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Course Listings - Spring 2010



GEOLOGY 110B - Introductory Geology
(4 credits)
Miller, David

Open to all students, except those who have previously taken Geology 110B-115B, 150B, or
160B.  A math placement score of 22 or above is recommended.
This course provides students with a topical view of Physical Geology and how it relates to the human race.  Students will gain an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry, geological processes, and geological issues.  Much of the material we will treat consists of items covered by the media and is intended to give students practical knowledge that they can apply to everyday life and to other disciplines. 

A Math Placement score of 22 or above is strongly recommended, as many lab exercises incorporate basic math skills.  This course has both lecture and lab periods that each student must attend.  Note the required Saturday field trip to Ohio Caverns and Cedar Bog April 17 for section 02 and April 24 for section 01.
GEOLOGY 160B  – Environmental Geology    
(5 credits)                                        
Ritter, John

Open to all students, except those who have previously taken Geology 110B-115B, or 150B.
A Math placement score of 22 or above is recommended.
Environmental Geology is an introduction to applied geology for both science and non-science students.  The primary objective of the course is to understand human interaction with the physical environment.  We will study natural hazards, such as flooding, mass wasting, and coastal erosion, and natural resources, such as groundwater and wetlands.  Labs will focus on techniques used by geologists to study natural hazards and problems associated with natural resources and to develop mitigation strategies.  Geology 160 counts as an introductory course for the geology major and minor, the environmental studies minor, and the marine science minor.

Geology 260 - Sedimentology
(5 credits)
Zaleha, Michael

Prerequisite:  Geology 150B or 160B or one course from the Geology 110B-115B Series in combination with Geology 151.
This course is a process-based approach to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks.  The first part of the course will investigate the physical processes of sediment erosion, transport, and deposition.  These principles will then be applied to the study of modern depositional environments and processes as they relate to the interpretation of ancient deposits.  Emphasis will be on siliciclastic and carbonate depositional environments and rocks.  The course will conclude with brief treatments of stratigraphy, basin analysis, and sedimentological/tectonic/eustatic/ climatic interactions.  Labs include flume work, identification of important sedimentary structures, lab and field methods, and field trips.

Geology 291 – Spatial Analysis in the Natural Sciences
(2 credits)
Ritter, John

Prerequisites:  A 100-level course in Biology, Environmental Studies, Geology, or Physical Geography
This course focuses on raster datasets and their use in GIS-based spatial analysis and modeling in the natural sciences.  Raster datasets, including digital elevation models and satellite imagery, and their derivatives, such as slope or aspect models and land cover interpretations, are a critical part of studies in the natural sciences.  This course is intended to introduce students to the utility and availability to raster data and the methods for incorporating it into research problems.

Geology 392 – Junior Seminar
(1 credit)
Zaleha, Michael

Prerequisites: Open only to Geology majors with junior standing.
Required of all Geology majors during the spring semester of their junior year.  The purpose of this course is to prepare students in the skills necessary for them to conduct their senior research and to produce a written proposal for that research.  Every year.

Geology 412 – Igneous and Metamorphic Petrography (5 credits)
Bladh, Kathi

Prerequisites:  Geology 230 and Chemistry 121
The focus of this course is the study of igneous and metamorphic rocks emphasizing their identification, classification, and origin.  Megascopic and polarized-light microscopic mineral and textural identification, along with the application of relevant phase diagrams, will be used to interpret the origin of these rocks.  You will need your textbook (Nesse) and lab book/exercises from Optical Mineralogy (Geology 230).

Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week.

Geology 460 – Topics:  Tectonics
(4 credits)
Zaleha, Michael

Prerequisites:  One course from the Geology 110B-115B Series or 150B or 160B
This course treats the large-scale motion of Earth’s segmented lithosphere.  Emphasis will be on Earth structure, composition, and rheology, the various tectonic settings that result from those properties, and the structural styles of rock deformation associated with those tectonic settings.  Alternate years.

Geology 492 - Senior Seminar
(1 credit)                                                                                           
Ritter, John

Prerequisites:  Open only to senior geology or earth science majors. 
The purpose of this course is to encourage student reflection and integration of their course work in geology relative to the discipline of geology generally and the departmental learning goals specifically.  The course will enable students to complete assembly and analysis of their senior assessment materials. 


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