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Geology Courses

Below is a listing of courses typically offered by CEOE's Department of Geological Sciences.  For more detailed information on courses, visit the University of Delaware's courses page.

GEOL 105 Geologic Hazards and Their Human Impact 3 (Every term)
Geologic processes and events that adversely affect humans and civilization. Methods for predicting and dealing with geological hazards. May be taken with a 1-credit lab, GEOL115.

GEOL 107 General Geology 4 (Spring)
Principles of physical and historical geology and their application in interpreting earth processes and the history of the earth. Laboratory covers identification of earth materials including fossils and the interpretation of topographic and geologic maps.
Geoscience Courses

GEOL 108 Volcanoes and Earthquakes 3 (Yearly)
Violent geologic activity, as illustrated by volcanoes and earthquakes. The nature, causes and origins of volcanic and earthquake activity, their interactions with humans, and their potential control.

GEOL 110 Earth History 4 (Yearly)
History of the earth and its biota. Origins, evolution and mass extinctions of major groups of organisms as demonstrated by the earth's fossil record.

GEOL 111 The Geology of Delaware and Its Neighbors 3 (alternate years)
Introduction to the geologic setting of Delaware and neighboring states. Rocks and fossils of the region. Emphasis on formation and evolution of the region through geologic time. Studies Delaware’s coastal zone, and the effect of coastal processes on recent geologic history of Delaware.
Courses in Geologic Occurrence

GEOL 112 Earth Resources and Public Policy 3 (alternate years)
Introduction to the geologic occurrence of Earth resources including water, fuels, metals, and industrial minerals. Discussion of the geology, politics, and economics of resource extraction and utilization. Environmental implications of resource use; methods of estimation of resource availability.

GEOL 113 Earth Science 4 (Fall)
Earth materials, structure and the geologic phenomena that produce them. Physical and temporal aspects of earth history. Laboratory examination of rocks, minerals and fossils. Experiments in geological processes and interpretation of geologic maps.

GEOL 115 Geologic Hazards Laboratory 1 (Every term)
Laboratory investigation of environmental processes and their impact on society: earthquakes, volcanoes, coastal hazards, rivers and streams, groundwater. Identification of earth materials and study of earth processes using topographical, geologic and tectonic maps. Corequisite - GEOL 105.

GEOL 120 Life’s a Beach: Geological Processes & Living with the Coast 3 (Yearly)
Introduction to geology of the coast. "Reading" beaches by geological phenomenon and physical processes. Historical and contemporary analysis of how populations have chosen to live with or against the natural dictates of the shore with costly and tragic consequences. One-day field trip required.

GEOL 166 Special Problem 1-3

GEOL 202 Earth Materials 4 (Yearly)
Study of Earth materials including the chemistry, structure, and formation of Earth's minerals and rocks, in the context of major rock- and sediment-forming processes. Prerequisite: GEOL107

GEOL 203 Surficial Processes 4 (Yearly)
Processes and history of near-surface geologic environments of the Earth (potential areas of focus may include rivers, hillslopes, coastal environments, deltas, glaciers, periglacial environments, etc.). Human impacts on surficial environments.  Prerequisite: GEOL107

GEOL 266 Special Problem 1-3

GEOL 304 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4 (Yearly)
Study of sediment focusing on how it is transported and deposited including fluid flow and sediment transport, sedimentary structures and textures. Environments of deposition with modern/ancient analogs. Description and correlation of stratigraphic units including facies analysis, basin analysis and concepts of time and methods of absolute dating.  Prerequisite: GEOL 202 and GEOL 203.

GEOL 305 Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics 4 (Yearly)
The study of geologic structures, geologic stress and the responses of rocks to stress. Examines plate tectonics and the major structural and tectonic relations generated at plate boundaries. Prerequisite: GEOL 202 and GEOL 203.

GEOL 306 The Earth's Lithosphere II: Field Geology 4 (Yearly)
Training and experience in geological mapping and field methods. Geologic map construction and interpretation. Includes rock descriptions, stratigraphic analysis and correlation, and structural methods. Emphasis on regional Piedmont and coastal plain geologic settings. Prerequisite: GEOL 105 and GEOL 115, or GEOL 107, or GEOL 113; GEOL 305.

GEOL 307 Earth’s History I: Paleobiology 4 (Fall 2010 – alternate years)
Recognition, biology, and paleobiology of major groups of invertebrates. Use of the fossil record in solving environmental and paleoenvironmental problems. Principles of stratigraphy and correlation, and origin and development of the geologic time scale. Prerequisite: GEOL 105 and GEOL 115, or GEOL 107, or GEOL 113.

GEOL 366 Independent Study 1-3

GEOL 385 Geomorphology 4 (Nelson)
Survey of landforms and processes that shape them. Description and classification of landforms, relation to geological and climatic procesess, rates of landform development and change. Laboratory involves map/airphoto interpretation and analysis of digital elevation models. Prerequisite: GEOL 105 and GEOL 115, or GEOL 107, or GEOL 113 or GEOG 106.

GEOL 401 Senior Seminar: Topics in Geoscience 3
Integrated examination of topics and concepts of current interest and importance in geoscience. Topics may vary.

GEOL 405 Introduction to Research 1-3
Undergraduate research carried out under the supervision of the staff. Written report required. May be repeated once if project warrants it.

GEOL 411 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 (Pizzuto - alternate years)
Hydrologic and sediment transport processes in rivers and watersheds. Morphology and evolution of rivers and watersheds. Depositional processes and evolution of floodplains. Structure and interpretation of fluvial deposits in the geologic record. Prerequisite: GEOL 203. May be cross-listed with GEOG 411.

GEOL 414 Quaternary Geology and Geochronology 3 (alternate years)
Survey of the stratigraphy and chronology of marine and terrestrial records and theories of climatic change. Studies of the stratigraphy of significant Quaternary successions throughout the world and their correlation and absolute dating. Prerequisite: GEOL 203.

GEOL 416 Paleoecology 3 (Martin)
Paleoenvironmental and stratigraphic interpretation of sediments and fossils. Basic statistics, bioturbation models, well-logging, and sequence stratigraphy. Application to geology problems. Prerequisite: GEOL 203.

GEOL 421 Environmental and Applied Geology 3 (Madsen – alternate years)
The application of geologic principle to matters of environmental concern. Discussion, examples, techniques and case histories in water supply, waste disposal, zoning and land use, mining, legislation, regulation and professionalism emphasizing the role of geologist and the educated citizen. Prerequisite:  GEOL 203.

GEOL 428 Hydrogeology 3 (Michael – yearly)
Principles of groundwater flow and water chemistry in varied geologic media. Evaluation of groundwater resources and assessment of environmental problems associated with groundwater use. Prerequisite: GEOL 203.

GEOL 434 The Geology of Coasts 3 (Trembanis – alternate years)
Erosional, depositional and tectonic processes; morphology and classification, and geologic history of the coastal areas of the world. Prerequisite:  GEOL 203.

GEOL 453 Elementary Geophysics I 3 (McGeary, Trembanis)
Fundamental theory of seismology, ray theory, refraction and reflection of seismic waves. Seismic exploration techniques and interpretations. Heat flow measurements and data, and interpretations of the thermal history of the earth. Prerequisite: GEOL 203.

GEOL 466 Independent Study 1-3

GEOL 501 Topics in Middle School Geology Education: Watersheds 3 (Madsen)
Application of geologic principles to topics related to watersheds, ground and surface waters, topographic maps, point and non-point sources of pollution, the water cycle, and drinking water. Restricted to in-service middle school science teachers.

GEOL 502 Topics in Middle School Geology Education: Earth History 3 (Madsen)
Application of geologic principles to topics related to Earth’s history including: the rock record, relative and absolute dating of rocks, the fossil record, correlation of rocks and fossils, the geologic time scale, and the history of geologic events in Delaware. Restricted to in-service middle school science teachers.

GEOL 601 Geosciences at Delaware 1
Overview of the graduate program in geology at the University of Delaware. Research opportunities and current activities. Orientation in department practices and procedures. Guidelines for preparation of research proposals. Professional activities and career options.

GEOL 605 Stratigraphy 3
The principles of stratigraphy and application of stratigraphic methods (e.g., lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, and magnetic stratigraphy) for basin analysis. Interpretation of sedimentary facies. Application of sequence stratigraphy to the Quaternary Period. Restrictions: Graduate students only.

GEOL 611 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 (Pizzuto – alternate years)
Hydrologic and sediment transport processes in rivers and watersheds. Morphology and evolution of rivers and watersheds. Depositional processes and evolution of floodplains. Structure and interpretation of fluvial deposits in the geologic record. May be cross-listed with GEOG 611

GEOL 614 Quaternary Geology and Geochronology 3 (alternate years)
Survey of the stratigraphy and chronology of marine and terrestrial records and theories of climatic change. Studies of the stratigraphy of significant Quaternary successions throughout the world and their correlation and absolute dating.

GEOL 616 Paleoecology 3 (Martin)
Paleoenvironmental and stratigraphic interpretation of sediments and fossils. Basic statistics, bioturbation models, well-logging, and sequence stratigraphy. Application to geological problems.

GEOL 621 Environmental and Applied Geology 3 (Madsen – alternate years)
The application of geologic principle to matters of environmental concern. Discussion, examples, techniques and case histories in water supply, waste disposal, zoning and land use, mining legislation, regulation and professionalism emphasizing the role of geologist and the educated citizen.

GEOL 628 Hydrogeology 3 (Michael – yearly)
Principles of groundwater flow and water chemistry in varied geologic media. Evaluation of groundwater resources and assessment of environmental problems associated with groundwater use.

GEOL 634 The Geology of Coasts 3 (Trembanis – alternate years)
Erosional, depositional and tectonic processes; morphology and classification, and geologic history of the coastal areas of the world.

GEOL 653 Elementary Geophysics I 3 (McGeary, Trembanis)
Fundamental theory of seismology, ray theory, refraction and reflection of seismic waves. Seismic exploration techniques and interpretations. Heat flow measurements and data, and interpretations of the thermal history of the earth.

GEOL 666 Special Problem 1-3

GEOL 802 Topics in Geophysics 1-3 (Madsen, McGeary)
Selected topics in Geophysics. Topics vary according to instructor preference. May be taken more than once for graduate credit.

GEOL 803 Topics in Geomorphology 1-3 (Pizzuto)
Selected topics in Geomorphology. Topics vary according to instructor preference. May be taken more than once for graduate credit. (May be cross listed with Geography 803)

GEOL 804 Topics in Geochemistry 1-3
Selected topics in Geochemistry. Topics vary according to instructor preference. May be taken more than once for graduate credit.

GEOL 807 Topics in Mineralogy and Petrology 1-3
Selected topics in Mineralogy and Petrology. Topics vary according to instructor preference. May be taken more than once for graduate credit.

GEOL 808 Topics in Structural Geology 1-3
Selected topics in Structural Geology. Topics vary according to instructor preference. May be taken more than once for graduate credit.

GEOL 809 Topics in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 1-3
Selected topics in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Topics vary according to instructor preference. May be taken more than once for graduate credit.

GEOL 810 Topics in Coastal Geoscience 1-3 (Trembanis)
Selected topics in Coastal Geoscience. Topics vary according to instructor preference. May be taken more than once for graduate credit.

GEOL 818 Topics in Paleobiology 1-3 (Martin)
Selected topics in Paleobiology. Topics vary according to instructor preference. May be taken more than once for graduate credit.

GEOL 866 Special Problem 1-3

GEOL 868 Research 1-9
Enables students to begin planning work and research before admission to dissertation candidacy and GEOL 969

GEOL 869 Master’s Thesis 1-3

GEOL 964 Pre-Candidacy Study 3-12 PF
Research and readings in preparation of dissertation topic and/or qualifying examinations for doctoral students before admission to candidacy but after completion of all required course work.
RESTRICTIONS: Not open to students who have been admitted to candidacy.

GEOL 969 Doctoral Dissertation 1-12 PF

 

CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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