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2010-11 Online Catalogue

Courses in Geology (GEOL)

GEOL 001 - Earth System Science
An introduction to the earth as a closed system, the cycling of materials and energy within it, and how it interacts with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. May not be taken for credit concurrently with, or following receipt of, credit for GEOL 002.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 002 - Earth System Science
An introduction to earth as a closed system, the cycling of materials and energy within it, and how it interacts with hydrosphere and atmosphere. No Lab. May not be taken for credit concurrently with, or following receipt of, credit for GEOL 001.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 003 - Fire & Ice
Introduction to volcanoes/plate tectonics ("fire") and glaciers/climate change ("ice") using lectures, slides, discussion, and field trips. Considers Vermont and world-wide geological examples.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 005 - Mt - Lake:Geol Lake Chmpln Bsn
Scientific principles applied to the geology and geologic history of the Lake Champlain Basin.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 007 - Earth Hazards
Understand geological and societal causes of death and destruction by earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanoes, storms, and avalanches around the world.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
GEOL 008 - The Dynamic Earth
Exploration of Earth from a systems perspective, the exchange of mass and energy with the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. How geologists use the scientific method. Credit not given for both GEOL 008 and either GEOL 005 or GEOL 001.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 010 - Geological Oceanography
Characteristics and development of the oceans, their basins and shorelines, including plate tectonic history and basic physical, chemical, and biological processes. Prerequisite: GEOL 001 or introductory science course.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
GEOL 025 - Environmental Geology Survey
Environmental Geology is the study of the interactive relationship between humans and their geologic environment. No lab.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 053 - Planetary Geology
Characterizes the differences and similarities between the Terrestrial and Jovian Planets, the dynamic processes that shape our home planet and compares the geologic processes active in our Solar System. Prerequisites: Introductory science course or ASTR 005.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 055 - Environmental Geology
Introduction to geologic processes and materials pertinent to environmental problems: ground water movement, supply, and contamination, waste disposal, flooding, subsidence, and landslides. Local field trips. Designed for intended natural science majors.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 062 - Earth Env & Life Through Time
This course presents an overview of how the Earth has changed over time and how this has influenced the history of life. Prerequisites: GEOL 1, 3, 4, 5, or 55.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 095 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
GEOL 096 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
GEOL 101 - Field Geology
Geological evolution of western Vermont as seen through actual field mapping in the Burlington area. Specifically designed for sophomores majoring or minoring in Geology or related sciences. Prerequisite: GEOL 001, GEOL 055, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 110 - Earth Materials
Introduction to the major rocks and rock-forming minerals and their relationship to formation/depositional environments. Pre/co-requisite: Introductory Geology course: GEOL 001, GEOL 055 or GEOL 095.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 112 - Mineralogy&Optic Crystallgrphy
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 116 - Glacial Geology
Examines the Dynamics of glacier flow and landforms glaciers produce. Lectures, labs, and field trips emphasis processes in both modern and ancient glaciers. Prerequisites: GEOL 1, 5, or 55.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 131 - Igneous/Metamorph/Sedmnt Petro
(3-3) Description, classification, and genesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Introduction to petrogenetic models of the earth's crust and mantle. Prerequisite: GEOL 112.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 135 - Geochemistry
Application of many basic principles of chemistry, e.g. thermodynamic, kinetic, and transport calculations involving abiotic and biotic processes, to selected problems in the geosciences. Field trips. Pre/co-requisite: GEOL 110, CHEM 031, CHEM 032.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 151 - Geomorphology
Examines, using lectures, labs, and field-based independent study research projects, processes which change Earth's surface and the history of landscape development. Considers fundamental geologic constraints on environmental problems. Prerequisite: GEOL 001 OR GEOL 055. Cross-listed with: GEOG 144.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 153 - Strat & Sedimentary Petrology
Properties of physical sedimentation, principles of stratigraphy and basin analysis, and comparison of modern and ancient environments. Lab includes description and classification of sedimentary rocks. Prerequisite: 062.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 172 - Regional Geology
Discussion of the geology of a selected region of North America. A four-week summer field trip to the area in question. Prerequisites: one other Geology course or permission.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 195 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
GEOL 196 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 15.00
GEOL 197 - Research in Geology
Supervised research and readings in a selected field of geology. Students from allied sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering may elect a research problem that combines their major field of study and geology. Prerequisite: Department permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
GEOL 198 - Research in Geology
Supervised research and readings in a selected field of geology. Students from allied sciences, mathematics, and engineering may elect a research problem that combines their major field of study and Geology. Prerequisite: Department permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
GEOL 201 - Advanced Field Geology
Advanced field mapping techniques, analysis of field data, preparation of geological maps and reports. Prerequisite: GEOL 260.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 210 - Systems Dynamics & Earth Sci
Analysis of generic systems with examples from physical and natural sciences. Geological systems emphasized. Laboratories involve computer analysis of system structure and behavior over time. Prerequisites: A major or minor in science, Mathematics, Natural Resources, Engineering, or permission of Instructor.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 217 - Vermont Field Geology
Field observations of rocks and surficial materials across northern Vermont are utilized to decipher the region's geologic history. Reading complement field work. Pre/co-requisites: Graduate student standing.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 230 - Adv Igneous&Metamorphic Petrol
Application of phase equilibria, elemental and isotopic data, and textural interpretations to problems in igneous and metamorphic petrology, stressing modern theories of tectonics and petrogenesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 131.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 233 - Environmental Isotope Geochem
Course focuses on stable isotope geochemistry of low temperature processes occurring on and near the earth surface through lecture, laboratory, and seminar. Prerequisite: Introductory Chemistry.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 234 - Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Integrated perspective on biogeochemical cycles describing the transformation and movement of chemical substances in the natural environment, as seen on the global context. Prerequisite: Introductory Chemistry.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 235 - Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Basic concepts of chemical equilibria applied to natural waters, including thermodynamics, pH, oxidation-reduction, weathering, and solution equilibria. Prerequisite: CHEM 031, CHEM 032.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 240 - Tectonics
Applications of igneous and metamorphic petrology to problems in tectonophysics, including petrochemistry of the earth's crust and upper mantle and the internal structure of orogenic belts. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, GEOL 110.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 241 - Clastic Depositional Systems
Selected readings and field studies emphasizing the interpretation of clastic sedimentary deposits including transportation, processes of sedimentation, and geomorphology of ancient and recent sedimentary environments. Prerequisite: GEOL 153. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 243 - Clastic Petrology Laboratory
Study of clastic rocks in hand specimen and thin section. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 241.
Credits: 1.00
GEOL 245 - Carbonate Depositional Environ
Paleoenvironmental analysis of carbonate rocks including selected readings, field investigations, and petrographic studies. Prerequisite: GEOL 153. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 247 - Carbonate Petrology Lab
Study of carbonate rocks in hand specimen and thin section. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 245.
Credits: 1.00
GEOL 255 - Geohydrology
Field-based projects address hydrologic processes in geological context; precipitation, runoff, ground water flow, river behavior, and hillslope stability. Stresses data analysis, writing, and practical approaches to water-related environmental problems. Prerequisite: Major in science or engineering or permission.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 260 - Structural Geology
Examines processes and problems concerning the mechanical behavior of the Earth's crust and surface. Includes rock deformation stress, strain, and the interpretation of geological structures. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, GEOL 110, PHYS 011, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 261 - Geodynamics
Examines physical evolution of the Earth on regional to global scale. Project oriented, focusing on analysis and interpretation of geologic and geophysical data. Prerequisite: GEOL 101 and GEOL 110 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 272 - Regional Geology
Discussion of the geology of a selected region of North America; a four-week summer field trip to the area in question. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, GEOL 110, or equivalent.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
GEOL 273 - Geology of the Appalachians
Origin of mountain belts; the Appalachian mountain system discussed in terms of tectonics and geologic processes active in modern continental margins. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, GEOL 110, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 278 - Principles of Aquatic Systems
See NR 278.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 291 - Seminar in Geology
Seminar on current topics in the geosciences, including attendance at weekly departmental visiting speaker series, reading and analysis of related scholarly publications, oral/written reports. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00
GEOL 292 - Senior Seminar
Seminar on current topics in the geosciences, including attendance at weekly departmental visiting speaker series, reading and analysis of related scholarly publications, oral/written reports. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00
GEOL 295 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
GEOL 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
GEOL 301 - Intro to Graduate Studies
For first year graduate students in Geology. Includes orientation to faculty, abstract and grant writing, comprehensive exams, talk preparation and scientific method in the Geosciences. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Geology.
Credits: 1.00
GEOL 302 - Intro Graduate Studies Geology
For first year graduate students in Geology. Includes orientation to faculty, abstract and grant writing, comprehensive exams, talk preparation and scientific method in the Geosciences. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Geology.
Credits: 1.00
GEOL 335 - Aqueous Environmental Geochem
This course focuses on the chemical equilibrium and kinetics principles governing water chemistry, including water interaction with the atmosphere, microbes and minerals. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 350 - Paleogeography
Paleopositions of continents and the distribution of land areas and ocean basins through geologic time in the context of plate tectonics. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 351 - Surface Proc & Quaternary Geol
Discussion and critique of scientific literature pertaining to Earth surface history and processes. Critical examination of author's methods, data, and assumptions. Student-led discussions. Specific focus changes yearly. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in science, natural resources or engineering, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
GEOL 352 - Environmental Geology Seminar
Geologic constraints on environmental problems including: groundwater flow, contaminant transport, slope stability, climate change, sedimentation, deforestation and earthquake hazards. Extensive readings and student-led discussions. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in science, natural resources, or engineering, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
GEOL 360 - Structural Anyl Deformed Rocks
Mechanisms of rock deformation; fracture phenomena and analysis; fault zone characteristics; fold generation analysis. Stress and strain interpretation of deformational features in rocks and minerals. Field work. Prerequisite: GEOL 260 or equivalent.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 361 - Advanced Structural Geology
Selected topics in analytical structural geology. Prerequisite: GEOL 260 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 371 - Advanced Readings
Readings and research problems intended to contribute to the program of graduate students in areas of geology for which formal courses are not available. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Geology.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
GEOL 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 9.00
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