Geology (GLY)

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GLY 100 Bison image  Geologic Hazards & Resources3 Credit hours   

Introductory course for non-science majors focusing on (i) Earth Hazards; and mitigation, (ii) Climate change and its impacts; and (iii) Earth and Energy resources, their origin, development, and environmental impacts.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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GLY 150 Bison image  Intro Oceanography3 Credit hours   

Origin of the seas and ocean basins. Processes of marine sedimentation and seawater chemistry. Dynamics of air/sea interaction, circulation, waves and tides. Description of coastal and other marine environments.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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GLY 150L Bison image  Intro Oceanography Lab1 Credit hour   

A complementary laboratory to Introductory Oceanography, GLY 150. A series of exercises relating to bathymetry, accoustic profiling, marine charts, properties of seawater, sea floor sediments, currents, waves and tides.

Co-req: GLY 150
Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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GLY 170 Geology of the National Parks3 Credit hours   

An introduction to U.S. Parks and Monuments including earth materials, plate tectonic setting, formative geologic processes, and natural history; brief overview of history and purpose of the National Park Service.

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GLY 200 Bison image  The Dynamic Earth3 Credit hours   

An elementary but comprehensive physical geology course that deals with the earth's origin, composition, structures, tectonics and processes. Intended primarily for, but not limited to, the science major. 3 lec.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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GLY 201 Bison image  The Earth Through Time3 Credit hours   

Introduction to 1) the principles used to interpret past physical, biologic, and chemical events archived in rock record, and 2)the history and development of the earth's lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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GLY 210L Bison image  Earth Materials Lab1 Credit hour   

An introduction to laboratory methods and materials as applied to the identification, classification, recovery and uses of earth resources. 2 lab.

Attributes: Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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GLY 211L Bison image  Earth Through Time Lab1 Credit hour   

Reconstruction of events in earth history based on physical characteristics and arrangement of rock layers and their fossil contens. 2 hr lab (PR: 210L; CR: GLY 201)

Attributes: No Textbook Required, Natural Sciences, Core II Natural Sciences
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GLY 212 Geologic Field Methods3 Credit hours   

Introduction to geologic map interpretation, qualitative and quantitative methods of geologic map and cross-section preparation, and basic ArcGIS mapping methods. 2 lec 1 lab. (Field Work).

Pre-req: (GLY 200 with a minimum grade of D or GLY 201 with a minimum grade of D) and (GLY 210L with a minimum grade of D or GLY 211L with a minimum grade of D).

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 280 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 281 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 282 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 283 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 298 ITV:1-4 Credit hours   

A course based upon an Instruction Television series broad- cast by public television. The student is responsible for viewing the series on the air and satisfying all course requirements announced by the department.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 313 Structural Geology4 Credit hours   

Analysis, classification and origin of depositional and deformational structures common to all classes of rocks; their structural history, relationships, and stresses which caused them. 3 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: GLY 110 or GLY 200.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 314 Mineralogy4 Credit hours   

Identification, classification, orgin, occurrences, and economic uses of minerals and their crystallographic forms. 3 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: GLY 200 with a minimum grade of D and CHM 211 with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 320L Geology Lab Techniques2 Credit hours   

Techniques of collection, preparation and analysis of mineral, rock and water samples, and the use of different instruments for obtaining quality data. Will also cover tools used for data interpretation.

Pre-req: GLY 200 with a minimum grade of D and GLY 210L with a minimum grade of D.

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GLY 325 Stratigraphy & Sediment4 Credit hours   

Formation, organization, sequence, and correlation of sedimentary rocks; study of the orgin, transportation and deposition of rock-forming sediments. 3 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: GLY 201 with a minimum grade of D and GLY 211L with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 330 Tectonics3 Credit hours   

Overview of tectonic processes at plate boundaries, orogenic systems, formation of continents and ocean basins, and tectonic analytical methods.

Pre-req: GLY 200 and GLY 201 and GLY 210L and GLY 211L.

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GLY 410 Big Bend Field Excursion2 Credit hours   

Field trip to Big Bend National Park, Texas to study the structure, stratigraphy, igneous geology, metamorphic geology, paleontology and natural history of this national park.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 418 Invertebrate Paleontology4 Credit hours   

Taxonomy, morphology, and paleoecology of body and trace fossils representing the major invertebrate phyla; analysis and interpretation of faunal assemblages; evolution and extinction of species. (PR: GLY 201)

Pre-req: GLY 201 with a minimum grade of D and GLY 211L with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 420 Principles of Geochemistry3 Credit hours   

Application of chemical principles to geology. Topics include cosmochemistry; distribution of elements in minerals and rocks; aqueous solutions and water-rock interaction; radiometric age dating and stable isotope geology.

Pre-req: CHM 211 and (GLY 200 or GLY 110).

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GLY 421 Igneous& Metamorphic Petrology4 Credit hours   

Indentification and classification of igneous, and metamor- phic rocks, their origin and occurrence; their geologic and economic importance. 3 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: GLY 200 with a minimum grade of D and GLY 314 with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 423 Sedimentary Petrology4 Credit hours   

Microscopic description of minerals, textures, and fossils in sedimentary rocks, their classification, and interpretation of source area, depositional environment and post-depositional history. 3 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: GLY 201.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 426 Geophysics3 Credit hours   

Development of seismic, gravity, magnetism, electrical and thermal methods of studying the structure and dynamics of the earth. 3-lec

Pre-req: GLY 200 with a minimum grade of D and GLY 210L with a minimum grade of D and (PHY 201 with a minimum grade of D or PHY 211 with a minimum grade of D) and MTH 229 with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 427 Fossil Fuels4 Credit hours   

Origin and distribution of coal, oil and gas, and methods of exploration and reserve evaluaton. 3 lec-2 lab.

Pre-req: GLY 200.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 451 Principles Geomorphology4 Credit hours   

Principles of identification and analysis of the world's surficial features in terms of stratigraphy, structure, processes, tectonics and time. 3 lec. - 2 lab.

Pre-req: GLY 200 and GLY 210L.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 455 Hydrogeology3 Credit hours   

The properties of water, the hydrologic cycle with emphasis on surface and groundwater processes, the uses, needs and problems associated with water resources. 3 lec.

Pre-req: GLY 200 or GLY 110.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 455L Hydrogeology Laboratory1 Credit hour   

A two-hour laboratory of practical hydrogeologic problem solving. For non-majors, elective.

Pre-req: GLY 110 or GLY 200.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 456 Environmental Geology4 Credit hours   

Consideration of risks posed by natural geo-hazards and from physical/chemical contamination of geologic media. (PR: GLY 200, GLY 210L or equivalent; Recommended: GLY 451)

Pre-req: GLY 200 with a minimum grade of D and GLY 210L with a minimum grade of D.

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 457 Engineering Geology4 Credit hours   

Consideration of geotechnical problems faced by geologists and engineers. Major topics include mechanics and classification of soil and rock, and geotechnical aspects of groundwater.

Pre-req: GLY 200 with a minimum grade of D and GLY 210L with a minimum grade of D and (MTH 132 with a minimum grade of D or MTH 229 with a minimum grade of D).

Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 470 Internship3 Credit hours   

Internship in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance

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GLY 480 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 481 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 482 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 483 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 485 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: No Textbook Required, Natural Sciences
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GLY 486 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 487 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 488 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   
Attributes: Natural Sciences
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GLY 491 Bison image  Capstone Experience2-4 Credit hours   

An independent study involving a research project or intern- ship. Must be approved by Geology faculty. (PR: 20 hours of Geology coursework).

Attributes: Capstone Course, Natural Sciences
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GLY 492 Bison image  Capstone Experience2-4 Credit hours   

An independent study involving a research project or intern- ship. Must be approved by Geology faculty. (PR: 20 hours of Geology coursework).

Attributes: Capstone Course, Natural Sciences
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