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Fall Semester 2020

GEOL

  • A111 *Physical Geology 3 Credits

    *Physical Geology

    Introduction to physical geology, study of earth and its materials. Processes that operate on and within earth. Formation of common rocks and minerals, and basics of mineral and rock identification and classification. Registration Restrictions: MATH A055 or higher

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    View detailed information for CRN:72156 803 Li, Zhiyang August 24 - December 12 56
    View detailed information for CRN:72157 801 Sikorski, Janelle August 24 - December 12 3
    View detailed information for CRN:72158 802 Sikorski, Janelle August 24 - December 12 32
  • A111L *Physical Geology Lab 1 Credits

    *Physical Geology Lab

    Laboratory skills in physical geology. The identification and classification of minerals and rocks. The use and interpretation of maps and remote sensing techniques, and application of lab skills to interpret evidence of geologic processes. Includes a field trip led by the instructor.

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    View detailed information for CRN:72159 801 Zimmerman, Walter August 24 - December 12 6
    View detailed information for CRN:72160 802 Zimmerman, Walter August 24 - December 12 11
    View detailed information for CRN:72161 803 Suranovic, Ben August 24 - December 12 18
    View detailed information for CRN:72162 804 Suranovic, Ben August 24 - December 12 14
    View detailed information for CRN:72163 805 Sikorski, Janelle August 24 - December 12 1
  • A115 *Environmental Geology 3 Credits

    *Environmental Geology

    Introduces the study of applied environmental geology with a focus on geologic processes and linkages to how humans interact with the geologic environment. Includes both internal and external Earth processes and related topics such as climate change, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, coastal processes, and mineral and energy resources. Registration Restrictions: MATH A055 or higher

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    CRN Section Instructor Dates Open Seats
    View detailed information for CRN:72164 801 Cahoon, Emily August 24 - December 12 23
  • A115L *Environmental Geology Lab 1 Credits

    *Environmental Geology Lab

    Investigation of problems in environmental geology related to volcanic and earthquake hazards, surface and groundwater pollution, landslides, coastal processes, and waste disposal with emphasis on the local areas in Alaska. Several local field trips are included. Registration Restrictions: MATH A055 or higher

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    View detailed information for CRN:72165 801 Cahoon, Emily August 24 - December 12 5
  • A221 *Historical Geology 4 Credits

    *Historical Geology

    Introduces the history of the earth through geologic time, emphasizing North America. Includes major events in plate tectonics, evolution of life forms and interpretation of the rock record. Lab includes invertebrate fossil identification, geologic map interpretation, stratigraphic principles and field trip.

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    View detailed information for CRN:72167 801 - DIST ARR Sikorski, Janelle August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72167 801 - DIST BLKBD Sikorski, Janelle August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72167 801 T 1:00PM - 3:45PM NSB 102 Sikorski, Janelle August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72167 801 T 1:00PM - 3:45PM NSB 106 Sikorski, Janelle August 24 - December 12 1
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  • A225 Earth Surface Processes 3 Credits

    Earth Surface Processes

    Introduces the identification and mapping of landforms, and quantitative study of processes that shape the earth's surface. Combines theory, field observations, basic data analysis, and modeling to investigate geomorphic systems that affect humanity.

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    View detailed information for CRN:72168 801 M 2:30PM - 5:15PM DIST WEB Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 10
    View detailed information for CRN:72168 801 M 2:30PM - 5:15PM FIELD TBA Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 10
    View detailed information for CRN:72168 801 W 2:30PM - 3:30PM DIST WEB Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 10
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  • A322 Igneous &Metamorphic Petrology 4 Credits

    Igneous &Metamorphic Petrology

    Covers identification and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks, interpretation of textures, structures, and mineralogy of rocks. Includes the study of chemical and physical principles controlling the formation of rocks, importance of various rock types in economic and industrial arenas. Extensive study of hand specimens with emphasis on composition, texture and structure.

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    View detailed information for CRN:77352 801 - ARR ARR Cahoon, Emily August 24 - December 12 6
    View detailed information for CRN:77352 801 - DIST BLKBD Cahoon, Emily August 24 - December 12 6
    View detailed information for CRN:77352 801 TR 10:00AM - 12:45AM CPSB 213 Cahoon, Emily August 24 - December 12 6
    View detailed information for CRN:77352 801 TR 10:00AM - 12:45AM CPSB 215 Cahoon, Emily August 24 - December 12 6
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  • A331 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy 3 Credits

    Sedimentology & Stratigraphy

    Survey of sediments including origins, classification, transportation, composition, structures, and diagenesis. Stratigraphic principles including lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, and seismic stratigraphy. Lab includes grain size analysis, sedimentary structures, correlation, and field practicum.

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    View detailed information for CRN:72170 801 - ARR ARR Li, Zhiyang August 24 - December 12 13
    View detailed information for CRN:72170 801 W 2:30PM - 5:15PM DIST WEB Li, Zhiyang August 24 - December 12 13
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  • A441 Paleoclimatology 3 Credits

    Paleoclimatology

    Examines the fundamentals of climate science, changes in Earth's climate, and methods used to reconstruct past climates. Use of paleoclimate data from proxy records like cores of ice, peatland and ocean sediments, and tree rings to help understand how Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land interact with climate through time. Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed GEOL A641. May be stacked with: GEOL A641

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    View detailed information for CRN:77354 851 - FIELD TBA Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:77354 851 MW 11:30AM - 12:45AM DIST WEB Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 1
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  • A448 Struct Geol & Geomech 3 Credits

    Struct Geol & Geomech

    Examines the classification, origin, and evolution of all types of rock fractures with application to structural analysis, oil and gas reservoirs, resource recovery, engineering geology, hydrogeology, and hazards analysis. Applies continuum and rock mechanics principles to brittle deformation, including rock strength and failure criteria, stress states in the lithosphere, stress tensors, and linear elastic fracture mechanics theory. Special Note: Students may need to provide their own transportation to a field trip location. Not available for credit to students who have completed GEOL A648. May be stacked with: GEOL A648

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    View detailed information for CRN:77356 851 - ARR ARR Kattenhorn, Simon August 24 - December 12 11
    View detailed information for CRN:77356 851 TR 1:00PM - 2:15PM DIST WEB Kattenhorn, Simon August 24 - December 12 11
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  • A461 Geochemistry 3 Credits

    Geochemistry

    Introduction to principles and applications of inorganic geochemistry. Emphasis on crystal structures and substitution in crystals, equilibrium geochemistry, dissociation of acids and bases, and mineral stability. Applying the laws of thermodynamics, Eh-pH diagrams, and oxidation-reduction reactions to geologic problems. Principles of radioactivity and geochronometers for age determination. A review of applications of stable isotopes to geologic problems. Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed GEOL A661. Registration Restrictions: BS Geological Science majors May be stacked with: GEOL A661

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    CRN Section Instructor Dates Open Seats
    View detailed information for CRN:72173 851 Munk, Lee August 24 - December 12 8
  • A476 Applied Geophysics 3 Credits

    Applied Geophysics

    Overview of geophysical techniques used for subsurface visualization, mapping and interpretation, with applications to natural resource exploration, geotechnical investigations and environmental studies. Techniques include gravity, magnetic, electric, seismic and well logging. Applications of mathematics and physics-based principles to image shallow and deep subsurface at local and regional scales. Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed GEOL A676. Registration Restrictions: Instructor permission required for non-majors. Background in calculus-based mathematics or physics is required for geology non-majors. May be stacked with: GEOL A676

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    View detailed information for CRN:72174 851 - ARR ARR Carter, Russell August 24 - December 12 8
    View detailed information for CRN:72174 851 - DIST BLKBD Carter, Russell August 24 - December 12 8
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  • A498 Student Research 1 - 3 Credits

    Student Research

    Student research conducted on specific subjects in geology. Research topic to be approved and directed by a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences. Special Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Registration Restrictions: Faculty permission.

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    CRN Section Day(s) Times Bldg/Room Instructor Dates Open Seats
    View detailed information for CRN:72176 601 - ARR ARR Aschoff, Jennifer August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72178 603 - ARR ARR Kattenhorn, Simon August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72179 605 - ARR ARR Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 -1
    View detailed information for CRN:72180 606 - ARR ARR Munk, Lee August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72181 607 - ARR ARR , August 24 - December 12 1
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  • A499 Senior Thesis 3 Credits

    Senior Thesis

    Planning, preparation and completion of senior thesis for the BS in Geological Sciences. Special Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Registration Restrictions: Senior standing and faculty permission.

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    CRN Section Day(s) Times Bldg/Room Instructor Dates Open Seats
    View detailed information for CRN:72182 601 - ARR ARR Aschoff, Jennifer August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72184 603 - ARR ARR Kattenhorn, Simon August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72185 605 - ARR ARR Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72186 606 - ARR ARR Munk, Lee August 24 - December 12 1
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    No Distance Learning courses available.

  • A641 Paleoclimatology 3 Credits

    Paleoclimatology

    Examines the fundamentals of climate science, changes in Earth's climate, and methods used to reconstruct past climates. Use of paleoclimate data from proxy records like cores of ice, peatland and ocean sediments, and tree rings to help understand how Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land interact with climate through time. Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed GEOL A441. Graduate students have additional student learning outcomes and course expectations. May be stacked with: GEOL A441

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    View detailed information for CRN:77355 851 - FIELD TBA Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 2
    View detailed information for CRN:77355 851 MW 11:30AM - 12:45AM DIST WEB Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 2
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  • A648 Adv Struct Geol & Geomech 3 Credits

    Adv Struct Geol & Geomech

    Classification, origin and evolution of all types of rock fractures with application to structural analysis, oil and gas reservoirs, resource recovery, engineering geology, hydrogeology and hazards analysis. Application of continuum and rock mechanics principles to brittle deformation, including rock strength and failure criteria, stress states in the lithosphere, stress tensors and linear elastic fracture mechanics theory. Special Note: Students may need to provide their own transportation to a field trip location. Not available for credit to students who have completed GEOL A448. Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission. May be stacked with: GEOL A448

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    CRN Section Day(s) Times Bldg/Room Instructor Dates Open Seats
    View detailed information for CRN:77357 851 - ARR ARR Kattenhorn, Simon August 24 - December 12 2
    View detailed information for CRN:77357 851 TR 1:00PM - 2:15PM DIST WEB Kattenhorn, Simon August 24 - December 12 2
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  • A661 Advanced Geochemistry 3 Credits

    Advanced Geochemistry

    Introduction to principles and applications of inorganic geochemistry. Emphasis on crystal structures and substitution in crystals, equilibrium geochemistry, dissociation of acids and bases, and mineral stability. Applying the laws of thermodynamics, Eh-pH diagrams, and oxidation-reduction reactions to geologic problems. Principles of radioactivity and geochronometers for age determination. A review of applications of stable isotopes to geologic problems. Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed GEOL A461. Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission May be stacked with: GEOL A461

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    CRN Section Instructor Dates Open Seats
    View detailed information for CRN:72187 851 Munk, Lee August 24 - December 12 7
  • A676 Applied Geophysics 3 Credits

    Applied Geophysics

    Overview of geophysical techniques used for subsurface visualization, mapping and interpretation, with applications to natural resource exploration, geotechnical investigations and environmental studies. Techniques include gravity, magnetic, electric, seismic and well logging. Applications of mathematics and physics-based principles to image shallow and deep subsurface at local and regional scales. Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed GEOL A476. Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission. May be stacked with: GEOL A476

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    View detailed information for CRN:72188 851 - ARR ARR Carter, Russell August 24 - December 12 7
    View detailed information for CRN:72188 851 - DIST BLKBD Carter, Russell August 24 - December 12 7
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  • A698 Directed Research 1 - 6 Credits

    Directed Research

    Thesis-specific research for the Master of Science in Applied Geological Sciences. Research topic must be approved by thesis advisor. Special Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing and permission of thesis advisor

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    CRN Section Day(s) Times Bldg/Room Instructor Dates Open Seats
    View detailed information for CRN:72189 601 - ARR ARR Aschoff, Jennifer August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72191 603 - ARR ARR Kattenhorn, Simon August 24 - December 12 -2
    View detailed information for CRN:72192 605 - ARR ARR Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72193 606 - ARR ARR Munk, Lee August 24 - December 12 0
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  • A699 Graduate Thesis 1 - 3 Credits

    Graduate Thesis

    Preparation and completion of thesis for the Master of Science in Applied Geological Sciences. Special Note: May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing and permission of graduate advisor required.

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    View detailed information for CRN:72194 601 - ARR ARR Aschoff, Jennifer August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72196 603 - ARR ARR Kattenhorn, Simon August 24 - December 12 0
    View detailed information for CRN:72197 605 - ARR ARR Klein, Eric August 24 - December 12 1
    View detailed information for CRN:72198 606 - ARR ARR Munk, Lee August 24 - December 12 1
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