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Courses

GEOLOGY (GEOL)

Undergraduate – level:

1101. Earth Science I Laboratory. 1(0-2)

A laboratory experience that focuses on laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. Reinforces and promotes greater understanding of concepts of physical geology, geomorphology and historical geology as presented in GEOL 1301. Prerequisite: credit or registration in GEOL 1301.

1102. Earth Science II Laboratory. 1(0-2)

A laboratory experience that focuses on laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. Reinforces and promotes greater understanding of concepts of the oceans, the hydrosphere and atmosphere and astronomy as presented in GEOL 1302. Prerequisite: credit or registration in GEOL 1302.

1103. Physical Geology Laboratory. (GEOL 1103) 1(0-2)

A laboratory experience that focuses on laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. The experience reinforces and promotes greater understanding of earth materials and the physical processes at work on and in the earth. Prerequisite or corequisite: GEOL 1303.

1104. Historical Geology Laboratory. (GEOL 1104) 1(0-2)

A laboratory experience that focuses on laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. The experience reinforces and promotes greater understanding of the events and processes that have shaped the earth and influenced the development of life through time. Prerequisite or corequisite: GEOL 1304.

1301. Earth Science I. (GEOL 1301) 3(3-0)

Introduction to principles and methods of earth science. Nature of the earth as revealed by concepts of physical geology, geomorphology and historical geology. Field trips may be arranged. Designed for students not majoring in science or engineering.

1302. Earth Science II. (GEOL 1302) 3(3-0)

Survey of earth’s dynamic systems: the oceans, the hydrosphere and the atmosphere. Survey of astronomy emphasizing earth’s place in the universe. Field trips may be arranged. Designed for students not majoring in science or engineering. Open to geosciences majors.

1303. Physical Geology. (GEOL 1303) 3(3-0)

General composition and form of the earth's surface and the volcanic, erosional, depositional and deformational processes which operate on it. The properties of the interior of the earth inferred from earthquakes and other external evidence. Occasional field trips may be arranged.

1304. Historical Geology. (GEOL 1304 or GEOL 1404) 3(3-0)

The important change through which the earth has passed since its origin as a planet; especially, the history of the orderly evolution of life and physical features evidenced in the rocks of the earth. Occasional field trips may be arranged. Prerequisite: GEOL 1303.

2376. Nature of the Earth and Universe. 3(3-2)

Survey of the basic concepts of geosciences. This course begins with an introduction to astronomy and the Earth's position in our solar system. The course includes the interrelationships between the solid portion, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere of the Earth. Prerequisite: BIOL 2375, CHEM 1376.

3305. Environmental Geology. 3(3-0)

The relationship between humans and their geologic environment. Reviews and builds on principles of physical geology to understand the geology of the present, as distinct from that of the distant past. Relevant examples from South Texas environmental geologic research are included. Prerequisite: GEOL 1303 or permission of instructor.

3407. Field Geology. 4(3-3)

Geologic mapping on topographic maps and aerial photographs. Interpretation of field relationships. Basic topographic surveying methods and measurements using the Global Positioning System (GPS). Two weekend field trips required, including geologic mapping in the field and written reports. Other problems simulated in the laboratory. Prerequisite: GEOL 1304/GEOL 1104.

3409. Mineralogy. 4(3-3)

Morphological crystallography and symmetry concepts. Methods of identification of minerals by their physical and chemical  properties. Origin of economic minerals and ore deposits. Geological significance of common rock-forming minerals. One weekend field trip required. Prerequisites: GEOL 1303/GEOL 1103 and 3 hours of chemistry.

3411. Petrology. 4(3-3)

Classification and origin of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory emphasis on identification and interpretation of hand specimens. One weekend field trip required. Prerequisite: GEOL 3409. 

3431. Stratigraphy and Sedimentology. 4(3-3)

Study of the composition, environment, sequence and correlation of stratified rocks. Occasional field trips will be arranged. Prerequisites: GEOL 1303/GEOL 1103 and GEOL 1304/GEOL 1104.

3445. Oceanography. 4(3-3)

Methods and principles of oceanography. The physical and chemical properties of the seas, life in the sea and a comprehensive treatment of marine geology. Saturday field trips will be arranged. Prerequisites: GEOG 1301/GEOG 1101 or GEOL 1303/GEOL 1103 or GEOL 1301/GEOL 1101. May be used for geography credit.

3481. Structural Geology. 4(3-3)

The inherent and imposed structures in rocks and their modes of formation. Mechanical principles of rock deformation, petrofabrics, regional structural interpretation, theories of mountain building and geotectonics. Prerequisites: GEOL 1303/GEOL 1103 and GEOL 1304/GEOL 1104.

4107. Applied Geology Laboratory. 1(0-3)

Laboratory course to accompany GEOL 4307. Field and laboratory applications of geological concepts in solving geological engineering problems. Study of engineering principles and properties of earth materials. Exploration of engineering design and methods of site investigations. Prerequisite: registration or credit in GEOL 4307.

4213. Field Course III. [WI] 2(0-8)

Geologic field methods and techniques. Becoming familiar with local geologic employment situations through intern-type experiences. Typically scheduled in Winter Intersession with daily daylong activities; special travel charges may apply.
Prerequisites: GEOL 3431 and approval of instructor; GEOL 3407, GEOL 3411 and GEOL 3481 recommended. Activity fee.

4307. Applied Geology. 3(3-0)

Applications of geological concepts in solving geological engineering problems. Study of engineering principles and properties of earth materials. Exploration of engineering design and methods of site investigations. Prerequisites: GEOL 1303, MATH 1316, CHEM 1111/CHEM 1311.

4311. Field Course I. [WI] 3(0-12)

Geologic field methods and techniques. Includes the use and maintenance of field equipment; measurement, description and interpretation of stratigraphic sections; identification and interpretation of field relationships of sedimentary rocks; preparation of geological field reports. Typically scheduled in Spring Intersession with daily daylong activities; special travel charges may apply. Prerequisites: GEOL 3431 and approval of instructor; GEOL 3407, GEOL 3411 and GEOL 3481 recommended. Activity fee.

4312. Field Course II. [WI] 3(0-12)

Geologic field methods and techniques. Includes the use and maintenance of field equipment; identification andinterpretation of field relationships of igneous and metamorphic rocks; preparation of geological field reports. Typically scheduled in Summer Intersession with daily daylong activities; special travel charges may apply. Prerequisites: GEOL 3431 and approval of instructor; GEOL 3407, GEOL 3411 and GEOL 3481 recommended. Activity fee.

4325. Aqueous Geochemistry. 3(3-1)

Introduces the processes controlling the chemical composition of surface and groundwater. Prerequisites: GEOL 1303/GEOL 1103, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1112, CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1312.

4395. Special Problems. V:1-3

Supervised individual research of a geological problem that meets the needs and interest of the student. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 semester hours credit. Prerequisite: 18 semester hours of geology prior to registration.

4405. Senior Research Project. 4(3-3)

Collaborative research project involving the student and a geology faculty member, focused on a topic that requires mastery of geologic knowledge appropriate to the student’s plans for a professional career or advanced study in the field. Prerequisite: senior standing in geology. Activity fee, $10.

4417. Summer Field Course I. 4(3-V)

A summer term program covering geologic field methods and techniques. Includes the use and maintenance of field equipment, measurement, description and interpretation of stratigraphic sections, identification and interpretation of field relations of sedimentary rocks and preparation of geological field reports. Classwork six days per week. Simultaneous enrollment in GEOL 4418 is mandatory. Prerequisites: GEOL 3411, GEOL 3431, GEOL 3407 and GEOL 3481. Special Field Course Fee required.

4418. Summer Field Course II. 4(3-V)

A summer term program covering geologic field methods and techniques. Includes the identification and interpretation of field relations of igneous and metamorphic rocks; geologic mapping on topographic, aerial-photo and plane-table base; and preparation of geological field reports. Classwork six days per week. Simultaneous enrollment in GEOL 4417 is mandatory. Prerequisites: GEOL 3411, GEOL 3431, GEOL 3407 and GEOL 3481. Special Field Course Fee is required.

4420. Special Topics in Geoscience. 4(3-3)

One or more important concepts, developments or discoveries in geology. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of geography and/or geology.

4425. Hydrogeology. 4(3-2)

Principles of fluid, mass and energy transport in geologic formations are emphasized to handle human affair problems such as water supply, contamination and energy resources. Prerequisite: GEOL 1303/GEOL 1103 and GEOL 1304/GEOL 1104.

Graduate – level:

5305. Graduate Research Project. 3

Designed for Plan II and Plan III students and requires completion of a research project. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

5306. Thesis Research. 3

Designed for Plan I students. The course requires completion of thesis research. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

5310. Advanced Topics in Geology. V:1-3

Intensive study at a graduate level of selected advanced topics. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

5311. Geochemistry. 3(2-3)

Study of the occurrence, distribution and behavior of major and minor elements in the earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Prerequisites: GEOL 3409, GEOL 3411, CHEM 1412.

5312. Geographic Information Systems. 3(3-0)

Principles and practice of geographic information systems (GIS) using vector-based GIS as the primary software package. Students will demonstrate the use of GIS through individual class projects oriented toward their area of interest.

5313. Advanced Geographic Information Systems. 3(2-3)

Research applications of advanced techniques of Geographic Information Systems. Vector-and raster-based GIS modeling: terrain modeling, hydrological modeling, 3-D modeling: hands-on research topics. GIS programming for problem solving in students’ research applications. Prerequisite: GEOL 5312 or permission of instructor.

5319. Geology of Groundwater. 3(3-0)

Principles and practice of physical and chemical hydrogeology in uncontaminated and contaminated settings. This includes the influence of geologic conditions on groundwater quality, production, contamination and resource evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on a geology/hydrology course involving the presentation of theory, the collection of field data, the use of industry-validated computerized models for the analysis of the field data and the presentation of reports. Prerequisite: graduate standing, GEOL 1303/1103 and GEOL 1304/1104.

5352. Remote Sensing. 3(3-0)

Principles and practice of remote sensing involving analysis and interpretation of aerial photos and digital images. Students will demonstrate the use of remote-sensed through individual class projects oriented toward their area of interest.

GEOGRAPHY (GEOG)

1101. Physical Geography: Meteorology Laboratory. 1(0-2)

A laboratory experience that focuses on laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. The experience reinforces and promotes greater understanding of concepts of meteorology presented in GEOG 1301. Prerequisite or corequisite: GEOG 1301.

1102. Physical Geography: Climate and Mankind Laboratory. 1(0-2)

A laboratory experience that focuses on laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. The experience reinforces and promotes greater understanding of concepts of climatology and its effect on human civilization, as presented in GEOG 1302. Prerequisite or corequisite: GEOG 1302.

1301. Physical Geography: Meteorology. (GEOG 1301) 3(3-0)

Earth motions and their meanings; system of location and time; composition and structure of the earth's atmosphere. Meteorology and weather prediction, including storms. Air pollution meteorology. Field trips will be arranged.

1302. Physical Geography: Climate and Mankind. (GEOG 1302) 3(3-0)

Climatic classification, types and world regions. Climatic change, fluctuations and their effects on human ecology (e.g., droughts). Agricultural and urban climatology. Microclimates. The distribution of soils and natural vegetation as related to climate. Field trips will be arranged.

1303. World Geography. (GEOG 1303) 3(3-0)

Major geographic regions of the world. Landscapes and peoples of continents; major culture realms and nations, resources, land-use and industries. Contrasts between developed and emerging nations.

2472. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 4(3-3)

Principles and experience of Geographic Information Systems. Acquisition, management, processing and interpretation of geographic data. Spatial data structure and the display, manipulation and analysis of geographic data. Prerequisite: 3 hours of natural science or permission of instructor.

3302. Introduction to Broadcast Meteorology. 3(3-0)

Principles and practice of broadcast meteorology, a joint effort of the Department of Physics and Geosciences and Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. Introduction to television weather broadcasting with emphasis on creating accurate forecasts and on the techniques of communicating weather information to the public. Prerequisites: GEOG 1301 with GEOG 1302 recommended.

3305. Environmental Geography. 3(3-0)

The nature, geographic distribution, use and misuse of global resources with emphasis on those of North America. Ecosystems, air, water, soil, mineral and energy resources will be considered. Prerequisites: 3 semester credit hours of Geography or a science course (see General Education Requirements Natural sciences component).

3310. The World in Change: Crucial Topics in Contemporary Geography. 3(3-0)

Intensive study of the geography of selected world "crisis" regions. Examples include the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and the former U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of geography or 12 semester hours of social sciences.

3331. United States and Canada. 3(3-0)

The regional aspects of landforms, climate, resources and peoples of United States and Canada. Prerequisite: 6 hours of geography or 12 hours of social science.

3421. Geomorphology. 4(3-3)

Description, classification and quantitative analysis of landforms and surface processes in relation to human development. Regional physiography of the United States and topographic map interpretation. May be used as geology credit. Field trip will be arranged. Prerequisite: GEOL 1302/GEOL 1102 or GEOL 1303/GEOL 1103, MATH 1316.

3450. Field Mapping, Cartography and Global Positioning. 4(3-3)

The principles and practice of plane surveying and the global positioning system (GPS) and their interface with geographic information systems (GIS). Basic principles of cartography and use of cartographic tools and software. Management of cartographic data and GPS data. Local field trips will be arranged. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 and MATH 1316 or MATH 1324.

3460. GIS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. 4(3-3)

GIS and other geospatial technologies (including GPS and remote sensing) as applied to natural resources and environmental management. Technologies and techniques used to acquire geographic information, spatial data and location analysis and
applications of geospatial technology within the natural and environmental sciences. Case studies, labs and field exercises. Prerequisite: GEOG 2472.

4420. Special Topics in Geoscience. V:1-4

Concepts, developments or discoveries in geography. May be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours credit. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of geography and/or geology.

4429. Advanced Geographic Information Systems. 4(3-3)

Advanced techniques and applications of Geographic Information Systems. GIS data structure and conversions, advanced spatial analysis, data visualization, hydrological modeling. Basic and intermediate GIS programming for customizing and manipulating GIS applications. May be used as a geology credit. Prerequisite: GEOG 2472 or GEOG 3450 or GEOL 3407 or permission of instructor.

4435. Remote Sensing. 4(3-3)

The technology and interpretation of aerial photography and satellite imagery, including multi-spectral, thermal and radar images. Digital image processing using a raster geographic information system. Applications of remote sensing and guided projects in areas of student interest. May be used as a geology credit. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 and 6 hours of science, engineering or agriculture.

4436. Advanced Remote Sensing. 4(3-3)

Advanced topics in remote sensing. Recently emerged remote sensing systems, including high-resolution multi-spectral imaging systems, thermal remote sensing, hyperspectral remote sensing and airborne LiDAR remote sensing systems. Cutting-edge remote sensing data processing and analysis techniques. Prerequisite: GEOG 4435 or equivalent.

4441. GIS for Business. 4(3-3)

GIS and spatial analysis applied to organizations. Geographic Information, locational decision-making, spatial data, investment in and value of GIS, ethical aspects and GIS strategies. Case studies and lab practice with spatial data.
Prerequisite: GEOG 2472.

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