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UVM Course Directory

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Subject: Geology

GEOL 001 - Earth System Science

Introduction to the earth as a closed system, the cycling of materials and energy within it, and its interactions with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. No credit for GEOL 001 and either GEOL 005, GEOL 006, GEOL 008, or GEOL 011.

GEOL 005 - Mt - Lake:Geol Lake Chmpln Bsn

Scientific principles applied to the geology and geologic history of the Lake Champlain Basin. Credit not given for both GEOL 005 and either GEOL 001, GEOL 006, GEOL 008, or GEOL 011.

GEOL 011 - Geology Using Google Earth

An illustration of dynamic processes that have shaped our planet, and views the results of those processes using Googleâ„¢ Earth. Credit not given for both GEOL 011 and either GEOL 001, GEOL 005, Geol 006, or GEOL 008.

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.

GEOL 095 - Special Topics

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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 or GEOL 005, or GEOL 055; GEOL 062.

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, GEOL 005, GEOL 007, OR GEOL 055. Cross-listed with: GEOG 144.

GEOL 197 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

GEOL 198 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

GEOL 201 - Advanced Field Geology

Advanced field mapping techniques, analysis of field data, preparation of geological maps and reports. Prerequisite: GEOL 101.

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. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

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. Prerequisite: GEOL 110.

GEOL 246 - X-ray Diffractometry

This course focuses on identification and characterization of materials using X-ray diffractometry. The course will include exercises using a modern powder diffractometer. Prerequisite: CHEM 032.

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.

GEOL 297 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

GEOL 361 - Advanced Structural Geology

Selected topics in analytical structural geology. Prerequisite: GEOL 260.

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.

GEOL 007 - SU: Earth Hazards

Understand geological and societal causes of death and destruction by earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanoes, storms, and avalanches around the world.

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 001, GEOL 005, or GEOL 055.

GEOL 110 - SU: Earth Materials

Introduction to the major rocks and rock-forming minerals and their relationship to formation/depositional environments. Prerequisite: GEOL 001, GEOL 005 or GEOL 055.

GEOL 116 - Glacial Geology

Examines the Dynamics of glacier flow and landforms glaciers produce. Lectures, labs, and field trips emphasize processes in both modern and ancient glaciers. Prerequisite: GEOL 001, GEOL 005, or GEOL 055.

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: CHEM 031.

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: Prerequisite: CHEM 032.

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. Prerequisites: GEOL 101, GEOL 110.

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. Prerequisites: GEOL 101, GEOL 110.

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.

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.

GEOL 295 - Advanced Special Topics

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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.

GEOL 006 - SU: How the Earth Works

Introduces how the Earth works through examination of interactions between geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere that produce Earth's climates and environments. Credit not given for both GEOL 006 and either GEOL 001, GEOL 005, GEOL 008, or GEOL 011.

GEOL 135 - Environmental Geochemistry

Application of many basic principles of chemistry to selected environmental problems in geosciences (e.g. acid mine drainage, carbon dynamics, weathering, and contaminant metal mobility). Prerequisite: CHEM 031.

GEOL 161 - SU:Field Methods in Geophysics

This course is an introduction to field geophysical methods with an emphasis on ground-penetrating radar, seismic refraction, electromagnetic profiling, and applications to geologic problems. Prerequisite: GEOL 101.

GEOL 185 - Geocomputing

Introduction to a variety of computing tools commonly used in sciences and geosciences in particular. Hands-on experience is at the heart of the teaching of this class; real data are used to resolve specific problems. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

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. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in science, natural resources, or engineering.

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: CHEM 031.

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.

GEOL 153 - Stratigraphy & Sedimentology

Properties of physical sedimentation, principles of stratigraphy and basin analysis, and comparison of modern and ancient environments. Lab includes field trips. Prerequisite: GEOL 062.

GEOL 195 - Special Topics

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GEOL 196 - Special Topics

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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. Prerequisite: GEOL 260.

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.