GEOL g352 Sedimentation-Stratigraphy 4 credits. Principles of sedimentation from source to diagenesis. The basis of stratigraphic nomenclature, classification, and correlation. Lab covers unconsolidated sediment, hand specimen, subsurface, and field techniques. PREREQ: GEOL 210, ENGL 201 OR EQUIVALENT.
GEOL g356 Geology of Southern Idaho 2 credits. A study of the geology of Southern Idaho, including stratigraphy, thrust belt structure, Idaho batholith, core complexes, Challis volcanic episode, Snake River Plain, Basin and Range, and Lake Bonneville. PREREQ: GEOL 106 OR 109.
GEOL g358 Geology of North America 3 credits. Regional stratigraphy and tectonics of North America emphasizing National Parks and the Intermountain West. Graduate students will do extensive additional reading in current literature. PREREQ: GEOL 106 OR 109.
GEOL g370 Analytical Geochemistry 3 credits. A survey of geochemical analysis techniques. All aspects of analysis, including sample collection, preparation, instrumental analysis, QA/QC procedures, interpretation and presentation are discussed. Cross-listed as CHEM g370, PHYS g370. PREREQ: CHEM 122 AND PHYS 212.
GEOL g402 Geomorphology 4 credits. Process- response approach to landforms and landscapes. Historical perspectives, endo- and exogenetic processes, equilibrium and relict landforms. Emphasis on interrelations among various geologic subdisciplines. Field trips, some lab exercises. PREREQ: GEOL 421.
GEOL g405 Volcanology 3 credits. Aspects of physical and chemical volcanology: types of volcanoes; interpretation of volcanic deposits; properties of magma; generation, rise, and storage of magma; volcanic hazards and prediction. PREREQ: GEOL 411.
GEOL g415 Quaternary Geology 4 credits. Use and interpretation of landforms, sediments, and fossil life in the reconstruction of Quaternary events, environment, and climates. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
GEOL g417 General Soils 3 credits. Formation, morphology, and distribution of soils, including developments in soil classification. PREREQ: GEOL 106 OR 109 OR 115, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
GEOL g420 Principles of Geochemistry 3 credits. Chemistry of the earth; a discussion of factors controlling abundance, distribution, and migration of chemical elements within the earth. PREREQ: GEOL 211 AND CHEM 122 OR 217.
GEOL g430 Principles of Hydrogeology 3 credits. An introduction to groundwater geology. Topics will include groundwater occurrence, movement and recovery, water quality and pollution, principles of aquifer analysis. PREREQ: GEOL 106, GEOl 109, GEOL 115, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
GEOL g431 Invertebrate Paleontology 4 credits. Principles of biology and geology applied to the study of fossil invertebrates; consideration is given to morphology, classification, evolution, paleoecology, and the stratigraphic significance of fossils. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
GEOL g435 Vertebrate Paleontology 4 credits. Phylogenetic history of the vertebrates outlined in the light of morphology, classification, evolution, paleoecology, and the significance of fossils. Field trips. Cross-listed as BIOS 435. PREREQ: GEOL 431 OR BIOS 314 OR EQUIVALENT.
GEOL g440 Ore Deposits 3 credits. Nature, mode of occurrence, and origin of ores with each type related to a given rock association and as the product of a particular environment. PREREQ: GEOL 312 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
GEOL g442 Economic Mineralogy Lab 2 credits. Identification and study of economic minerals and commodities using techniques of hand specimen identification, study of fluid inclusions, and ore microscopy using transmitted and reflected light. PREREQ OR COREQ: GEOL 440.
GEOL g450 Field Geology 6 credits. Five-week summer field camp, applying standard geologic field instruments and geologic concepts to a series of field problems. PREREQ: GEOL 421 AND 452.
GEOL g463 Subsurface Geologic Mapping 3 credits. Generation and correlation of structural and stratigraphic cross-sections, unit isopach and thickness maps using downhole cores/cuttings and well logs. Seismic mapping techniques. Regional examples including INEL. PREREQ: GEOL 106 OR GEOL 109.
GEOL g465 Petroleum Geology 3 credits. The organization, function, and methods of petroleum companies; generation, migration, and entrapment of petroleum; worldwide production and reserves; local potential; careers in the petroleum industry. Field trips. PREREQ: GEOL 210, GEOL g352.
GEOL g491 Seminar 1 credit. Field trip or discussion of current geologic literature and geologic problems. May be repeated until 3 credits are earned. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. S/U grading.
GEOL 597 Professional Education Development Topics. Variable credit. May be repeated. A course for practicing professionals aimed at the development and improvement of skills. May not be applied to graduate degrees. May be graded S/U.
GEOL 601 Advanced Physical Geology 2 credits. An advanced level course in physical geology required for all first year graduate students. A review of the principles of physical geology, and an overview of current hypotheses and research in the field.
GEOL 602 Advanced Geomorphology 3 credits. Seminar in the treatment of theoretical concepts in classical and modern geomorphology.
GEOL 603 Geologic Writing Seminar 1 credit. Review of quality geologic writing practices; extended field trip and introduction to regional geology. Topics include databases, abstracts, stratigraphic terminology, grant proposals, thesis prospecti, and use of reference library. Required for all Geology graduate students.
GEOL 613 Advanced Ore Deposits 2 credits. Advanced topics in ore deposit studies including theoretical and applied aspects. Special topics focus on ore deposit models, plate tectonic setting, hydrothermal alteration and applied exploration geology. PREREQ: GEOL 411.
GEOL 615 Neutron Activation Analysis 4 credits. Theory and use of neutron activation methods for quantitative chemical analysis of natural and synthetic materials. Applications in geologic systems will be emphasized. Cross-listed as CHEM 615, PHYS 615. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
GEOL 617 Environmental Geochemistry 3 credits. Geochemistry of environmental systems. Emphasis given to low-temperature water-rock interactions, including sorption processes, retardation, reaction kinetics and reaction-mass transport modeling. Cross-listed as CHEM 617. PREREQ: CHEM 122 AND GEOL 420, OR CHEM 351 AND GEOL 109.
GEOL 621 Advanced Structural Geology 3 credits. Current aspects of structural geology or tectonics. May focus on regional structures, tectonic theories, orogenic mechanics, global tectonic model(s), or topics of special interest in structural geology.
GEOL 623 Tectonics and Sedimentation 3 credits. Sedimentary basin analysis and mechanisms of subsidence. Extensional, compressional and strike-slip tectonics as related to depositional systems, facies architecture, and provenance.
GEOL 625 Quantitative Geochemistry Lab 3 credits. Practical application of theory involving use and operation of instrumental techniques. Cross-listed as CHEM 625.
GEOL 630 Advanced Hydrogeology 3 credits. Advanced topics in hydrogeology, including precipitation and stream flow, soil moisture, principles and modeling of groundwater flow, migration of wastes in both saturated and unsaturated zones, design and impact of production wells, water chemistry. PREREQ: GEOL g430 OR EQUIVALENT.
GEOL 631 Sedimentology 3 credits. Provenance, dispersal, and environments of deposition; emphasis on various aspects of surface equilibria.
GEOL 632 Advanced Paleontology 3 credits. Theoretical and applied aspects of paleontology; origin of life, evolution and genetics, ecology and paleoecology, taxonomic theory.
GEOL 641 Advanced Petrology 3 credits. Selected topics in igneous and/or metamorphic petrology, regional and/or global aspects of current interest, including relationship to major advances in other areas of solid earth sciences.
GEOL 646 Sedimentary Petrology 4 credits. The mineralogy and petrology of terrigenous, carbonate and volcaniclastic rocks will be covered in lecture and laboratory. Field trips emphasize orientation of students to local geology and possible thesis topics. Microscope petrography is emphasized in lab.
GEOL 648 Research Problems 1-6 credits. Independent research on non-thesis subject matter, subject to approval of the staff before results receive credit. Course may be repeated until 10 credits are earned.
GEOL 650 Thesis 1-6 credits. Ordinarily a field problem with supporting laboratory work undertaken by the student with approval of the geology graduate faculty, and after a thesis prospectus has been accepted.