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1000 Level Courses

1101. [GEOL 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: GEOL 1303 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory study of rocks, minerals, and geologic mapping. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

1102. [GEOL 1104] Historical Geology Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: GEOL 1101. Laboratory study of fossils, geologic maps, and geologic structure.

1105. History of Life Laboratory (1). Introduction to and applications of methods employed by paleontologists to interpret the fossil record. Not for credit for majors.

1303. [GEOL 1303] Physical Geology (3). Introduction to earth structure and composition, minerals and rocks, surface processes, orogeny, and the principle of plate tectonics. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

1350. History of Life (3). A survey of the evolution of life on earth as interpreted from the fossil record and the processes that produced extinct and modern ecosystems. Not for credit for majors.

2000 Level Course

2401. [GEOL 1304] Historical Geology (4). Prerequisites: C or better in GEOL 1303 and 1101. Survey of the earth’s geological history and the evolution of life and its interaction with geological processes. Interpretation of rocks, fossils, and geological maps.

3000 Level Courses

3301. Geomorphology (3). Prerequisites: GEOL 1303 and 110 or GEOL 3324 or GEOG 1401. Introductory course regarding the landforms and surface processes of the earth and other solar system bodies.

3322. Oceanography (3). Prerequisite: GEOL 1303, 3324; or  GEOG 1401; or ATMO 1300. The physiography and origin of ocean basins and the processes and systems operative in them including physical, chemical, and biological factors as well as sedimentation patterns.

3323. Environmental Geology (3). Prerequisite: GEOL 1303 or 3324. Study of geological processes that affect human activities, emphasizing natural hazards, water resources, waste disposal, energy, mineral resources, and land use and planning. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.

3324. Geology for Petroleum Engineers (3). Prerequisites: C or better in MATH 1452, PHYS 1408, and either ENGR 1315 or PETR 1305. Petroleum engineering majors only. Survey of geology with emphasis on concepts and processes important for hydrocarbon exploration and extraction.

3328. Geology of Energy Resources (3). Prerequisite: GEOL 1303. Origin, distribution, and exploitation of geological resources of energy, with emphasis on hydrocarbons, coal, and nuclear energy.

3401. [GEOL 2309, 2409] Mineralogy and Petrology (4). Prerequisites: C or better in GEOL 1303, 1101, 2401; CHEM 1307 and 1107; CHEM 1308 and 1108 (may be taken concurrently). Classification and origin of minerals and rocks. Relationships of rock and mineral stability to pressure, temperature, and tectonic processes. Requires field trip that includes strenuous activity.

3402. Structural Geology (4) Prerequisite: GEOL 3401 with a grade of C or better; PHYS 1403 or 1408 (may be taken concurrently.) Structural analysis of deformed rocks. Laboratory includes fieldwork, stereonets, map and cross-section construction. Required field trip that includes strenuous activity. (Writing Intensive)

3450. Paleontology and Paleoecology (4). Prerequisites: GEOL 2401. Classification, evolution, and paleobiology of invertebrate fossils. Applications of paleontological data in geological dating, correlation, and paleoenvironmental analyses.Back to Top

 

4000 Level Courses

4001. Problems in Geosciences (V1-6). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Independent study under guidance of faculty member.

4101. Undergraduate Seminar (1). Prerequisites: Senior standing and majors only.

4201. Field Methods in Sedimentary Geology (2). Prerequisite: C or better in GEOL 3402 and 4325. Description of sediments and sedimentary rocks in the field, measurement of stratigraphic sections, mapping of surficial deposits and stratified rocks, interpretation of depositional environments. Field work requires strenuous physical activity.

4300. Independent Studies in Geology (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Independent studies in geology. May be repeated for credit.

4301. Advanced Fields Methods (3). Prerequisites: C or better in GEOL 3402, 4201, 4321. Field mapping of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Field work requires strenuous physical activity.

4312. Undergraduate Research (3). Prerequisites: Senior standing, majors only, prior approval from specific professor. Independent research in an area of current interest in the geosciences. (Writing Intensive)

4318. Geology of Texas (3). Prerequisites: GEOL 1303 and 1101 or GEOL 3324. A comprehensive study of the structure, stratigraphy, and economic geology of Texas and parts of adjacent states.

4320. Optical Mineralogy and Crystallography (3). Prerequisite: C or better in GEOL 3401. Crystal symmetry groups and classes; principles of transmitted light microscopy; the relationships between crystal structure, chemical composition, and optical properties of minerals and use of these relationships in identification of common rock-forming minerals.

4321. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrography (3). Prerequisites: GCH 3303, GEOL 4320. The study of rock texture and paragenesis in thin section. Required field trip that includes strenuous activity.

4324. Geology of Hydrocarbons (3). Prerequisite: C or better in GEOL 3324; for petroleum engineering majors only. A study of the world-wide distribution and geologic setting of petroleum in addition to methods of exploration.

4325. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3).Prerequisites: GEOL 2401, 3401, 4320. Sedimentary textures and structures, classification, petrography, and diagenesis of sedimentary rocks, lithostratigraphy, facies, and basin models.

4331. Digital Imagery in Geosciences (3). Prerequisites: Senior standing, GEOL 1303 and 1101, GEOG 1401 or GEOL 3324, MATH 1320 or higher. Introduction to digital image processing, visualization, and raster GIS modeling applied to geosciences. Involves computer lab exercises.

4332. Spatial Data Analysis and Modeling in Geosciences (3). Prerequisites: GIST 3300 and MATH 1451. Introduction to vector GIS data manipulation, geostatistics, and spatial modeling applied to geosciences. Involves computer lab exercises.

4334. Structural Analysis in Hydrocarbon Systems (3). Prerequisites: C or better in GEOL 3324 and 4324. Structural and geological analysis of hydrocarbon systems.

4361. Advanced Structural Geology (3). Prerequisites: Senior standing in major, GEOL 3402. Topics include deformation mechanisms and rheology, tectonic evolution of oceanic lithosphere and evolution of arcs.

4362. Tectonics (3). Prerequisites: Senior standing in the major and GEOL 3402. Survey of the plate tectonic paradigm in terms of historical development and modern application.

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5000 Level Courses

5001. Problems in Geosciences (V1-6). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Independent study under guidance of a faculty member.

5101. Seminar (1).

5300. Individual Studies in Geology (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A structured independent graduate studies course under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

5303. Advanced Igneous Petrology (3). Phase relations, geochemistry, and tectonic setting of igneous rocks. Emphasis on modern concepts of magma origin and differentiation. May be repeated for credit.

5311. Micropaleontology (3). Lectures and labs are designed to acquaint the student with basic lab techniques, morphology, and classification within the major microfossil groups, and to demonstrate the usefulness and importance of microfossils as biostratigraphic and paleoecologic tools.

5322. Sedimentary Processes (3). Principles of fluid dynamics important in sedimentation, interpretation of primary sedimentary structures, and description of depositional environments.

5325. Petrophysics (3). Physical properties of reservoir rocks, including porosity, permeability, composition, and texture. Interrelationships between rock characteristics and electric log responses in geologic exploration and exploitation.

5327. Problems in Paleontology (3). Subjects include origin of life, Precambrian life, origin and relationships of fish, amphibians, reptiles, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, birds, and primates; mass extinction and impact cratering processes.

5340. Advances in Historical Geology (3). Survey of currently important topics in earth processes and history for science educators, with an emphasis on how geologists interpret modern and past geologic events.

5341. Digital Imagery in Geosciences (3). Introduction to digital image processing, visualization, and raster GIS modeling applied to geosciences. Involves computer lab exercises.

5342. Spatial Data Analysis and Modeling in Geosciences (3). Introduction to vector GIS data manipulation, geostatistics, and spatial modeling applied to geosciences. Involves computer lab exercises.

5361. Advanced Structural Geology (3). Topics include deformation mechanisms and rheology, tectonic evolution of oceanic lithosphere, and evolution of arcs. May be repeated once for credit.

5362. Advanced Tectonics (3). Survey of the plate tectonics paradigm in terms of its historical development and modern application.

5399. Advanced Petrophysics (3). Analysis of complex reservoirs, such as shaly sands, carbonates with complex pore geometries, fractured reservoirs, and gas-bearing dolomites. The development and use of new logging tools is also covered.

5410. Vertebrate Paleontology (4). An introduction to the principles of paleontology governing evolution, morphology, and phylogeny of major groups of vertebrates.

5420. Geological Correlation (4). Principles and methods of correlation of stratigraphic units with the geological time scale including chronostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, ecostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, event stratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, and related techniques.

5422. Sedimentary Geology of Carbonates (4). Classification and interpretation of carbonate rocks, processes that control their deposition and diagenesis, evolution of carbonate systems through times.

5424. Clastic Sedimentology (4). Origins, classification, petrology, diagenesis, and facies analysis of clastic sedimentary rocks. Survey of modern and ancient clastic depositional systems.

5426. Sequence Stratigraphy (4). Fundamental concepts of sequence stratigraphy and application to interpretation of sedimentary basins across a range of depositional systems. Application to petroleum exploration and production..Back to Top

 

6000 Level Course

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

7000 Level Course

7000. Research (V1-12).

8000 Level Course

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).Back to Top