1101. [GEOL 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory (1). Laboratory study of rocks, minerals, and geologic mapping. Partially fulfills core Natural Sciences requirement.
1102. [GEOL 1104] Historical Geology Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: GEOL 1101. Laboratory study of fossils, geologic maps, and geologic structure. Partially fulfills core Natural Sciences requirement.
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. Partially fulfills core Natural Sciences requirement.
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 Natural Sciences requirement.
1304. [GEOL 1304] Historical Geology (3). Prerequisite: GEOL 1303. A study of the history and evolution of the earth and life from the beginning of time to the present. Partially fulfills core Natural 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. Partially fulfills core Natural Sciences requirement.Back to Top
3301. Geomorphology (3). Prerequisites: GEOL 1303 and 1101 or GEOG 1401. Introductory course regarding the landforms and surface processes of the earth and other solar system bodies.
3305. Structural Analysis in Hydrocarbon Systems (3). Prerequisites: GEOL 1101, 1303; PETR 1305. Structural and geological analysis of hydrocarbon systems.
3322. Oceanography (3). Prerequisite: GEOL 1303 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. 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.
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 and 1101, CHEM 1307 and 1107. Classification and origin of minerals and rocks. Relationships of rock and mineral stability to pressure, temperature, and tectonic processes. Requires field trip.
3402. Structural Geology (4).Prerequisite: GEOL 2403 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. (Writing Intensive)
3428. GIS in Natural Science and Engineering (4). Prerequisite: Any 1300-, 1400-, or 1500-level MATH course. Survey of the broad band spectrum of geoinformation science and technology applied to research in natural science and engineering. Involves computer lab exercises. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.
3450. Paleontology and Paleoecology (4). Prerequisites: GEOL 1304, 1102. Classification, evolution, and paleobiology of invertebrate fossils. Applications of paleontological data in geological dating, correlation, and paleoenvironmental analyses.Back to Top
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. May be repeated for credit.
4201. Field Methods in Sedimentary Geology (2). Prerequisite: 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.
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: GEOL 3402, 4201, 4321. Field mapping of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.
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. A comprehensive study of the structure, stratigraphy, and economic geology of Texas and parts of adjacent states.
4320. Optical Mineralogy and Crystallography (3). Prerequisite: GEOL 2403 with a grade of C or better. 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. (Writing Intensive)
4324. Geology of Hydrocarbons (3). Prerequisite: C or better in GEOL 3305. 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 1102, 1304, 2403, 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 or GEOG 1401, 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.
4361. Advanced Structural Geology (3). Prerequisites: Senior standing in major, GEOL 3402, or GEOL 3102 and 3302. 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 or GEOL 3102 and 3302. Survey of the plate tectonic paradigm in terms of historical development and modern application.
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.
5314. Problems in Stratigraphy (3). Analysis of selected stratigraphic units emphasizing geometry, paleogeography, environments of deposition, depositional models, and theoretical problems.
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.
5428. GIS in Natural Science and Engineering (4). Survey of the broad spectrum of geo-information science and technology applied to researches in natural science and engineering. Involves computer lab exercises.Back to Top
6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6). Back to Top
7000. Research (V1-12). Back to Top
8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).Back to Top