The semesters listed after course descriptions indicate when courses are expected to be offered. Schedules are subject to change; students should confirm semester offerings with the department when planning degree programs. You can also jump ahead to special and advanced courses.
101. Physical Geology (4) (NATURAL SCIENCE)
The rocks, landscapes and structures of the earth's surface and the processes that produced them, including vocalism, earthquakes, landslides, glaciation and continental drift. Mineral and rock identification, topographic map reading and geologic map interpretation are covered in laboratory sessions. A field trip of Lenawee county glacial geology is included. Three lectures, one 2-hour laboratory per week. FALL, SPRING.
102. Historical Geology (4) (NATURAL SCIENCE)
The geologic history of the earth from its origin to the present, with emphasis on the many physical changes that have occurred and the origin and development of life as revealed by fossils and the rock record. Three lectures, one 2-hour laboratory per week. SPRING.
104. Regional Geography (3)
The regions of the world defined climatically to emphasize the interrelationships between human occupancy and climate, vegetation, soils and geology. FALL FOR EVEN YEARS.
107. Geology of National Parks (4) (NATURAL SCIENCE)
An overview of the geology of the U.S. National Parks. Unifying geological principles emphasized. Major topics: sandstone parks, volcanic parks, hot springs and geothermal areas, caves and limestone parks, reefs and fossilized reefs, rivers and erosion, ice and glaciers, mountain building and mountain ranges. Three lectures, one 2-hour laboratory per week. FALL OF ALTERNATE YEARS.
108. Natural Disasters (4) (NATURAL SCIENCE)
An examination of the causes, effects, and options available to mitigate natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, subsidence, coastal erosion, flooding, severe weather, and wildfires. Three lectures, one 2-hour laboratory per week. SPRING.
201. Weather and Climate (3)
Introduces the nature and causes of meteorological phenomena, severe weather, and climate pattern. Topics include: temperature, humidity and precipitation; pressure and wind; weather prediction; hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms; the climate history of the earth; effect of human activities on weather and climate, and of weather and climate on humans. (Does not satisfy the laboratory science requirement.) FALL ON EVEN YEARS.
205. Environmental Geology (4)
The interaction between natural systems and society, including the effects of volcanic activity, earthquakes, landslides, mineral and energy resources, soil contamination, surface and ground water pollution, waste management, and climate change. Two lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week. FALL OF ODD YEARS.
301. Mineralogy (4)
Crystallography, atomic structure and bonding, phase equilibria and crystal chemistry, and the megascopic identification and descriptive mineralogy of non silicate and silicate minerals. Two lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week. (Prerequisite: CHEM 105 or 115 and 117). FALL OF EVEN YEARS.
302. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4)
An introduction to the physical and chemical properties related to the formation of igneous and metamorphic rocks in different tectonic regimes. Laboratory study utilized hand specimens and thin section analysis to interpret the origin of rocks. Two lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week. (Prerequisite: GEOL 301). SPRING OF ODD YEARS.
307. Structural Geology (4)
The behavior of rocks under various kinds of force, with analysis of resulting structural features, including folds, joints and faults, and the nature of the forces that produced them. These concepts are applied to understanding the basic structural and tectonic framework of North America. Two lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week. (Prerequisite: GEOL 101). SPRING OF EVEN YEARS.
309. TED Exam Prep (1)
A cursory examination and review of basic concepts from physical geology, historical geology, astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and environmental geology. Judicious data evaluation and lab safety techniques. Practice exams based on MTTC standards. One hour of class per week. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
313. Sedimentology (4)
Sedimentology rocks, the environments of deposition they represent, techniques employed in their study, the processes that produced them and their many characteristics; how these characteristics are used to reconstruct ancient environments and geologic history. Three lectures, one 1 1/2-hour laboratory per week. A field trip to West Texas or West Virginia is required. (Prerequisites: GEOL 101, 102 and permission of instructor). SPRING OF ODD YEARS.
315. Biostratigraphy (4)
Invertebrate fossils, with particular emphasis on their use in the correlation and reconstruction of ancient environments and geologic history. Three lectures, one 1 1/2-hour laboratory per week. A field trip to SOuthern Ohio is required. (Prerequisite: GEOL 313). FALL OF ODD YEARS.
318. Field and Laboratory Methods (4)
Familiarization with basic field and laboratory techniques, including maps, mapping instruments, air photographs, photography, data reproduction and presentation, sources of geologic information and planning field work and reports. A field problem is required. Two lectures, two 2-hour laboratories per week. (Prerequisites: GEOL 307 and 313.) FALL OF EVEN YEARS.
319. Plate Tectonics (3)
A global study of plate tectonics as a unifying solid-earth theory. Includes scientific development, geophysical evidence and placation of plate tectonic processes to explain tectonic evolution of the Earth. Two lectures, one 2-hour laboratory per week. (Prerequisite: GEOL 307). FALL OF EVEN YEARS.
320. US Geology Field Experience (1)
Students will research, give an oral presentation, and write an abstract on a specific geologic location in the US. Abstracts will be complied as a field guide for a required field trip to theses locations over Spring Break. May be repeated one time for credit. OFFERED AS NEEDED.
321. Contaminated Soil and Groundwater: Assessment anad Remediation (4)
Principles of contaminant behavior in soil and groundwater systems and the application of assessment and remedial techniques to address environmental problems. Application of course and laboratory content in long-term site assessment-remediation project. Two lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week. (Prerequisite: GEOL 205). SPRING OF EVEN YEARS.
322. Petroleum Geology (3)
Lecture and laboratory exercises concerning the origin, migration, and accumulation of oil and natural gas in the Earth's crust and the techniques for surface, subsurface, and geophysical exploration of petroleum resources. Two lectures, one 2-hour laboratory per week. (Prerequisite: GEOL 307 or 318). FALL OF ODD YEARS.
400. Senior Research I (2)
Original research, including data collection and analysis, on a geological or environmental geology topic. An abstract will be written summarizing the results. FALL, SPRING.
401. Capstone: Senior Research II (1)
Scientific writing, graphical methods, and oral presentations in the geological sciences. Students will write a formal paper and prepare an oral presentation using data collected in GEOL 400. A formal presentation is required. (Prerequisite: GEOL 400). FALL, SPRING.
199. Exploratory Internship (1-3)
299. Experimental Course (1-3)
399. Professional Internship (1-12)
451. Independent Study (1-3)
A program of independent study supervised by a departmental faculty member. The work may be theoretical, experimental or a field program. May be repeated. (Prerequisite: Departmental permission).