careers in the field of geology. Designed to provide students with realistic opportunities to apply their skills to practical problems. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been made. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered on demand.