University Bulletin 2017-2018

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  • GY 111L
    Physical Geology Lab
    1 cr

    Laboratory course for Physical Geology. Fee.

    Co-requisite: GY 111
  • GY 112L
    Earth History Lab
    1 cr

    Laboratory course for Earth History.

    Co-requisite: GY 112
    Pre-requisite: GY 111 Minimum Grade of D and GY 111L Minimum Grade of D
  • GY 111
    Physical Geology
    3 cr

    Materials that make up the Earth as well as the properties and geological processes that operate in the Earth. Special topics include plate tectonics, mineral chemistry, the rock cycle, sedimentary processes, metamorphism and geological map reading. Core course.

    Co-requisite: GY 111L
  • GY 112
    Earth History
    3 cr

    The origin and history of the earth as seen in the rocks and their contained life record. Core Course.

    Co-requisite: GY 112L
    Pre-requisite: GY 111 Minimum Grade of D and GY 111L Minimum Grade of D
  • GY 113
    Honors Geoscience Field - H
    3 cr

    A two-week field course emphasizing the recognition and understanding of geologic processes in the field environment. The course is based in the Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, with field trips ranging across northern New Mexico and southern Colorado during the interim session.

    Pre-requisite: ( (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or (GY 111 Minimum Grade of D and GY 111L Minimum Grade of S) and ( (GY 103 Minimum Grade of D or (GY 112 Minimum Grade of D and GY 112L Minimum Grade of S) )
  • GY 301
    Geomorphology
    3 cr

    Principles of landform development as it relates to specific processes (fluvial erosion, glacial erosion, etc.), construction of topographic base maps with Alidade/Total Station, GPS navigation and surveying, and rock/mineral resource evaluation. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or GY 111 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 302
    Crystallography and Mineralogy
    4 cr

    Introduction to elementary crystallography, crystal chemistry, and atomic structure of minerals, as well as the identification, characterization and use of common rock-forming minerals and important ore minerals. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or (GY 111 Minimum Grade of D and GY 111L Minimum Grade of D) ) and (GY 103 Minimum Grade of D or (GY 112 Minimum Grade of D and GY 112L Minimum Grade of D) ) and (CH 131 Minimum Grade of D or CH 115 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 303
    Igneous & Meta Petrology
    4 cr

    The study of the formation and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or GY 111 Minimum Grade of D) and (GY 232 Minimum Grade of D or GY 302 Minimum Grade of D or GY 342 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 304
    Stratigraphy - W
    3 cr

    The development of the stratigraphic column; correlation and field procedures. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C) and (GY 103 Minimum Grade of D or GY 112 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 305
    Geophysics
    4 cr

    Application of classical physics to the study of the Earth and the solution of problems in Earth sciences, including analysis of seismic refraction and reflection surveys, earthquakes, gravity and magnetic fields, and electrical geophysical surveys. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: GY 111 Minimum Grade of D and GY 301 Minimum Grade of D
  • GY 310
    Environmental Earth Science
    3 cr

    A spatial perspective on major global environmental problems. Topics include population pressure, loss of biodiversity, ozone depletion, global warming, water, energy and mineral resources, food supplies, waste disposal, geological hazards and political/economic forces (identical to GEO 310).

    Pre-requisite: GY 111 Minimum Grade of D or GEO 101 Minimum Grade of D or GEO 102 Minimum Grade of D
  • GY 332
    Remote Sensing I
    4 cr

    Interpretation of maps, air photos and satellite images (identical to GEO 332). Fee.

    Pre-requisite: GEO 102 Minimum Grade of C and GEO 102L Minimum Grade of C and GY 301 Minimum Grade of C
  • GY 401
    Paleontology
    3 cr

    Major invertebrate fossil groups, their identification, and their geologic distribution. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 103 Minimum Grade of D or (GY 112 Minimum Grade of D and GY 112L Minimum Grade of D) )
  • GY 402
    Sedimentary Petrology-W
    3 cr

    A study of sediments and sedimentary rocks and their classification, as well as sedimentary processes, petrography and diagenesis.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or GY 111 Minimum Grade of D) and (GY 103 Minimum Grade of D or GY 112 Minimum Grade of D) and (GY 304 Minimum Grade of D or GY 323 Minimum Grade of D or GY 345 Minimum Grade of D) and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • GY 403
    Structural Geology
    4 cr

    Study of the deformation of the internal Earth and the structures that result. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or GY 111 Minimum Grade of D) and (GY 301 Minimum Grade of D or GY 325 Minimum Grade of D) and ( (PH 112 Minimum Grade of D or PH 114 Minimum Grade of D) or (PH 201 Minimum Grade of D or PH 216 Minimum Grade of D) )
  • GY 411
    Soils
    3 cr

    A review of soil formation, processes and properties (identical to GEO 411).

    Pre-requisite: (GEO 102 Minimum Grade of D and GEO 102L Minimum Grade of D and GY 301 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 413
    Coastal Geomorphology
    2 cr

    An introduction to coastal sediment processes and their applied coastal geomorphology with emphasis on waves, tides, sediments, and their interactions including the impacts of anthropogenic influences. Taught only at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

  • GY 420
    Geostatistics
    3 cr

    Applied bivariate and multivariate statistics to problems in Geography, Geology, and Meteorology; parametric and non-parametric procedures in correlation, regression, analysis of variance, etc. Time series analysis, trend surface analysis, kriging and analysis of spatial (map) data. Identical to GEO 420. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 111 Minimum Grade of C and GY 112 Minimum Grade of C) and (MA 112 Minimum Grade of C or ST 210 Minimum Grade of C)
  • GY 421
    Applied Environ Geology - W
    3 cr

    A geological applications course designed to familiarize students with techniques used by environmental and engineering geologists in their studies of land use, land development and assessment of geological hazards. Material is illustrated with case studies from the Mobile area. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or GY 111 Minimum Grade of D) and (EH 102 Minimum Grade of C or EH 105 Minimum Grade of C)
  • GY 422
    Sedimentary Geology
    3 cr

    A course examining sedimentation with emphasis on environments of deposition, sea-level and other controls on sedimentation in the rock record, and petroleum exploration. Credit for both GY 422 and GY 522 will not be allowed. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or GY 111 Minimum Grade of D) and (GY 103 Minimum Grade of D or GY 112 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 425
    Hydrology
    4 cr

    Principles of sources, occurrences, and movement of groundwater. Surface and subsurface investigations of groundwater and elementary groundwater hydrology and chemistry. Credit for both GY 425 and GY 525 will not be allowed. Fee.

  • GY 426
    Contaminant Hydrogeology
    3 cr

    Flow systems, mass transport in the vadose and saturated zones; advection and dispersion; transformation, retardation and attenuation of solutes; low temperature geochemical processes and kinetics of chemical reactions; contaminant modeling using finite difference-finite element methods. Credit for both GY 426 and GY 526 will not be allowed. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 425 Minimum Grade of D or GY 475 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 431
    Optical Mineralogy-Crystallogr
    4 cr

    Theory and use of the petrographic microscope in the recognition and identification of crystallographic and optical properties in non-opaque minerals. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 232 Minimum Grade of D or GY 302 Minimum Grade of D or GY 342 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 433
    X-Ray Analytical Methods
    4 cr

    Theory and use of x-ray diffraction systems as applied to crystallography, mineralogy, chemistry, and metallurgy. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: GY 302 Minimum Grade of D
  • GY 446
    Marine Geology
    4 cr

    A study of the geology of the ocean basins, with special emphasis on the continental shelves, their sediments, and sedimentary processes at work there.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 101 Minimum Grade of D or GY 111 Minimum Grade of D) and (GY 103 Minimum Grade of D or GY 112 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 450
    Thin-Section Techniques
    1 cr

    A laboratory based course illustrating techniques employed by geologists to prepare thin-sections from geological materials. Students will produce thin-sections and write up reports detailing the petrography of the samples examined. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 232 Minimum Grade of D or GY 302 Minimum Grade of D or GY 342 Minimum Grade of D) and (GY 233 Minimum Grade of D or GY 303 Minimum Grade of D or GY 343 Minimum Grade of D) and (GY 344 Minimum Grade of D or GY 402 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 480
    Field Geology
    6 cr

    A six-week, summer field course on the methods of geologic surveying, the nature and construction of geologic maps and cross-sections, measurements of stratigraphic sections and preparation of geologic reports. This course serves as a capstone class for geology majors.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 303 Minimum Grade of D and GY 403 Minimum Grade of D and GY 402 Minimum Grade of D and HS 170 Minimum Grade of P)
  • GY 490
    Special Topic -
    1 TO 4 cr

    Geological topics not covered in current geology courses. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

  • GY 492
    Seminar -
    1 TO 3 cr

    Departmental seminar investigating a selected field of geology (topic announced prior to registration). May be repeated when content varies for a maximum of 3 credits

  • GY 494
    Directed Study -
    1 TO 4 cr

    Independent research in the field or laboratory under the direction of a member of the Geology faculty. Students must have an acceptable project approved before registering for this course. Prerequisite: Permission of the Chair, Junior or Senior standing. No more than 8 hours of directed study is allowed.

  • GY 496
    Internship in Geology
    1 TO 3 cr

    On-the-job training through occupational or professional work through an approved geological organization. Only open to geology majors. Prerequisite: Permission of chair; Junior or Senior standing. No more than 3 hours of internship is allowed.

  • GY 520
    Geostatistics
    4 cr

    Applied bivariate and multivariate statistics to problems in Geography, Geology, and Meteorology; parametric and non-parametric procedures in correlation, regression, analysis of variance, etc. Time series analysis, trend surface analysis, kriging and analysis of spatial (map) data. Identical to GEO/GY 420. Credit for both GY 420 and GY 520 will not be allowed.

    Pre-requisite: (ST 175 Minimum Grade of B or ST 210 Minimum Grade of B) or (MA 125 Minimum Grade of C or MA 132 Minimum Grade of C)
  • GY 531
    Optical Mineralogy-Crystallogr
    4 cr

    Theory and use of the petrographic microscope in the recognition and identification of crystallographic and optical properties in non-opaque minerals. Graduate credit will require an additional project specified by the instructor. Credit for both GY 431 and GY 531 will not be allowed. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 232 Minimum Grade of D or GY 302 Minimum Grade of D or GY 342 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 533
    X-Ray Analytical Methods
    4 cr

    Theory and use of x-ray diffraction systems as applied to crystallography, mineralogy, chemistry, and metallurgy.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 231 Minimum Grade of D or GY 341 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 544
    Sedimentary Geology
    3 cr

    A study examining sedimentation with emphasis on environments of deposition, sea-level and other controls on sedimentation in the rock record, and petroleum exploration. Credit for both GY 444 and GY 544 will not be allowed.

    Pre-requisite: MAS 603 Minimum Grade of C or GY 344 Minimum Grade of D
  • GY 575
    Hydrology
    4 cr

    Principles of sources, occurrences, and movement of ground water. Surface and sub-surface investigations of ground water and elementary ground water hydrology and chemistry.

    Pre-requisite: (GY 232 Minimum Grade of D or GY 342 Minimum Grade of D)
  • GY 576
    Contaminant Hydrogeology
    4 cr

    Flow systems, mass transport in the vadose and saturated zones; advection and dispersion; transformation, retardation and attenuation of solutes; low temperature geochemical processes and kinetics of chemical reactions; contaminant modeling using finite difference-finite element methods. Credit for both GY 426 and GY 576 will not be allowed. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: GY 425 Minimum Grade of D or GY 475 Minimum Grade of D or GY 575 Minimum Grade of D
  • GY 590
    Sp Top -
    1 TO 6 cr

    An in-depth course for advanced students in geology. Topics and titles will be selected to examine the subject matter in an area of current interest to students and in an area of particular faculty expertise. To include specializing topics not currently listed in Bulletin course offerings.

  • GY 592
    Seminar -
    1 TO 6 cr

    Students and faculty meet weekly in an interactive discussion of current literature in geological sciences. The focus will be on 'state of the art' theories and methodologies as they occur in the primary literature. Student presentation is required to receive credit.

  • GY 594
    Directed Research
    1 TO 6 cr

    Independent research under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. May be used to learn new techniques or to explore research questions of special interest. A maximum of 6 hours may be earned for this course.