Courses of Instruction
GEOLOGY (GLG-Arts and Science)
MPF, MPT 111 The Dynamic Earth (3)
Earth as a geophysical-geochemical unit and
its internal and external processes. Formation of minerals and their relationships
in rocks. Earth stresses and rock deformation, mountain building, and earthquakes.
Geomorphic (landscape) evolution by mass wasting and wave, stream, wind, ground
water, glacial, and volcanic activity. IVB, H.
MPF 115L Understanding the Earth (1)
Laboratory course exploring Earth from
multiple perspectives. Earth in the solar system; Earth in time; the solid Earth;
Earth's surface in flux; Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere. Prerequisite
or corequisite: Any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course (students enrolled in
these courses are not required to take the lab). IVB, LAB. CAS-D/LAB.
MPF, MPT 121 Environmental Geology (3)
A survey of introductory geology with
a sub theme of human interaction with the geologic environment. Topics include
flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, water quality and availability, energy, use
and abuse of natural resources and land-use planning. IVB.
131 Geology and Gemstones (3)
A survey of introductory geology with a sub theme
of gem minerals. Topics include structure and properties of minerals, color, and
other optical properties of gems, origin and evolution of the Earth, rock and
gem forming processes, plate tectonics, and mountain building.
MPF, MPT 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (3)
A survey of introductory geology
with a sub theme of the structure and geologic evolution of North America as exemplified
by the geologic features and development of U.S. national parks and other public
175 Environmental Science Seminar (1)
Introduces the interdisciplinary nature
of environmental science and the solution of environmental processes. Cross-listed
with BOT, CHM, GEO, MBI, MTH, STA, and ZOO 175.
201 Mineralogy (4)
Composition, physical properties, symmetry, crystal structure,
and geologic occurrence of rock-forming minerals. Corequisite: CHM 137 or 141,
144. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.
205 Evolution and Earth Systems (3)
Examines the evolution of organisms and
the links between this evolution and the evolution of Earth's climate and
surficial chemistry. Earth is examined as a part of the universe and organisms
are examined as a part of the Earth. Prerequisite: Any natural science course.
MPT 207 Water and Society (3)
Examines the nature of water, how it moves throughout
the hydrologic cycle, the role it plays in the lives of people throughout the
world and people's impact on water resources. Topics include flooding, human
control of water systems, global water scarcity, water's role in the settlement
of the western U.S., water and international conflict, water quality and regulation.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course.
211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (3)
Material presented serves as the basis for
dynamic links with upper-division courses within the department. The chemical
evolution of the Earth is presented spanning all pressure and temperature conditions.
Major geological processes are discussed with respect to the chemical principles
controlling the distribution of elements and mass, e.g., crustal genesis, metamorphism,
metasomatism, formation of the atmosphere and oceans, diagenesis, hydrothermal
processes, and low-temperature chemical weathering. Prerequisite: Any 100-level,
3 credit hour GLG course. Corequisite: GLG 201, CHM 137 or 141, 144.
217 Planetary Geology (3)
Geology of planets and moons in our solar system.
Focuses on the compositions and geologic processes that operate today and/or have
operated in the past. Prerequisite: Any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course.
MPT 244 Oceanography (3)
Examination of the major features of the ocean and
the processes active there. Oceanic currents, waves and tides, biologic productivity
and zonation, nutrient cycles, chemical parameters, bathymetry, and sediments
explored. Prerequisite: one natural science course from MPF IVA or B, or CAS-D.
261 Geohazards and the Solid Earth (3)
Examines solid earth physical principles
including theory and application. Applications will focus on the nature of geologic
hazards and the Earth's interior, which will then be related to overriding
scientific theories like plate tectonics and the observations they are based on.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level 3 credit hour GLG course, or GEO 121, or PHY 111,
or PHY 171, or PHY 181.
275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)
Introduction to the principles and
methodologies of environmental science. Topics include contamination of earth
systems and pollution mitigation; use, abuse, and conservation of natural resources;
land use, conservation and preservation, planning and management and the value
of biodiversity and wilderness. Emphasis is on the multidisciplinary nature of
environmental problems and their solutions. Prerequisite/Corequisite: At least
one course from each of the following three categories: 1) BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115 or
BOT 191 or ZOO 113; 2) CHM 111 or CHM 142/145; and 3) GLG 111 or 121 or 141 or
GEO 121. Cross-listed with BOT/CHM/GEO/MBI/ MTH/STA/ ZOO 275.
301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)
Description and evaluation of sedimentary
processes, sedimentary environments of deposition and the rocks that form in these
environments are integrated with field trips and laboratory analyses of rocks
in hand sample and thin section. Stratigraphic principles, sequence stratigraphy,
and basin analysis are linked to global climate change and tectonics throughout
geologic time. Prerequisite: Any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course and GLG 115.L
or permission of instructor.
305 Tropical Ecosystems (3)
The interplay of geology, climatology, oceanography,
and biology are examined in marine and terrestrial tropical ecosystems. Includes
lectures, student-led discussions and a semester long research project. Exams
are take-home and discussion based.
322 Structural Geology (4)
Origins and characteristics of primary and secondary
structures of Earth's crust. Prerequisite: Any 100-level, 3 credit hour
GLG course; GLG 301; MTH 151, 153, or 157. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. CAS-D/LAB.
335 Ice Age Earth (3)
Introduces the study of climate change as recorded in
the geologic record. Discusses natural and anthropogenic causes for climate change.
Prerequisite: GLG 111, 121, 141 or GEO 121.
357 Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology (4)
Theoretical, quantitative, and petrographic
investigation of igneous and metamorphic rock physical and chemical characteristics
and formational processes. Prerequisite: Any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course
and GLG 201. GLG 211 is recommended.
401/501 Global Climate Change (4)
Examines physical factors controlling climate
and climate changes throughout geologic time. Interactions of the oceans, atmosphere,
biosphere, and lithosphere on our climate in addition to astronomic controls examined.
Prerequisite: GLG 244 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with WCP 401/501.
402/502 Geomicrobiology (3)
Focuses on mutual interactions between microbial
and geological processes. Topics include: role of microorganisms on mineral weathering
rates, microbial mediated ore deposit formation, microbe enhanced oil recovery,
life in extreme environments, search for bio-signatures in geological records
and meteorites and implications for life on Mars, microbial ecology in ocean floor
hydrothermal vents. Prerequisite: Any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course; CHM 137 or 141, 144; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with MBI.
MPT 408/508 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4)
Introduction to the physical properties
governing groundwater-flow in various geologic media and settings. Methods are
explored for determining groundwater-flow directions and velocities and aquifer
characteristics and potential. Introduction to groundwater-flow modeling and principles
of mass transport and groundwater contamination. Prerequisite: Any 100- level,
3 credit hour GLG course; MTH 151, 153, or 157, or permission of instructor. 3
Lec. 1 Lab.
MPC 411/511 Field Geology (6)
Taught annually during June through July at Miami
University Geology Field Station, Dubois, Wyoming. Students identify, classify,
and interpret geologic features and synthesize and communicate geologic interpretations.
Students work outdoors six to eight hours a day and individually create geologic
maps using pace and compass, topographic map base, air photo, and satellite image
bases with the assistance of GPS satellite navigation receivers and software.
Geologic mapping and rock interpretation techniques are the subject of evening
lectures. Prerequisite: GLG 211, 301, 322, and 357 or equivalents or permission
of instructor. Summer only.
412/512 Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica (5)
Introduces students to the structure
and function of neotropical ecosystems, as well as to geological, biological,
cultural, and economic forces affecting biodiversity in the tropics. This course
is taught on-site in Costa Rica. There are additional costs beyond tuition.
MPT 413/513 Tropical Marine Ecology (5)
Investigates aquatic systems (estuaries,
mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds, lagoons, beaches, intertidal zones, taxonomy
of vertebrates and invertebrates of coral reefs, lagoons and tidal flats) paleobiology
and global climate change (paleo-reconstruction of past lagoon environments, fossil
coral reefs, and land use). Student research questions concerning biological and
physical analyses of a select marine habitat are required. The course is taught
on-site in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. There are additional costs beyond
MPT 414/514 Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas (5)
Characteristics, spatial and
temporal distributions and physical and biologic processes of coastal environments.
This field course requires snorkeling and hiking. Class, group, and individual
research projects designed, executed and presented. Computers, dataloggers, and
modern field instruments are used to augment personal observations. This course
is taught on-site in the Bahamas. Prerequisite: Two natural science courses or
permission of instructor.
415/515 Coral Reef Ecology (5)
Examines the coral reef environment including
its biology, geologic setting, chemical and physical characteristics, and its
relation to fossil coral reefs and global climate change. This course is taught
on-site in the Bahamas. Prerequisite: SCUBA certification required, previous tropical
field course experience or permission of instructor.
416/516 Carbonate Depositional Systems (5)
Modern and ancient coral reefs, lagoons,
seagrass beds, beaches, dunes, tidal flats, blue holes, paleosols, and sand shoals
are examined and evaluated in the field and in discussions, lectures, and projects.
This field course includes trips to rock units in the Midwest and a field trip
to the Bahamas. Prerequisite: two previous geoscience courses or permission of
427/527 Isotope Geology (3)
Natural variations, measurement techniques, and
geologic applications of radiogenic and stable isotopes. Prerequisites: GLG 211
and GLG 357.
428/528 Groundwater Flow Modeling (4)
Introduces techniques used in constructing
and solving mathematical models of groundwater flow. Emphasis is on solution of
groundwater flow problems with the use of digital computers using finite-difference
techniques to approximate the groundwater-flow differential governing equations.
Develops a familiarity with and applies widely-used packaged models while learning
about grid and boundary design, model parameter value selection, and calibration.
Prerequisite: GLG 408/508, MTH 151, 153, or 157.
432/532 Powder X-Ray Diffraction and Clay Analysis (3)
Study of the structure,
composition, properties, uses, and environmental significance of clays and clay
minerals. Prerequisite: GLG 201 or CHM 158 and CHM 141 or permission of instructor;
GLG 211 recommended.
435/535 Soils and Paleosols (3)
Introduces methods of soil morphology, taxonomy,
and genesis of modern and fossil soils. Describes how to use fossil soils to infer
past environmental conditions. Prerequisite: GLG 301 or GLG 454 or permission
436/536 Paleoclimatology (3)
Reviews the forcing mechanisms of climate change
over geologic time scales and examines the records of climate change including
ice cores, ocean sediment cores, lakes, and seleothems. Prerequisite: GLG 211.
450/550 Sedimentary Basin Analysis (3)
Evaluation of the physical mechanisms
of sedimentary basin formation including isostasy; flexure, thinning and thermal
contraction of the lithosphere; subsidence analysis; sequence straitgraphy; paleocurrents
and sediment provenance; and tectonics of sedimentary basins. Prerequisite: GLG 301 and GLG 322.
454/554 Geomorphology (4)
Origin and development of landforms with emphasis
on fluvial systems. Process and response systems. Corequisite: GLG 211 or permission
of instructor. Cross-listed with GEO 424/524. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.
461/561 Geophysics (3)
Active learning course on solid earth geophysics, covering
theory and application. Techniques include seismology, GPS, gravity, magnetics,
and mineral physics. Application will focus on large-scale tectonics and the Earth's
interior, but will also include some exploration geophysics. Prerequisite: MTH 151, 153 or 157; PHY 171 or 181, 183.
482/582 Contaminant Hydrogeology (4)
Introduces the theory of mass transport
in groundwater and soil systems and examines sources, fate and cleanup of groundwater
and soil contamination. Chemical reactions and their effects on transport will
be examined for both inorganic and organic contaminants. Multiphase flow will
also be investigated as will strategies for acquifer and soil remediation. Prerequisite:
GLG 408/508, MTH 151, 153, or 157.
484/584 X-ray Diffractometry (2)
Principles of X-ray diffraction as applied
to geological materials. Utilization of powder goniometer and single-crystal cameras
and goniometer. Prerequisite: GLG 201 or permission of instructor. 2 Lec 1 Lab.
491/591 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3)
Explores the range of geochemical
reactions governing water-rock interaction. Includes discussions of thermodynamics,
kinetics, acid/base reactions, mineral equilibria, absorption/desorption, oxidation-reduction,
organic geochemistry, and geochemical modeling. Prerequisite: GLG 211 or permission
492/592 Global Tectonics (4)
Fundamentals of the theory of plate tectonics and
its applications to regional geology. Physical processes and kinematics of plate
motions, geology and geophysics of modern and ancient plate boundaries, and plate
tectonic evolution of major orogenic belts examined. Prerequisite: GLG 322, 357,
or permission of instructor.
MPC 494 Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business (3)
the need for interdisciplinary understanding of the pattern of declining quantities
of critical resources and growing public awareness of environmental degradation,
an understanding of relevant ecosystems, social and economic institutions and
policy, and the prospects for the business community to facilitate resolution
of these concerns. Three alternative prerequisites: (A) senior standing as a business
major and one of BOT 131 or GLG 121 or ZOO 121; or (B) senior standing as a science
major and ECO 201 and 202; or (C) senior standing and completion of Thematic Sequence
ECO 5 Sustainable Systems. Cross-listed with BUS, BOT, GEO, and ZOO 494.
496/596 Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3)
Focuses on applications of isotopes
to environmental processes. Topics include introduction to environmental isotopes
and basics of isotope fractionation, isotopes used as tracers in the hydrological
cycle to identify and quantify reaction pathways for both clean and contaminated
landscapes, dating of modern and paleo-groundwaters. The emphasis is given to
the role of isotopes to trace sources, reactions and pathways of various contaminants
in the environment. Prerequisites: GLG 211 or permission of instructor.
617 Chemistry of Earth's Interior (3)
Geochemical evolution of the Earth.
Formation and differentiation of the Earth, composition of the core, mantle and
crust, mass fluxes between major Earth reservoirs. Prerequisites: GLG 527 or permission
of instructor. Offered alternate years.
627 Applications of Non-Traditional Isotope Systems (3)
Application of a wide
variety of recently developed non-traditional stable and radiogenic isotope systems
to geochemical and cosmochemical problems. Prerequisite(s): GLG 211, GLG 357,
GLG 427/527 or permission of instructor.
630 Mineral Surface Geochemistry (3)
A study of the structure, composition,
and reactivity of crystalline surfaces in aqueous environments. Prerequisites:
GLG 201, CHM 137 or 141 and permission of instructor.
633 Extensional Tectonics (3)
An evaluation of the geodynamic, structural, and
sedimentary processes associated with extensional deformation of the Earth's
crust and lithosphere. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
643 Introduction to the Advanced Study of Mineralogy and Geochemistry (4)
to mineralogy, high and low temperature geochemistry, and isotope systematics
for first-year graduate students. Direct application of principles through laboratory
investigations. Prerequisite: CHM 141, 142, 144, 145, and GLG 201. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.
646 Igneous Petrology (3)
Theoretical and laboratory treatment of modern petrologic
and geochemical problems and concepts with special emphasis on phase petrology,
magmatic differentiation, computer modeling and petrography. Prerequisite: GLG 643 or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
671 Introduction to Geology for Teachers I (4)
Origin, evolution, structure,
and composition of Earth. Credit may not be used toward M.A. or M.S. degree in
geology. Prerequisite: at least 12 semester hours in college chemistry, physics,
or biology. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.
700 Research for Master's Thesis (1-12; minimum 6, maximum 12)
710 Geology Seminar (1-3; maximum 12)
Open to students who have completed a
year of graduate study. Offered infrequently.
720 Advanced Mineralogy (1-3, maximum 3)
Single crystal X-ray crystallographic
studies; study of crystal structure and comparative crystal chemistry of various
mineral groups. Prerequisite: GLG 484/584, 643, or equivalent work in another
graduate program. Offered infrequently.
730 Advanced Igneous Petrology (1-3, maximum 3)
Experimental igneous petrology,
and complex magma systems. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
750 Advanced Studies in Crust and Mantle Development (1-3, maximum 3)
and tectonic development of continental crust, and evolution of the mantle. Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
760 Advanced Carbonate Sedimentology (1-3; maximum 12)
Selected topics of sedimentology
and geochemistry of carbonate sediments and rocks. Prerequisite: Permission of
770 Advanced Topics in Isotope Geochemistry (1-3; 12 maximum)
in isotope geochemistry. Recent analytical advances and results of current research.
Prerequisite: GLG 527.
790 Research in Geology (1-4; maximum 12)
850 Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-16; minimum 16, maximum 60)
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