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Geosciences (GEOSC)

GEOSC 402Y (IL) Natural Disasters (3) Case studies of the causes and consequences of natural disasters; analysis of disaster impact in different economic, cultural, and social conditions.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing  

GEOSC 405 (SOILS 405) Hydropedology (3) Soil and water interactions across scales, integrated studies of landscape- soil-water relationships, fundamental processes of water flow and chemical transport.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: SOILS 101  

GEOSC 409W Geomicrobiology (3) Investigation of modern and ancient microbial interactions with soils, sediments, the atmosphere, minerals, rocks, nutrients, and pollutants.
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: CHEM 112;GEOSC 001, GEOSC 020, GEOSC 040, EARTH 002, BIOL 110 orMICRB 201  

GEOSC 410 Marine Biogeochemistry (3) Exploration of the ways in which life influences and is influenced by chemical, physical, and geological processes in the ocean.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: CHEM 112;EARTH 002 orGEOSC 001, GEOSC 020, GEOSC 040  

GEOSC 412 Water Resources Geochemistry (3) Aqueous geochemistry of silica, alumina, carbonate minerals, and selected metals; organic species in water; isotope geochemistry applied to water.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 110, CHEM 112  

GEOSC 413W Techniques in Environmental Geochemistry (3) This course teaches techniques needed for the collection, chemical analysis, and data analysis of environmental geochemical measurements. This course has one or more required field trips for which a fee is charged to the student.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: one of the following:C E 475, CHEM 402, GEOSC 202, GEOSC 412, SOILS 419  

GEOSC 415 Geochemistry (3) Element abundance and genesis, application of chemical principles to earth materials, element fractionation in geologic processes.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: CHEM 112, GEOSC 201  

GEOSC 416 Stable and Radioactive Isotopes in Geosciences: Introduction (3) Discussions on theories for natural isotopic and element variations and their applications to the solution of geologic and cosmologic problems.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 110, CHEM 112, CHEM 111, CHEM 113;GEOSC 001 orGEOSC 020  

GEOSC 418 (SOILS 419) Soil Environmental Chemistry (3) Introduction to chemical constituents and processes occurring in soils. Topics include mineral weathering, soil solution chemistry and adsorption of solutes.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 112, SOILS 101  

GEOSC 419 The Organic Geochemistry of Natural Waters and Sediments (3) Composition, sources, and fates of particulate and dissolved organic matter in natural environments; biogeochemical processes; organic geochemistry of anthropogenic contaminants.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 110, CHEM 112  

GEOSC 420 (BIOL 420) Paleobotany (3) Classification, morphology, phylogeny, and stratigraphic occurrence of fossil plants; practicum includes field trips and study of paleobotanical techniques and specimens.
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: any 3-credit introductory course in historical geology or plant biology  

GEOSC 422 Vertebrate Paleontology (3) Course covers scientific thinking and skills in scientific writing, the history of vertebrates, and modern evolutionary theory applied to vertebrates. 1 
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: GEOSC 001 andBIOL 110  

GEOSC 424 Paleontology and Fossils (3) Concepts and precedures using fossils to solve problems in systematics, evolution, biostratigraphy, correlation, sedimentation, paleoecology, and global change.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: GEOSC 001 orGEOSC 020  

GEOSC 428 Micropaleontology (4) Biology and ecology of microfaunas and microfloras (e.g., foraminifera, coccolithophores, radiolaria, diatoms, dinoflagellates) and applications in biostratigraphy and paleoenvironmental reconstruction.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: GEOSC 204  

GEOSC 434 Volcanology (3) Phenomena and products of volcanic eruptions; physical characteristics of lava and pyroclastic material.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: GEOSC 201  

GEOSC 439 Principles of Stratigraphy (3) An introduction to the description and genesis of sedimentary rock bodies, the determination of their stratal geometries, and their correlation. (This course includes from one to several field trips for which an additional charge will be made to cover transportation.) 1 
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: GEOSC 201  

GEOSC 440 Marine Geology (3) Chemical and physical processes affecting the topography and sediments of the sea floor.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing  

GEOSC 444 Matlab Applications for Geoscience (2) An introduction to Matlab: m-file development, descriptive statistics, bootstrapping, Fourier transforms, regression, interpolation, least-squares, differentiation, integration, differential equations, signal analysis, graphics.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: MATH 110 orMATH 140  

GEOSC 450 Risk Analysis in the Earth Sciences (3) An introduction to concepts and methods of quantitative risk anlaysis with focus on water, climate, and energy related risks.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: MATH 140 orMATH 110 Introductory Earth Science or Geoscience class Introductory Statistics class (e.g. STATS 200 or STATS 301 or ENNEC 473) or permission of program  

GEOSC 451 Natural Resources: Origins, Economics and Environmental Impact (3) Geologic, economic and environmental issues related to exploitation of non-renewable natural resources (metals, minerals, rocks, and fossil fuels).
Effective: Fall 2006
Prerequisite: GEOSC 001 orGEOSC 020  

GEOSC 452 Hydrogeology (3) Hydrologic cycle: occurrence, movement, quality, and quantity of groundwater; solute transport; quantitative hydrogeologic methods; role of water in geologic processes. This course has one or more required field trips for which a fee may be charged to the student.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: CHEM 112;GEOSC 001, GEOSC 020 orGEOSC 071;MATH 140 orMATH 110  

GEOSC 454 Geology of Oil and Gas (3) Properties, origin, migration, and occurrence of oil and gas. This course has one or more required field trips for which a fee is charged to the student.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: GEOSC 001  

GEOSC 461 Geology of North America (3) Evolution of structural-stratigraphic framework of continent; interpretation of relevant data obtained from field, experimental, and geophysical observation.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: GEOSC 001, GEOSC 020 orGEOSC 071  

GEOSC 465 Structural Geology (4) Effects and mechanics of deformation of the earth's crust; practicum includes field trips and studies of maps and structural problems. This course has one or more field trips for which a fee is charged to the student.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: or concurrent:GEOSC 203, GEOSC 310  

GEOSC 470W Introduction to Field Geology (3) Field interpretation of geologic features; principles and techniques of geologic mapping; interpretation of geologic maps and diagrams. This course has one or more required field trips for which a fee is charged to the student.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: GEOSC 001 ; fifth-semester standing  

GEOSC 472A Field Geology I (Introduction to Field Methods (3) Introduction to geologic field methods and the 3-D characterization of earth structure and the reconstruction of geologic histories. This course includes travel outside the University for which an additional charge will be made to cover transportation, food, and lodging.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: GEOSC 310  

GEOSC 472B Field Geology II (Advanced Field Methods) (3) Advanced application of geologic field methods to the 3-D characterization of earth structure and the reconstruction of geologic histories. This course includes travel outside the University for which an additional charge will be made to cover transportation, food, and lodging.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: GEOSC 310, GEOSC 465 . Prerequisite or concurrent:GEOSC 472A  

GEOSC 474 (BIOL 474) Astrobiology (3) In depth treatment of principles/concepts of biochemical evolution, the origin/evolution of life; evaluation of distribution of life in the universe.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: BIOL 110, CHEM 110  

GEOSC 479 Advanced Stratigraphy (3) Modern topics of sequence stratigraphy are addressed, with a heavy emphasis on field and laboratory data analysis and interpretation.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: GEOSC 439  

GEOSC 483 Environmental Geophysics (3) This course presents the principles and applications of the variety of techniques geophysicists use to address environmental problems.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: PHYS 211, PHYS 212  

GEOSC 487 Analysis of Time Series (3) Nonstatistical approach to data analysis; spectral and correlation analysis; filter theory; signal-to-noise improvement applied to geoscience data.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: MATH 140 andMATH 141  

GEOSC 488 An Introduction to Seismology (4) An overview of the observations, methods, and frameworks used in seismogram analysis for earthquake and earth-structure investigations (includes laboratory).
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: MATH 140, MATH 141  

GEOSC 489 Dynamics of the Earth (4) Constitution and dynamics of the solid earth; mechanics and consequences of Plate Tectonic processes.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: GEOSC 203, GEOSC 310, PHYS 211  

GEOSC 494M Senior Thesis (1-4) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing  

GEOSC 494W Senior Thesis (1-4) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small group basis.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing  

GEOSC 495 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Spring 2001
 

GEOSC 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOSC 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOSC 497A Geoscience Scholarship (3) Intended for geoscience majors seeking research careers. Major focus on core skills: writing, speaking, discussion, scientific literature, professionalism.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 497A Geologic Maps in ARCGIS (1) This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their use in making geologic maps.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

GEOSC 497B Introduction to Remote-Sensing (3) Comprehensive introduction to theory and methods in remote-sensing, covering optical, thermal and radar methods and their application in geosciences.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211  

GEOSC 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 1997
 

GEOSC 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

GEOSC 500 Issues in Geosciences (3) Introduction of first year graduate students to issues in geosciences.
Effective: Summer 2003
Prerequisite: admission to the Geosciences Graduate Program  

GEOSC 502 Evolution of the Biosphere (4) The geologic history of the co-evolution of life and the surface environment is examined from a systems perspective.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: undergraduate-level coursework in biology and geology  

GEOSC 505 Quantitative Physical Sedimentology (3) Principles of fluid mechanics and mathematical modeling; their use in describing sediment transport, sedimentary structures, and sedimentary environments.
Effective: Summer 1996
 

GEOSC 508 Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting (3) An in-depth treatment of fundamental concepts in brittle faulting and earthquake mechanics with emphasis on physical processes.
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: GEOSC 465, GEOSC 489, MATH 251  

GEOSC 511B (MATSE 511B) Transmission Electron Microscopy (1) Principles and practice of transmission electron microscope operation. Students undertake individual projects.
Effective: Spring 2005
 

GEOSC 512 (MATSE 512) Principles of Crystal Chemistry (3) Relation of structure to ionic size and nature; influence of pressure and temperature on structure; chemical-structural defects, crystalline solutions, phase-transitions.
Effective: Spring 2003
 

GEOSC 514 Data Inversion in the Earth Sciences (3) This course focuses on how one finds theoretical parameters to explain observed data using discrete inverse theory.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: MATH 220  

GEOSC 518 Stable Isotope Geochemistry (3) Theory of isotope fractionation mechanisms; its application to a wide range of problems in the earth and planetary sciences.
Effective: Fall 1989
 

GEOSC 519 Mineral Equilibria (3) A thermodynamic treatment of minerals and their reactions under geochemically important conditions of temperature and pressure.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 450  

GEOSC 521 Thermal State of the Earth (2-3) Analytical and numerical solutions to earth-related heat conduction and convection problems; geothermal energy; earth's heat flow and temperature.
Effective: Spring 1998
 

GEOSC 522 Geochemistry of Aqueous Systems (2-3) Ionic and molecular equilibria related to stabilities and solubilities of minerals, with applications to ground water, sea water, and hydrothermal fluids.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 450, CHEM 452  

GEOSC 523 Sedimentary Geochemistry (2) Kinetics and thermodynamics of low-temperature processes in sediments. Applications to weathering processes, natural waters, deposition of sediments, and diagenesis.
Effective: Summer 1996
 

GEOSC 529 Paleontology (1-6 per semester/maximum of 9) Morphology and distribution of significant fossil groups; sampling, preparation, and applications to biostatigraphy, evolution, paleoecology, sedimentation, and petrography.
Effective: Fall 1989
 

GEOSC 533 Principles of Geochemistry (3) A comprehensive treatment of the principles of geochemistry applied to a wide variety of geologic settings and scales.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 450  

GEOSC 540 Ore Deposits I (3) Geochemistry and geology of ore deposits formed by igneous and high- temperature hydrothermal processes.
Effective: Fall 1989
Prerequisite: GEOSC 451  

GEOSC 541 Ore Deposits II (3) Geochemistry and geology of ore deposits formed by low-temperature hydrothermal, sedimentary, and metamorphic processes; continuation of GEOSC 540.
Effective: Fall 1989
Prerequisite: GEOSC 540  

GEOSC 542 Quantitative Methods in Hydrogeology (1-4) Investigation of groundwater systems and resources, emphasizing both the practical use and limitations of modeling techniques.
Effective: Fall 1989
Prerequisite: GEOSC 452  

GEOSC 545 Glacial Geology (3) Glaciers: their characteristics, causes, deposits, landforms, effects in periglacial regions.
Effective: Fall 1989
 

GEOSC 548 Surface Processes (3) Principles, application, and interpretation of Quaternary geochronology, surface process studies, and landscape evolution.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: GEOSC 340  

GEOSC 555 Advanced Structure and Petrofabrics (1-3) Macroscopic and mesoscopic recognition, measurement, and interpretation of small-scale rock structures and mineral orientation patterns in deformed rocks.
Effective: Fall 1989
 

GEOSC 558 Multi-channel Seismic Processing and Interpretation (4) This course covers the basics of seismic energy propagation, modern 2- and 3-D multi-channel seismic data acquisition methods, and data processing.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: GEOSC 454  

GEOSC 559 Seismology II (3) Rigorously covers the methods of computing wave fields for point and distributed seismic sources in vertically inhomogeneous elastic media.
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: E MCH 524A, E MCH 524B orMATH 405, MATH 406  

GEOSC 560 Kinetics of Geological Processes (3) General development of the kinetic theory of crystal growth, diffusion, irreversible thermodynamics, and heterogeneous reactions needed for geosciences and related fields with applications to current problems.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 450, GEOSC 519  

GEOSC 561 Mathematical Modeling in the Geosciences (4) The process of transforming a conceptual geoscience model into a numerical model is presented; students create and solve numerical models.
Effective: Spring 2000
Prerequisite: undergraduate-level calculus and geology coursework is required; experience in computer programming and coursework in differential equations is recommended; or consent of instructor  

GEOSC 565 Tectonic Geomorphology (3) Tectonic geomorphology examines interactions between tectonic and surface processes, paleosceismology, geodesy, structure, active deformation, and landform evolution.
Effective: Summer 1998
Prerequisite: GEOSC 340, GEOSC 465  

GEOSC 572 Field Stratigraphy (1-2) This course introduces students to field techniques used by stratigraphers, with the capstone experience being a field trip during May.
Effective: Fall 2005
Prerequisite: GEOSC 439, GEOSC 472A, GEOSC 472B, GEOSC 479  

GEOSC 584 Clastic Depositional Environments (3) Readings, group discussions, and field work on processes and sedimentary responses of common rock-forming environments.
Effective: Fall 1989
Prerequisite: GEOSC 439  

GEOSC 585 Sedimentary Geology (3) An integrated approach to the study of modern and ancient sedimentary environments and their deposits.
Effective: Spring 2000
Prerequisite: undergraduate coursework in sedimentology or consent of instructor  

GEOSC 587 Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences (3) The course focuses on successful strategies for the academic job market and for launching an academic career.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: Students must have passed their comprehensive exam and be within a year from receiving their Ph.D. degree.  

GEOSC 589 Seminar in Aqueous Geochemistry (1) A seminar aimed at reading current articles in aqueous geochemistry and biogeochemistry.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: GEOSC 522  

GEOSC 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Effective: Spring 1989
 

GEOSC 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 1989
 

GEOSC 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or semester.
Effective: Spring 1988
 

GEOSC 597A Climatic Change: Past, Present, and Possible Futures (3) A seminar analyzing the current knowledge (and research needs) relevant to the climate system in the past and possible futures.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 597A Earth Talks (2) EarthTalks is an interdisciplinary seminar series that meets weekly and seeks to examine complex environmental challenges facing our world today.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

GEOSC 597B Paleobiology Seminar (2) Discussion of foundational papers and current, including student, research in paleobiology.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 597B Paleobiology Seminar (2) Discussion of foundational papers and current, including student, research in palebiology.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

GEOSC 597C Topics in Earth Systems Science (2) EarthTalks is an interdisciplinary seminar series that meets weekly and seeks to examine complex environmental challenges facing our world today.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 597C AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Competition (3) A team of five graduate will compete in AAPG's annual Imperial Barrel Award compeition. (IBA). This class provides practical hands-on experience for students.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

GEOSC 597D Petroleum Geosystems (3) Provides an understanding of all phases of hydrocarbon exploration and production through a combination of team-based problems, field trips, industry lecture and site-visits. Required for Petroleum Geosystems emphasis.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 597E (SOILS 597E) Topics in Biogeochemistry (2) This seminar addresses chemical interactions between the biosphere and the physical environment over Earth's history and as impacted by humans.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 597F Advanced Topics in Isotope Geochemistry (2) Detailed coverage of topics in high and low temperature geochemistry, including radioactive, radiogenic, and stable isotope systems (traditional and non-traditional).
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: GEOSC 416 orGEOSC 518 orGEOSC 202  

GEOSC 597G Advanced Volcanology (2) Exploring the integration of geochemical and geophysical techniques for investigating active volcanic systems.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 597I Advanced Crystallography III (1) We wil cover crystallography and diffraction processes at an advanced level, including structure factors, the interference function, and principles of powder analysis.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 597J Advanced Topics in Biomarkers and Biosignatures (2) This course covers origins, fates and analysis of molecular biomarkers, and how they indicate life, climates and environments through time.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: GEOSC 419  

GEOSC 597K MG Seminar (2) An interdisciplinary seminar series focused on the physical, chemical, ecological and genetic underpinnings of microbial activity in the environment.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014
 

GEOSC 598 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or semester.
Effective: Fall 1999
 

GEOSC 600 Thesis Research (1-15) No description.
Effective: Spring 1989
 

GEOSC 601 Ph.D. Dissertation Full-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Spring 1989
 

GEOSC 602 Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Supervised experience in teaching geosciences courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

GEOSC 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Spring 1989
 

GEOSC 611 Ph.D. Dissertation Part-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Spring 1989
 

GEOSC 897 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or semester.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

1 This course contains from one to several field trips for which an additional charge will be made to cover transportation.

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