Geoscience: Course List

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

Natural Hazards

Explores the dynamic character of the Earth System by characterizing and understanding the causes and consequences of natural hazards. Hazards considered will include earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic hazards (local, regional, global scales), meteorological hazards (hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, coastal erosion), and landslides.

  • 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.
      Credits2
      Lecture
      Spring
      Odd Only
      GEOSCI-301

      Introduction to Geoscience Field Methods

      A survey of methods of field investigations including description and measurement of rock sequences, introduction to geological mapping, surveying, and writing geological reports.

      Prerequisites
      P: Geosci 202.
        Credits4
        Lecture
        Fall
        GEOSCI-340

        Introduction to Mineralogy & Petrology

        Explores mineral chemistry and structures, identification, association, and occurrence. Surveys the distribution, chemistry, and mineral associations in relation to tectonic environment to interpret rock forming processes.

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

          Sedimentology & Stratigraphy

          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; REC: Env Sci 330 with at least a C grade; 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.