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Department Of Geosciences

Department Of Geosciences

Course Descriptions

GEOL-G 101 : Introduction to Earth Science: Lecture (021593)

Origin and classification of minerals and rocks. Gradation processes and landform evolution. Atmosphere and weather. Geologic time and earth history. Earth resources. Two lectures each week. Credit is given for only one of the following: GEOL101 OR GEOL103, GEOL107. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 102 : Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory (021594)

Classification and identification of minerals, rocks, and fossils. Weather and climates. Map projections, maps, and local topography. One laboratory each week. (Fall, Spring, Occasionally Summer)

GEOL-G 103 : Earth Science: Materials and Processes (021595)

Introduction to origin and classification of minerals and rocks. Relationships between rock types, rock structures, surficial geological processes of running water, subsurface water, glaciation, wind, tides, and landform evolution. Geologic time. Two lectures each week. Credit given for only one of the following: GEOL G101, GEOL G103, or GEOL G107. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 107 : Environmental Geology (021599)

An introduction to geology through discussion of geological topics that show the influence of geology on modern society. Topics include mineral and energy resources, water resources, geologic hazards and problems, geology and health, and land use. Credit given for only one of the following: GEOL101, GEOL103, or GEOL107. (see schedule of classes for offerings).

GEOL-G 108 : Selected Earth Science Topics (021600)

Selected topics of general interest in earth science offered as individual units. Consult Schedule of Classes for current offerings. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 185 : Global Environmental Change (021628)

The scientific basis behind natural and human-based global environmental changes. Geological perspective of the formation of the earth. Human activities influencing the natural system, including population, deforestation, water usage, acid rain, ozone depletion, smog and global warming. Subsequent human reactions. (see schedule of classes for offerings).

GEOL-G 209 : History of Earth (021641)

Earth history emphasizing physical and biological evolution. Geologic time, stratigraphic correlation, plate tectonics, paleodepositional environments, paleo graphy, and evolution of life. Laboratory, field trip required. (Spring)

GEOL-G 210 : Oceanography (021642)

Introduction to the study of the oceans and marine processes. Emphasis on morphology of the ocean floor, life in the ocean, oceanic circulation, and submarine geology. Three lectures or two lectures with occasional laboratory per week. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 220 : Regional Geology Field Trip (021649)

Field investigation of selected regions of North America. Six to 15 days in the field. (Spring, Occasionally)

GEOL-G 221 : Introductory Mineralogy (021650)

Crystallography: morphology, classes, twinning habit. Physical and chemical mineralogy. Description, identification, association, occurrence, and use of common and important minerals. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. Required field trip. (Three semester rotation: Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2016)

GEOL-G 222 : Introduction to Petrology (021651)

Dynamic processes that form igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks: Focus on composition, field occurrence, characteristics, classification, origin, laboratory description, and identification. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. This class meets the intensiver writing require for the IUNorthwest campus. (Three semester rotation: Fall 2010, Sprint 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2015)

GEOL-G 317 : Field and Laboratory Techniques (021666)

Field trips mandatory. A field and laboratory-based course. Content includes map construction, reading, and interpretation, surveying, computer graphics, aerial photography interpretation, lithostratigraphic logging of sediment and bedrock, stream gauging, statistical analysis of geological data, grain size analysis, and an instruction to GIS and remote sensing. (Summer or Fall-even years)

GEOL-G 323 : Structural Geology (021669)

Nature and origin of structural features of the earth's crust, with emphasis on mechanics of deformation. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. Required field trip. (Three semester rotation: Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2015)

GEOL-G 334 : Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (021674)

Interrelationship of sedimentation and stratigraphy; process and factors influencing genesis of sedimentary strata; provenance, depositional environment, sedimentary facies, paleoecology; analytical techniques; application of principles to interpretation of stratigraphic record. Required field trip. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. (Spring-even years)

GEOL-G 406 : Introduction to Geochemistry (021686)

Application of chemical principles in study of the earth from primarily dynamic approach. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 407 : Senior Geosciences Projects I (021687)

Field and/or laboratory research project in geosciences, under faculty or faculty committee supervision. A preliminary report must be submitted at the end of the first semester, and a final report at the end of the second. Each must be written in proper scientific form. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

GEOL-G 408 : Senior Geosciences Projects II (021688)

Field and/or laboratory research project in geosciences, under faculty or faculty committee supervision. A preliminary report must be submitted at the end of the first semester, and a final report at the end of the second. Each must be written in proper scientific form. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

GEOL-G 410 : Undergraduate Research in Geology (021690)

Field and laboratory research in selected problems in geology. Total of 6 credit hours may be counted toward the degree in geology. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

GEOL-G 413 : Introduction to Earth Physics (021693)

Physics in the study of the earth: its origin, history, internal constitution, structure, and mineral resources. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 415 : Geomorphology (021695)

Geomorphic processes, evolution and classification of landforms. Laboratory: topographic, geologic, and soil maps; aerial photographs. Required field trip. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. (Odd years)

GEOL-G 420 : Regional Geology Field Trip (021700)

Field investigations of selected regions of North America for study of mineralogic, lithologic, stratigraphic, structural, paleontologic, geomorphic, or other geological relationships. Six to 15 days in the field. May be repeated. Usually follows spring semester. (Spring, Occasionally)

GEOL-G 435 : Glacial and Quaternary Geology (021707)

Topics include glacier processes, glacial sediments, glacial landforms, glacial history, and interpretations of climate change from the glacial record. The focus is on glaciation during the Quaternary Period with specific emphasis on glacial history and landforms of Northwest Indiana. Two lectures and one laboratory are required each week. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 451 : Principles of Hydrogeology (021713)

Water resources: occurrence, regulation, and management of water; hydrologic cycle, water movement, well hydraulics; water quality and pollution; surface and subsurface investigations; basin-wide development of water resources; legal aspects; relationship of hydrogeology to engineering geology. Two lectures and one laboratory are required each week. (Usually Spring odd years, see schedule of classes for offerings)

GEOL-G 460 : Internship in Geology (021715)

Industrial or similar experiences in geologically oriented employment. Projects jointly arranged, coordinated, and evaluated by faculty and industrial/ governmental supervisors. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

GEOL-G 490 : Undergradute Seminar (021717)

Open to junior and senior majors by special permission. Readings and discussion of selected topics. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours. (see schedule of classes for offerings)

GEOG-G 107 : Physical Systems of the Environment (021252)

Introduction to the physical principles governing the geographical distribution and interrelationships of the earth's physical features (atmosphere and oceans, landforms, soils, vegetation, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle). The course provides students with the background necessary to evaluate current environmental issues. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 110 : Introduction to Human Geography (021255)

An introduction to geographic perspectives and principles through a consideration of six themes: environmental perception, diffusion, regionalization, spatial distribution, spatial interaction of populations, and location theory. Themes are illustrated using examples such as pollution, population problems, and urbanization. (Fall, Spring)

GEOG-G 120 : World Regional Geography-Topic: Geography of the Middle East (021261)

Analysis of population, culture, environment, and economics of major world regions. Examination of issues of global importance, including development, demographic change, urbanization and migration, and international conflict.

GEOG-G 213 : Introduction to Economic Geography (021280)

Principles of economic geography including theories concerning industrial location, competition for land, economic nature of resources, and geographic background of interregional trade. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 250 : Computer Methods in Geography (021292)

Introduction to computing in geography, emphasizing practical applications. Topics include programming concepts, analysis of spatial data, and graphics. Numerous exercises give practical experience with the analysis and interpretation of geographic data. GIS programs will be emphasized. (Fall)

GEOG-G 304 : Meteorology and Physical Climatology (021297)

Fundamental atmospheric properties and interrelationships. Radiation theory, components of energy and moisture balance, atmospheric circulation, upper air-surface relationships, and global weather systems. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 313 : Political Geography (021309)

Geographical influences which have affected development of political units, such as nations, states, and parties, as background for better understanding of current events. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 314 : Urban Geography (021310)

Principles of location and distribution of urban centers, urban land use, geographical aspects of city planning. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 315 : Environmental Conservation (021311)

Conservation of natural resources including soil, water, wildlife, and forests as interrelated components of the environment emphasizing an ecological approach. Current problems relating to environmental quality. (Spring)

GEOG-G 327 : Geography of Indiana (021323)

A geographical analysis of the state of Indiana. Emphasis placed on the interrelationship of the state's physical and human geography. (Occasionally)