Geology (GEOL)

GEOL 510     Urban Geology     3 Credit Hours

The study of how the geosciences can be used to solve community-based environmental problems. Taught within the context of the Rouge River watershed, one of the most urbanized watersheds in the country, the focus of this 3-week course is water and watersheds. Classroom lectures are combined with extensive field work, field trips and guest speakers. Taught as a summer II course in July primarily for teachers (middle school and high school) with little or no background in geology. Teachers taking this course serve as mentors for their respective students. Teachers also spend time developing modules that can be incorporated into their existing classroom activities.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Cannot enroll if Program is MS-Environmental Science

GEOL 550     Glacial Geology     3 Credit Hours

The study of landforms and sediments created by glaciers both past and present. The glacial activities of the past 2 million years will be emphasized, particularly the evolution of landforms common to the upper Midwest. The influence of glacial deposits on development, construction methods, planning and environmental protection will also be discussed. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 118 and GEOL 218

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

GEOL 560     Engineering Geology     3 Credit Hours

The application of structural geology and stratigraphy to the practice of civil engineering. Emphasis is placed on the application of geologic analysis to facilitate the successful completion of engineering projects. Case histories will be used to evaluate how geologic knowledge has been used in both successful and unsuccessful engineering projects. (W, AY)

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 370

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman or Sophomore or Junior

GEOL 570     Geochemistry     3 Credit Hours

Application of the principles and techniques of geochemistry to the field of groundwater hydrology. Composition of natural water and the processes affecting the geochemical mobility of dissolved solids will be studied. Emphasis will be on the influence of the geochemical environment on water composition and water pollution. Course will include a review of analytical methods for the determination of water quality. Three hours lecture. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 375 and CHEM 344

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Rackham or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Business

GEOL 574     Urban Watersheds     3 Credit Hours

Study of the geology, contamination and sustainable development in urban watersheds with a focus on the fate and transport of contaminants in the soil and water. Students are expected to have a rudimentary background in physical geology.

GEOL 575     Contaminant Hydrogeology     3 Credit Hours

Advanced lecture treatment of selected topics in subsurface hydrology including contaminant transport and fate of organic and inorganic constituents, aquifer test analysis, and the use of selected case histories. (AY)

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 375

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

GEOL 577     Geology Field Methods     1 to 2 Credit Hours

One to two week long intensive field course conducted at the end of the winter semester. The course will emphasize geological field methods and analysis of geologic terrains. Use of Brunton compass and clinometer, GPS, recognition and identification of geological structures, preparation and interpretation of geologic maps, satellite images and aerial photographs will also be covered. May be repeated for credit when destination varies. Two credit hours will be given for a field course which lasts two weeks. Alternatively, students may elect to take the shorter course (one-week to 10 days) for 2 credit hours if they are willing to serve as a teaching assistant. Organizational meetings will be held during the winter semester. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 118 and GEOL 218

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

GEOL 578     Geology of the National Parks     3 Credit Hours

The study of the geology (stratigraphy, structure, geomorphology) of major national parks and monuments. Specific areas visited vary from year to year, enabling the course to be repeated for credit. Emphasis is placed on developing note taking skills in the field, describing rock sequences in outcrop, interpreting geologic maps and aerial photographs, and evaluating cratonic sequences, regional correlations, paleogeographic and paleoclimatic reconstructions, small and regional scale structural patterns, and facies changes related to rising and falling sea level.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

GEOL 587     Groundwater Modeling     3 Credit Hours

Lecture and computer laboratory applications of two- and three-dimensional groundwater flow and contaminant transport problems. Visual Modflow, Modpath (-PLOT and SUTRA), MT3D, and Surfer will be used to evaluate remedial alternatives (e.g., pump and treat, funnel and gate or trench and drain systems). EPA's Basin software combined with ESRI's GIS software ArcView will be used to evaluate and compare the Rouge River watershed with other small-scale watersheds in Michigan. (AY)

Prerequisite(s): GEOL 375 or GEOL 498*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

GEOL 590     Topics in Earth Science     1 to 4 Credit Hours

Current topics in Earth Science. One to four graduate credit hours. (OC)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

GEOL 590A     Topics in Earth Science     1 Credit Hour

TOPIC: Rocks and Minerals. Students will explore the formation of rocks and minerals, the relationships of classes of rocks, the formation of soil, and the use of sedimentary rocks and associated fossils in the development of the geologic time scale. Topics will be presented in the form of modules that will involve hands-on learning activities for elementary school teachers presented in the context of fundamental earth science concepts.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

 

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally