University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Graduate Courses in Geology (GEOL)

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 217 - Vermont Field Geology
Field observations of rocks and surficial materials across northern Vermont are utilized to decipher the region's geologic history. Readings complement field work. Pre/co-requisite: Graduate student standing.
Credits: 4.00
GEOL 231 - Petrology
The course covers the scope and methods of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology, and the geologic environments and processes relevant to the major rock types. Pre/co-requisite: GEOL 110.
Credits: 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 242 - Basin Analysis
This course examines the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins, including tectonic setting, sediment supply, and subsidence history. Prerequisite: GEOL 153.
Credits: 3.00
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 263 - Geochronology
This course will survey the basic concepts of radioactive decay, mass spectrometry, and isotopic systems commonly used to quantify the timing of geologic events. Prerequisite: GEOL 110.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 265 - Geomicrobiology
An introduction to microbial control of redox chemistry on Earth's surface, including field techniques and a detailed look at how microbes affect element cycling. Prerequisite: GEOL 135.
Credits: 3.00
GEOL 266 - Microstructures
This course will focus on deformation of rocks and minerals at the microscopic scale and the practical use of photographic analyses to unravel tectonic histories. Pre/co-requisite: GEOL 260.
Credits: 3.00
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 295 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
GEOL 296 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
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 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 384 - Teaching in the Geosciences
A review of the pedagogical underpinnings of introductory geology and its laboratory activities. Prerequisite: Geology Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
Credits: 1.00
GEOL 385 - Teaching in the Geosciences
A review of the pedagogical underpinnings of introductory geology and its laboratory activities. Prerequisite: Geology Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
Credits: 1.00
GEOL 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 9.00
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