Note: This Catalog was published in July 2009 and supersedes the 2008-2009 Catalog.

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

department web page: www.uta.edu/ees/
department contact: geology@uta.edu
graduate web page: www.uta.edu/ees/Graduate_programs.htm
graduate contact: www.uta.edu/ees/Graduate_programs.htm

Chair

John S. Wickham
107 Geoscience
817.272.2987

Admission Requirements | Degree Requirements | Courses: GEOL

Areas of Study and Degrees

Geology
M.S.

Environmental and Earth Sciences
M.S., Ph.D.

Spatial Information Systems
Certificate

Petroleum Geoscience
Certificate

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Certificate

Environmental Science Certificate

Master's Degree Plans

(Thesis and Non-Thesis Options for Environmental and Earth Science MS

Thesis Only for Geology MS)

Ph.D. Plans

(Dissertation)

Graduate Advisor, Geology

John M. Holbrook

Graduate Advisor, Environmental and Earth Sciences

Andrew Hunt

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Holbrook, M. Nestell, Scotese, Wickham

Assistant Professors

Hu, Hunt, Rowe, A. Winguth

Adjunct Faculty

Damuth, Eisenstadt, Ellwood, G. Nestell, Shanmugam, Standlee, C. Winguth

Professors Emeritus

Balsam, Burkart, Ellwood, McNulty, Reaser, Smith

Objectives

The M.S. in Geology provides a basic geologic background for students interested in a professional career in geology. With the thesis as a focus, the program integrates coursework and research to give the student not only a broad foundation but also a specific area of competence through participation in the research experience. Special coursework and research in geology, which lead to specialization in the areas of environmental geology or natural resource development, are available in addition to the more traditional areas of specialization.

The M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental and Earth Sciences are designed to provide graduate students an integrated, multidisciplinary education, nurtured through a carefully tailored degree program requiring a breadth of understanding and mastery of a spectrum of scientific and engineering principles. Among the goals is to provide students who have earned engineering or science undergraduate degrees a common ground for interdisciplinary communications, and understanding of the environment, and competence in a discipline that will enable to evaluate and solve complex envrionmental problems.

Spatial Information Systems Certificate includes instruction in the technology of acquiring, managing, analyzing, and displaying information in a spatial context. This technology is a critical component of decision-making in a wide variety of enterprises and includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and remotely sensed data from aircraft and satellites.

The Petroleum Geoscience Certificate provides instruction in the geological principles and techniques used in the petroleum industry to explore and produce oil and gas. It is useful for professionals wishing to upgrade their knowledge and skills, and those interested in employment in the petroleum industry. The graduate courses may also be used toward a M.S. degree.

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Certificate provides professionals who have undergraduate degrees in science or engineering (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Civil Engineering or other appropriate degrees) with graduate instruction that will allow them to direct hazardous materials and waste management, treatment and remediation programs. As Hazardous Materials Management is an interdisciplinary subject, the certificate program is designed to provide science and engineering graduates with coursework in appropriate areas outside of their undergraduate major that will provide them with the necessary expertise in this area. The certificate provides students with a postbaccalaureate educational opportunity that is narrower in scope, and shorter in duration than its associated MS graduate degree program in Environmental and Earth Sciences (EVSE).

Environmental Science Certificate provides professionals who have undergraduate degrees in science (i.e., Biology, Chemistry or Geology) with graduate instruction in Environmental Science as a means of maintaining and promoting their professional development. As Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary subject, the certificate program is designed to provide science graduates with coursework in environmental science in appropriate areas outside of their undergraduate major. The certificate provides students with a post-baccalaureate educational opportunity that is narrower in scope and shorter in duration than its associated MS graduate degree program in Environmental and Earth Sciences (EVSE).

Admission

Students applying for MS or PhD degrees should apply to the Graduate School for regular admission to a particular degree program. Those applying to a Certificate Program should apply as a Special Student.

There are 3 categories of admission:

Unconditional - all the admission criteria are met and there are no conditions placed on continued enrollment in the program.

Probationary - Applicants that do not meet the standards for unconditional admission may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission normally requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UT Arlington.

Deferred and Provisional Admission - A deferred admission may be granted when an application is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but whom otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL exam.

Students that are unconditionally admitted can also apply for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships. In addition, international students must also have a minimum score of 40 on the TSE to be eligible for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Denial of Admission - A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

Geology Masters Program Admissions Criteria

For unconditional admission, students must demonstrate that they will likely be successful in the graduate program. The department admissions committee uses the following guidelines to make that judgment:

  1. A B.S. degree in an Earth Science discipline with the following courses or their equivalent: Mineralogy, Petrology, Structure, Stratigraphy, Field Geology and Geophysics or Paleontology. In addition, students need a year of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Calculus.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School.
  3. GRE scores are combined with the other measures of achievement to determine admission. Successful students in the past have scored above the 60 percentile on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing portions. International students have been successful with somewhat lower scores on the verbal and analytical writing portions.
  4. Favorable letters of recommendation from the former university instructors.

These are only guidelines and students who do not meet the guidelines in one area may be admitted unconditionally if they are strong in other areas, may be required to take leveling coursework if there are undergraduate deficiencies.

Environmental and Earth Sciences Master's Program

For unconditional admission a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. A B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, or engineering. Students with a Bachelor's Degree in other sciences will also be considered, subject to satisfactory completion of courses to make up for deficiencies.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are considered in admission decisions. Masters students who have succeeded in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Program typically score higher than 550 on the quantitative portion of the GRE.
  4. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (or an equivalent score on a computer-based test) or a score of 40 on the Test of Spoken English.
  5. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work.
  6. Students may be considered for unconditional admission if further review of their transcripts, recommendation letters, correspondence or direct interactions with Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty, and statement of professional or research interests indicates that they are qualified to enter the Masters Program.

Environmental and Earth Sciences Doctoral Program

For unconditional admission a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. A Masters Degree or at least 30 hours of graduate coursework in environmental science, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics or engineering.
  2. A minimum graduate coursework GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are considered in admission decisions. Doctoral students who have succeeded in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Program typically score higher than 600 on the quantitative portion of the GRE.
  4. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (or an equivalent score on a computer-based test) or a score of 40 on the Test of Spoken English.
  5. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work and/or professional work.
  6. Students may be considered for unconditional admission if further review of their transcripts, recommendation letters, correspondence or direct interactions with Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty, and statement of research interests indicates that they are qualified to enter the Doctoral Program.

Spatial Information Systems Certificate

Candidates should apply to the Graduate School as "special students". The GRE is not necessary. Those admitted into the Spatial Information Certificate program should be computer literate, with a B.S. or B.A. degree.

Petroleum Geoscience Certificate

Candidates should apply to the Graduate School as "special students". The GRE is not necessary. Students in the Petroleum Geoscience Certificate should have a baccalaureate degree in geoscience, or a degree in science, math or engineering with some experience in the petroleum industry.

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Certificate

The terms of their admission allow participants to take the specific courses approved for the certificate program. They will not be allowed to take courses outside of the program. Under these rules, students are admitted as special students. All participants in the program must meet the 3.0/4.0 grade point average (GPA) requirement of the Graduate School, College and Environmental and Earth Sciences Program. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in coursework in order to receive the Certificate.

Certificate in Environmental Science

The terms of their admission allow participants to take the specific courses approved for the certificate program. They are not allowed to take courses outside of their program. Under these rules, students are admitted as non-degree or special students. All participants in the program must meet the 3.0/4.0 grade point average (GPA) requirement of the Graduate School, College and Environmental and Earth Sciences Program. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in their coursework in order to receive the Certificate.

Degree Requirements

Geology Masters Program

In the first year, a degree candidate must file a plan approved by the graduate studies committee, which includes coursework for the program including undergraduate course deficiencies if any. The graduate studies committee may allow graduate course credit for undergraduate courses with written approval. Enrollment in Technical Sessions, GEOL 5199, is required each semester a student is enrolled in lecture classes.

For the M.S. thesis option, 24 semester hours of approved graduate level courses are required in addition to the thesis. A thesis proposal, written thesis and thesis defense are required. No more than 3 hours of research courses and one hour of 5199 can be applied to the 24 semester hours.

For the M.S. non-thesis option, a minimum of 36 hours of approved graduate courses are required. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 hours are to be taken in GEOL 5381, Research in Geology. No more than 2 hours of 5199 can be applied to the 36 required hours.

Environmental and Earth Sciences Master's Degree

All students take 15 semester hours of core courses as follows:

Engineering

CE 5321 Engineering for Environmental Scientists
and either
CE 5319 Physical-Chemical Processes II
or
CE 5328 Fundamentals of Air Pollution

Two of the following courses in science:

EVSE 5309 Environmental Sciences-Biological Aspects [1]
EVSE 5310 Environmental Sciences -Chemical Aspects [1]
EVSE 5311 Environmental Sciences -Geological Aspects [1]

[1] Students with less than 20 undergraduate hours in biology, chemistry, or geology will need to take a third environmental systems course as a deficiency. Students entering with a BS degree in one of these areas must take their two courses in the other areas.

One of the following two courses in City and Regional Planning

CIRP 5342 Environmental Policy
CIRP 5343 Foundations of Environmental Policy
CIRP 5351 Techniques of Environmental Assessment

Thesis Option: In addition to the core courses, the minimum requirements for the master's degree with thesis include:

9 hours of electives within one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or Urban and Public Affairs
6 hours of additional electives
2 hours of EVSE seminar
6 hours thesis
The successful defense of the thesis before the supervising committee.

Non-thesis Option: In addition to the core courses the minimum requirements for the master's degree without thesis include:

9 hours of electives within one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or Urban and Public Affairs
12 hours of additional electives [2]
2 hours of EVSE seminar
Successful completion of the Master's Comprehensive Examination in the final semester.

[2] Must include 6 hours in department(s) outside that in which the first 9 hours of additional coursework are taken.

Dual Degree Program

Dual master's degrees can be arranged with any suitable program. By participating in a dual degree program, students may apply 6-18 total semester credit hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from six to 18, subject to the approval of Graduate Advisors from both programs. Degree plans, thesis or professional report proposals and programs of work must be approved by Graduate Advisors from both programs. The successful candidate will be awarded both degrees rather than one joint degree.

To participate in the dual degree program, students must make separate application to each program and must submit a separate program of work for each degree. Those interested in the dual degree program should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisors for further information on course requirements. See also the statement on Dual Degree Programs in the general information section of this catalog.

Arrangements to offer a dual degree have already been made between Environmental and Earth Sciences and the Program in City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P. degree), School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Environmental and Earth Sciences Doctoral Degree

The Doctoral Program provides students with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to conduct independent research in Environmental and Earth Sciences. Students conduct dissertation research under the supervision of a faculty member in one of the participating departments (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or Urban and Public Affairs). The supervising professor and a faculty committee assign courses in this primary area of emphasis to support the student's research and professional goals. To provide interdisciplinary training, additional courses are assigned in a secondary area of emphasis.

Students enter the Doctoral Program with a Master's degree in a science or engineering field, or with 30 semester hours of graduate coursework. In the first year of residence, a Diagnostic Examination is conducted to evaluate this previous work. If they have not already done so in their previous work, all Doctoral students must take two engineering courses; two or three science courses (two if their prior training is in science, three if in engineering or another non-science field); and one course in policy or planning. The student's supervising committee must approve all courses taken to meet these requirements.

Students may choose among any of the five participating units for their primary and secondary areas of emphasis. Course selection within these areas of emphasis must result in a cohesive program that supports the dissertation research.

Other requirements include:

  1. Successful completion of the Diagnostic Examination at the end of the first year of residence.
  2. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination, an oral defense of a research proposal to be pursued for the dissertation, and a specialization examination over areas of the student's proposed research.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language or a research tool such as advanced computer skills, statistics, or operations research.
  4. Successful defense of the dissertation and acceptance of the dissertation by the supervising committee.

Certificate Program Requirements

Spatial Information Systems Certificate

The following four graduate courses (12 credit hours) are required. Courses may be transferred from other universities following Graduate School policies. The Spatial Information Systems certificate will be awarded to any student completing the four courses (12 credit hours) in the program with a composite GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Geol. 5320 (Understanding GIS) introduces the concepts of Geographical Information Systems and provides students with hands-on experience using ArcView in the ArcGIS Desktop application.

Geol. 5321 (Analysis of Spatial Data) uses the entire ArcGIS suite of tools, and covers spatial data management, analysis and visualization including topological data structures, vector- and surface-analysis tools, and spatial statistics including krieging and data quality evaluation.

Geol. 5323 (Remote Sensing Fundamentals) addresses image acquisition, processing and interpretation, with applications to such diverse fields as urban and environmental studies, natural resources exploration and management, agriculture, meteorology, and land use classification and monitoring. Satellite images with very high spatial and spectral resolution are now available to the public; these new data sources will be reviewed and analyzed. Image data availability over the Internet will be examined.

Geol. 5324 (Geographic Data Analysis Project) is an independent study course. After completing 9 hours of course work, students will design and carry out an advisor-approved project using spatial data.

Petroleum Geoscience Certificate

Any student that later seeks an MS degree in Geology may apply up to 15 hours of coursework in this certificate program toward that degree, if done within 6 years of completion of the certificate by petitioning the Graduate School through the College of Science.

The following 5 courses (15 credit hours) are required for the certificate, which is awarded to those completing the program with a B average (3.0 GPA).

Geol. 5370 (Sedimentary Systems ) : carbonate and clastic depositional systems, recognition of facies, systems tracts, diagenetic overprint, shelf to basin profiling, and sequence stratigraphic analysis

Geol. 5371 (Petroleum Geochemistry and Basin Modeling ), Basic concepts of petroleum geochemistry, interpretation of geochemical data, maturation of kerogen. Basin evolution processes controlling petroleum generation and accumulation, subsidence histories, porosity evolution, overpressure generation, thermal histories, hydrocarbon expulsion and migration

Geol. 5372 (Structural Geometry and Tectonics of Petroleum Fields and introduction to well log interpretation ), Techniques of structural modeling and restoration and the reliability of structural interpretation; structural styles of thin skinned, basement involved, strike-slip and reactivated systems. Introduction to the various types of well logs, and the quantitative and qualitative information obtained

Geol. 5373 ( Reservoir Characterization), Field Development, Risk Assessment and Economic Evaluation of Prospects

Geol. 5374 ( Seismic Interpretation), Introduction to the methods of acquisition and processing as they relate to the interpretation of seismic records. Structural and stratigraphic interpretation methods and pitfalls using two and three dimensional seismic data.

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Certificate

Any student that later seeks a graduate degree in the Environmental and Earth Sciences MS program may apply 12 of their 15 hours of coursework in this certificate program toward the Environmental and Earth Sciences MS degree program if done within 6 years of completion of the certificate by petitioning the Graduate School through the College of Science.

The Certificate in Hazardous Materials requires that students take and successfully complete 15 advanced hours in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental and Earth Sciences, City and Regional Planning and related courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Before being awarded the certificate, students must also present evidence of having completed Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) or approved equivalent training that meets OSHA/EPA training requirements for workers performing hazardous waste site functions in accord with the provisions in 29 CFR 1910.120 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act for workers at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. This training is offered at The University of Texas at Arlington , Southwest Environmental Education Training Center as a formal or Web-based course.

Required Courses:

CE 5329 Environmental Risk Based Corrective Action
CE 6323 Hazardous Waste Management
CIRP 5341 Environmental Regulations or CIRP 5353 Environmental Law

Electives (Two courses chosen from the following list of courses):

CIRP 5342 Environmental Policy
CIRP 5350 Environmental Planning
CIRP 5351 Environmental Assessment
CIRP 5356 Geographic Information Systems
EVSE 5320 Toxicology
EVSE 5321 Environmental Health
GEOL 5301 Environmental Geochemistry and Geology
GEOL 5303 Understanding Geographic Information Systems

Students may choose appropriate graduate courses other than those listed above with the approval of the Environmental and Earth Sciences Graduate Studies Committee. The above courses have been selected because their subject matters directly relate to the knowledge base required of professionals engaged in Hazardous Materials and Waste Management. Students should choose elective courses that best meet their career goals in Hazardous Materials and Waste Management. Students should consult with the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee in Environmental and Earth Sciences in developing the most appropriate set of courses for their professional interests. Full course descriptions for the above listed classes are found in the University of Texas at Arlington's Graduate Catalog.

Certificate in Environmental Science

Any student that later seeks a graduate degree in the Environmental and Earth Sciences MS program may apply 12 of their 15 hours of coursework toward that program if done within 6 years of completion of the certificate by petitioning the Graduate School through the College of Science.

The Certificate in Environmental Science requires that students take and successfully complete 15 advanced hours in Environmental Science and related courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The advanced courses available to participants in the certificate program include:

EVSE 5309 Environmental Systems-Biological Aspects [3]
EVSE 5310 Environmental Systems-Chemical Aspects [3]
EVSE 5311 Environmental Systems-Geological Aspects [3]
EVSE 5320 Toxicology
EVSE 5300 Environmental Health
BIOL 5345 Limnology
BIOL 5350 Conservation Biology
BIOL 5355 Aquatic Biology
BIOL 5326 Wetlands Ecology
BIOL 5325 Plant Ecology
CE 5321 Engineering for Environmental Scientists
CIRP 5341 Environmental Regulations, Law and Planning
CIRP 5350 Environmental Planning
GEOL 5301 Environmental Geochemistry
GEOL 5303 Understanding Geographic Information Systems
GEOL 5407 Environmental Geophysics

[3] At least two of these environmental courses are required and both should be in areas outside of the student's undergraduate major (e.g., A student with an undergraduate major in the Biological Sciences would be required to take EVSE 5310 and 5311).
Students may choose appropriate graduate courses other than those listed above with the approval of the Chair of the Environmental and Earth Sciences Graduate Studies Committee.

The above courses have been selected because their subject matters directly relate to the knowledge base required of professionals engaged in Environmental Science. Students should choose to take those courses that best meet their career goals in Environmental Science. Students should consult with the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee in Environmental and Earth Sciences in developing the most appropriate set of courses for their professional interests. Full course descriptions for the above listed classes are found in The University of Texas at Arlington's Graduate Catalog.

 

 


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Geology (GEOL)

GEOL5181 - RESEARCH IN GEOLOGY (1 - 0)
Independent study in various areas of research including paleontology, stratigraphy, tectonics, structural geology, sedimentology, geochemistry, petrology, geophysics, and volcanology. May be repeated for credit. Graded R.

GEOL5190 - GEOSCIENCE INTERNSHIP (1 - 0)
Work in geoscience for a commercial concern at least 20 hrs/wk for 3 months. Requirements include writing a resume, learning how to interview and function on the job, and a report describing the work. Prerequisite: graduate admission to geology.

GEOL5199 - TECHNICAL SESSIONS (1 - 0)
Forum for presentation of results of graduate students and faculty research. Required each semester of all graduate students.

GEOL5265 - TOPICS IN GEOL (1 - 2)

GEOL5281 - RESEARCH IN GEOLOGY (2 - 0)
Independent study in various areas of research including paleontology, stratigraphy, tectonics, structural geology, sedimentology, geochemistry, petrology, geophysics, and volcanology. May be repeated for credit. Graded R.

GEOL5301 - ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY (3 - 0)
Fundamentals of low-temperature aqueous geochemistry, and anthropogenic impacts on natural water systems. Topics include equilibrium thermodynamics, kinetics, aqueous complexation, and oxidation/reduction processes that affect metals and organic matter in natural waters.

GEOL5302 - GLOBAL TECTONICS (3 - 0)
Plate tectonic theory and evidence, review of plate tectonic history since the late Precambrian. Prerequisite: Geol 3442, Geol 3443.

GEOL5304 - GEOMETRY AND MECHANICS OF GEOLOGICAL STRUCTURES (3 - 0)
Geometries of structures associated with extensional, shortening, strike-slip, diapiric, and reactivated tectonic environments. Principles of mechanics applied to the formation of these structures. Prerequisite: GEOL 3443; MATH 2325; PHYS 1444.

GEOL5306 - ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY (3 - 0)
Hydrological systems, water quality, and behavior of pollutants; atmospheric systems, air quality, and effects of pollutants; occurrence, prediction, and amelioration of natural environmental hazards including floods, earthquakes, volcanism, and landslides.

GEOL5308 - PALEOCLIMATE AND 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.

GEOL5309 - 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 processes, 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.

GEOL5310 - PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (3 - 0)
Oceanographic instrumentation and measurements; physical properties of sea water; heat and salt budgets; thermal distribution; wind-driven and thermohaline circulation; mass of the world's oceans; waves and tides.

GEOL5312 - SANDSTONE PETROLOGY (3 - 0)
Petrographic examination of terrigenous clastics, including textural, compositional, and diagenetic aspects. Focus on paleogeographic, tectonic, and environmental interpretation. Prerequisite: GEOL 3442.

GEOL5313 - CARBONATE PETROLOGY (3 - 2)
Nature and composition of carbonate sediments and rocks in terms of their genesis, depositional environments, and processes involved in transport, deposition, diagenesis, and lithification. Prerequisite: GEOL 3442.

GEOL5320 - UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (2 - 1)
A practical introduction to GIS and methods of creating, maintaining and displaying spatial data using the ArcGIS software.

GEOL5321 - ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA (2 - 1)
Analyzing spatial data using ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, and 3D Analyst, topological surface analysis and modeling; 3D visualization and viewscapes; spatial statistics and data quality management. Prerequisite: GEOL 4330 or GEOL 5320.

GEOL5322 - 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; data 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 or GEOL 5320.

GEOL5323 - 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 sensing data with other data types in GIS. Prerequisite: GEOL 4330 or GEOL 5320.

GEOL5324 - GEOGRAPHIC DATA ANALYSIS PROJECT (3 - 0)
Acquisition, processing and analysis of a set of spatial data selected by the student with the approval of an advisor. A written report of the results is required. Prerequisite: GEOL 5320, 5321, 5322, 5323.

GEOL5328 - HYDROGEOLOGY (3 - 0)
Hydrologic cycle, properties of aquifers, principles of groundwater flow, groundwater flow to wells, groundwater chemistry, groundwater development and management, and groundwater models. Prerequisite: MATH 2425.

GEOL5332 - STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY (3 - 0)
Principals governing the fractionation and distribution of stable isotopes (C, H, N, O, S) in nature, and application of stable isotope geochemistry to environmental problems and global climate change.

GEOL5333 - FIELD METHODS (3 - 0)

GEOL5334 - ANALYTICAL METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (3 - 0)
Principals of geochemical analysis of waters, rocks and soils, and gases. Methods to be covered include x-ray fluorescence and diffraction, mass spectrometry, coulometry, inductively-coupled plasma, and gas/ion chromatography with various detection methods.

GEOL5342 - MICROFOSSILS AND THE CORRELATION OF SEDIMENTARY ROCKS (2 - 3)
This course is an introduction to microfossil groups useful in the regional and global correlation of sedimentary rock strata throughout the Phanerozoic. Microfossils record plant, animal, and protist life forms including foraminifers, radiolarians, ostracodes, conodonts, algae, and coccolithophorids. Morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy of these groups will be stressed along with the principles used in the correlation of sedimentary rocks. Prerequisite: GEOL 3441 and GEOL 3442.

GEOL5344 - DEPOSITIONAL ENVIRONMENTS: TERRIGENOUS CLASTICS (3 - 0)
Depositional processes, physiographic and environmental components, and facies characteristics and relationships of alluvial, eolian, deltaic, clastic shoreline, shallow siliciclastic sea and deep sea clastic depositional systems. Emphasis on interpretation of ancient analogs. Prerequisite: GEOL 3442.

GEOL5345 - PETROLEUM GEOLOGY (2 - 3)
Origin, generation and migration of petroleum; reservoirs, seals and traps; the subsurface environment; properties of petroleum; exploration and production methods; use of seismic lines and well logs; types of petroleum basins; reserves and resources.

GEOL5348 - MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY (3 - 0)
Geologic and geochemical processes of the oceans. Chemistry of seawater; geochemical and biogeochemical cycles; carbonate sediment production.

GEOL5350 - CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY (3 - 0)
Sources and types of organic and inorganic contaminants; the physical, chemical, and biological factors and processes that affect the transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface; non-aqueous phase liquids and multiphase flow; and various remedial techniques of contaminated sites. Prerequisite: GEOL 4320 or GEOL 5328 (or concurrent enrollment).

GEOL5365 - TOPICS IN GEOLOGY (2 - 3)
Topics offered depend on student and faculty interest. Such topics might include identification of fossil fragments in thin section; magmatic processes; plate tectonics and sedimentary basin evolution; stratigraphic paleontology; sedimentary or volcanogenic ore deposition; geostatistics; geophysical archeology; and various advanced subjects in sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, geophysics, geochemistry, volcanology and petrology. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

GEOL5369 - 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.

GEOL5370 - SEDIMENTARY SYSTEMS (3 - 0)
Carbonate and clastic depositional systems, recognition of facies, systems tracts, diagenetic overprint, shelf to basin profiling, and sequence stratigraphic analysis.

GEOL5371 - PETROLEUM GEOCHEMISTRY AND BASIN MODELING (3 - 0)
Basic concepts of petroleum geochemistry, interpretation of geochemical data, maturation of kerogen. Basin evolution processes controlling petroleum generation and accumulation, subsidence histories, porosity evolution overpressure generation, thermal histories, hydrocarbon expulsion and migration.

GEOL5372 - STRUCTURAL GEOMETRY AND TECTONICS OF PETROLEUM FIELDS AND INTRODUCTION TO WELL LOG INTERPRETATION (3 - 0)
Techniques of structural modeling and restoration to the reliability of structural interpretation; structural styles of thin skinned, basement involved, strike-slip and reactivated systems. Introduction to the various types of well logs, and the quantitative and qualitative information obtained.

GEOL5373 - RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION (3 - 0)
Reservoir characterization, field development, risk assessment and economic evaluation of prospects.

GEOL5374 - SEISMIC INTERPRETATION (3 - 0)
Introduction to the methods of acquisition and processing as they relate to the interpretation of seismic records. Structural and stratigraphic interpretation methods and pitfalls using two and three dimensional seismic data.

GEOL5381 - RESEARCH IN GEOLOGY (3 - 0)
Independent study in various areas of research including paleontology, stratigraphy, tectonics, structural geology, sedimentology, geochemistry, petrology, geophysics, and volcanology. May be repeated for credit. Graded R.

GEOL5398 - THESIS (3 - 0)
Graded F, R.

GEOL5405 - METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY (3 - 3)
A quantitative approach to the study of the structure, energy, and motions of the atmosphere.

GEOL5409 - APPLIED GEOPHYSICS (3 - 3)
Geophysical Techniques used to determine the presence and extent of deposits of minerals and the subsurface structure of selected localities from field methods.

GEOL5483 - GEOLOGICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (3 - 1)
Geological, geochemical and geophysical techniques employed in the study of archaeological sites and materials. Also listed as ANTH 5483.

GEOL5698 - THESIS (0 - 0)
Graded F, P, R.

Courses in Environmental and Earth Sciences (EVSE)

EVSE5100 - SELECTED TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (1 - 0)
May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

EVSE5200 - SELECTED TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES (2 - 0)
May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

EVSE5294 - INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES (2 - 0)
Individual research projects supervised by a faculty member.

EVSE5300 - SELECTED TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCE (3 - 0)
May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

EVSE5309 - ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS-BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS (3 - 0)
An introduction to the biological components of environmental systems. Population dynamics, species interactions, community structure, biodiversity, bioenergetics, nutrient cycling and human impacts are reviewed. Focus will be on natural processes and their engineering applications.

EVSE5310 - ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS-CHEMICAL ASPECTS (3 - 0)
An introduction to the chemistries of air at different altitudes, of water systems and of soils. Chemical and physico-chemical processes at phase boundaries, modeling for kinetics and mass transport, analytical techniques and disposal and recycling are included as well as their impact on engineering decisions.

EVSE5311 - ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS-GEOLOGICAL ASPECTS (3 - 0)
Introduction to the tectonic, volcanic, atmospheric, climatic, hydrologic and geochemical processes and natural hazards of the earth, and their interaction with political, economic and engineering decisions.

EVSE5320 - TOXICOLOGY (3 - 0)
An introduction to the general principles of toxicology with an emphasis on certain classes of toxic agents, their sources and toxic effects, as well as their environmental fate. Prerequisite: CHEM 2322.

EVSE5321 - HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT (3 - 0)
The methodology employed in characterizing risk to human health from exposure to hazardous substances. This process involves the integration of toxicity and amount of exposure into quantitative models of risk. This includes both non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic risk.

EVSE5322 - ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT (3 - 0)
An introduction to the health assessment process, presenting methodologies and guidelines for conducting health assessments.

EVSE5350 - CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY (3 - 0)
Sources and types of various organic and inorganic contaminants; the physical, chemical, and biological factors and processes that affect the transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface; non-aqueous phase liquids and multiphase flow; and various remedial techniques of contaminated sites. Prerequisite: GEOL 4320 or GEOL 5328 (or concurrent enrollment).

EVSE5351 - GEOMORPHOLOGY AND 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 processes, 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.

EVSE5394 - INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES (3 - 0)
Individual research projects supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

EVSE5395 - MASTER'S PROJECT (3 - 0)
May be used as elective for students in non-thesis program. Graded F, P.

EVSE5398 - THESIS (3 - 0)
Graded F, R.

EVSE5405 - METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY (3 - 3)
A quantitative approach to the study of the structure, energy, and motions of the atmosphere.

EVSE5698 - THESIS (6 - 0)
Graded F, P, R.

EVSE5998 - THESIS (9 - 0)
Graded F, P, R.

EVSE6100 - SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES (1 - 0)
Topics presented by faculty, students, and invited lecturers.

EVSE6197 - RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES (1 - 0)
Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

EVSE6297 - RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES (2 - 0)
Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

EVSE6397 - RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND EARTH SCIENCES (3 - 0)
Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

EVSE6399 - DISSERTATION (3 - 0)
Graded F, R.

EVSE6697 - RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCE (6 - 0)
Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

EVSE6699 - DISSERTATION (6 - 0)
Graded F, R.

EVSE6997 - RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCE (9 - 0)
Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

EVSE6999 - DISSERTATION (9 - 0)
Graded F, P, R.

Other Courses

The following departmental courses are available in addition to others as approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies for Environmental and Earth Sciences. Full course descriptions are available elsewhere in the Graduate and Undergraduate catalogs. Up to nine hours of 3000- and 4000-level undergraduate courses can be applied toward formal coursework requirements in the Master's and Ph.D. degree programs, with approval of the student's supervising committee.

Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 5306. BIOENERGETICS (3-0).
BIOL 5314. BIOMETRY (3-0).
BIOL 5315. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (3-0).
BIOL 5321. QUANTITATIVE ECOLOGICAL ANALYSIS.
BIOL 5328. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY.
BIOL 5325. PLANT ECOLOGY.
BIOL 5326. WETLANDS ECOLOGY.
BIOL 5333. BIOLOGICAL MODELING (3-0).
BIOL 5339. ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY (3-0).
BIOL 5348. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY (2-3).
BIOL 5350. CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (3-0).
BIOL 5351. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY (3-0).
BIOL 5354. LIMNOLOGY (3-0).
BIOL 5320. BIOGEOGRAPHY (3-0).
BIOL 5342. ICHTHYOLOGY (2-3).
BIOL 5345. ORNITHOLOGY (2-3).
BIOL 5355. AQUATIC BIOLOGY (2-3).
BIOL 5361. ADVANCED BIOMETRY (3-0).
BIOL 5362. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN (3-0).
BIOL 3310. BIOLOGY OF TEXAS (3-0).
BIOL 3341. ENTOMOLOGY (2-3).
BIOL 3455. INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (3-4).
BIOL 3457. GENERAL ECOLOGY (3-3).
BIOL 4444. VERTEBRATE NATURAL HISTORY (3-3).

Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 5300. SELECTED TOPICS IN ADVANCED CHEMISTRY (3-0).
CHEM 5308. DETERMINATION OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE BY PHYSICAL METHODS (3-0).
CHEM 5309. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (3-0).
CHEM 5310. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (3-0).
CHEM 5311. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (3-0).
CHEM 5315. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3-0).
CHEM 5319. GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY I (3-0).
CHEM 5320. GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY II (3-0).
CHEM 5321. METABOLISM AND REGULATION (3-0).
CHEM 5325. ENZYMOLOGY (3-0).
CHEM 5350. ADVANCED POLYMER CHEMISTRY (3-0).
CHEM 5461. ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTATION (2-8).
CHEM 6201. UNIT OPERATIONS (2-0).
CHEM 6202. PRINCIPLES OF INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY (3-0).
CHEM 6203. REGULATORY ASPECTS OF THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY (2-0).

Civil Engineering (CE)

CE 5318. PHYSICAL-CHEMICAL PROCESSES I (3-0).
CE 5319. PHYSICAL-CHEMICAL PROCESSES II (3-0).
CE 5320. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT (3-0).
CE 5321. ENGINEERING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS (3-0).
CE 5322. AIR POLLUTION METEOROLOGY AND CHEMISTRY (3-0).
CE 5323. AIR POLLUTION DISPERSION MODELING (3-0).
CE 5324. TRANSPORTATION AND AIR QUALITY (3-0).
CE 5325. BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES (3-0).
CE 5327. AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ENGINEERING (3-0).
CE 5328. FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR POLLUTION (3-0).
CE 5329. ENVIRONMENTAL RISK BASED CORRECTIVE ACTION (3-0).
CE 5347. SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY (3-0).
CE 5348. GROUND WATER HYDROLOGY (3-0).
CE 6323. HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT (3-0).
CE 6314. STORM WATER MODELING (3-0).
CE 6326. INDUSTRIAL AND HAZARDOUS WASTE (3-0).
CE 6328. MODELING OF NATURAL WATER SYSTEMS (3-0).
CE 6329. ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING CONTROL PROCESSES (3-0).

City and Regional Planning (CIRP)

CIRP 5304. PLAN IMPLEMENTATION AND LEGAL CONTROLS (Zoning, Subdivision Ordinances, Capital Budgets) (3-0).
CIRP 5305. LAND USE, MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (3-0).
CIRP 5311. ELEMENTS OF URBAN DESIGN (3-0).
CIRP 5313. URBAN GROWTH POLICIES (3-0).
CIRP 5340. LAND SUITABILITY ANALYSIS (3-0).
CIRP 5341. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS: LAWS AND PLANNING (3-0).
CIRP 5342. URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (3-0).
CIRP 5343  FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (3-0)
CIRP 5350. ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING (3-0).
CIRP 5351. TECHNIQUES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (3-0).
CIRP 5356. GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3-0).
CIRP 5357. INTERMEDIATE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3-0).
CIRP 5395. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (3-0).

Geology (GEOL)

GEOL 5301. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOLOGY (3-0).
GEOL 5303. UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) (2-3).
GEOL 5306. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY (3-0).
GEOL 5308. NATURAL ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS (3-0).
GEOL 5325. PALEOCLIMATOLOGY AND PALEOOCEANOGRAPHY (3-0).
GEOL 5348. MARINE GEOLOGY (3-0).

Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC 5347. ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0).

Urban and Public Affairs (URPA)

URPA 5300. THE URBAN COMMUNITY (3-0).
URPA 5301. FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN POLITICS AND ECONOMICS (3-0).

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