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Volume XCII – July 2008
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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
Course Descriptions for Geology (GEOL)

GEOL 1135. GEOLOGICAL LABORATORY (1-0) Experiments and exercises related to geological principles and problems. Prerequisite: permission of department.

GEOL 1136. GEOLOGICAL LABORATORY II (0-1) Experiments and exercises related to geological principles and problems of earth history. Prerequisite: permission of department.

GEOL 1137. GEOLOGICAL LABORATORY III (0-1) Experiments and exercises related to geological principles and problems of environmental science. Prerequisite: permission of department.

GEOL 1391. COMPUTER LITERACY (3-0) This course is designed to develop and perfect skills in all aspects of computer use for an undergraduate education through direct interaction with University facilities and integrated software. Topics include word processing, spreadsheet, database, draw and paint graphics, slide presentations, desktop publishing, electronic mail, Internet services, and online services. (Skills are developed through the completion of weekly projects). Assumes no knowledge of computers; satisfies the College of Science requirement for computer literacy.

GEOL 1420. GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS (3-1) Geological and geographical evolution of national parks and monuments. Distance learning sections only. Course material overlaps GEOL 1425, so credit will not be granted for both.

GEOL 1425. EARTH SYSTEMS (3-3) An integrated study of the earth, emphasizing interactions between plate tectonics, the atmosphere, the oceans, the biosphere, and human activity. Course material overlaps GEOL 1420, so credit will not be granted for both.

GEOL 1426. EARTH HISTORY (3-3) History of the earth and evolution of life emphasizing the co-evolution of the atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 2401. WEATHER & CLIMATE (3-3) Processes that control weather and climate. Methods of describing and forecasting weather. Predicting severe weather, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Offered as GEOG 2401 and GEOL 2401; credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 2402. GEOSCIENCE AND GENESIS (3-1) The process and methodology of science; the history of life revealed in the rock record; the theory of evolution; creationist viewpoints and their Biblical foundations; objections to evolution; and issues relating to teaching evolution and creationism in the public schools. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 2404. GEOLOGIC HAZARDS (3-1) Processes producing earthquakes, floods, eruptions and landslides, and their effect on people. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425.

GEOL 2405. HISTORY OF LIFE AND GEOLOGIC TIME (3-1) The succession of life as shown by the fossil record and explained by evolution. Methods and reliability of determining time and sequence of events. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425.

GEOL 2406. NATURAL RESOURCES (3-1) Origin, occurrence and exploitation of natural resources such as minerals, energy and building materials. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425.

GEOL 2409. EARTH LANDFORMS (3-1) The Earth's surface processes which control landforms. Formation and classification of soils and the effects of human activity on landscape evolution. Offered as GEOL 2409 and GEOL 2409; credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425.

GEOL 2410. PLANETARY GEOLOGY (3-1) The geology, history and landscapes of the terrestrial planets and satellites of the outer planets. Composition of the planets as a guide to the origin and evolution of the solar system. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425.

GEOL 2411. GLOBAL WARMING (3-1) Global environmental challenges confronting humanity such as pollution, depletion of natural resources, ecosystem deterioration, food production, and population growth.

GEOL 2445. MINERALOGY (3-4) Elementary crystallography, mineral identification, mineral occurrences, mineral usage, and an introduction to optical mineralogy. Prerequisite: CHEM 1441.

GEOL 2446. IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY AND PETROGRAPHY (3-4) Hand-specimen and microscope study of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Rock origins, tectonic controls, rock description, and interpretation of rock textures and structures. Prerequisite: GEOL 2445.

GEOL 3100. GEOSCIENCE PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION (1-0) Review of various careers in the Geosciences, and how to prepare a resume, network, and interview. Principles to follow for on-the-job success. Class will involve field trips and guest lectures. Prerequisite: none.

GEOL 3184. OCEANOGRAPHY LABORATORY (0-2) Laboratory for students seeking elementary certification in life-earth (Option III). Corequisite: GEOL 3301 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 3185. METEOROLOGY LABORATORY (0-2) Laboratory for students seeking secondary certification in life-earth or earth science programs. Corequisite: GEOL 3305 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 3301. INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY (3-0) Comprehensive study of the principles of physical oceanography and marine geology, focusing on the role of the ocean in the Earth system. Web-delivered real-world oceanographic data are incorporated into the course material. Prerequisite: Six hours of science and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 3305. INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY (3-0) Dynamics of the atmosphere: examination of processes that control weather; long-term climatic cycles and geological record of global climate change; atmospheric pollution and its effects on climate. Prerequisite: six hours of science and junior standing, or permission of the instructor. Offered as GEOG 3305, and GEOL 3305 credit will be granted only once. (Science and Engineering majors: see GEOL 4405).

GEOL 3313. OUTDOOR GEOLOGY (0-8) Geologic features measured and observed in the field, at locations to be announced, but normally in Texas and surrounding states. Emphasis will be on mapping geologic relationships and understanding regional geologic history. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425 or permission of instructor. Special fee to cover cost of transportation, food, and lodging.

GEOL 3316. ASTROBIOLOGY (3-0) This is an interdisciplinary course between astrophysics, biology, and geology. Topics include properties of life, origin and evolution of life on Earth, mass extinctions, extremophiles, search for life in the Solar System, space missions, stellar habitable zones, SETI, Fermi paradox, Drake equation. Prerequisites: PHYS 1441, 1442, 2315 and BIOL 3315, or permission by the instructor. Offered as BIOL 3316, GEOL 3316, and PHYS 3316; credit will be granted only once.

GEOL 3340. GEOLOGY FOR ENGINEERS (2-3) Introduction to geological materials and processes important to practice of civil engineering. Includes processes forming minerals and rocks; mechanics and deformation of rocks, weathering, erosion and soils; soil hazards, land subsidence and mass movements; groundwater hydrology, geochemistry and contamination; and rivers. Labs will include introduction to geologic materials and use of GIS software to store, analyze and display geologic and engineering data.

GEOL 3387. FIELD GEOLOGY I. (4-4) Stratigraphic and structural mapping and analysis of data collected in the field. Taught for three weeks only in the summer session. Prerequisite: GEOL 2446, 3442, 3443. Special fee covers cost of transportation, room, and board while in the field.

GEOL 3388. FIELD GEOLOGY II (4-4) Mapping and analysis of igneous and metamorphic rock data as well as hydrologic, geochemical and mass wasting data collected in the field. Taught for three weeks after GEOL 3387 only in the Summer session. Prerequisite: GEOL 2446, 3442, 3443, and 3387. Special fee covers cost of transportation, room, and board while in the field.

GEOL 3402. DINOSAURS (3-1) Review of the evolution, environment and fossil record of dinosaurs and other extinct vertebrates. Field trip required. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425.

GEOL 3403. VOLCANOES AND VOLCANIC PROCESSES (3-1) Overview of volcanic eruptions on Earth and other planets. Emphasis on activity from prehistoric to recent time and the effect on human populations and climate change. Prerequisite: GEOL 1425.

GEOL 3441. PALEONTOLOGY (3-3) Biology, morphology, and taxonomy of fossil invertebrates. Prerequisite: GEOL 1426, BIOL 1442.

GEOL 3442. STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY AND PETROGRAPHY (3-3) An introduction to the description, origin, and historical interpretation of stratified rocks. Prerequisite: GEOL 2446 (or concurrent enrollment) and GEOL 3441 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 3443. STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (3-3) The genesis, classification, and description of structural features resulting from deformation of the earth's crust. Prerequisite: GEOL 2446, 3442 (or concurrent enrollment) and GEOL 3441 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4189. PROBLEMS IN GEOLOGY (0-0) Supervised undergraduate research in any one of the various fields of geology. May be repeated but will not meet the requirements of nine hours of 4000 courses as listed in the requirements for a B.S. degree in geology. Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of the instructor.

GEOL 4190. GEOSCIENCE INTERNSHIP (0-1) Work in geoscience for a commercial concern at least 20 hours per week for three months. Requirements include: writing a resume, learning how to interview and function on the job, and a report describing the work. Prerequisite: 16 hours of geology.

GEOL 4289. PROBLEMS IN GEOLOGY (0-0) Supervised undergraduate research in any one of the various fields of geology. May be repeated but will not meet the requirement of nine hours of 4000 courses as listed above. Prerequisite: senior standing in geology and permission of instructor.

GEOL 4301. OCEANOGRAPHY (3-0) The many aspects of oceanography with special emphasis on physical oceanography and marine geology. Prerequisite: Six hours of science and junior standing, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4302. PLATE TECTONICS (3-0) Understanding our dynamic Earth through the study of seafloor spreading, subduction and continental collision. This course will examine the geophysical evidence for plate tectonics: magnetism, gravity, and heat flow; and will review the history of plate motions and their effect on climate, evolution, and the formation of natural resources. Prerequisite: GEOL 1391 and 3443.

GEOL 4305. SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY (3-0) Geological topics not treated in the regular curriculum. Topic, format, and prerequisites to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for geology elective credit as different topics are offered.

GEOL 4307. SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY (3-0) This course introduces sequence stratigraphy within context of all stratigraphy and history of sequence stratigraphy. Includes overview of sequence stratigraphy principles. Review of basic fundamental concepts of surface- and facies-based physical stratigraphy. Review of architectural element analysis, sequence stratigraphic in seismic, borehole expression of sequences and overview of subsurface stratigraphic techniques.

GEOL 4308. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY (3-0) The geochemistry of natural waters with emphasis on processes that control solute concentrations including complexation reactions, oxidation and reduction reactions, biogeochemistry, and chemical weathering reactions. Prerequisites: GEOL 2445 and 3443, CHEM 1301, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4309. GEOMORPHOLOGY & QUATERNARY STRATIGRAPHY OF SEDIMENTARY SYSTEMS (3-0) This course examines those physical processes that sculpt the surface of the Earth and result in deposition of sediments. Surface systems covered include weathering, mass wasting, rivers, shorelines, eolian, and glaciers. The course also examines the stratigraphic techniques used to decode the recent (2 million to present) stratigraphic record of these systems. Course is designed for geologists, biologists, and other fields concerned with interpreting and/or managing modern environments.

GEOL 4310. INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY (3-0) Geochemistry of the elements, processes governing distribution of elements within the earth, and chemical processes in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous environments. Prerequisite: GEOL 2446 and 3442 (or concurrent enrollment), and CHEM 1442.

GEOL 4320. HYDROGEOLOGY (3-0) Applied hydrogeology. Discussions of the hydrologic cycle, principles of groundwater flow including the mathematical approaches to groundwater flow modeling, relationships between geology and groundwater flow, groundwater chemistry, and groundwater exploration and development. Prerequisite: GEOL 3443 and MATH 2325 or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4325. PALEOCLIMATE & CLIMATE CHANGE (3-0) Climate change throughout geologic time, especially the last 100 million years: models of the climate system, reconstruction and modeling of past climates, abrupt climate change, warm climates, paleoclimatology, climate change and mass extinctions. Prequisite: GEOL 1425, MATH 1426, and junior standing or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4330. UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (2-1) A practical introduction to GIS and methods of creating, maintaining and displaying spatial data using the ArcGIS software. This course replaces GEOL 4352; credit will not be granted for both. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

GEOL 4331. ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA (2-1) Analyzing spatial data using ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, and 3-D Analyst, topological surface analysis and modeling; 3-D visualization and viewscapes; spatial statistics and data quality management. Prerequisite: GEOL 3440, junior standing, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4332. GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (2-1) Review of the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System and its segments: space, operational control, and GPS receivers. Mechanics of the satellite constellation; GPS signal structure; datums and coordinate systems; precision and accuracy; error factors; absolute (point) versus relative (differential) positioning. Various positioning techniques using several types of GPS receivers; field data collection and input into GIS programs for data analysis and presentation. Prerequisite: GEOL 4330, junior standing, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4333. REMOTE SENSING FUNDAMENTALS (2-1) The electromagnetic spectrum and the interaction of EM waves with matter; various types of sensing devices; spectral and spatial resolution parameters; airborne and satellite sensor platforms; aerial photographs and false-color images. The sequence of data acquisition, computer processing, and interpretation; sources of data; the integration of remote sending data with other data types in GIS. Prerequisite: GEOL 4330, junior standing, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4334. GEOGRAPHIC DATA ANALYSIS (3-0) Acquisition, processing and analysis of a set of spatial data selected by the student with approval of an advisor. A written report of the results is required. Prerequisite: GEOL 4330, 4331, 4332, 4333.

GEOL 4342. THE CORRELATION OF SEDIMENTARY ROCKS (2-3) The methods used to differentiate and correlate intra- and inter-basinal rock units. Graphic correlation, isotopic techniques, magnetic properties, seismic stratigraphy, significant macro and micro fossil groups during the Phanerozoic. Prerequisite: GEOL 3441, 3442, and 4391 (or concurrent enrollment) or permission of instructor.

GEOL 4346. BASIN ANALYSIS (3-0) Formation of sedimentary basins and evaluation of their economic potential in context of plate tectonics; paleogeography and paleoclimatology. Prerequisite: GEOL 3442, 3443.

GEOL 4353. VOLCANOLOGY (2-3) A broad survey of volcanic rocks, landforms, products, minerals, volatiles, and processes at a generally descriptive to semi-quantitative level. Introduces areas of interface with other branches of geology and with socioeconomic interest. Prerequisite: GEOL 2446.

GEOL 4360. GEOLOGICAL PROCESSES OF OCEANS (3-0) Sedimentation in the oceans, chemistry of seawater, geochemical cycles in the oceans, and physical and biological processes that relate to sediment production, origin of seafloor topography, and seafloor spreading. Prerequisite: GEOL 3442 or permission of instructor. GEOL 3184 concurrent enrollment recommended.

GEOL 4391. DATA ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS IN THE SCIENCES (3-0) This course will introduce science students to a variety of programs and techniques available for statistical analysis, display and presentation of data common to the physical sciences in commercial and educational settings. Topics include: data collection, hypothesis testing, parametric statistics (through regression), nonparametric testing, time series analysis, and multivariate techniques (both for classifying and confirming hypotheses). Prerequisite: GEOL 1391, six hours of science, and junior standing.

GEOL 4393. HONORS THESIS/SENIOR PROJECT (0-0) Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or project under the direction of a faculty member in the major department.

GEOL 4402. COMPUTER MODELING IN EARTH SCIENCE (3-3) Computer modeling and visualization techniques applied to the earth sciences, including structural geology, stratigraphy, geophysics, climatology, paleontology, and environmental geology.

GEOL 4405. METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY (3-3) A quantitative approach to the study of the structure, energy, and motions of the atmosphere. Prerequisite: MATH 1426 and junior standing, or permission of instructor.


GEOL 4409. APPLIED GEOPHYSICS (3-3) Geophysical techniques including seismology, seismic stratigraphy, gravity, magnetic and electrical methods used to investigate selected geological problems.

GEOL 4443. SEDIMENTOLOGY (3-1) Analysis of sedimentary rocks. Focus on petrography, sedimentary structures, their interpretation, and recognition of sedimentary facies. Covers physical, chemical, and biological processes of sedimentation, as well as origin of sediments.