Thematic Sequences

The Geology Department offers three thematic sequences; Oceanography (TGLG-1), The Water Planet (TGLG-2), and Geohazards & Plate Tectonics (TGLG-3). Please contact Todd Dupont at 513-529-9734 or via email at dupontt@miamioh.edu or Cathy Edwards at 513-529-3216 or via email at edwardca@miamioh.edu to enroll or to get more information.

Oceanography, TGLG-1

This sequence provides an appreciation of the critical importance of the oceans to the functioning of our planet. Oceans dominate the surface area of the earth, and they are critical to the maintenance of a habitable planet. This sequence examines what we know about the oceans and how the oceans are an integral part of the Earth's ecology.  Explores, first hand, the ways that we study the oceans.

Tier 1.  Choose one of the following:
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3 hours)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3 hours)
GLG 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (3 hours)

Tier 2.
GLG 244 Oceanography (3 hours)

Tier 3.  Choose one of the following:
GLG 413  Tropical Marine Ecology (5 hours)
GLG 437 Paleontology in Conservation (3 hours)

Note:  Not open to majors in the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science

The Water Planet, TGLG-2

This thematic sequence provides an introduction to the essential role water plays in supporting life on Earth, including the origin of water, its physical/chemical characteristics, how these characteristics combine to make life possible on the continents and in the oceans, and details concerning the hydrologic cycle.  Introduces the economic, legal and political ramifications of water use in the U.S.

Tier 1.  Choose one of the following:
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3 hours)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3 hours)
GLG 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (3 hours)

Tier 2.
GLG 244 Oceanography (4 hours)

Tier 3.  Chose one of the following:
GEO 425 Hydrogeography (3 hours)
GLG 307 Water and Society (3 hours)
GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3 hours)
GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4 hours)
BIO 463 Limnology (4 hours)

Note:  Not open to majors in the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science

Geohazards and Plate Tectonics, TGLG-3 (total 9-11 hours)

This thematic sequence provides an overview of the causes and impacts of geohazards and how they are influenced by plate tectonic processes.  Tier 1 introduces basic conceptual knowledge and Tier 2 focuses on the underlying physical principles.  Tier 3 provides opportunities for application to real-world environments, including strategies for scientific investigation and management.  These courses illustrate how focused case studies can provide insight into global systems.

Tier 1.  Choose one of the following:
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3 hours)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3 hours)
GLG 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (3 hours)

Tier 2.  Choose one of the following:
GLG 261 Geohazards and the Solid Earth (3 hours)
GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4 hours)

Tier 3.  Choose one of the following:
GLG 322 Structural Geology (3 hours)
GLG 447 Volcanology (3 hours)
GLG 450 Sedimentary Basin Analysis (3 hours)
GLG 461 Geophysics (3 hours)
GLG 467 Seismology (3 hours)
GLG 492 Global Tectonics (4 hours)

Note:  Not open to majors in the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science