GEOL-4840 (1-3) Independent Study in Geology

Time and credit to be arranged. Numbered GEOL 4840 through GEOL 4849. For advanced undergraduates who have high scholastic standing. Open only upon consultation with department advisor. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.

GEOL-4960 (1) Writing in Geosciences

Emphasizes strategies of literature research and scientific writing in the geosciences. Includes small writing assignments and a larger library research paper. Prereq., 15 hours of upper-division course work in geological sciences.

GEOL-4990 (1-3) Honors Thesis

Supervised project involving original research in any area of the geological sciences. The thesis is submitted to the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences and is orally defended. The candidate must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better and must be accepted by the departmental honors committee.

GEOL-5080 (3) Advanced Hydrogeology and Modeling Concepts

Introduces advanced groundwater flow and modeling concepts, equations for steady state and transient flow, saturated and unsaturated flow, finite difference method, application of modeling in geologic processes, radial flow and aquifer parameters, infiltration and groundwater recharge, model calibration, verification, and prediction. Prereqs., MATH 2300, Fortran, or instructor consent.

GEOL-5093 (4) Remote Sensing of the Environment

Same as GEOL 4093 and GEOG 5093. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

GEOL-5110 (3) Geomechanics

Introduces fundamental physical processes important to the transport of heat and mass in the Earth and on Earth's surface. Provides practice with quantitative treatment of geological problems. Solutions for each problem are derived from first principles, including conservation and flux laws. Emphasizes heat conduction and viscous fluid flow. Prereq., calculus. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

GEOL-5280 (3) Aqueous and Environmental Geochemistry

Explores the fundamentals of low-temperature geochemistry to investigate element speciation and chemical behavior in waters, soils and sediments. Topics include water-rock interaction and weathering, mineral dissolution and precipitation reactions, aqueous complexation, mineral surface chemistry, kinetics, element cycles, and redox biogeochemistry. Includes exposure to spectroscopic tools, computer simulations, and microbial geochemistry. Prereq., GEOL 3320 or 1 year of college chemistry or instructor consent.

GEOL-5305 (3) Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Focuses on the cycling of elements at the global scale with a particular emphasis on human modification of biogeochemical cycles. Major biogeochemical cycles,their past dynamics, present changes, and potential future scenarios will be addressed. Ecosystem to global-scale model of the earth system will be discussed along with global scale measurements of element fluxes from satellites, aircraft, and measurement networks. Prereq., general chemistry, some organic chemistry. Same as ENVS 5840. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

GEOL-5420 (3) Quaternary Dating Methods

In-depth survey of standard and experimental dating methods that provide absolute ages for events of the last two million years of Earth history. Includes theory and application of radiocarbon, uranium series, amino acid, thermo-luminescence, fission track, potassium/argon, hydration, light stable isotopes, and other radioactive techniques. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

GEOL-5430 (3) Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Examines scientific tools, data, and theories related to the dramatically varied past climate of Earth. Focus will be on marine records of climate change and ocean circulation, but ice core and continental archives will also be discussed. Course will cover the Cretaceous Period to the present, with particular emphasis on the past 150,000 years (the last ice age cycle). Prereq., intro geology or equivalent. Recommended prereq., intro oceanography or atmospheric science. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

GEOL-5690 (3) Tectonic History of the Western United States

Provides students with the practical tools needed to make tectonic interpretations through study of the geologic history of the western United States and the geodynamic models used in interpreting that history. Paleomagnetism, geobarametry, geothermometry, geodynamic modeling, and elements of structural geology and stratigraphy are topics considered in this class. Prereqs., GEOL 3120 and PHYS 1110.

GEOL-5700 (1-4) Geological Topics Seminar

Seminar studies in geological subjects of special current interest are offered primarily for graduate students, as departmental staff and facilities permit. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

GEOL-5711 (1-3) Igneous and Metamorphic Field Geology

Applies field techniques to interpretation of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Field exercises and lectures focus on collecting data required to map igneous and metamorphic rock units. Prereqs., GEOL 2700 or 2011 and GEOL 3020 or equivalent. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

GEOL-5712 (1-3) Structural Field Geology

Methods of field study of structure of rocks, including observations, data collection, and interpretation to understand geometry of deformation and causative processes and kinematics. Field projects are mapped using different scales, air photos, topographic maps, and compass and tape. Prereqs., GEOL 2700 or 2001 and GEOL 3120 or equivalent. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

GEOL-5714 (1-3) Field Geophysics

Applies geophysical field techniques and data interpretation to studying geological and engineering problems. Fieldwork includes seismic, gravity, magnetic, and electrical measurements. Prereqs., GEOL 2700 or 2001 and MATH 1300 and PHYS 1110 or equivalent or instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

GEOL-5715 (1-3) Field Techniques in Surficial Geology and Geohydrology

Introduces various field techniques and data analysis methods in hydrogeologic studies for students in geology, environmental studies, geography, and civil engineering. Exercises include mapping ground water levels, conducting slug and pumping tests, measuring steam flows, interpreting aquifer parameters from geophysical measurements, and using field data for water budget analysis. Prereqs., GEOL 2001 or 2700 or equivalent. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

GEOL-5716 (1-3) Environmental Field Geochemistry

Develops basic field skills in the most commonly performed tasks required for the environmental characterization of solid and aqueous wastes. Media of study include soils, stream sediments, surface waters, ground waters, and atmospheric particulates. Prereqs., GEOL 2700 or 2001 and CHEM 1011 and 1031, or CHEM 1113 or 1133 and GEOL 3320 or equivalent or instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

GEOL-5717 (1-3) Field Seminar in Geology and Tectonics

Studies geologic features in and around Colorado to gain an overview of the geologic and tectonic evolution of the western U.S. Prereqs., GEOL 2700 or 2001 and one or more of GEOL 3120, 3320 or 3430 or equivalent. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.