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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
GEOSCI-198

First Year Seminar

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
  • Gen Ed: First Year Seminar
Credits 4
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
GEOSCI-203

Geologic Evolution of the Earth

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

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.
  • Gen Ed: Biological Sciences
Credits 1
Laboratory
Spring
GEOSCI-204

Geologic Evolution of the Earth Laboratory

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 1
Laboratory
Spring
Fall
GEOSCI-223

Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate Laboratory

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1-4
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 2
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
GEOSCI-301

Introduction to Geoscience Field Methods

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 4
Lecture
Fall
GEOSCI-340

Introduction to Mineralogy & Petrology

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
GEOSCI-402

Sedimentology & Stratigraphy

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
GEOSCI-425

Global Climate Change

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
GEOSCI-432

Hydrogeology

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Ind Study
GEOSCI-478

Honors in the Major

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1-4
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-12
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.
Credits 1-4
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.
Credits 1-6
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.