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NOTE: Class schedules are tentative and may change due to the availability of faculty and number of students who enroll. What to do if a class is full?  Speak with the instructor about what her or his practice is for this class.

Fall 2018 Courses - Register now!

• 205 Mineralogy (4 credits)

Crystallography and crystal chemistry of the major groups of minerals. Mineral associations, alteration, and economic importance. Laboratory work consists of mineral identification using physical and chemical properties and mineral associations. Field trips may be taken to selected areas to illustrate principles taught in the course. Prerequisite: Geology 102, 110 or 150; and Chemistry 105 (may be taken concurrently). Special Fees may apply. MORE INFO

Don’t meet the prerequisites?
Contact Dr. Jennifer Wenner: 


• 309 Paleontology (3 credits)

Morphology, classification, life environment, and stratigraphic distribution of invertebrate fossils. Fossil preservation and nature of the fossil record. Mechanisms of organic evolution and extinction. Application of paleontologic principles to the study of earth history. Prerequisite: Geology 109. Special Fees may apply. MORE INFO

Don’t meet the prerequisites?
Contact Dr. Joseph Peterson: 

 

• 314 Sedimentology (3 credits)

Analysis and interpretation of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Prerequisite: Geology 206. Special Fees may apply. MORE INFO

Don’t meet the prerequisites?
Contact Dr. Eric Hiatt:

 

• 320 Geomorphology (3 credits)

Fundamentals of surficial geology and landscape form and process. Laboratory work includes study of topographic maps, geologic maps, and air photos which are representative of major physiographic provinces in the United States. A field trip is required. Prerequisite: Geology 109 or 110. Special Fees may apply. MORE INFO

Don’t meet the prerequisites?
Contact Dr. Bill Mode:


• 369 Geochemistry (3 credits)

Qualitative and quantitative study of geologically important elements and their distribution in crustal environments. Chemical bonding, solution equilibria, chemical weathering, pH-Eh diagrams and their relevance to base metal deposits and organic geochemistry. Prerequisite: Geology 102, 110 or 150, and Chemistry 106. Special Fees may apply. MORE INFO

Don’t meet the prerequisites?
Contact Dr. Benjamin Hallett:



Upcoming Field Courses:


• 344 Field Geology (6 Credits)

Utah: June 2 - July 15, 2018 - More info

Application of the theories and methods of field geology in the mountains of the western United States. Provides practical experience and instruction in geologic mapping and field analysis of geologic structures and sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock assemblages. Geology 344 meets for six weeks during the summer. Prerequisite: Geology 206, 331 and consent of instructor. Strongly recommended: Geology 309 and 311. Contact Dr. Timothy Paulsen () for application materials and information regarding special course fees.

 

 

• 360 Field Course in Geology (2 credits)

Florida Keys: June 2-10, 2018 - More info

Formal classroom study of an area of geologic interest followed by field study of the area. Study areas change from year to year, but have included the Florida reef tract, coastal North Carolina, the Catskills, the Grand Canyon, the Guadalupe Mountains, Big Bend National Park, the Gulf Coast and central Coahuila, Mexico. A final examination follows the trip. May be taken for credit more than once. Special sections may be arranged to accommodate students with differing backgrounds in geology. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Contact instructor for information regarding special course fees.

This field course explores the oceanographic and environmental factors that affect coral reefs, associated marine environments, and carbonate sediment-producing organisms. It also examines human impacts on reefs and other marine environments and how ancient reefs are preserved in the rock record. Contact Dr. Eric Hiatt () for information regarding prerequisites and course fees.

 

• 360 Field Course in Geology (2 credits)

Hawaii: January Interim 2019

Formal classroom study of an area of geologic interest followed by field study of the area. Study areas change from year to year, but have included the Florida reef tract, coastal North Carolina, the Catskills, the Grand Canyon, the Guadalupe Mountains, Big Bend National Park, the Gulf Coast and central Coahuila, Mexico. A final examination follows the trip. May be taken for credit more than once. Special sections may be arranged to accommodate students with differing backgrounds in geology. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Contact instructor for information regarding special course fees.

This trip explores the unique geology, volcanology, culture, and ecology of the Hawaiian islands.  We will spend 2 weeks examining geologic features associated with hot spot volcanism, modern reef environments, and the unique natural history of these dynamic islands with trips to 3 islands (starting on the Big Island and ending on Oahu).  Walk on green and black sand, snorkel with tropical fish, explore lava tubes, watch pahoehoe form before your eyes and experience the geologic wonders of Hawaii. Contact Dr. Jennifer Wenner () for information regarding prerequisites and course fees.

 

• 342 Applied Geologic Field Methods (2 credits)

Black Hills: May Interim 2019

Principles and techniques of acquiring and interpreting geological and geophysical field data. Includes geologic mapping using base maps, aerial photographs, plane table surveys, and pace-and-compass surveys; geophysical surveys with portable instruments. A field trip and a final written report are required. Prerequisite: Geology 206 (concurrent enrollment). Strongly recommended: Geology 140 (concurrent enrollment). Special Fees may apply. 

This field course explores the rich geologic history exposed within the Black Hills, South Dakota. Students gain practical experience and instruction in the principles of geologic observation, mapping and interpretation of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Field study localities take advantage of numerous geologic points of interest that include Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower National Monument, and the Homestake gold mine. Contact Dr. Timothy Paulsen () for application materials and information regarding special course fees.


Past Courses:

Spring 2018

• 206 Lithology
• 326 Geophysics & Geotechtonics
• 328 Oceanography
• 331 Structural Geology and Tectonics
• 366 Chemical Hydrology

Fall 2017
• 205 Mineralogy
• 314 Sedimentology
• 322 Mineral Deposits
• 335 Glacial Geology
• 365 Physical Hydrogeology

Spring 2017
• 206 Lithology
• 311 Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis
• 315 Sedimentary Petrology
• 328 Oceanography
• 331 Structural Geology and Tectonics

Fall 2016
• 205 Mineralogy
• 309 Paleontology
• 314 Sedimentology
• 320 Geomorphology
• 369 Geochemistry

Spring 2016
• 206 Lithology
• 326 Geophysics & Geotectonics
• 328 Oceanography
• 331 Structural Geology & Tectonics
• 360 Field course in Geology - Colorado Plateau (Spring Interim)
• 366 Chemical Hydrogeology

Fall 2015
• 205 Mineralogy
• 309 Paleontology
• 314 Sedimentology
• 322 Mineral Deposits
• 335 Glacial Geology
• 365 Physical Hydrogeology

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