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Geoscience Undergraduate Courses

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES:

 

Fall 2016:

GSCI Fall 2016 Schedule - pdf

GSCI 1050/1051/1052: Earth's Dynamic Environment

GSCI 1070: Natural Disasters and Environmental Change

GSCI 3020: Earth Surface Processes

GSCI 3030: Earth Structure

GSCI 4130: Geomicrobiology

GSCI 4390: Field Problems in Earth Struture

GSCI 4560: Fundamentals of Planetary Science

GSCI 4735: Intro to Groundwater Hydrology

GSCI 5000: Graduate Core Course

GSCI 5720: Groundwater Modeling

 

 

Spring 2017:

1010: Dinosaurs, Extinctions and Environmental Catastrophes

1050: Earth's Dynamic Environment

3010: Earth History and Global Change

3040: Earth Materials

4050W: Geoscience and Society

4230: GIS and Remote Sensing

4550: Physics of the Earth's Interior

4995: Thin Section Course

4998: Environmental Site Assessment

5000: Core Course

 

 

 

All Course Offerings:

  1. DINOSAURS, EXTINCTIONS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHES

Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1050, 1051, 1055, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1010 and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1010 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course. A reconstruction of the Mesozoic world of the dinosaurs based on paleontological and geological evidence. Past and present environmental catastrophes leading to mass extinctions and changes in biodiversity. Fundamental concepts of geology, stratigraphy, historical geology, and paleoclimatology. CA 3.

  1. EARTH’S DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT

Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, or 1070.

Origin and history of planet Earth, emphasizing how rock, air, water, and life interact at different scales to produce the earth’s crust, landforms, life systems, natural resources, catastrophes, and climatic regimes. Provides a scientific context for human-induced global change. A fee of $10 is charged for this course. CA 3-LAB.

  1. EARTH’S DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT (LECTURE)

Three credits. Three class periods. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1055, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1051 and 1052 may request that GSCI 1051 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course. Origin and history of planet Earth, emphasizing how rock, air, water, and life interact at different scales to produce the earth’s crust, landforms, life systems, natural resources, catastrophes, and climatic regimes. Provides a scientific context for human-induced global change. CA 3.

  1. EARTH’S DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT (LABORATORY)

One credit. Prerequisite or co-requisite: GSCI 1010 or GSCI 1051 or GSCI 1055 or GSCI 1070. Not open to students who have passed GSCI 1050. Students who complete both GSCI 1052 and one of GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055 or 1070 may request that the prerequisite be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course. Laboratory complement to GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, and 1070, . Provides an opportunity to work with specimens (minerals, fossils, rocks), terrain images, maps, physical models, and simulation experiments. Includes local field trips. A fee of $10 is charged for this course.

1053. DISCUSSION EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME

One credit. Co-requisite: GSCI 1050 or 1051 or 1052 or instructor consent. May be repeated for credit with instructor consent. Faculty-taught, weekly discussions to enhance GSCI 1050 and 1051. Emphasis and approach will vary, but all sections will track the lecture syllabus.

  1. FIELD TRIPS EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME

One credit. Co-requisite: GSCI 1050 or 1051 or 1052 or instructor consent. May be repeated for credit with instructor consent. Two or more faculty-led weekend field trips to nearby sites of interest, designed to enhance GSCI 1050 and 1051.

  1. 1055GEOSCIENCE AND THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE

(Previously offered as SCI 1051).  Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Honors students. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1051, 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1055 and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1055 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course.  An Honors Core course. Foundation course in geology linked to the American Landscape through readings from American history and literature. CA 3.

  1. NATURAL DISASTERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

(Also offered as GEOG 1070.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1051, 1055. Students who complete both GSCI 1070 and GSCI 1052 may request that GSCI 1070 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course. Climate change, global warming, natural hazards, earth surface processes, and the impact these have on populations now and in the past. CA 3.

  1. EARTH HISTORY AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052.   Reconstruction of earth history from geological data. Processes and events responsible for the stratigraphic record, and techniques used to decipher it. An integrated survey of earth history. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

  1. EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES

Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052.  Processes responsible for the formation of the unconsolidated materials, landforms, and soils which constitute the Earth’s surface. Introduction to surface-water and groundwater hydrology, geological hazards and the effects of climatic change. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

  1. EARTH STRUCTURE

Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052. Structure and composition of the earth, including a survey of plate tectonics and crustal evolution. Gravitational, thermal and tectonic processes associated with the earth’s surface and interior. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

3040. EARTH MATERIALS

Four credits. Two class periods and two 3-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052. Recommended preparation: CHEM 11241126 or 1127 and 1128.  Principles of symmetry and crystal chemistry and the identification of minerals by hand sample, petrographic and x-ray methods. Description of the mineralogy and texture of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and the application of contemporary petrogenetic models to the interpretation of the geologic environments they record. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

  1. BEACHES AND COASTS

(Also offered as MARN 3230.) First semester (Avery Point). Three credits. Prerequisite: MARN 1002 or 1003 or GSCI 1050 or 1051 or instructor consent.  Introduction to the processes that form and modify coasts and beaches, including tectonic setting, sediment supply, coastal composition, energy regimes and sea level change; tools and techniques utilized in marine geologic mapping and reconstruction of submerged coastal features; field trips to selected coastal features.

  1. ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

(Also offered as CE 3530 and ENVE 3530.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: GSCI 1050 or 1051. Liu Application of geological principles to engineering and environmental problems. Topics include site investigation, geologic hazards, slope processes, earthquakes, subsidence, and the engineering properties of geologic materials. Course intended for both geoscience and engineering majors.

  1. SPRING FIELD TRIP

Three credits. Prerequisites: GSCI 1050 or 1051, or BIOL 1107 or 1108, or consent of instructor.  A field-based introduction to the integration of geological and biological observations and processes. Field trip during and weekly meetings before and after spring break. May be repeated for credit with change in field venue or permission of the instructor.

4050W. GEOSCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Three credits. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050 or 1051; at least two 2000-level or above GSCI courses one of which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Application of fundamental geological principles to issues of concern to society such as global climate change; wildfires; drought and water resources; earthquake, volcano, and tsunami hazards; medical geology; energy resources; sustainability; and coastal processes.

  1. SEDIMENTOLOGY

Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052. Recommended preparation: GSCI 3020.

Basic principles of sedimentology with an emphasis on the description of sedimentary texture and structure. Physicochemical and biological processes that characterize depositional environments. Diagenesis. Examination of modern systems to interpret ancient sedimentary environments. One or more weekend field trips may be required.

  1. PALEOBIOLOGY

(Also offered as EEB 4120.) (Formerly offered as GEOL 4120.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052; or BIOL 1108

Ancient life, including the preservation of organisms as fossils, evolution, ecology, geobiology, biostratigraphy, and major events in the history of life. Includes microorganisms, animals, and plants.

  1. GEOMICROBIOLOGY

Three credits. Prerequisites: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052; or BIOL 1108 or instructor consent. Recommended preparation: GSCI 3010MCB 2610Dupraz, VisscherMicrobial diversity and biogeochemistry, microbe-mineral interactions, fossil record, atmospheric record, microbialites, and research methodology in geomicrobiology. A weekend field trip may be required.

  1. GLACIAL PROCESSES AND MATERIALS

Three credits. One 2-hour class period and one 3-hour laboratory (for lab exercises and field trips). Recommended preparation: GSCI 3020. Reconstruction of former glaciers and the interactive processes leading to the character and distribution of unconsolidated surface materials in glaciated regions. Techniques for interpreting subsurface unconsolidated materials.

  1. GIS AND REMOTE SENSING FOR GEOSCIENCE APPLICATIONS

(Also offered as GEOG 4230.) Three credits. Prerequisite: GEOG 2300; or GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052Ouimet Application of Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and image interpretation to problems in geoscience. Data acquisition, processing and analysis of Digital Elevation Models and satellite imagery. Geologic materials, processes, landforms and landscapes.

  1. ACTIVE TECTONICS

Three credits. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052; or GSCI 1070 and 1052; or GEOG 2300; or consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: GSCI 3020 and3030Byrne Tectonic processes that shape the Earth’s surface, particularly its landforms. Emphasis on short-term processes that produce disasters and catastrophes and affect human society.

  1. FIELD PROBLEMS IN EARTH STRUCTURE

Two credits. Two weekend field trips and one 1-hour class period. Prerequisite or corequisite: GSCI 3030.  Mapping techniques and map interpretation using concepts developed in GSCI 3030. Emphasis on mapping moderately deformed rocks in which sedimentary and tectonic features can be differentiated. A fee of $35 is charged for this course.

  1. APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS

Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: PHYS 1230 or 1402 or 1502 or 1602, which may be taken concurrently; MATH 1122 or 1132 or 1152, which may be taken concurrently. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 268Q. Liu Principles of imaging the Earth’s interior using observations of electric, magnetic and gravity fields, with applications to environmental problems.

  1. EXPLORATION SEISMOLOGY

Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: PHYS 1230 or 1402 or 1502 or 1602,which may be taken concurrently; MATH 1121 or 1131 or 1151, which may be taken concurrently. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 267Q. Liu Principles of seismic methods for imaging the interior of the earth, with applications to resource exploration and environmental problems.

4550PHYSICS OF THE EARTH’S INTERIOR

(Also offered as PHYS 4100.) Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 1230 or 1402 or 1502 or 1530 or 1602, which may be taken concurrently; MATH 1122 or 1126 or 1131, which may be taken concurrently. Recommended preparation: MATH 1132. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 264Q.Cormier The composition, structure, and dynamics of the Earth’s core, mantle, and crust inferred from observations of seismology, geomagnetism, and heat flow.

  1. FUNDAMENTALS OF PLANETARY SCIENCE

(Also offered as PHYS 4130.) Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 1230 or 1402 or 1502 or 1530 or 1602, which may be taken concurrently; MATH 1122 or 1126 or 1131, which may be taken concurrently. Not open to students who have taken GEOL 266Q. Cormier Evolution of the solar system, celestial mechanics, tidal friction, internal composition of planets, black-body radiation, planetary atmospheres.

  1. INTRODUCTION TO GROUND-WATER HYDROLOGY

(Also offered as NRE 4135.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 3-hour laboratory for which occasional field trips will be substituted. Prerequisite: GSCI 1050; or GSCI 1051 and 1052; or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. Robbins Basic hydrologic principles with emphasis on ground water flow and quality, geologic relationships, quantitative analysis and field methods.

  1. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN GEOSCIENCE

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor.  Independent research for the advanced undergraduate student interested in investigating a special problem involving field and/or laboratory observations in geoscience. The student is required to give an oral presentation in a departmental seminar at the end of the semester.

  1. INTERNSHIP IN GEOSCIENCE – FIELD STUDY

One to three credits. May not be repeated. Internship contract must be formulated before internship work begins. Students with summer internship must preregister for GSCI 4990 for the fall semester. Prerequisite or corequisite: GSCI 301030203030, and 3040. Must be taken concurrently withGSCI 4991; no credit will be given for one course without the other. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).  An internship program under the direction of Geoscience faculty. Students will be placed with government agencies or businesses where academic training will be applied in a program of activities to be planned and agreed upon in advance by the job site supervisor, the faculty coordinator, and the intern. One credit may be earned for each 42 hours of pre-approved activities up to a maximum of three credits.

  1. INTERNSHIP IN GEOSCIENCE – RESEARCH PAPER

One credit. May not be repeated. Students with summer internship must preregister for GSCI 4991 for the fall semester. Prerequisite or corequisite: GSCI 301030203030, and 3040. Must be taken concurrently with GSCI 4990; no credit will be given for one course without the other.  Preparation of written report and oral presentation to Department summarizing internship experience and evaluating the applicability of academic experience to job situations and the impact of internship experience on academic and career plans.

  1. SPECIAL TOPICS

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.  Investigation of special topics related to, but not ordinarily covered in the undergraduate offerings; emphasis on laboratory projects.

4996W. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH THESIS IN GEOSCIENCE

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: GSCI 4989ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. Writing of a formal thesis based on independent research conducted by the student.

  1. VARIABLE TOPICS

Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

SPRING 2016: GSCI 4998 course “Environmental Site Assessments in Connecticut” Tuesdays from 5:00-8:00PM.

Description: Learn all aspects of conducting environmental site assessments (ESAs) in Connecticut. Course topics will include the Phase I ESA to determine ar-eas of environmental concern through research at the state, local and federal lev-el as well as site walkovers and interviews; Phase II investigations to determine the presence/absence of a release at an area of concern through development of a conceptual site model and appropriate subsurface investigation work scope; collection and laboratory analysis of soil and groundwater samples, and interpre-tation of the data; Phase III investigations the evaluate the degree and extent of contamination in soil and groundwater that may warrant remediation through an iterative soil and/or groundwater investigation process. The course will present the regulations and guidance documents pertinent to completing environmental site assessments including ASTM "Standard Practice for Environmental Site As-sessments" and U.S. EPA "All Appropriate Inquiry" (AAI) regulations; CT DEEP Site Characterization Guidance; the DEEP Remediation Standard Regulations; and the Connecticut property Transfer Act.  Download course flyer here.

  1. INDEPENDENT STUDY

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Repeated for credit.

Please Note: Geoscience courses run on a two year rotating schedule.

Please refer to our Informational Powerpoint for a detailed chart of when each course is offered.

Current semester schedule: Fall & Spring 2016-17

Check out the Winter Intersession course offerings and Winter Break study abroad.

Past semester schedules:  Spring 2016,  Fall 2014Spring 2014 Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012