Courses in Geology

GLG 1010: Physical Geology (4)
Prerequisite: Ability to make measurements with a ruler in both English and metric units.
An introductory study of minerals, rocks, land forms, and the internal structure of the earth, and the processes by which these develop. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. 

GLG 2005: Introduction to Oceanography (4)
Prerequisite: GLG 1010 or BIO 1010/1011 or BIO 1020/1021
Designed to acquaint students with the earth’s oceans and ocean basins, the course will emphasize an interdisciplinary approach focusing on the following: geologic development of the ocean basins and margins, chemistry of ocean waters, physics of water circulation, ocean/atmospheric interactions, marine biology, and human impact on the oceans. Students are expected to gain a basic knowledge of various ocean environments and ocean dynamics and the interplay of oceans and other earth systems. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

GLG 2010 Introduction to Meteorology (4)
An introductory study of meteorology and climate. Topics include structure of the atmosphere, physical components of the atmosphere and their interaction, short-term and long-term factors affecting weather and climate and basic forecasting. Three lecture and three laboratory hours perweek.  

GLG 3010: Historical Geology (4)
Prerequisites: GLG 1010 or permission of instructor
A survey of the physical and ecological development of planet earth as revealed through coupled evidence from rocks and fossil assemblages, interpreted in light of modern theories of plate tectonics. Emphasis will be placed on the physical and biological evolution of North America. Three lecture or laboratory hours per week, two Saturday field trips, and one weekend-long field trip during the semester.

GLG 3020: Environmental Geology (3)
Pre- or corequisites: GLG 1010, CHM 1010/1011 or permission of instructor
A study of the interaction between geologic processes and human society. Topics include mineral, water, and energy resources, volcanic hazards, earthquakes, landslides, floods, coastal erosion, pollution problems and environmental management. Three lecture or laboratory hours per week.

GLG 3030: Rocks and Rock-forming Minerals (5)
Pre- or corequisites: GLG 1010, CHM 1020/1021 or permission of instructor
An introduction to the classification, occurrence, and origin of rocks and rock-forming minerals. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Offered alternate years.

GLG 3040: Low Temperature Geochemistry (3)
Prerequisites: GLG 3030 or permission of instructor
An introduction to the chemical processes affecting the distribution and pathways of chemical compounds in natural waters, both marine and non-marine. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of water-rock interactions and elemental cycles over a broad range of conditions at or near the earth’s surface. Three lecture or laboratory hours per week. Offered alternate years.

GLG 3050: Geology of Natural Resources (3)
Prerequisites: GLG 3030 or permission of instructor
An introduction to the geology, genesis, extraction and related environmental issues, of metallic and non-metallic mineral resources and fossil fuels. Three lecture or laboratory hours per week. Offered alternate years.

GLG 4010: Hydrogeology (4)
Prerequisites: GLG 3030; MTH 2040; PHY 1010/2010 or permission of instructor
The study of water beneath the surface of earth, beneath the water table, in soils, and in geologic formations. Emphasis is placed on analysis of geologic factors related to occurrence, distribution, recovery and use of ground water. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Offered alternate years.

GLG 4950, 4951: Special Topics in Geology (1-3, 1-3)