Mickey E. Gunter, Dept. Chair. of Geological Sciences (322 Mines Bldg. 83844-3022; phone 208/885-6192).
Geol 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-b. The earth, its composition, structure, and natural processes. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one 1-day field trip.
Geol 102 Historical Geology (4 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-b or J-3-d. Evolution of the physical earth, plants, and animals; techniques used in interpretation of geologic history. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one 1-day field trip.
Geol 111 Physical Geology for Science Majors (4 cr)
Introductory course in earth science for geology and other science majors. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; two 1-day field trips.
Geol 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Geol 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Geol 212 Principles of Paleontology (4 cr)
Studies of morphology, classification of fossil groups, and utility of fossils in interpreting depositional environments and ages of sedimentary rocks. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; one 1- to 2-day field trip. Recommended Preparation: Geol 102.
Geol 249 Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy (4 cr)
Principles of crystallography, crystal chemistry, and crystal structure; mineral identification; principles of optical mineralogy and use of the polarized light microscope. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; two 1-day field trips.
Geol WS285 Introduction to Astrobiology (3 cr) WSU Geol 285
Geol 290 Field Geology I (3 cr)
Introduction to field mapping and field techniques; interpretation of sedimentary sequences; introduction to tectonic structures; preparation of reports based on field observations and interpretations. Accident and health insurance required. Three week, off-campus field course. (Summer only)
Geol 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Geol 308 Ground Water Geology (3 cr)
Geologic factors controlling the infiltration, accumulation and movement of ground water in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock environments. (Spring only)
Geol 309 Ground Water Hydrology (3 cr)
Occurrence, movement, and properties of subsurface water; intro to ground water geology and hydrology.
Geol 324 Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4 cr)
Description and identification of sedimentary rocks; organization and correlation of layered rocks in all scales, including factors controlling their distribution; cycles in sedimentation and stratigraphy; sequence stratigraphy and basin dynamics. Two lec and two 2-hr labs a wk; two 1-day field trips; optional 7-day field trip.
Prereq: Geol 102
Geol 326 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4 cr)
Hard rock petrology plus megascopic and microscopic petrography of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Two lec and two 2-hr labs a wk; two 1-day or one 2-day field trips.
Prereq: Geol 249
Geol 335 Geomorphology (3 cr)
Classification, recognition, origin, and significance of land forms; land form analysis in interpretation of geologic structure and history. One 2-day field trip.
Geol ID344 Earthquakes and Seismic Hazards (3 cr) WSU Geol 444
The geology of earthquakes including the cause of fault rupture, seismic waves, focal mechanisms, and earthquakes associated with all fault types in a variety of tectonic settings; methods of identifying paleo-earthquakes in the geologic record, and the assessment of seismic hazard and risk in active fault environments. One 3-day field trip.
Geol 345 Structural Geology (4 cr)
Investigation of deformed rocks; mechanics of brittle and continuum failure, stress and strain relations, characterization, description, classification of folded and fractured rocks. Three hours of lecture and one 2-hr 45-min lab a wk; one week-long mandatory field trip. (Spring only)
Geol 360 Geologic Hazards (3 cr)
Survey of natural geologic hazards, their controlling factors, recognition of hazard potential; emphasis on flash floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic hazards, subsidence. Three 1-day field trips.
Geol 361 Geology and the Environment (3 cr)
Environmental consequences of development of geologic resources; including issues of waste disposal, pollution and human health; natural hazards and their impact on humans and the environment. Two 1-day field trips.
Geol 375 Geology of National Parks (3 cr)
Primarily for non-geology majors who want to acquire a better knowledge of geologic concepts and processes through study of geology of national parks. One 6-day field trip.
Geol 390 Petroleum Geology (2 cr)
Petroleum technology for geologists. (Fall only)
Geol 400 (s) Seminar (1 cr, max arr)
Participation in departmental colloquium.
Geol ID-J407/ID-J507 Basin Analysis (3 cr) WSU Geol 406/506
Characteristics of sedimentary basins and methods for studying them. For 500-level credit an additional research project is required. One 2-day field trip. (Spring only)
Prereq: Geol 324
Geol 410 Techniques of Ground Water Study (3 cr)
Collection and analysis of field data for reconnaissance ground water studies. Two weekend field trips.
Prereq or Coreq: Geol 309
Geol J414/J514 Geologic Hazards Field Workshop (2 cr, max arr)
Field study of natural geologic hazards. Primarily for non-geology majors and/or in-service K-12 educators. Held in July at a different off-campus location each year. For 500-level credit an additional research project is required. (Summer only)
Geol 416 Advanced Field Methods in Geosciences (3 cr)
Application of field techniques to the recognition and solution of problems of applied and research interest; design and implementation of integrated geological, geochemical, and geophysical programs. Accident and health insurance required. Three week field trip.
Geol 417 Advanced Paleontology (3 cr)
Fossil assemblage analyses and report writing; marine faunal assemblage 1st half semester; nonmarine floral assemblage 2nd half semester. Three 2-hr labs a wk; one 1-day field trip.
Prereq: Geol 212 or Permission
Geol ID-J418/ID-J518 Geomicrobiology (3 cr) WSU Geol 418/518
The role of microorganisms in the formation and dissolution of rocks and minerals; microbial processes in ground and surface water environments, extreme environments and the deep subsurface; early life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planetary bodies. Two additional research assignments and an additional question on two exams required for graduate credit.
Geol 422 Principles of Geophysics (3 cr)
Outline of geophysical methods for geological investigations. One 1-day field trip.
Geol 423 Principles of Geochemistry (3 cr)
Physiochemical principles applied to geologic processes. Topics covered include atmospheric geochemistry, environmental geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry, crystal chemistry, radiogenic and stable isotopes. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk.
Geol J432/ID-J532 Geologic Development of North America (3 cr) WSU Geol 529
Tectonic, magmatic, and sedimentary sequence studies of North American continent through time; concepts of metal and petroleum enrichment related to time and geological processes. Additional questions on two exams and written report of field trip reqd for grad cr. One 7-day field trip.
Geol J441/ID&WS-J541 (s) Structural Analysis (3 cr, max arr) WSU Geol 541
Structural analysis of complexly deformed rocks in orogenic belts. Independent research projects will be required for graduate credit. Field trip required.
Geol J448/ID&WS-J548 Tectonics (3 cr) WSU Geol 540
Fundamentals of global plate tectonics, evolution of ocean basins, and the development of continental orogenic belts; focus on theoretical aspects of global tectonics, the salient physical constraints leading to the paradigm, and practical application of the model to regional geological problems. Graduate credit requires additional work including independent research, presentation of the research results in a class presentation, writing a research paper, and answering an additional question in examinations. Two lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one or two 1- to 2-day field trips.
Prereq: Geol 345 or Permission
Geol J464/J564 The Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3 cr)
Same as Hydr J464/J564. Basic principles of aqueous geochemistry applied to natural waters (ground waters, lake and river waters, seawater), presented at an intermediate level; carbonate equilibria and alkalinity, solubility of minerals, sorption processes and surface reactions, redox reactions and Eh-pH diagrams, organic geochemistry, etc. For graduate credit, students are required to prepare two in-depth term papers and demonstrate through exam work and papers a more in-depth understanding of the material. One compressed video and one web-based lecture a wk. Recommended preparation: Geol 423.
Geol J467/ID-J567 Volcanology (3 cr) WSU Geol 567
Eruption mechanisms, volcanic processes and landforms, and volcanic deposits. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; seven days of field trips.
Geol ID&WS490 Field Geology II (3 cr) WSU Geol 308
Advanced field problems and methods; interpretation of field data, preparation of reports based on field observations and interpretations. Accident and health insurance required. Three week, off-campus. (Summer only)
Geol 497 (s) Practicum in Tutoring (1 cr, max 2)
Tutorial services performed by advanced students under faculty supervision. Graded P/F.
Prereq: Permission of department
Geol 498 Senior Thesis (1-4 cr, max 4)
Completion of original research and report. Course is taken over two semesters; first semester is graded IP until completion of second semester.
Prereq: Senior standing and Permission
Geol 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Geol 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
Geol 501 (s) Seminar (1 cr, max arr)
Participation in departmental colloquium.
Geol 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Geol 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Geol ID507 Basin Analysis (3 cr) WSU 506
See Geol J407/J507.
Geol 514 Geologic Hazards Field Workshop (2 cr, max arr)
See Geol J414/J514.
Geol ID517 Pre-Quaternary Paleoclimatology (1-3 cr) WSU Geol 516
This course will cover the sedimentological, paleontological, geochemical, and numerical methods used to study climate in the pre-Quaternary Phanerozoic geologic record. Assignments will include written and oral presentations, and the choice of projects will be partially tailored to the students' scholarly needs. Students may elect to take this for 1-3 credits, with assignments made accordingly. (Alt/yrs)
Geol ID518 Geomicrobiology (3 cr)
See Geol ID-J418/ID-J518.
Geol WS520 Advanced Topics in Sedimentary Rocks (3 cr) WSU Geol 520
Prereq: Geol 324
Geol WS528 Clastic Depositional Systems (3 cr) WSU Geol 521
Geol ID532 Geologic Development of North America (3 cr)
See Geol J432/J532.
Geol ID&WS538 Orogenic Systems (3 cr) WSU Geol 538
Field-based course examines tectonic processes active in orogenic systems. Course work includes 1.5 hr lec/wk, one 2-week field trip, final research paper and presentation.
Prereq: Geol 345
Geol ID&WS541 Structural Analysis (3 cr) WSU Geol 541
See Geol J441/J541.
Geol ID542 Advanced Structural Geology (3 cr)
Concepts of linear elastic fracture mechanics as applied to the classification, origin and evolution of all types of rock fractures; continuum theory in rock mechanics; rock strength and failure criteria; stress tensors; elastic theory.
Prereq: Geol 345
Geol ID&WS548 Tectonics (3 cr)
See Geol J448/J548.
Geol WS550 Advanced Mineralogy (3 cr) WSU Geol 550
Geol WS552 X-ray Analysis in Geology (3 cr) WSU Geol 552
Geol ID554 Physical Petrology (3 cr) WSU Geol 554
Applications of continuum mechanics and fluid dynamics to generation, rise, storage, and eruption of magmas.
Geol WS560 Advanced Igneous Petrology (3 cr) WSU Geol 560
Geol 564 The Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3 cr)
See Geol J464/J564.
Geol ID567 Volcanology (3 cr)
See Geol J467/J567.
Geol ID&WS583 Radiogenic Isotopes and Geochronology (3 cr) WSU Geol 583
Nuclear structure, radioactive decay, isochrons, the age of meteorites, the earth, and the timing of various major differentiation events, applications of radiometric (including cosmogenic) dating in a wide range of fields, and the use of radiogenic isotopes as tracers of multi-reservoir evolution.
Geol WS586 Methods in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry (3 cr) WSU Geol 588
Geol WS592 Advanced Topics in Structural Geology (1-4 cr, max 6) WSU Geol 592
Geol ID593 (s) Advanced Topics in Geomechanics (1-4 cr, max arr)
Advanced treatment of current topics in geomechanics and related disciplines such as structural geology, hydrogeology, engineering geology, and petroleum engineering.
Geol 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)
Geol 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)
Geol 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
Geol 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)