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Geology (GEOL) Courses

GEOL 1301 Principles of Earth Sciences

Topics are selected from geology, geophysics, meteorology and oceanography in order to illustrate the philosophy and methods of science. Other topics include earth materials, processes of plate tectonics and atmosphere.
Lec 3, Cr 3.
Co-requisite: GEOL 1101.

GEOL 1101 Principles of Earth Sciences Laboratory

Laboratory practice that illustrates the formation of Earth materials, processes of plate tectonics and of atmosphere.
Lab 3, Cr 1.
Concurrent enrollment in Geol 1301 or (prior credit), with a C or better.

GEOL 1303 Physical Geology

The classification and analysis of geologic agents responsible for the origin, structure, and sculpturing of the Earth's crust, including a comprehensive description of materials comprising the Earth.
Lec 3, Cr 3.
Co-requisite: GEOL 1103.

GEOL 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory

Laboratory practice which illustrates the types of Earth materials, basic principles of structural geology, processes of hydrosphere and of plate tectonics.
Lab 3, Cr 1.
Concurrent enrollment in Geol 1303 or (prior credit), with a C or better.

GEOL 1304 Historical Geology

The geologic history of the Earth and its inhabitants as revealed by fossil record with emphasis on North America.
Lec 3, Cr 3.
Co-requisite: GEOL 1104.

GEOL 1104 Historical Geology Laboratory

Laboratory practice that illustrates the basic principles of stratigraphy, paleontology, origin and evolution of earth through time.
Lab 3, Cr 1.
Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 1304 or (prior credit with a C or better).

GEOL 1347 Meteorology

This course will introduce the student to the study of the observation and distribution of weather variables, atmospheric motion, precipitation and topics in modern weather science.
Lec 3, Cr 3.
Prerequisite: PHYS 1301 with a C or better.

GEOL 1147 Meteorology Laboratory

This course is a laboratory study of the weather variables, atmospheric motion, precipitation, and topics in modern weather science. Exercises are based on local weather data. This course will serve as a lab component to the Meteorology course.
Lab 3, Cr 1.
Concurrent enrollment in Geol 1347 or (prior credit with a C or better.)

GEOL 2309 Mineralogy

A study of the physical and chemical properties of minerals. Lab consists of hand specimen identification of rock formations and ore minerals.
Lec 2, Lab 4, Cr 3.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1403, CHEM 1312 or concurrent enrollment.

GEOLU 2355 Natural Disasters

This course will explore hazardous Earth processes, including landslides, subsidence, tsunami, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, as well as, the nature and effects of human interaction with the environment.
Lec 3, Cr 3.
Prerequisite: None.

GEOL 3305 Oceanography

An introduction to the nature and origin of the world's oceans. Topics will cover geological, chemical, physical and biological processes throughout the oceans.
Lec 3, Cr 3.
Prerequisites: GEOL 1303, GEOL 1103 and (GEOL 1304 and GEOL 1104) or (BIOL 1307 and BIOL 1107), all with a C or better. Co-requisites: GEOL 3105 or ESCI 3105.

GEOL 3105 Oceanography Laboratory

This course includes the practical application of oceanographic principles, marine water property distribution, rock and mineral identification and depositional environment interpretation, geologic and bathometric map interpretation, and geological data analysis.
Lab. 3, Cr 1.
Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 3305 or ESCI 3305.

GEOL 3436 Hydrology and Water Resources

This course will explore the circulation of water in earth systems. Surface water processes studied will include runoff, routing, evapotranspiration, infiltration and flooding. Groundwater process will include the basics of groundwater flow, aquifer characteristics, and others. Global, national and regional aspects of water resources management will also be introduced.
Lec 3, Lab 3, Cr 4.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1303, GEOL 1103, PHYS 1301 and MATH 2413 all with a C or better.

GEOL 4310 Earth Science for Educators I

This is the first part of a hands-on Earth Science course designed for education majors enrolled in the EC-8 program. The course will provide the students with basic theoretical background in Earth Science with hands-on workshops to enable the student to understand the Earth Science processes on the Earth's surface.
Lec 3, Cr 3.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1303, GEOL 1103, GEOL1304, and GEOL 1104 all with a C or better.

GEOL 4320 Earth Science for Educators II

This is the second part of a hands-on Earth Science course designed for education majors enrolled in the EC-8 program. The course will provide the students with a basic theoretical background in Earth Science with hands-on workshops to enable the student to understand the Earth Science processes on the Earth's surface.
Lec 3, Cr 3.
Prerequisite: GEOL 4310 or GEOG 4310 all with a C or better.

GEOL 4340 Geomorphology

Geomorphology is the study of landforms. This class will emphasize the physical, chemical, and biological processes that create and modify landforms. This course covers the history of landform evolution and the climatic and tectonic conditions that influence landform development.
Lec. 3, Cr. 3
Prerequisite: GEOL 4411 with a C or better.

GEOL 4350 Geoscience Field Excursion

A study of the geology of a selected region Texas or Mexico with several 1-2 day field trips in order to map and study the field relationship of the geologic features. Special emphasis is given to stratigraphic, geomorphologic, structural and/or tectonic relationships of the designated study area.
Lec 3, Cr. 3.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1303 and GEOL 1103, or GEOL 1304 and GEOL 1104 all with a C or better or permission of the instructor.

GEOL 4360 Plate Tectonics

This course will cover plate tectonic processes of past and present in detail with an emphasis on their effects on the Earth's environment. The student will learn about large scale dynamics of the Earth's surface that involve growth and shrinking of oceans, drift of continents, growth and evolution of mountain belts.
Lec. 3, Cr. 3.
Prerequisite: None

GEOL 4411 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

This course will explore the formation of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Students will learn to interpret depositional environments and sequences of stratigraphic beds using multiple tools.
Lec. 3, Lab 3, Cr. 4.
Prerequisite: PHYS 1301, GEOL 1303, GEOL 1103, GEOL 1304 and GEOL 1104, all with a C or better.

GEOL 4431 Coastal Geology

This course explores the sedimentary features and stratigraphy of the Gulf of Mexico coastline. The exploration of the impact of geology on humans and the impact of humans on the geologic features will be emphasized.
Lec. 3, Lab 3, Cr. 4.
Prerequisite: GEOL 4411 with a C or better.

GEOL 4440 Geographic Information Systems

This course covers the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts and software such as ArcView and ArcGIS. Special attention will be given to digital data acquisition, processing, data management and the generation of base maps for various applications in the field-based sciences.
Lec 3, Lab 3, Cr 4.
Prerequisite: None

GEOL 4441 Principles of Remote Sensing

This course will emphasize the application of remote sensing and image analysis in the earth sciences, qualitative and quantitative satellite image and air photo interpretation. Additional emphasis will be placed on the use of computer processing packages.
Lec 3, Lab 3, Cr 4.
Prerequisite: None

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