Earth and Environmental Sciences

College of Science

 

Chair Asish Basu

 

Web www.uta.edu/ees/

Phone 817.272.2405

Fax 817.272.3822

 

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Earth and Environmental Science / Geology, M.S.

Doctoral Degrees

Earth and Environmental Science, B.S. to Ph.D.

Earth and Environmental Science, Ph.D.

Certificates

Environmental Science Certificate

G.I.S. and Spatial Information Systems Certificate

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Certificate

Petroleum Geoscience Certificate

Graduate Faculty

Professor

Asish Basu

Glen Mattioli

Merlynd Nestell

John Wickham

Associate Professor

Qinhong Hu

Andrew Hunt

Assistant Professor

Majie Fan

Elizabeth Griffith

William Griffith

Arne Winguth

Adjunct Professor

Galina Nestell

Associate Adjunct Professor

Larry Standlee

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Harold Rowe

Graduate Advisors

Andrew Hunt

Earth and Environmental Science / Geology, M.S.

Earth and Environmental Science, Ph.D.

John Wickham

Earth and Environmental Science / Geology, M.S.

Department Information

Courses

 

Department Information

Program Objectives

Admission

Degree Requirements

 

Program Objectives

The MS in Environmental and Earth Sciences has four options: an Environmental Science Option; a Geoscience Option; a Professional Environmental Science Option; and a Petroleum Geoscience Option.

The Environmental Science Option provides graduate students with an integrated, multidisciplinary education, requiring a breadth of understanding and mastery of a spectrum of scientific and engineering principles.The thesis option, designed for those interested in an in-depth experience in some particular topic, and a non-thesis option are available.

The Geoscience Option is a two year program with specializations in stratigraphy, petrology, paleontology, sedimentology, structural geology, tectonics, plate tectonics, computer modeling, geochemistry or paleoclimatology. Students in this program are prepared for additional graduate work at the PhD level, or for positions in industry and government. Thesis or non thesis options are available.

The Environmental Science Professional Option is a Professional Master’s Degree for those interested in a career in Environmental Science. Instead of a thesis, students are participate in a mentoring program, take a course in project economics, work as an intern or in a part time job in the Environmental Science Profession, and participate in course experiences involving business ethics, teamwork, a small research project, and communication. This is a non thesis program.

The Petroleum Geoscience Professional Option is a Professional Masters Degree for those interested in a career in Petroleum Geoscience. In addition to core geology courses, students are required to participate in a mentoring program with industry professionals, work as an intern or in a part time job in petroleum geoscience, take a course in project economics, and participate in course activities that emphasize business ethics, teamwork and communications. A thesis research project is required.

The PhD in Environmental and Earth Sciences. The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental and Earth Sciences is designed primarily to prepare doctoral-level students for research careers in industry, government or academic institutions. Students carry out independent research and acquire practical knowledge of the type of research conducted and the constraints (both practical and philosophical) under which such research is conducted. The areas of research are interdisciplinary using the Earth’s environment, interpreted broadly, as the theme. Research normally comes from the disciplines of Geoscience, Biology, Chemistry and Engineering, but contributions from other disciplines are welcome. The program is designed to provide graduate students an integrated, multidisciplinary education, 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 communication, an understanding of the environment, and competence in a research area that will enable them to evaluate complex environmental problems.

 

Admission

Students applying for MS or PhD degrees should apply to the Graduate School for regular admission to a particular degree program.

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: An applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies. Applicants must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL , a minimum score of 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section to meet this requirement.

An applicant holding either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university is not required to submit a TOEFL, TOEFL iBT,TSE or IELTS score for admission purposes. Any other waivers of the score requirements must be recommended by the applicant’s Graduate Advisor and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Financial Aid. Students that are unconditionally admitted into the PhD program 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, an applicant who is a non-native speaker of English must submit a TOEFL iBT score of at least 23, or a score of at least 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS, or take and pass the UTA Developmental English course 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.

Environmental and Earth Sciences Master’s Program Admissions

For unconditional admission a student must meet the following requirements:

For the Environmental Science Options: A B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, geoscience, mathematics, or engineering with the following courses or their equivalent: 1 semester of introductory physics for science majors; 2 semesters of introductory chemistry for science majors; and 2 semesters of calculus. Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in other sciences will also be considered, subject to satisfactory completion of deficiency courses.

For the Geoscience Options: 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.

For all Options:

  1. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School.
  2. 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 the 60th Percentile on the verbal and quantitative portion of the GRE.
  3. 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.
  4. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic work.
  5. 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 Admissions

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. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, or engineering will be considered for the B.S. to Ph.D. track if they meet the other requirements for admission to doctoral studies. Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in other sciences will also be considered, subject to satisfactory completion of courses to make up deficiencies.
  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 the 60th percentile the verbal and 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. A statement must be submitted to the program detailing the applicant’s specific research interests and identifying the faculty member who is requested as supervisor of the dissertation research.
  7. 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.

 

Degree Requirements

Environmental and Earth Sciences Master’s Degree

There are additional requirements for all Master’s programs listed in this catalogue under the Graduate School

Environmental Science Option:

Core Courses (15 hours)

  • Engineering (6 hours)
    • CE 5321 Engineering for Environmental Scientists
    • CE 5319 Physical-Chemical Processes II or CE 5328 Fundamentals of Air Pollution
  • Two of the following courses in science (6 hours):

    • 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 three courses in City and Regional Planning (3 Hours)
    • CIRP 5342 Environmental Policy

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

Thesis Option: In addition to the core courses listed above, 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 and the successful defense of the thesis before the supervising committee.

Non-thesis Option: In addition to the core courses listed above 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 at least 6 hours in department(s) outside that in which the first 9 hours of electives are taken.

The Geoscience Option:

Engineering (3 hours)

CE 5321, or IE 3312, or advisor approved.

Outside Science (3 hours)

EVSE 5309, or EVSE 5310, or advisor approved.

Seminar (2 hours)

GEOL 5199 or EVSE 6100

Thesis Option: In addition to the core courses listed above the minimum requirements are:

  • Advisor approved electives (18 hours)
  • Geol 5698 Thesis (6 hours)

Non-Thesis Option: In addition to the core courses listed above the minimum requirements are:

Advisor approved electives (27 hours)

Environmental Science Professional Option: The minimum requirements for the Professional Option include:

  • Engineering (6 hours)
  • IE 3312 and CE 5321

Two of the following courses in science (6 hours):

  • EVSE 5309 Environmental Sciences-Biological Aspects [3]
  • EVSE 5310 Environmental Sciences -Chemical Aspects [3]
  • EVSE 5311 Environmental Sciences -Geological Aspects [3]

[3] 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 three courses in City and Regional Planning (3 Hours)

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

Professional Courses (8 hours)

  • EVSE 5120, Environmental Professional Mentoring and Business Ethics (2 semesters).
  • EVSE 5315, Professional Experience
  • EVSE 5395, Master’s Project

Other Electives (15 hours)

  • 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

The Petroleum Geoscience Professional Option: The minimum requirements for the Petroleum Geoscience Professional Option include:

  • Engineering (3 hours)
  • IE 3312, or advisor approved.
  • Professional Courses (2 hours)
    • GEOL 5180 or EVSE 5110, Environmental Professional Mentoring and Business Ethics.
    • GEOL 5190, Professional Experience
  • Other courses (27 hours):
    • GEOL 5345 Petroleum Geology
    • GEOL 5369 Sequence Stratigraphy
    • GEOL 5371 Basin Modeling
    • GEOL 5372 Structural Geometry and Tectonics of Petroleum Fields
    • GEOL 5373 Reservoir Characterization
    • GEOL 5374 Seismic Interpretation
    • GEOL 5375 Introduction to Well Log Interpretation and Mapping
    • GEOL 5698 Thesis

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.

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.

Students who enter the Doctoral Program with a Master’s degree in a science or engineering field, or with 30 semester hours of graduate coursework, take a Diagnostic Examination In the first year of residence to evaluate this previous work. The student’s supervising committee must approve all courses taken to meet degree requirements.

Students who enter the Doctoral Program with a Bachelor’s degree take 30 semester hours of graduate coursework that includes Engineering, Science and Public Policy courses. These students are encouraged to take the diagnostic exam in their first year of enrollment. The student’s supervising committee must approve all courses taken to meet degree 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 is guided by the student’s supervising committee and 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.

 

EVSE Courses

EVSE5100 – SELECTED TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

 

EVSE5120 – ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL MENTORING & BUSINESS ETHICS

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Provides credit to students participating in an approved mentoring program with an experience environmental professional. May be repeated once for credit.

 

EVSE5200 – SELECTED TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

 

EVSE5294 – INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individual research projects supervised by a faculty member.

 

EVSE5300 – SELECTED TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

 

EVSE5309 – ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS-BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

EVSE5315 – PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Provides credit to students participating in an approved internship or part-time work experience.

 

EVSE5320 – TOXICOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introduction to health considerations relevant to environmental projects. Prepares students to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist Examination.

 

EVSE5322 – ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introduction to the health assessment process, presenting methodologies and guidelines for conducting health assessments.

 

EVSE5323 – ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introduction to health issues of current concern resulting from environmental exposures. Topics include: environmental asthma, endocrine disruptors, climate change and health, emerging contaminants, nanotechnology and health, airborne particles and pediatric health.

 

EVSE5350 – CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

EVSE5352 – OCEANOGRAPHY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The many aspects of oceanography with special emphasis on physical oceanography and marine geology.

 

EVSE5394 – INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individual research projects supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

 

EVSE5395 – MASTER'S PROJECT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be used as elective for students in non-thesis program. Graded F, P.

 

EVSE5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R.

 

EVSE5405 – METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

A quantitative approach to the study of the structure, energy, and motions of the atmosphere.

 

EVSE5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, P, R.

 

EVSE5998 – THESIS

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, P, R.

 

EVSE6100 – SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Topics presented by faculty, students, and invited lecturers.

 

EVSE6197 – RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

 

EVSE6297 – RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

 

EVSE6397 – RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND EARTH SCIENCES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

 

EVSE6399 – DISSERTATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R.

 

EVSE6697 – RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCE

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

 

EVSE6699 – DISSERTATION

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R, P, W.

 

EVSE6997 – RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCE

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individually approved research projects. May be repeated for credit. Graded F, P, R.

 

EVSE6999 – DISSERTATION

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, P, R.

 

EVSE7399 – DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course may be taken during the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree and graduate. Enrolling in this course meets minimum enrollment requirements for graduation, for holding fellowships awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies and for full-time GTA or GRA positions. Students should verify that enrollment in this course meets other applicable enrollment requirements. To remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Additional hours may also be required to meet to requirements set by immigration law or by the policies of the student's degree program. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office, other sources of funding, Office of International Education and/or their graduate advisor to verify enrollment requirements before registering for this course. This course may only be taken once and may not be repeated. Students who do not complete all graduation requirements while enrolled in this course must enroll in a minimum of 6 dissertation hours (6699 or 6999) in their graduation term. Graded P/F/R.

 

GEOL Courses

GEOL5180 – PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION AND BUSINESS ETHICS

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

A mentoring program using working professionals selected by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. Each participant meets at least once a month with a mentor who provides information on practices and skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Course participants review business ethics statements provided by the mentor's company or other companies and write a critique based on materials from professional business ethics organizations such as the International Business Ethics Institute. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment GEOL 5345.

 

GEOL5181 – RESEARCH IN GEOLOGY

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 P/F/R/W.

 

GEOL5190 – GEOSCIENCE INTERNSHIP

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

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: Geol 5345 or concurrent enrollment.

 

GEOL5199 – TECHNICAL SESSIONS

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Forum for presentation of results of graduate students and faculty research. Required each semester of all graduate students.

 

GEOL5265 – TOPICS IN GEOL

1 Lecture Hour  ·  2 Lab Hours

 

GEOL5281 – RESEARCH IN GEOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 P/F/R/W.

 

GEOL5301 – ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Plate tectonic theory and evidence, review of plate tectonic history since the late Precambrian. Prerequisite: Geol 3442, Geol 3443.

 

GEOL5304 – SOLID EARTH GEOMECHANICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Application of continuum mechanics to understanding deformation in the earth, including mechanical analysis of natural geologic structures such as faults, folds, lava flows, and dikes, as well as practical problems related to reservoir geomechanics and mining applications. Prerequisite: GEOL3443, MATH2325, PHYS1441 or PHYS 1443.

 

GEOL5306 – ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

GEOL5312 – SANDSTONE PETROLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Petrographic examination of terrigenous clastics, including textural, compositional, and diagenetic aspects. Focus on paleogeographic, tectonic, and environmental interpretation. Prerequisite: GEOL 3442.

 

GEOL5313 – CARBONATE PETROLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

Nature and composition of ancient and modern carbonate sediments and rocks in terms of their genesis, depositional environments, biological constituents, and processes involved in transport, deposition, diagenesis, and lithification. Knowledge of stratigraphy and paleontology is necessary for success in this course. Prerequisite: GEOL 3442 or permission of the instructor.

 

GEOL5320 – UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

2 Lecture Hours  ·  1 Lab Hour

A practical introduction to GIS and methods of creating, maintaining and displaying spatial data using the ArcGIS software.

 

GEOL5321 – ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA

2 Lecture Hours  ·  1 Lab Hour

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 Lecture Hours  ·  1 Lab Hour

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 Lecture Hours  ·  1 Lab Hour

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Acquisition, processing and analysis of a set of spatial data selected by the student with the approval of the instructor. A written report of the results is required. Prerequisite: GEOL 5320, GEOL 5321, and GEOL 5323.

 

GEOL5328 – HYDROGEOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Hydrologic cycle, Darcy's law, hydraulic properties, aquifer types and materials, groundwater flow to wells, fracture flow, vadose zone flow, groundwater chemistry, and groundwater modeling; a term paper about the relevant topics covered in the class is required. Prerequisites: GEOL 2446, MATH 2425

 

GEOL5332 – STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

GEOL5334 – ANALYTICAL METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

GEOL5335 – ISOTOPES AND TECTONICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An Introduction to the fundamentals of clumped isotopes, and major radiogenic and cosmogenic isotope systems and their applications to the study of earth system processes and Earth history; emphasis will be placed on applications to tectonics, geochronology, and thermochronology. Prerequisite: CHEM 1442 or GEOL 4302.

 

GEOL5342 – MICROFOSSILS AND THE CORRELATION OF SEDIMENTARY ROCKS

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Geologic and geochemical processes of the oceans. Chemistry of seawater; geochemical and biogeochemical cycles; carbonate sediment production.

 

GEOL5350 – CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Carbonate and clastic depositional systems, recognition of facies, systems tracts, diagenetic overprint, shelf to basin profiling, and sequence stratigraphic analysis.

 

GEOL5371 – BASIN ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Topics include: the classification and characteristics of of sedimentary basins and the mechanisms forming them; and the tectonic, climatic, and eustatic controls on basin subsidence and the basin fill. Applications include the influence of basin evolution on petroleum generation, migration, and accumulation. Prerequisite GEOL 3442 (Sedimentology and Stratigraphy).

 

GEOL5372 – STRUCTURAL GEOMETRY AND TECTONICS OF PETROLEUM FIELDS

2 Lecture Hours  ·  1 Lab Hour

Structural styles of thin-skinned, basement involved and reactivated systems in shortening, extensional and strike-slip deformation. Use of structural modeling and restoration methods to test the reliability of structural interpretations.

 

GEOL5373 – RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Principles, protocols, analysis and measurement of petrophysical properties (e.g., fluid content, porosity, permeability, pore size distribution, water retention curve, imbibition) of petroleum reservoir rocks.

 

GEOL5374 – SEISMIC INTERPRETATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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. Introduction to Seismic Interpretation Software such as the Kingdom Suite from Seismic Micro Technology, Inc. Prerequisite GEOL 5345 or concurrent enrollment.

 

GEOL5375 – INTRODUCTION TO WELL LOG INTERPRETATION AND MAPPING

2 Lecture Hours  ·  2 Lab Hours

Introduction to the various types of well logs used in the petroleum industry and their petrophysical interpretations, including evaluations of porosity, water saturation, shale volume, permeability, and lithology. Introduction to techniques of contouring data and use of mapping software such as PETRA. Prerequisite GEOL 5345 or concurrent enrollment.

 

GEOL5381 – RESEARCH IN GEOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R.

 

GEOL5405 – METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

A quantitative approach to the study of the structure, energy, and motions of the atmosphere.

 

GEOL5409 – APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

Geophysical Techniques used to determine the presence and extent of deposits of minerals and the subsurface structure of selected localities from field methods.

 

GEOL5410 – PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

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. Prerequisites: PHYS 1443; MATH 2425

 

GEOL5698 – THESIS

0 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, P, R.