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2012 - 2013 Graduate Catalog

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
GEOSCI-102

Introduction to Earth Science

The properties of the earth's physical environment and the variety of processes operating within it; basics of physical and historical geology, soil science, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. Students will not receive credit for both Geosci 102 and Geosci 202.

  • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
Credits4
Lecture
Spring
Fall
GEOSCI-202

Physical Geology

Description and analysis of the geological processes that shape the earth's major internal and external features. Origins, properties and use of the earth's rock and mineral resources. Students will not receive credit for both Geosci 202 and Geosci 102.

  • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
GEOSCI-203

Geologic Evolution of the Earth

The physical history of the earth through geologic time and the attendant evolution of plants and animals; principles governing interpretation of the rock and fossil record; unraveling of events culminating in modern landscape and life forms.

Prerequisites
P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade.
    Credits1
    LAB
    Spring
    GEOSCI-204

    Geologic Evolution of the Earth Laboratory

    Practical application of geologic principles and techniques to interpretation of earth history.

    Prerequisites
    P: Geosci 203 with at least a C grade or conc enr.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      GEOSCI-222

      Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate

      Fundamental processes of the atmosphere, the resulting weather and climate, and the effects of the atmosphere on other aspects of the earth's environments and on humans.

      • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
      Credits1
      LAB
      Spring
      Fall
      GEOSCI-223

      Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate Laboratory

      Laboratory course to accompany Geosci 222 / Geog 222. Application of physical principles learned in lecture through a combination of data analysis, problem solving, and experimentation.

      Prerequisites
      P: conc enr in Geosci/Geog 222 lec.
      • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
      Credits1-4
      Field EXP
      GEOSCI-299

      Travel Course

      • Pre-Requisites
      • General Education
      • Travel Course
      • Repeatable

      Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

      Prerequisites
      P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
      • Gen Ed: World Culture
      • Travel Course
      • Course is repeatable for credit.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Fall
      GEOSCI-340

      Rock and Mineral Resources

      Macroscopic identification of common rocks and minerals, formation and uses of rock and mineral resources, and the environmental impact of resource exploration and extraction.

      Prerequisites
      P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Fall
        Even Only
        GEOSCI-402

        Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

        Modern concepts and techniques used to study and interpret the origins and distribution of sediments and sedimentary rocks; principles of bio-stratigraphy and physical stratigraphy and sedimentology.

        Prerequisites
        P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade and 203 with at least a C grade.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          GEOSCI-425

          Global Climate Change

          Examines changes in global climate with emphasis on the processes by which climate change occurs. Focuses on the recent changes in the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases and their impact on the earth's global energy budget. Examines the potential environmental impact of a changed climate.

          Prerequisites
          P: Geosci 222 with at least a C grade, Geog 222 with at least a C grade or Env Sci 102 with at least a C grade.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            GEOSCI-432

            Hydrogeology

            Introduction to the geological and physical principles governing ground water flow. Description of aquifer properties, chemical processes, equation of flow, well hydraulics, and environmental concerns.

            Prerequisites
            P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade and Env Sci 330 with at least a C grade; REC: Math 202.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              Even Only
              GEOSCI-470

              Quaternary Geology

              Understanding the extremes in environmental behavior which characterize Pleistocene time. Principles of glaciology and the impact of glaciation on the landscape.

              Prerequisites
              P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade; REC: Geosci 203.
                Credits3
                IND Study
                GEOSCI-478

                Honors in the Major

                P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.

                Prerequisites
                P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
                  Credits1-4
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  Fall
                  GEOSCI-492

                  Special Topics in Earth Science

                  Topics not covered by regular courses, such as mineralogy-petrology, crustal movements, geologic field methods, geology of Wisconsin, and others. Offerings of different topics can be repeated for credit.

                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                  Credits1-12
                  Field EXP
                  Spring
                  Fall
                  GEOSCI-497

                  Internship

                  Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: jr st.
                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                  Credits1-4
                  IND Study
                  Spring
                  Fall
                  GEOSCI-498

                  Independent Study

                  Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                  Credits1-6
                  Field EXP
                  GEOSCI-499

                  Travel Course

                  • Pre-Requisites
                  • General Education
                  • Travel Course
                  • Repeatable

                  Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                  • Gen Ed: World Culture
                  • Travel Course
                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  GEOSCI-632

                  Hydrogeology

                  Introduction to the geological and physical principles governing ground water flow. Description of aquifer properties, chemical processes, equation of flow, well hydraulics, and environmental concerns.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: gr st.