Geology (GEOL)

111 Physical Geology (4) An introduction to the principles and concepts of modern geology with emphasis placed on earth materials, rock cycle, hydrologic cycle, landform development and evolution, and processes affecting humans and society. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Geol 111 is a prerequisite to Geol 112 and 113.

112 Applied Geology (4) Stresses the application of basic physical geological principles to the environment including natural hazards, natural resources, the geologic time scale,and understanding global systems and ethical issues related to the environment. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab. Geol 111-112 is the recommended sequence for non-science majors. Prereq: Geol 111.

113 The History of the Earth (4) An introduction to the concepts, methods and evidence used to reconstruct Earth History beginning with the origin of Earth, through Earth’s geologic development, to the present including the origin and evolution of life on Earth. Geol 111 and Geol 113 is the recommended sequence for Education and Science majors. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab. Prereq: Geol 111.

121 Engineering Geology (3) The elements of physical and historical geology as they relate to engineering practice. Not to be taken by geology majors or minors. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab.

180 Topics in Geology (1-4) Study of special topics, laboratory or field experiences at an introductory level not requiring extensive prerequisites in the discipline. Prereq: Instructor’s approval.

310 Introduction to Oceanography (3) An introduction to the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes occurring in the world’s oceans, including natural resources for legal-political problems associated with the marine environment. Course is designed for science and science education majors. Prereq: one year sequence in a science.

318 (518) Mineralogy (5) A study of the crystallography, classification, identification and the systematics of mineral families. Laboratory includes hand specimen and analytical methods of identification. Three hours of lecture and four hours of lab. Prereq: Geol 111, Geol 113, Chem 121 and Math 140 or equivalent.

331 (531) Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3) A study of the genesis, classification, and identification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory includes hand specimen and optical methods of identification. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab. Prereq: Geol 318 or instructor’s approval.

334 (534) Geology of Tennessee (3) Lectures and field excursions to study the geologic materials and geologic history of Tennessee including: the geologic succession, geomorphology, paleontology, structural and tectonic history, economic resources, and environmental issues. To be taught in a field-intensive format, participants share costs of travel. Prereq: Geol 111 and either Geol 113 or instructor's approval.

337 (537) Structural Geology (4) Description and interpretation of deformation processes and common geologic structures such as folds, faults, joints, and cleavage. Lab topics include: map interpretation, depth and thickness problems, construction of structure sections, structure contour maps, stereonets. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab. Prereq: Geol 111, Geol 113; recommended Math 251-252 or equivalent.

341 (541) Environmental Geology (3) The application of geology to the interaction between man and the environment. Topics include geohazards, chemical and nuclear contamination of soils and water, remediation of environmental problems and governmental environmental agencies and laws. Prereq: Geol 111.

351 (551) Principles of Paleontology (4) A survey of ancient vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and the techniques used to obtain information from fossil-bearing rocks and sediment. Major topics of emphasis include: paleoecology, functional morphology, evolutionary theory, extinction processes, and paleobiogeography. Laboratory exercises will stress identification and morphology of invertebrate taxa that play a significant role in the fossil record. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab. Prereq: Geol 111 and Geol 113 or instructor’s approval.

371 (571) Geodynamics (3) The application of geophysical concepts to the understanding of Earth’s interior and plate tectonics. Topics include: architecture and composition of Earth’s interior; seismology; gravity anomalies, geomagnetics, geomagnetic reversals, geomagnetic dating, polar wandering and geodynamo theory; radioactivity and heat flow studies; geotomography plate tectonic processes and patterns through time. Prereq: Geol 111 and Geol 113. Recommended: Phys 211 and 212 or 220, 221 and 222.

411 (611) Sedimentology (3) A study of principles of sedimentology, sedimentary petrology, depositional pro-cesses, and environments. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. Prereq: Geol 111 and Geol 113. Recommended: Geol 318.

412 (612) Principles of Stratigraphy (2) Methods of correlating rock strata according to North American Stratigraphic Code including lithostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, and biostratigraphy. Two hours of lecture per week. Prereq: Geol 411.

440 Geohydrology (3) A study of the water cycle, especially those parts dealing with streams, ground water, and water quality. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab. Prereq: Math 140, Geol 111, Chem 121.

451 (651) Principles of Geomorphology (3) A study of the process mechanics operating within the earth’s surficial systems and the resultant landforms derived from these processes; information obtained is used to analyze how landform history manifests past climatic or tectonic phenomena. Prereq: Geol 111 and either Geol 113 or instructor’s approval.

462 Methods in Field Geology (4) Students will participate in field projects during their senior year. Methods include measurement, description and interpretation of rock sections; use of instruments in the collection and the analysis of data; construction and interpretation of geologic maps and cross-sections; use of the library in acquiring geologic information; writing technical reports, and the delivery of oral reports. This course is designated as the Writing and Speaking Across the Curriculum course in geology. Prereq/Coreq: Senior standing and approval of the geology faculty.

481 (681) Special Topics in Geology: (Title) (1-4) Intensive lectures and/or laboratory work on special topics in geology. Prereq: junior standing and instructor’s approval. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics. No more than four hours credit may be counted toward requirements for major or minor.

490 Senior Research Project (1-3) Seniors, by invitation of the geology faculty, propose and pursue research under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will submit a paper for review by a faculty committee of two or more members of the geology faculty and perhaps faculty members from other disciplines involved in the research. Grading on a pass or fail basis.




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