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GEOLOGY (GY)
 
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. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: GY 111L.
 
GY 111L Physical Geology Lab 1 cr
Laboratory course for Physical Geology. Corequisite: GY 111.
 
GY 112 Earth History 4 cr
The origin and history of the Earth as seen in the rocks and their contained life record. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: GY 112L.
 
GY 112L Earth History Lab  
Laboratory course for the Earth History course. Students must pass this laboratory course in order to receive a passing grade in GY 112. Corequisite: GY 112.
 
GY 113 Honors Geoscience Field Course 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. Fee. Prerequisites: GY 111, GY 112, or permission of instructor.
 
GY 305 Geophysics (C) 4 cr
Application of classical physics to the study of the Earth and the solution of problems in the Earth sciences, including analysis of geomagnetics, the Earth's gravitational field, seismic analysis, sequence stratigraphy, well log interpretation, and applications to petroleum exploration.
 
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).
 
GY 311 Applied Environmental Geology (C, 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. Prerequisite: GY 111. Fee.
 
GY 325 Applied 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. Prerequisite: GY 111. Fee.
 
GY 332 Remote Sensing I 4 cr
Interpretation of maps, air photos and satellite images (identical to GEO 332). Prerequisites: GEO 102 and GEO 102L. Permission of instructor. Fee.
 
GY 341 Crystallography (C) 4 cr
Introduction to elementary crystallography, crystal chemistry, and atomic structure of minerals. Geologic data will be analyzed using various microcomputer-oriented statistical and graphics packages. Fee.
 
GY 342 Mineralogy (C, W) 4 cr
Identification of common rock-forming minerals and important ore minerals. Includes introduction to determinative techniques involving basic qualitative chemical tests. Geologic data will be analyzed using microcomputer-oriented statistical and graphics packages. Prerequisite: GY 341 or permission of instructor. Fee.
 
GY 343 Petrology (C) 4 cr
The study of the formation and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Prerequisite: GY 342.
 
GY 344 Sedimentary Petrology (C) 3 cr
A study of sediments and their classification, as well as sedimentary processes, petrography and diagenesis. Prerequisites: GY 111 and GY 112. Fee.
 
GY 345 Stratigraphy (W) 3 cr
The development of the stratigraphic column; correlation and field procedures. Prerequisite: GY 112.
 
GY 360 Structural Geology (C) 4 cr
Study of the deformation of the internal Earth and the structures that result. Prerequisites: GY 111, GEO 102.
 
GY 371 Invertebrate Paleontology 4 cr
Major invertebrate fossil groups, their identification, and their geologic distribution. Prerequisite: GY 112. Fee.
 
GY 411 Soils 3 cr
A review of soil formation, processes and properties (identical to GEO 411). Prerequisite: GEO 102 or permission of the instructor.
 
GY 413 Coastal Geomorphology 2 cr
An introduction to coastal sediment processes and applied coastal geomorphology with emphasis on waves, tides, sediments and their interactions including the impacts of anthropogenic influences.
 
GY 420 Geostatistics (C) 4 cr
Applied bivariate and multivariate statistics to problems in geology, geography, 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). Credit for both GY 420 and GY 520 will not be allowed.
 
GY 431 Optical Mineralogy and Crystallography 4 cr
Theory and use of the petrographic microscope in the recognition and identification of crystallographic and optical properties in non-opaque minerals. Prerequisite: GY 342 or permission of the instructor. Fee.
 
GY 433 X-Ray Analytical Methods 4 cr
Theory and use of X-ray diffraction systems as applied to crystallography, mineralogy, chemistry, and metallurgy. Prerequisite: GY 341 or permission of instructor.
 
GY 440 Techniques in Geology: Thin Section Preparation 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. Prerequisites: GY 344 and permission of the instructor. Fee.
 
GY 442 Remote Sensing II 4 cr
Analysis of remotely sensed digital data for detection and mapping of earth resources (identical to GEO 442). Fee. Prerequisites: GEO or GY 332.
 
GY 444 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. Prerequisite: GY 344 or permission of the instructor. Fee. Credit for both GY 444 and GY 544 will not be allowed.
 
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. Prerequisites: GY 111 and GY 112.
 
GY 460 Introduction to GIS 4 cr
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems technology, including software functionality (ArcGIS), data processing, cartography and spatial analysis (identical to GY 460). Fee. Prerequisite: GEO 331.
 
GY 461 GIS Applications I - Environment 4 cr
Application of Geographic Information Systems to studies of the natural environment (identical to GEO 461). Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: GEO or GY 460.
 
GY 475 Hydrology 4 cr
Principles of sources, occurrences, and movement of ground-water. Surface and subsurface investigations of groundwater and elementary groundwater hydrology and chemistry. Prerequisite: GY 342 or permission of the instructor. Fee. Credit for both GY 475 and GY 575 will not be allowed.
 
GY 476 Contaminant Hydrology (C) 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. Prerequisite: GY 475. Credit for both GY 476 and GY 576 will not be allowed.
 
GY 480 Field Geology (W) 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. Prerequisites: GY 343, GY 360. Fee.
 
GY 490 Special Topics 1-4 cr
Geologic topics not covered in current geology courses. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
 
GY 492 Seminar 1-4 cr
Departmental seminar investigating a selected field of geology (Topic announced prior to registration.) May be repeated once when content varies.
 
GY 494 Directed Studies 1-4 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. Prerequisites: Permission of the Chair; Senior standing.
 
GY 496 Internship in Geology 1-3 cr
On-the-Job training through occupational or professional work through an approved geological organization. Only open to geology majors. Prerequisites: Permission of chair; Junior or senior standing.
 
GY 520 Geostatistics (C) 4 cr
Applied bivariate and multivariate statistics to problems in geology, geography, 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 or GY 420. Credit for both GY 420 and GY 520 will not be allowed.
 
GY 531 Optical Mineralogy and Crystallography 4 cr
Theory and use of the petrographic microscope in the recognition and identification of crystallographic and optical properties in non-opaque minerals. Prerequisite: GY 342 or permission of the instructor. Fee. Credit for both GY 431 and GY 531 will not be allowed.
 
GY 533 X-ray Analytical Methods 4 cr
Theory and use of X-ray diffraction systems as applied to crystallography, mineralogy, chemistry, and metallurgy. Prerequisite: GY 341 or permission of instructor. Credit for both GY 433 and GY 533 will not be allowed.
 
GY 543 Selected Applications in Remote Sensing 3 cr
Critical assessment of selected remote sensing applications in Earth science. Prerequisite: GEO 332/GY 332 or permission of instructor. Credit for both GY 442 and GY 543 will not be allowed.
 
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. Prerequisites: MAS 603, GY 344 or Permission of the instructor. Credit for both GY 444 and GY 544 will not be allowed. Fee.
 
GY 575 Hydrology 4 cr
Principles of sources, occurrences, and movement of groundwater Surface and subsurface investigations of groundwater and elementary groundwater hydrology and chemistry. Prerequisite: GY 342 or permission of the instructor. Fee. Credit for both GY 475 and GY 575 will not be allowed.
 
GY 576 Contaminant Hydrology 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. Prerequisite: GY 475/ GY 575. Credit for both GY 476 and GY 576 will not be allowed.
 
GY 590 Special Topics 1-6 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 specialized topics not currently listed in Bulletin course offerings.
 
GY 592 Seminar 1-6 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 geology literature. Student presentation is required to receive credit.
 
GY 594 Directed Research 1-6 cr
Independent research, not related to the dissertation, under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. May be used to learn new techniques or explore research questions of special interest. A maximum of 6 hours may be earned for this course toward the graduate degree in Marine Sciences. On-the-job training through occupational or professional work through an approved geological organization. Only open to geology and marine sciences majors. Prerequisite: Permission of chair.
 
 

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