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Geological Sciences

107 Mitchell Hall, CB# 3315
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First Session, 2022

GEOL 101 Planet Earth (3)

Major geologic events: earthquakes, volcanic activity, mountain formation, plate tectonics, and erosion. Landscape development by glaciers, streams and groundwater, ocean currents and waves, wind. Not open to students with credit in GEOL 105, 109, or 110. Optional laboratory:

GEOL 101L Planet Earth Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite or corequisite GEOL 101, 159, 200 or 201. Study of common minerals and rocks. Use of topographic and geologic maps to illustrate geologic processes. Two laboratory hours a week.

GEOL 395 Undergraduate Research in Geological Sciences (1-4)

GEOL 993 Master’s Thesis (3)

GEOL 994 Doctoral Dissertation (3)

Second Session, 2022

GEOL 89-089 First-Year Seminar: Sound Scape of Our World (3) ****Canceled****

Let’s open our ears and minds and listen to the world around us. What is the difference between a bird song and a violin? The roar of a crowd at a sporting event and an exploding volcano? This seminar will explore sound: we will develop an appreciation of our acoustic environment. Instruction will be exploration based and we will learn how to record acoustic sounds in natural and man-made environments. What are signals? What is noise? How are sound signals perceived by our ears and also analyzed scientifically? We will explore the various bands of acoustic communication and the ambient signals that comprise our sound environment. Field observations will be a major focus, where we will record our own data on personal cell phones (or computers) as well as professional equipment. We will learn how to extract data from these devices for detailed analysis in the frequency and time domains. Computer programs will be provided for visualization, spectral analysis and simulated wave propagation to help quantify our perceptions. No prerequisites are required, just curiosity. Grading will be based on written reports, class participation, and group projects. A capstone project will be required as a presentation and written summary of field observations.

GEOL 395 Undergraduate Research in Geological Sciences (1-4)

GEOL 993 Master’s Thesis (3)

GEOL 994 Doctoral Dissertation (3)