Available on the Master of Science degree.
Program for the M.S. Degree
Prerequisites: B.A. or B.S. degree from an acceptable college or university
with an academic record meeting the standards of the University.
Students who have majored in an area other than geology
may be admitted if undergraduate deficiencies can be removed within a reasonable
time. An applicant's academic record should demonstrate a knowledge both
of the other sciences necessary to the field of concentration and of mathematics
through differential and integral calculus. If these areas are deficient, the
student may be counseled to take non-credit background courses.
Graduate program: Total of at least 30 approved hours including at least 12
in geology (of which 3 must be in Geology 60710) and 6 in thesis; approved electives
or 9-hour minor in a related field is optional.
The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go
to Class Search to see which courses are being taught this semester. Courses
50233 OPTICAL MINERALOGY AND PETROGRAPHY. Prerequisite: permission of the
instructor.Two hours of lecture and one three hour laboratory period per week.
Analysis of the behavior of light in crystalline substances, complete treatment
of crystal optics and the identification of non-opaque, rock-forming minerals
using immersion media and thin section techniques. Intensive use of the microscope
50251 SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY.Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Use of the S.E.M. in geological applications.
50331 BASIC SEISMICS.Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Three
hours of lecture per week for five weeks. An introduction to techniques of gathering,
processing and interpreting seismic data.
50341 INTERPRETING SEISMIC DATA.Prerequisite: GEOL 50331 or equivalent.
Three hours of laboratory per week for five weeks. A practicum in interpreting
50351 SEISMIC STRATIGRAPHY.Prerequisites: GEOL 50331 or equivalent.Three
hours of lecture per week for five weeks. An introduction to the principles of
seismic stratigraphy and their application in oil and gas exploration.
50361 BASIC WELL LOG INTERPRETATION.Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.Three
hours of lecture per week for five weeks. An introduction to the use of borehole
geophysical logs in formation evaluation, correlation and subsurface facies analysis.
50413 GLOBAL TECTONICS AND BASIN ANALYSIS.Prerequisite: permission of
the instructor. Three hours of lecture per week. Explores the relationship
between plate motion and the evolution of sedimentary basins.
50423 PETROLEUM GEOLOGY.Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Origin,
migration and entrapment of hydrocarbons, exploration and production techniques
used in the petroleum industry.
50433 COASTAL PROCESSES. Two hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory
per week. Advanced study of waves, winds, water levels, tides and currents and
their interaction with shores, beaches, inlets, inner continental shelves and
coastal structures. Other topics include tectonic, physical, climatic controls
on coastline development, storms, and sediment transport in the coastal zone.
Involves computer modeling. Required field trip to the Texas barrier islands.
50493 PHYSICAL HYDROLOGY. Prerequisite Geol 10113 and permission of instructor.
Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. A study of the occurrence,
movement, and exploitation of water in the hydrologic cycle including surface-atmosphere,
groundwater, and surface water processes.
50543 SEDIMENTARY ENVIRONMENT AND FACIES.Prerequisite: permission of the
instructor. Three hours of lecture per week. Facies analysis and facies models
applied to the problem of interpreting stratigraphic sequences and reconstructing
50602 PREPARATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS.Prerequisite: permission
of the instructor. Two laboratory periods per week. The methodology of environmental
impact statement preparation from initial collection of data to final report drafting
is covered. The course offers problem-oriented exercises where students are trained
to take the initiative in EIS preparation. (Also offered as Biology 50602).
50603 INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY.Prerequisite: CHEM 10114-10124
or permission of the instructor. Three hours of lecture per week. Application
of basic chemical principles to understanding the origin, distribution and migration
of chemical elements in the earth' s lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and
50613 IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY. Prerequisite: GEOL 50233. or permisision
of instructor. Two hours of lecture and one three hour laboratory period per
week. Petrogenesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks based on field, petrographic,
chemical and isotopic data. Inferences on the evolution and dynamics of the crust
and mantle. Involves use of microscope.
50623 VOLCANOLOGY.Prerequisite: GEOL 50233. or permission of instructor.
Two hours of lecture and one three hour laboratory period per week. Types
and processes of volcanic eruptions; characteristics of modern volcanic products;
recognition and significance of ancient volcanic deposits in the stratigraphic
record. Involves use of microscope. Field trip required.
50712 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY.Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Three hours of lecture per week for ten weeks. Geologic processes, earth resources
and engineering properties of crustal materials in the activities of society.
50721 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS.Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Three hours of lecture per week for five weeks. An introduction to computer systems
for creating and managing large data bases and to techniques for displaying and
interpreting layered environmental geologic data.
50731 REMOTE SENSING TECHNOLOGY.Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Three hours of lecture per week for five weeks. An introduction to the technology
used in remote sensing, including MSS. TM and SPOT, thermal scanners and radar
50741 IMAGE PROCESSING. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Three
hours of lecture per week for five weeks. An introduction to processing techniques
used to enhance the display of remote sensing images with emphasis on those techniques
useful in resource mapping.
50751 IMAGE INTERPRETATION.Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Three hours of lecture per week for five weeks. Geologic and resource mapping
and environmental monitoring using satellite images.
50762 ADVANCED GIS.Prerequisite: GEOL 50721. Hands-on computer use
to demonstrate advanced computer techniques for mapping. Introduction to Mapfactory,
ERDAS and ArcView software programs to conduct raster and vector database layering
projects for geological and environmental map production.
50773 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW.Prerequisite: Enrollment in Environmental
Sciences, Master of Science Program, or senior standing with appropriate major
(biology, geology, chemistry or other science; engineering; pre-law; business
management.) Three hours lecture per week. Introduction to and analysis of
selected federal statures regulating environmental degradation and environmental
clean-up, including the National Environmental Policy Act and regulation of air
quality, water quality, wastes, hazardous and toxic substances and enforcement.
50783 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY.Prerequisites: CHEM 10113-10123 and CHEM
10122, or CHEM 10114-10124 or permission of the instructor. Three hours of
lecture per week. Chemistry of water, soil, energy, and air as related to environmental
problems. Subjects include: nutrients and eutrophication, fluorocarbons, sulfur
and nitrogen oxides, Eh-pH relationship, natural carbonate reactions, and cation
exchange phenomena. Cross listed with CHEM 50783.
50883 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY.Prerequisite:
permission of the instructor. Introduction to fundamentals of pollution control
technology; impact of federal and state legislation on the construction, modification
and control of industrial plants. Other topics include hazardous pollutants, modification
to ambient quality, and basic pollution modeling. (Also cited as BIOL 50883.)
50901 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN GEOLOGY. Prerequisites: COSC 10403 or equivalent
and permission of the instructor. Three hours of lecture per week for five
weeks. The use of microcomputers in Geology.
50912 STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS FOR MICROCOMPUTERS. Prerequisite: GEOL 50901.
Three hours of lecture per week for ten weeks. Statistical treatment of directional
data and the use of multivariate and special regression techniques analysis of
variance, discriminate function analysis and factor analysis in solving geologic
50922 MAPPING APPLICATIONS FOR MICROCOMPUTERS. Prerequisite: GEOL 50901.
Three hours of lecture per week for ten weeks. Selecting and using mapping
and drafting software.
60213 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS. Two hours of lecture and one laboratory period
per week. Techniques of analysis using X-ray, atomic absorption, differential
thermal, infrared absorption, chromatography and liquid scintillation.
60413 ADVANCED MAP INTERPRETATION. Prerequisites: permission of instructor.
Three hours lecture per week. Techniques used in the analysis of geological structures.
60493 HYDROGEOLOGY. Prerequisite: Geol 50493 or permission from instructor.
Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Principles of groundwater
flow, aquifer analysis, chemical and physical properties of groundwater. Modeling
of groundwater flow and contaminant transport.
60513 CARBONATE PETROLOGY. Two hours lecture and one laboratory period per
week. An examination of the chemical sedimentary rocks: limestones, dolomites,
evaporites, chert, ironstones and phosphates, including their classification,
genesis and diagenesis. The course has a large component of microscope study and
60523 SANDSTONE PETROLOGY. Two hours lecture and one laboratory period per
week. Study of provenance, diagenesis and classification of sandstone using the
petrographic microscope; consideration of the relationship between tectonics and
sedimentation, especially sandstone composition.
60710 GEOLOGY SEMINAR. Formal presentation and discussion of controversial
topics with emphasis on geologic principles involved. For seniors with permission
of instructor and graduate students.
70771 For Environmental Sciences candidates only. Selected when enrolling
only for non-thesis examination or preparation for the examination in Environmental
70970 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN GEOLOGY. Field or laboratory problems for graduate
students in various aspects of geology. Fifty clock hours of laboratory, field
or library work for each semester hour of credit.
70990 THESIS. Continuation of 70980. Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy.