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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2003-2005

Department of the Earth Sciences

222 Lennon Hall
Phone: (585) 395-2636
Fax: (585) 395-2416
E-mail: earthsci@esc.brockport.edu
URL: www.esc.brockport.edu

Chairperson: Jose A. Maliekal; Associate Professors: Whitney J. Autin, Judy A. Massare; Assistant Professors: Mark R. Noll, Scott M. Rochette, James A. Zollweg.

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Directly or indirectly, beneficially or adversely, humanity affects and is affected by the physical processes occurring within the earth system, which encompasses the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that sustains us. The sphere of knowledge known as the earth sciences includes the study of all physical aspects of the earth system, including how its composition, properties, resources, and processes change over time. By applying physical, chemical, mathematical, and biological principles, earth scientists strive to enhance the understanding of the earth system so that humanity is better prepared to properly use its resources, and anticipate, detect, and mitigate the adverse impacts of its processes.

Students who major in geology, meteorology, or water resources focus their study on the geologic, atmospheric, or hydrologic components of the earth's environment. They also study the interrelationships between these environments, enablying them to expand the breadth of their expertise. In contrast, students who major in earth science acquire a broadly based and integrated understanding of the knowledge and methodologies of geology, meteorology, and hydrology. Regardless of the academic major, the departmental curricula render science accessible, relevant, and meaningful to students. Students are also afforded the opportunity to explore and discover the processes and interactions occurring within the earth system through research with faculty assistance.

Academic majors: earth science, geology, meteorology, and water resources.

Academic minors: earth science, geology, meteorology, and the interdisciplinary communications meteorology.

Major in Geology
Geology majors must earn a minimum of 42 credits in required core courses and complete two semesters each of physics with lab, calculus and chemistry. This major offers sound training in the study of the earth and its resources, and equips the student for graduate studies in geochemistry, petroleum exploration, paleontology, hydrogeology, ground water, environmental geology, or marine geology. It also provides a strong background in geology for those who seek employment at the bachelor's level, e.g., as a laboratory or environmental technician, in regulatory agencies, and as field geologists.

Required Core:
Credits
  GEL 101 Our Earth
4
  GEL 302 Historical Geology
4
  GEL 306 Introduction to Paleontology
4
  GEL 312 Mineral Science
4
  GEL 408 Structural Geology
4
  GEL 411 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
4
  ESC 350 Computational Methods in the Field Sciences
3
  ESC 391 Writing in the Earth Sciences
1
  ESC 493 Seminar on Earth Science Problems
2
  Designated electives by advisement
12
   
  Total:
42
   
Designated Electives:
Credits
  GEL 415 Geomorphology
4
  GEL 457 Geochemistry
4
  GEL 462 Groundwater
4
  ESC 455 Introduction to Soils Science
3
   
Required Corequisite Courses:
Credits
  CHM 205-206 College Chemistry I and II with Lab
8
  MTH 201-201 Calculus I and II
6
  PHS 201-202 College Physics I and II with Lab
8
   
  Total:
22

Please note: ESC and GEL courses other than the designated electives may NOT be taken as credit toward the geology major without written departmental approval. To make normal progress toward the degree, GEL 201 and 302, and ESC 319, and 350, physics, calculus, and college chemistry should be completed before entering the junior year. ESC 493 should be taken in the senior year. Most required courses are taught once every two years.

A career as a professional geologist requires knowledge of all the natural sciences. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies should minor in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or biology, depending on their specific field of interest within geology. Recommended supporting courses include: ESC 200 Introduction to Oceanography

  • ESC 330 Geographic Information Systems
  • ESC 351 Lab Experiences in Scientific Programming
  • ESC 412 Hydrology
  • ESC 418 Watershed Science
  • ESC 427 Geotechniques of Hazardous Waste
  • CHM 303 Analytic Chemistry
  • CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I
  • BIO 436 Water Quality Analysis
  • BIO 419 Limnology
  • MTH 203 Calculus III

Minor in Geology
Eighteen credits are required and must include: GEL 201 Introduction to Physical Geology, and GEL 302 Historical Geology, and other courses as advised.

Major in Meteorology

Meteorology majors must earn a minimum of 41 credits in required core courses, complete one year of college-level physics with lab, two semesters of calculus, differential equations, and chemistry. Additional supporting work in the sciences and mathematics is strongly recommended.

This major prepares students for careers in weather forecasting, atmospheric research, environ- mental consulting and air quality management. The strong physical science orientation of the program allows students to compete in related fields, such as environmental and computer science, hydrology, and alternative energy utilization. The major meets the federal guidelines for meteorologists, enabling graduates to begin careers in federal, state, and private employment.

Required Core Courses:
Credits
  ESC 211 Introduction to Meteorology
4
  ESC 311 Synoptic Meteorology
4
  ESC 312 Weather Forecasting
4
  ESC 391 Writing in the Earth Sciences
1
  ESC 350 Computational Methods in the Field Sciences
3
  ESC 351 Laboratory Experience in Scientific Programming
1
  ESC 411-412 Hydrology Lab and Hydrology
  OR
  ESC 313-314 Environmental Climatology and Lab
4
  ESC 415 Physical Meteorology
3
  ESC 416 Thermodynamics and the Boundary Layer
3
  ESC 417 Dynamic Meteorology
3
  ESC 420 Atmospheric Sensing Methods
3
  ESC 493 Seminar on Earth Science Problems
2
  Designated electives by advisement
6
   
  Total:
41
   
Designated Electives:
  ESC 200 Introduction to Oceanography
3
  ESC 412 Air Pollution Meteorology
3
  ESC 412 Hydrology
3
  ESC 313 Environmental Climatology
3
  ESC 314 Climatology Lab
1
  ESC 432 Tropical Meteorology
3
  ESC 442 Advanced Topics in the Earth Sciences
3
  ESC 452 Mesoscale Meteorology
3
  ESC 460 Meteorology Internship
1-3
  ESC 490 Weather Briefing
1
  ESC 399/499 Independent Study
1-3
   
Required Corequisite Courses
Credits
  MTH 201-202 Calculus I, II
6
 

MTH 455 Differential Equations

3
  PHS 201-202 College Physics I, II
8
  CHM 205 Chemistry I
4
   
  Total:
21

ESC 350 and ESC 391 should be taken by the end of the sophomore year.

ESC 493 should be taken in the senior year.

Be aware that most required courses are offered once every two years.

Additional mathematics, computer science, or science courses are recommended, depending on individual goals. In some cases, these may be applied toward the major with written departmental approval. Recommended supporting courses, outside of meteorology, include:

  • CHM 206 College Chemistry II
  • CSC 203 Fundamentals of Computer Science I
  • CSC 205 Fundamentals of Computer Science II
  • MTH 203 Calculus III
  • MTH 281 Discrete Mathematics I
  • MTH 346 Probability and Statistics I
  • MTH 471 Numerical Analysis
  • PHS 300 Classical Physics
  • PHS 301 Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • PHS 302 Dynamical Systems

Minor in Meteorology
Eighteen credits are required, to be selected from the ESC courses required for the meteorology major; includes ESC 211 (or its equivalent) and 311.

Minor in Communications Meteorology
The interdisciplinary communications meteorology minor is described elsewhere in this catalog.

Major in Water Resources
Water resources majors must earn a minimum of 43 credits in required core courses. Additional requirements are two semesters each of calculus, college chemistry with lab, and college physics with lab.

This major prepares students for careers in hydrology, resource management, and pollution control; the course of study includes most courses recommended for federal employment as a hydrologist. The major is offered to meet the growing demand for hydrologists and other water resources professionals by federal, state, and local government agencies; private sector environ- mental and consulting firms; and industrial and educational institutions.

Required Core Courses:
Credits
  GEL 201 Introduction to Physical Geology
4
  ESC 211 Introductoin to Meteorology
4
  ESC 350 Computational Methods in the Field Sciences
3
  ESC 351 Laboratory Experience in Scientific Programming
1
  ESC 391 Writing in the Earth Sciences
1
  ESC 412 Hydrology
3
  ESC 418 Watershed Sciences
3
  ESC 493 Seminar in Earth Science Problems
2
  GEL 415 Geomorphology
3
  GEL 457 Geochemistry
4
  GEL 462 Groundwater
4
  Designated electives by advisement
9
   
  Total:
43
   
Designated Electives:
Credits
  ESC 313 Environmental Climatology
3
  ESC 325 Wetlands Systems
3
  ESC 330 Geographic Information Systems
4
  ESC 455 Introduction to Soils Science
3
  GEL 363 Environmental Geology
3
  GEL 312 Mineral Science
4
  GEL 411 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
4
  BIO 419 Limnology
3
  BIO 436 Water Quality Analysis
4
   
Required Corequisite Courses
  MTH 201-202 Calculus I, II
6
  CHM 205-206 Chemistry I, II
8
  PHS 201-202 College Physics I, II
8
   
Total:
22

 

ESC 350 and ESC 391 should be taken by the end of the sophomore year.

ESC 493 should be taken in the senior year.

Be aware that most required courses are offered once every two years.

The study of hydrology and water resources depends strongly on skills and knowledge from physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology, mathematics, and computer science. A professional career in water resources is supported by additional course work in these disciplines. Recommended supporting courses outside of water resources include:

  • BIO 303 Ecology
  • BIO 422 Pollution Biology
  • CHM 303 Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHM 305­306 Organic Chemistry I and II
  • ESC 200 Introduction to Oceanography
  • ESC 311 Synoptic Meteorology
  • ESC 420 Atmospheric Sensing Methods
  • ESC 427 Geotechniques of Hazardous Wastes Operations
  • GEL 363 Environmental Geology
  • MTH 455 Differential Equations
  • PLS 466 Environmental Politics

Major in Earth Science
Earth science majors must earn a minimum of 32 core and elective credits and an additional 19 credits in related lab sciences and mathematics. The core and elective courses that constitute the curriculum of this interdisciplinary major embody the knowledge base and methodologies of geology (solid earth and its resources), meteorology (the atmosphere and its movement), and hydrology (water and its cycling through the environment). As such, this major offers a flexible and broadly based program of study that is well suited for students who are preparing for school teaching (elementary, or secondary), or planning for a career in environmental regulation, resource managment, or park service. By supplementing the major-related course- work with additional electives, or an appropriate minor, a student may structure her/his study toward a special interest area, such as journalism, technical writing, business, graduate study in geography, resource management, urban planning, or museum science.

Required Core (17 Credits):
Credits
  GEL 201 Introduction to Physical Geology
4
  ESC 200 Introduction to Oceanography
3
  ESC 211 Introduction to Meteorology
4
  ESC 350 Computational Methods in the Field Sciences
3
  ESC 391 Writing in the Earth Sciences
1
  ESC 493 Seminar in Earth Science Problems
2
   
Geology Elective (choose one of the following)* (3-4 Credits):
  GEL 302 Historical Geology (4)
  GEL 312 Mineral Science (4)
  GEL 363 Environmental Geology (3)
   
Meteorology Elective (choose one of the following)*(3-4 credits):
  ESC 313 Environmental Climatology (3)
  ESC 420 Atmospheric Sensing Methods (3)
  ESC 421 Air Pollution (3)
   
Water Resources Elective (choose one of the following)* (3-4 Credits):
  ESC 325 Wetland Systems (3)
  ESC 412 Hydrology (3)
  GEL 462 Groundwater (4)
  General Electives (3-6 Credits)
   
Chosen from ESC/GEL courses with advisement
  ESC/GEL                   Minimum Total:
32
   
Science Corequisites (8 Credits)
  CHM 205-206 College Chemistry I & II
8
  MTH 201 Calculus I
3
  PHS 115-116 General Physics I & II
8
  OR
  PHS 201-201 College Physics I & II
   
  Total:
19

Please note: ESC 350 and 391 should be taken by the end of the sophomore year. ESC 493 should be taken in the senior year.

Many electives are offered only once every two years.

*An upper-division course from the major requirements corresponding to that elective area may be substituted with written permission, i.e. another course required for the geology major may be used in place of GEL 302, 363, or 312.

Minor in Earth Science

Eighteen credits are required, and must include ESC 200 and 211, and GEL 201.

Policy on Majors and Minors in the Earth Sciences

Majors within the Department of the Earth Sciences are strongly encouraged to have second majors or major/minor combinations with chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics or computer sciences rather than within the department. Courses applied towards fulfilling the major cannot also be applied to a minor within the department. Where the same courses are required for both the major and minor, the minor work must be 18 credits beyond those commonly required credits.

Earth Science Courses

ESC 102 Elements of Geography (A). Covers locating, describing, and explaining physical processes and features of the earth; and relating them to cultural, economic, and political activities of people. Includes location and characterization of places; human-environment interactions; and unifying features of regions. Seeks to understand how earth processes and features affect and are affected by human activities. Not acceptable credit toward any major or minor offered through the Department of the Earth Sciences. 4 Cr. Every Semester

ESC 110 Weather Studies the composition of the atmosphere, motions and forces, energy flow, clouds, precipitation, weather systems, violent weather, and atmospheric electricity, and sound and light phenomena (A,N,E). Covers the bases of scientific inquiry in atmospheric investigations, emphasizing weather study as it demonstrates relationships between directly-observed weather and weather systems as depicted on weather maps. Lecture only. Students taking this course may not take ESC 211 for credit. 3 Cr. Fall

ESC 200 Introduction to Oceanography (A,N,E). Covers fundamental knowledge concerning the oceans, techniques and instruments utilized in the study of the oceans, and environmental problems relating to oceans and their resources. Lecture only. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ESC 211 Introduction to Meteorology (A,L,E). Studies the composition of the atmosphere, motions and forces, energy flow, clouds, precipitation, weather systems, violent weather and atmospheric electricity, and sound and light phenomena. Explores the bases and limitations of scientific inquiry in atmospheric investigations. Includes a laboratory component to construct and analyze weather maps and charts involving surface and upper-level atmospheric soundings. Students taking this course may not take ESC 110 for credit. 4 Cr. Every Semester

ESC 307 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics (A). Prerequisites: MTH 201 and PHS 201. Applies practical laws of fluid mechanics and hydraulics with an emphasis on pipe and open-channel flow. Includes these topics: fluids and their properties, hydroforces, energy transformations, and flow measurements. Makes extensive of professional quality computer software for hydraulics. 3 Cr. Irregularly

ESC 311 Synoptic Meteorology Prerequisite: ESC 211 or equivalent (A). Studies qualitative and quantitative evaluation of mid-latitude weather systems via conceptual models and theoretical ideas. Covers meteorological data and analysis products, scales of atmospheric motion, kinematic properties of the wind field, fronts, and frontogenesis, and extratropical cyclones and cyclogenesis. Emphasizes in the lab subjective/objective analysis and application of meteorological data. 4 Cr. Fall

ESC 312 Weather Forecasting Prerequisite: ESC 311 (A). Allows for application of qualitative and theoretical concepts to the prediction of mid-latitude weather systems. Covers geostrophic and ageostrophic winds, upper-level jet streak dynamics, methods of computing vertical motion, quasi-geostrophic theory quantitative evaluation and vertification methods, and numerical weather prediction products. Emphasizes in the lab real-time diagnosis and prediction of local, regional, and large-scale weather systems. 4 Cr. Spring

ESC 313 Environmental Climatology Prerequisite: ESC 211 or BIO 303 (A). Discussses the physical, chemical, and biological factors regulating the climate of the earth. Covers radiation and energy balance, climatic elements, atmospheric and oceanic circulations, natural and anthropogenic climate change and variations. 3 Cr. Spring

ESC 314 Climatology Lab (A). Prerequisite or corequisite: ESC 313. Covers principles and analytical techniques used to study global, regional, and local climate. 1 Cr. Spring

ESC 319 Biological Oceanography (A). Prerequisite: ESC 200 or instructor's permission. Cross- listed as BIO 319. Provides a brief review of the ocean's physical and chemical properties, followed by an in-depth study of the biology and life history of marine plants and animals. Concludes with discussions on the ecological roles of marine organisms in selected communities, including intertidal, coral reef and deep-sea habitats. 3 Cr. Same as BIO 319

ESC 325 Wetland Systems (A). Prerequisites: One of the following: BIO 202, GEL 201, ESC 211, Plant Taxonomy, or ESC 364. Covers the soils, plants, and hydrology that are characteristic of wetland systems; the history of attitudes towards and use of these areas; methods of classification of wetlands; legal and regulatory issues; management and preservation strategies; and design and use of constructed wetlands. 3 Cr. Fall

ESC 330 Geographic Information Systems (A). Prerequisites: PC-computer literacy and GEL 201 or ESC 211, 350, and 391. Provides an introduction to the use of computer-geographic information systems (GIS). Examines the geographic and information data-processing methods associated with earth systems sciences studies. Covers geographic data selection analysis and presentation using spatial data-processing hardware and software techniques. Requires use of earth systems data to develop an individual hands-on study application. 4 Cr. Spring

ESC 350 Computational Methods in the field Sciences (A). Prerequisites: One or more courses in the natural sciences and mathematics. Discusses methods of collecting, analyzing, and visualizing field data. Covers descriptive statistics, graphical and exploratory data analysis techniques, data transformations, parametric and nonparametric hypotheses testing, relational statistis, and linear modeling. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ESC 351 Laboratory Experience in Scientific Programming (A). Prerequisite or corequisite: ESC 350. Provides laboratory activities concerning writing scientific computer programs in FORTRAN or C. Covers basic features of FORTRAN or C programming languages, including arithmetic computations, control structures, data files, array processing, and modular programming. Also familiarizes students with commonly used numerical methods in earth sciences. 1 Cr. Irregularly

ESC 364 Water Resource Issues (A,J,E). Studies water and hydrologic perspectives on problems of politics, economy and environment. Addresses issues involving the water resource by case studies ranging in scope from local to international. Requires participants to address and debate points of view in selected issues involving water resources. 3 Cr. Fall

ESC 391 Writing in the Earth Sciences (A,U). Covers style and the conventions of scientific writing including letters, memoranda, proposals, data reports, abstracts, as well as longer technical papers. Emphasizes style requirements of major professional earth science societies and their journals. 1 Cr. Every Semester

ESC 399 Independent Study in Earth Science (A). Prerequisite: ESC 200 or 211. To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Achievement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

ESC 412 Hydrology (A). Prerequisites: MTH 201, ESC 211 or GEL 201, ESC 350 and 391 or instructor's permission. Covers the water cycle, including precipitation, runoff, streams and lakes, ground water, snow and other hydrologic topics. Also covers water storage and processes, analytical skills dealing with hydrologic events, and the utilization and conservation of water resources in terms of its distribution, quality and flow. 4 Cr. Odd Fall

ESC 415 Physical Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 311, 350 and 391, MTH 201, and PHS 201. Covers atmospheric thermodynamics; physical processes of condensation and radiation; electrical, optical and acoustical phenomena in the atmosphere; uses of weather radar and meteorological satellites; and methods of probing the atmosphere. 3 Cr. Odd Fall

ESC 416 Thermodynamics and the Boundary Layer (A). Prerequisites: ESC 311, 350 and 391, MTH 201, and PHS 201. Covers thermodynamic processes and stability in the lower atmospheric layers; transfers of mass, energy; and momentum in the boundary layer, atmospheric dispersion and modeling. 3 Cr. Even Fall

ESC 417 Dynamic Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 312, 350 and 391, PHS 201 and MTH 203 or 455, or PHS 301. Covers the development of the governing equations of motion, simplifications, introduction to concepts of divergence, circulation, vorticity; mid-latitude synoptic scale motions; and numerical methods and linear perturbation theory. 3 Cr. Odd Spring

ESC 418 Watershed Sciences (A). Prerequisites: ESC 412 or GEL 462, ESC 350 and 391. Covers the art and science of evaluating water, air and land resources in a watershed to provide scientific information for management policy decisions. Utilizes maps and other physical resource information, sampling, data processing and analysis. 3 Cr. Odd Spring

ESC 420 Atmospheric Sensing Methods (A). Prerequisites: ESC 211 or equivalent, ESC 350 and MTH 122, ESC 391 pre- or corequisite. Covers the theory of atmospheric sensing equipment: conventional environmental instrumentation, traditional radar propagation and interpretation, Doppler and profiler implementations, and satellite imagery interpretation. Emphasizes applications to National Weather Service networks and weather forecasting. 3 Cr. Even Spring

ESC 421 Air Pollution Meteorology (A). Prerequisites or corequisites: ESC 350 and 391. For students, engineers and professional people training to measure air pollution levels or measure and evaluate meteorological parameters which affect the diffusion and concentration of pollutants in the atmosphere. Provides knowledge of the effects of meteorology in air pollution. Covers factors related to site selection, control programs, and interpretation of surveys. 3 Cr. Odd Spring

ESC 427 Geotechniques of Hazardous Wastes Operations (A). Prerequisite: At least one field course in the earth sciences or equivalent. Covers the principles and practices of field hydrogeology specializing in hazardous waste site investigations, monitoring and remediation, including OSHA 40-hour certified training; emergency spill response; and personal protection equipment; groundwater sampling design, equipment and procedures; quality control and quality assurance programs; and remediation techniques and equipment. 3 Cr.

ESC 432 Tropical Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 311, 350 and 391, MTH 201, and PHS 201. Provides a comprehensive understanding of the weather systems and climatic fluctuations of the tropics. Also covers the atmosphere-ocean interaction at various time scales and discusses the possible influence of the tropical tropospheric events on the weather and climate of the middle latitudes. 3 Cr. Odd Fall

ESC 452 Mesoscale Meteorology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 312, 350, and 391, MTH 201, and PHS 201. Provides an introduction to mesoscale processes and precipitation systems with an emphasis on deep convection and severe weather. Covers severe storm type, structure, and organization, radar and satellite signatures of mesoscale and convective features, and the roles of atmospheric instabilities in the growth of mesoscale phenomena. Examines diagnosis and short-term prediction of severe storms via lecture and exercises. 3 Cr. Even Spring

ESC 455 Introduction to Soils Science (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391, GEL 201, CHM 205 or instructor's permission. Covers the formation, properties and characterization of soils, especially those found in New York state; measurement of physical and chemical properties in field and classroom; and management, conservation, and applications of soil survey. 3 Cr. Even Fall

ESC 457 Marine GeologyBahamas (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Cross-listed as BIO 457. Provides field studies of the geology and ecology of San Salvador Island, The Bahamas. Topic to be investigated by advisement. Entails two-week off-campus course during winter intersession. 3 Cr. Same as BIO 457

ESC 460 Meteorological Internship (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Provides first-hand knowledge concerning the application of meteorology to industrial and governmental requirements. Requires group work in scientific fields. Allows students to design and conduct applied meteorological research. 1-3 Cr.

ESC 464 Environmental Internship (A). Prerequisites: ESC 412 and 455 or instructor's permission. Allows for application of skills acquired in course work to selected environmental problems. Directed by professionals in the field; project work must meet their standards. Deals primarily with water, but also may involve air quality, soils and landfill studies. 1-3 Cr. TBA

ESC 490 Weather Briefing (A). Prerequisite: ESC 312. Familiarizes students with state-of-the-art weather analysis and forecasting systems. Provides for observation and presentation of weather briefings and forecasts using these products. 1 Cr. Irregularly

ESC 493 Seminar in Earth Science Problems (A,U). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391, and senior status. Allows for in-depth consideration of an earth sciences topic beyond formal course offerings; synthesis of material from background of courses taken to be applied in technical report. Requires the report to also be presented in a critical, professional setting to faculty and students. 2 Cr. Every Semester

ESC 499 Independent Study (A). Prerequisites: ESC 200, 212, 350 and 391. To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

Geology Courses

GEL 100 Our Earth (A,N,E). Develops an understanding of our earth and of the processes that operate within it and upon its surface; and basic scientific principles and earth phenomena of importance including the observation of rocks, minerals, landforms, structures, volcanoes, earthquakes, water on and beneath the surface, and other natural processes that affect earth and life. Students taking this course may not take GEL 101 for credit. 3 Cr. Every Semester

GEL 201 Introduction to Physical Geology Studies our earth and the proocesses operating within and upon it (A,L,E). Covers basic scientific principles and phenomena, including mineral and rock formation, volcanoes, earthquakes, landforms, structure, surface and groundwater and other natural processes which affect earth and life. Includes laboratory study of minerals, rocks, maps used by geologists, aerial photographs and two loal field trips. Students taking this course may not take GEL 100 for credit. 4 Cr. Fall

GEL 302 Historical Geology (A). Prerequisite: GEL 201. Covers the origin and evolution of the earth and the historical development of life and the North American continent; and the background of the modern concepts of geology, including plate tectonics. Develops observational skills in the laboratory and field. 4 Cr. Spring

GEL 306 Paleontology (A). Prerequisites: GEL 201 and 302 or instructor's permission. Covers the principles of paleontology and the study of fossils including facies and index fossils, environmental control of species morphology, the basis of taxonomy, general biostratigraphic concepts and practices, and the use of fossils in the economic and scientific world. Presents various invertebrate phyla as examples of the concepts. 4 Cr. Even Fall

GEL 312 Mineral Science (A). Prerequisites: GEL 101 or instructor's permission and CHM 205. Introduces the structure and properties of mineral materials with emphasis on principles of bonding, crystal chemistry, crystal symmetry and morphology. Covers composition, atomic arrangement, identification and classification of major mineral groups, their geologic occurrences, and their role in modern technology. Focuses in laboratories on crystal symmetry and geometrical crystallography, physical and chemical properties of minerals, and their use in separating and identifying mineral species. Requires weekend field trip to Adirondack localities. 4 Cr. Odd Fall

GEL 314 Optical Mineralogy (A). Prerequisite: GEL 312. Covers the theory of light transmission through non-opaque solids and their examination using a polarizing microscope, as well as the relation of optical properties to crystal structure and symmetry. Emphasizes the use of microscope techniques in the laboratory for characterizing and identifying crystalline materials as crushed fragments and in thin sections. 4 Cr. Directed Study Only

GEL 362 Energy and Mineral Resources Issues (A,J,D,E). Examines the significance of energy and mineral resources to modern social, economic, and political forces. Covers current issues involving energy and mineral resources through local to global case studies. Requires participants to discuss perspectives on energy and mineral resource development and exploitation, present use and management, and alternatives to current utilization practices. 3 Cr. Even Spring

GEL 363 Environmental Geology (A,U,E). Prerequisites: GEL 201 and 415, or instructor's permission. Explores the geologic problems of our environment including lake, deserts, oceans and continents; problems and solutions regarding surface and groundwater suppply, mass wasting earthquakes, resource development and exploration, dams and dam sites, waste disposal, land reclamation and catastrophic events; and laboratory methods for the study of environmental geology. Requires one three-day weekend field trip. 3 Cr. Odd Spring

GEL 364 Environmental Geology Laboratory (A). Prerequisites: GEL 201, and credit or enrollment in GEL 363. Allows for application of geologic principles and techniques to solving modern environmental problems; management of natural resources. Requires weekend field trip. 1 Cr. Irregularly

GEL 399 Independent Study (A). Prerequisite: GEL 302. To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

GEL 408 Structural Geology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391, and GEL 302 or instructor's permission. Covers the principles of mechanical behavior of rocks during deformation; theories of origin of major and minor rock structures (folds, faults, rock cleavage, etc.) and their relationships to each other; and plate tectonics models for some major crustal structures. Emphasizes in the laboratory techniques of analyzing and solving three-dimensional problems, and gathering structural data in the field. Requires a weekend field trip and report. 4 Cr. Even Spring

GEL 411 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391, and GEL 302. Covers the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of sedimentary materials; sedimentary environments and geologic time; and the application of stratigraphic principles to a variety of problems involving sedimentary rocks in the geologic record. Employs techniques and instruments used in stratigraphy and sedimentology. 4 Cr. Odd Fall

GEL 415 Geomorphology (A,U,E). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391 or GEL 201. Covers the surface features of Earth and their origin. Emphasizes processes, both internal and external, which interact to produce landforms. Stresses an analytical approach to the formulation of valid inferences based on accurate observations. Requires a weekend field trip, and term paper based on library research of approved topic. 4 Cr. Odd Spring

GEL 431 Petrology (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391, and GEL 312. Studies the processes by which igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks form. Covers the principles of rock examination which reveal operation of those processes, as well as the relationships of rock forming processes to plate tectonics. Entails recognition, description and interpretation of mineralogic and textural features in hard specimens. 4 Cr. Irregularly

GEL 456 Topics in Field Geology of the Northeast (A). Prerequisites: GEL 201 or equivalent and instructor's permission. Covers aspects of geology of selected regions of the northeastern US from field observations. Entails techniques of gathering and recording geologic data in the field, interpretation of topographic and geologic maps, and identification/examination of rocks and structures in the field. Requires a two-week field trip with short field projects. Can be repeated for multiple credit with instructor's permission. 3 Cr. Summer, Irregularly

GEL 457 Geochemistry (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391,GEL 201, and CHM 205 and 206. Applies basic chemical principles of thermodynamics, kinetics, and equilibrium to the investigation of common geologic problems ranging from the crystallization of silicate melts to surface reactions on soil minerals. Focuses on laboratory exercises on application of good laboratory practices to wet chemical and instrumental techniques involving geologic materials. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. 4 Cr. Even Spring

GEL 462 Groundwater (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391 or GEL 201. Studies groundwater; and its occurrence, movement and use, and its place in the hydrologic cycle. Examines the origin of aquifers, use and effects of wells, and water quality and groundwater problems. 4 Cr. Odd Spring

GEL 476 Geologic Techniques (A). Prerequisites: GEL 306 and 312 or instructor's permission. Covers techniques needed by the professional geologist, complex mineral and rock forms, interpretation of map and structure sections, thin-sectioning, surveying, photo-micrographic methods, and the use of seismograph methods. 2 Cr. Directed Study Only

GEL 499 Independent Study (A). Prerequisites: ESC 350 and 391 or GEL 302. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

 

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