Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2021

GEOL - Geology

GEOL 1121 Physical Geology

(3-0-3) An introduction of the origin and structure of earth's materials and processes. This course may be used in Area D for Non-Science majors. This is a HOPE and Zell Miller STEM course.

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GEOL 1121L Physical Geology Lab

(0-2-1) Laboratory course to accompany GEOL 1121. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount. This course may be used in Area D for Non-Science majors. This is a HOPE and Zell Miller STEM course.

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GEOL 1122 Historical Geology

(3-0-3) AREA D FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS. Introduction to concepts about the origin and geologic history of earth's fossils, stratigraphic relationship of rock layers, and the concept of continental drift.

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GEOL 1122L Historical Geology Lab

(0-2-1) AREA D FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS. Laboratory course to accompany GEOL 1122. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 2950 Special Topics

(VAR 1-4) Prerequisite: Permission of department. Consideration of topics in which courses are not otherwise offered, but for which there is a current need at the freshman/sophomore level. This course is repeatable for credit.

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GEOL 3001 Mineralogy

(2-2-3) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121 or permission of instructor. Introduction to crystallography; crystal systems, classes. Chemical and physical properties of minerals related to structure and composition. Occurrence and associations of minerals. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 3200 Econ & Environmental Geology

(3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121/1121L or 1122/1122L. In this course students will learn the significance, formation, occurrence, distribution, extraction and environmental impacts of both economic and industrial minerals. This course will be based on finding solutions to environmental problems in the context of earth resources. In order to effectively address these challenging environmental issues, students will learn about natural resources and how to find sustainable solutions that foster both environment health and economic growth. Crosslisted as ENSC 3200. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 4100 Introductory Hydrology

(3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1122. Study of hydrologic processes, water balance, and water quality. Emphasis placed on landscape management of water resources to maintain productivity and environmental quality. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 4150 Environmental Hydrogeology

(3-2-4) Prerequisites: GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1122.This course will cover the occurrence and behavior of groundwater and groundwater systems. Students will learn the physical processes that govern the flow of groundwater in various geologic media and settings. The sources, fate, and cleanup of groundwater and soil contamination will be examined. Chemical reactions and their effects on transport will also be examined for both inorganic and organic contaminants. Multiphase flow will be investigated together with strategies for aquifer and soil remediation. All the scientific concepts will be examined in the context of some of the overriding societal issues and ethical questions. Crosslisted as ENSC 4150. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 4200 General Geomorphology

(3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1122. Study of earth surface processes and landforms, including tectonic, weathering, soil, hillslope, karst, fluvial, glacial, periglacial, eolian, and coastal geomorphic systems. Implications for environmental change are stressed. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 4300 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy

(3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1122. Sedimentary processes in major siliciclastic and carbonate depositional environments, including factors affecting deposition and erosion over large time scales. Principles of stratigraphy including sedimentary structures, facies models, and biostratigraphy. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 4460 Applied Field Hydrogeology

(3-2-4) This course introduces students to water and wetland resources in Milledgeville and the surrounding areas. Students will learn where the water comes from, how it is treated and supplied to residents, and what happens to it after it has been used. Students will design a field project to determine the impacts of land and water use on environmental quality. The course will introduce students to common methods used in hydrogeology and environmental science by professionals and researchers in the field. Crosslisted as ENSC 4460. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 4500 Structural Geology

(3-2-4) Prerequisite: GEOL 1121 or GEOL 1122 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to the processes of deformation and geometry of deformed rocks. Examination of rock deformation through analysis of structures at both microscopic and outcrop scales with emphasis on descriptive geometry, map interpretation, and cross section construction methods. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 4600 Soil & Environmental Quality

(3-2-4) Prerequisites: CHEM 1212K, or CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L, or CHEM 1312 and CHEM 1312K. Physical, chemical and biological properties of soils as they affect soil-plant-water relations, soil classification and suitability for agricultural and other uses; Interaction of soils with environmental contaminants and the role of soils in pollution control. Cross-listed as ENSC 4600. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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GEOL 4940 Independent Study

(VAR 1-4) Independent work arranged by the instructor according to the individual student's preparation, background, and needs. This course is repeatable for credit.

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GEOL 4950 Special Topics

(VAR 1-4) Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered otherwise, but for which there is current need. Subject matter varies. This course is repeatable for credit.

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GEOL 4951 Special Topics with Lab

(3-2-4) Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered otherwise, but for which there is current need. Subject matter varies. This course is repeatable for credit. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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