Undergraduate Course Descriptions


GO 110
Physical Geology
 
Comprehensive introduction to geology; earth materials, internal and external processes, time, resources and environmental hazards.  Two lectures, one lab per week.  (3 credits)
 

 
GO 150
Earth Science: Environmental Hazards
 
An examination of Earth's systems, how they work, and how they relate to people, with emphasis on resulting natural and man-made hazards to society.  Two lectures, one lab per week. (University Studies Course) 
(3 credits)

GO 220
Meteorology
 
Basic principles of atmosphere, air mass analysis, and fundamental laws governing weather forecasting. 
Three lectures.  (3 credits)

GO 225
Rocks and Minerals
 
An introduction  to rock forming minerals and common rocks with emphasis placed on hand-specimen identification and classification.  One lecture, two labs per week.  Prerequisites:  CH181/001/081 or CH 185/005/085, GO 110.  (3 credits)

GO 295
Introduction to Geoscience Research
 
Introduction to the skills and methods used in geoscience research.  Orientation to geosciences literature in Kent Library.,  Review of ongoing research in the Department of Geosciences.  Prerequisite: GO225 Corequisite: UI373
(1 credit)

GO 305
Environmental Geoscience
 
Natural earth systems and cycles, natural hazards, mineral and energy resources, waste disposal, and environmental planning.  Prerequisite: GO110  (3 credits)

 


GO 310
Field Methods
 
The methodology and instrumentation used in basic geologic field techniques.  Ten full days usually in summer pre-session.  Prerequistes: GO 225; MA 133; MA 134: UI 373.  (2 credits)

GO 315
Paleontology
 
Morphology, systematics, and paleoecology of important invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant fossil groups.  Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisite: BS 108 or BO 200 or ZO 200.  (3 credits)

 
GO 320
Oceanography
Introduction to historical, physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography, including man's interaction with the ocean.  Prerequisite: GO 220  (3 credits)

GO 335
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Modes of occurrence, composition, texture, origin, and natural history of sedimentary rocks; interpretation of the stratigraphic record.  Two lectures, two labs per week.  Prerequisites: GO 225, UI373  (4 credits)
 

GO 340
Remote Sensing
An introduction to the principles/concepts of remote sensing, its applications, and its significance in today's world.  Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisites: GG 140, GG240, or both GO 220 and GO 225, MA 133, MA 134  (3 credits)

GO 345
Mineralogy and Petrology
Study of basic concepts of classical and x-ray crystallography, phase equilibria, and igneous/metamorphic petrology.  Two lectures, two labs per week.   Two lectures, two labs per week.  Prerequisites: CH 186, GO 225, MA 133, MA 134.  (4 credits)
 

GO 350
Geology Field Camp
Summer geology field camp; application of geologic skills and knowledge in the field environment. An additional course fee is charged.  Four five-day weeks.  Prerequisites: GO 310, GO 225   (4 credits)
 

GO 355
Earth Resources
Study of mineral, energy, and water resources of Earth.  Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisite: GO 225
(3 credits)

GO 360
Structural Geology
Introduction to the mechanics of deformation and structures in naturally deformed rocks. Laboratory emphasizes description and problem-solving methodologies of outcrop and map scale structures.
One lecture, two labs per week.  Prerequisites: MA 133, MA 134, UI 373   (3 credits)

GO 400
Geomorphology
Systematic study of surface features of the earth and development, and changes they are undergoing.
Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisite: UI 373 or consent of instructor.   (3 credits)

GO405
Field Methods in Environmental Geoscience

Environmental investigations using techniques and instrumentation representative of industry practice.  One lecture, two labs per week. (3 credits)


GO 410
Optical Mineralogy and Petrography
 
Application of the petrographic microscope to identification of non-opaque minerals. Introduction to petrographic methods and study of rocks in thin section.  Prerequisite: GO 225  (3 credits)
 

GO 415
Introduction to Geophysics
Application of geology and physics to study the interior of the earth and development of surface features.
Prerequisites: GO 110, or consent of instructor, MA 140, PH 120/020 or PH 230/030  (3 credits)

GO 416
Applied Geophysics
 
Utilization of various geophysical prospecting techniques to explore the upper few kilometers of the earth for natrual resources and environmental and engineering problems.  Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisites: GL 110, MA 140, PH 121/021 or PH 231/031, or consent of the instructor.   (3credits)
 

GO 430
Ore Deposits
Origin, character and distribution of metallic ore deposits. Ore mineral identification by optical and microchemical techniques.  Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisites: GO 225, GO 360
Corequisite: GO 345  (3 credits)

GO 433
Advanced Igneous Petrology
Detailed examination of magma physics and chemistry, and the role of igneous processes in crust and mantle evolution.  Prerequisite: GO 345 or consent of instructor.   (3 credits)

GO 435
Predictive Statigraphy
Application of techniques used for mapping, interpolation, and simulation of subsurface distribution of sedimentary rocks using surface and subsurface data. Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisites: Go 335, MA 140, or consent of instructor.  (3 credits)

GO 440
Petroleum Geology
Principles of petroleum geology; origin, occurrence and exploration.  Two lectures, one lab per week.
Prerequisites: GO 335, GO 360  (3 credits)
 

GO 445
Geographic Information Systems
An introduction to the theory, methods, and applications of GIS for spatial data analysis.  Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisites: CS 180, GO 340, MA 223 or SO 242  (3 credits)
 

GO 446
Advanced Geoprocessing
Application of higher-order digital processing techniques for the analysis of remotely sensed imagery, and manipulation and interpretation of spatial data using more sophisticated GIS methods.  Two lectures, one 2-hour lab per week.  Prerequisites: GO 340, GO 445 or consent of instructor.  (3 credits)

GO 455
Clay Mineralogy
Description of clay minerals common in geologic deposits and soil. Identification of clay minerals using x-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, and chemical analysis.  Prerequisites:  CH186, GO225, or consent of instructor. (3 credits)

GO460
Environmental Hydrology

An introduction to the interrelationships between the environment and the occurrence, distribution, movement, and chemistry of water.  Emphasizing the influence of geologic processes and materials on surface water, groundwater, and fluid and contaminant transport through the vadose zone.  Two lectures, one lab per week.  Prerequisites: GO110; MA134; or consent of instructor.  (3 credits)


GO 465
Applied Geochemistry
 
Study of the important fields of geochemistry.  Two lectures, one lab per week  Prerequisites: GO 345, Ch 186, or consent of the instructor.  (3 credits)

GO 471-473
Special Topics
Lectures, laboratories, field trips, and seminars on topics in the geosciences not covered by the regular curriculum.  Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.  (1-3 credits)

GO 481-483
Independent Study
Supervised individual study in a selected field of the geosciences.  Prerequisite: Consent of the department chairperson and supervising faculty member.   (1-3 credits)

GO 486-488
Internship
A supervised learning and work experience which contributes to the individual student's major program of study and career objectives. Applicable to Geoscience and Geography majors. Arranged with supervising faculty member. May be taken more than once.  Prerequisites: 15 hours in major; 3.0 GPA  (1-3 credits)

GO 491-493
Undergraduate Research
Supervised individual research on a problem of interest to the student.  Prerequisties: Consent of the department chairperson and supervising faculty member.  (1-3 credits)

GO 495
Senior Research and Seminar
Research and professional presentations on an approved subject; the senior capstone course. Should be taken in the last year of study in the major.  Prerequisites: GO 295  (2 credits)

GO555
Soil Classification and Resource Management

Classification of soils in terms of their physical, chemical, and mineralogical composition.  Interpretation of soils in terms of proper land use, with special attention to soil erosion.  Prerequisites: AO215 or GO110; CH181/001/081 or DH185/005/085. (3 credits)


GO 561-563
Advanced Topics in Geology
Lectures, discussions, labs, field trips and assigned readings in various fields of geology. May be taken more than once. Topics vary.  Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. (1-3 credits)

 

 


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