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Geological Sciences - GEOL Courses

Courses (GEOL)


LOWER DIVISION


102. General Geology (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (or MATH 10) or the equivalent.
Broad based introductory study of geology. Broad based introductory study of geology. Structure, composition, distribution, and modification of earth materials and elementary geologic history of the Earth.
Not open for credit to students with credit in GEOL 103 or 107. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 104 or 105 recommended. (Lecture, demonstration 3 hrs.) (GEOL 102+104, CAN GEOL 2)

 

104. Geology Laboratory (1)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (or MATH 10) or the equivalent, and concurrent or prior enrollment in GEOL 102.
Laboratory study of earth materials.
(Laboratory 3 hrs.) Course fee may be required. (GEOL 104+102, CAN GEOL 2)

 

105. Geology Field Laboratory (1)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (or MATH 10) or the equivalent, and concurrent or prior enrollment in GEOL 102.
Field trips to areas of geologic significance and field study of earth materials.
May be repeated to a maximum of 3 units with consent of instructor. (Field trips, 6 days per unit.) Course fee may be required for bus trips.

 

106. Earth Science for Teachers (4)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (or MATH 10) or the equivalent.
Introduction to earth science including geology, oceanography, meteorology, solar system and astronomy. Scientific method addressed. Methods of teaching science to K-8 pupils.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture, demonstration 3 hours., laboratory 3 hrs., field trips.)

 

110. Natural Disasters (3)
Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in courses that fulfill the GE A.1 and B.2 requirements. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 110L is recommended.
Introductory study of Earth’s natural processes that severely impact humans. Includes study of processes causing natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and asteroid impacts.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

110L. Natural Disasters Laboratory (1)
Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in courses that fulfill the GE A.1 and B.2 requirements. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 110 is recommended.
Laboratory analysis of geological data and field observations of geologic features associated with natural disasters.
(Laboratory 3 hrs, field trips).

 

160. Introduction to Oceanography (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (or MATH 10) or the equivalent.
Origin and extent of oceans, nature of ocean floor, and cause and effect of currents, tides, and waves; and life in the ocean.
(Lecture, discussion 3 hrs.)

 

160L. Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory (1)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (or MAPB 7) or the equivalent; and previous credit or concurrent registration in GEOL 160.
Field and laboratory study of marine environment. Analysis of maps, plus shore and on-water trips for experience in use of oceanographic instruments. Analysis and interpretation of results.
(Laboratory-field 3 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

 

190. Environmental Geology (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (or MATH 10) or the equivalent.
Interrelationships between humans and hazards: landslides, floods, erosion, subsidence, volcanism, earthquakes, and seismic sea waves. Origin of resources and impacts of resource development: water, soils, and energy. Waste and waste disposal.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

191. Air and Water Pollution (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra (or MATH 10) or the equivalent.
Survey course dealing with the causes and nature of pollution in the air, groundwater, fresh water lakes and streams, and the ocean. Effects of air and water pollution on the environment.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

240. Historical Geology (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 106 or both GEOL 102, 104.
History of earth and evolution of animals and plants.
(Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs., field trips.) (CAN GEOL 4)

 

250. Introduction to Field Petrology and Geological Field Techniques (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 102 with 104 or 105; or GEOL 106; all with grades of “C” or better. Corequisite: GEOL 240.
Identification and description of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks in the field. Development of fundamental geological field techniques: recording, collection, and interpretation of geological field data. Creation and interpretation of geological maps, writing technical reports, and construction of geological illustrations.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hour, weekend field trips.)

 

273. Computer and Statistical Methods in Geology (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 240, MATH 117 or 122. An elementary background in computers is recommended.
Introduction to statistical theory, computer programming, and the use of computer-based statistical and graphical packages as applied to problem-solving in the geological sciences.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs., field trips.)

 

280. Water Resources and Society (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 102, 104. A grade of “C” or better in MATH 117, or four years of high school mathematics.
Hydrologic, geologic, and other factors controlling groundwater and surface water occurrence, movement, quality, and contamination. Environmental effects of groundwater and surface water contamination.
(Lecture 3 hours; field trips)

 

UPPER DIVISION


300I. Earth Systems and Global Change (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, upper division status, and CHEM 100 or CHEM 111A or GEOL 102 or GEOL 106 with a grade of “C” or better.
Interaction of Earth’s systems (biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere) and links between life, oceans, climate, and the solid earth. This approach is used to understand important issues confronting society regarding climatic and environmental change.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

303. Coastal Systems and Human Impacts (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing; BIOL 200; GEOL 102 or 160.
Natural processes impacting human activities in coastal zone and human influence on natural processes. Includes global warming, sea level rise, El Nino, port development, ocean outfalls and water quality, fisheries, and coastal erosion.
May not apply units towards elective requirements of Geology and Earth Science majors. Same course as BIOL 303. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

322. Crystallography, Mineralogy and Optical Methods (5)
Prerequisites: GEOL 250; CHEM 101 or 111A.
Morphological and structural crystallography, crystal structure, chemistry, classification, origin, occurrence, and association of minerals reviewed. Analysis and identification of minerals by megascopic, qualitative, chemical, and instrumental means. Optical properties of minerals reviewed including nature of light. Petrographic microscope used.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs., field trip.)

 

339. Introduction to Geomorphology (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 102 with 104 or 105; or GEOL 106; or GEOG 140.
Study of landforms and processes producing and modifying them. Emphasis on mechanics of geomorphic processes and relationships between properties of earth materials and forces applied to them by gravity, wind, ice, water, waves, and humans. Conceptual basis of geomorphology addressed.
Designed for Geology, Geography, Biology, Anthropology, and Civil Engineering majors. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs., field trips).

 

341. Paleontology and Biostratigraphy (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 240 and BIOL 200.
Morphologic, systematic, and ecologic aspects of invertebrate fossils; methods and techniques in collection, preparation, illustration, and description of fossils; uses of fossils in stratigraphic work; principles of biostratigraphy.
(Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs., fieldtrips.) Course fee may be required.

 

364. Introduction to Geological Oceanography (2)
Prerequisites: GEOL 102 or 160; and CHEM 111A or MATH 122, or consent of instructor.
Topography and structure of ocean floor. Waves, currents, and tides as agents of sedimentation. Geological processes effect on the sea floor environment. Tectonic and sedimentary history of ocean basins and continental margins. Shipboard techniques in marine geology.
(Lecture 2 hrs.; sea trips.)

 

364L. Laboratory in Geological Oceanography (1)
Prerequisite or corequisite: GEOL 364.
Analytical and data collecting techniques in marine geology. Chart reading and navigation. Bottom and subbottom profiling. Sample collecting methods and their applicability. Laboratory analysis of bottom samples. Interpretation of data from geologically significant localities visited by research ship.
(Laboratory 3 hrs.; sea trips.)

 

370. Geology for Engineers (2)
Prerequisites: MAE 172, CE 130.
Earth processes and materials which influence the design, construction and operation of engineering works, construction materials. Not open for credit to geology majors.
(Lecture 2 hrs., field trips.)

 

410./510. Biogeochemical Cycles (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 102, 300I or 461; BIOL 200 or 211A,B; MATH 122; CHEM 111A, B; or GEOL 191. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 410; graduates enroll in GEOL 510.)
Study of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, iron, and sulfur cycles among the bio-, hydro-, and geospheres with an emphasis on transfer rates, mass balance, and residence times. Evaluation of processes and interactions among key ecosystems (wetlands, rivers, ocean, lakes, estuaries).
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs)

 

*420. Geowriting (3)
Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; ENGL 100 or equivalent; fulfillment of the GWAR and a course in geology; consent of instructor.
Writing for scientific audience; writing scientific content at an advanced level emphasized. Journal article and abstracts reviewed. Includes handling descriptive scientific data, distinction between data and interpretation, logic and argument, clarity of style, and writing for specific audiences. Extensive writing. Enrollment limited.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

422. Advanced Mineralogy (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 322; CHEM 111B.
Minerals and crystal structure studied emphasizing importance of non-silicate minerals to sedimentary petrology and economic geology. Includes physical and optical properties, flame and fusion techniques, and X-ray diffraction of native elements through organic compounds. Training in optical mineralogy. Lunar mineralogy. Gemology reviewed.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs., field trip.)

 

424./524. Sedimentary Petrology (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 322 and 443. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 424; graduates enroll in GEOL 524.)
Microscopic and macroscopic study of the origin and diagenesis of sedimentary rocks. Identification of grain types, textures, structures, and cements emphasizing provenance, paleotectonics, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and post-depositional alteration.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

 

428. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrography (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 322; CHEM 111A, B.
Magmatic and metamorphic rock bodies and systems characteristics, including mineralogical and chemical aspects. Fabrics’ origin, evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks, modeling of magma genesis. Microscopic, hand specimen and x-ray analysis of rocks, including fabric and mineral content.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs., and field trips)

 

430./530. Seminar in Structural Geology and Tectonics (3)
Prerequisite: GEOL 433. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 430; graduates enroll in GEOL 530.)
Review of analysis, interpretation and origin of geologic structures, mechanics of rock deformation and of large scale crustal deformation.
(Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.; field trips.)

 

431./531. Tectonic Geomorphology (4)
Prerequisite: GEOL 433. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 431; graduate students enroll in GEOL 531.)
Observation and analysis of Earth surface processes, and development of landforms and landscape. Interaction between surficial processes and tectonic, biologic, hydrologic, climatic, and atmospheric processes. Tectonic generated landforms, earthquake hazards evaluated, and geomorphic assessment. Assessing problems including landforms and environmental hazards.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs., field trips).

 

433. Structural Geology (5)
Prerequisites: GEOL 250, 322; PHYS 151.
Theories/principles of structural geology, orogenesis, and tectonics. Planar/linear structures in naturally deformed rocks. Description, classification, interpretation, and kinematic and dynamic analysis of faults/folds. Field measurement, analysis and mapping of structures. Deformation, strength, fracture, and rheological properties of rocks.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs., field trips.)

 

443. Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (5)
Prerequisites: GEOL 240, 322.
Introduction to sedimentology and stratigraphy, flow mechanics and sedimentary structures, laboratory and field methods for the description and classification of sedimentary rocks, depositional systems, sequence stratigraphy, subsurface stratigraphic methods, sedimentation and tectonics, and preparation of sedimentologic field reports.
Not open for credit to students with credit in GEOL 343. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs., field trips.)

 

444./544. Engineering Geology (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 250, 273, 322; MATH 122, 123; CHEM 111A,B; PHYS 151, 152. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 444; graduates enroll in GEOL 544.)
In depth study of the fundamentals of engineering geology and related hazards. Evaluation of aggregate, cement and grouts. Soil and rock engineering characteristics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs, laboratory 3 hrs.; field trips.)

 

450. Summer Field Geology (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 428, 433, and 443.
Four weeks of geological field mapping at a selected area. Preparation of geological reports of the field problems.
(Lecture as needed, daily field work.) Course fee may be required.

 

*460. Introduction to Geophysics (3)
Prerequisites: PHYS 151, 152; MATH 123; and GEOL 273.
Introduction to geophysics; principles and processes; methods of investigation.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs., field trips.)

 

*461. Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM 111A,B and MATH 123.
Abundance and migration of elements in the earth; chemical processes in evolution of earth and its crust including geochemistry of organic compounds.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

 

*462. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 240, 428; PHYS 152.
Structure and composition of the Earth’s interior. Origin and evolution of the Earth. Review of geophysical data, petrologic analyses, and other types of evidence for Earth structure and compositional models.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

465./565. Physical and Chemical Oceanography (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM 111B; PHYS 100B, and upper division standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or Engineering. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 465; graduates enroll in GEOL 565.)
Physics and chemistry of the oceans, carbon cycle; minor and trace elements in sea water, nutrients, water masses and currents; physical concepts and interpretative theories related to ocean circulation.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

*466. Oceanography Laboratory and Ocean Studies (1)
Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in GEOL 465.
Analysis and interpretation of oceanographic data, acquisition of data at sea on field trip, and post-cruise analysis and presentation of results.
Not open for credit to students with credit in GEOL 462. (Laboratory 3 hrs., sea trips.)

 

*471. Petroleum Geology and Well Log Analysis (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 240, 443.
Geological application in exploration and production of petroleum, including uses of surface and subsurface techniques. Basic well logging techniques employed, including data collection, reduction, interpretation, and integration among various logging methods as well as with surface geology and geophysical data.
(Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs., field trips.)

 

477./577. Hydrogeology (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 102, 104; CHEM 111B; PHYS 152; MATH 123. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 477; graduates enroll in GEOL 577.)
Hydrologic, geologic, and other factors controlling groundwater flow, occurrence, development, chemistry, and contamination. Elementary groundwater flow theory. Well hydraulics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

 

486./586. Engineering Geophysics (3)
Prerequisite: GEOL 460 (may be taken concurrently). (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 486; graduates enroll in GEOL 586.)
Applying geophysical techniques to geology and hydrogeology problems. Geophysical techniques, and identification and utilization of specialized techniques. Case histories in site evaluations, subsiding areas, basement topography mapping, seawater problems, water table mapping, groundwater contamination, and subsurface cavities detection.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.; field trips.)

 

*489. Current Topics in Geological Sciences (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in the geological sciences selected for intensive development. Topics selected from such areas as (a) Volcanology, (b) Urban geology.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Field trips may be required. (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

 

*490. Current Topics in Geological Sciences (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in the geological sciences selected for intensive development. Topic(s) selected from such area(s) as (K) Economic Mineral Deposits.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Field trips may be required.

 

496. Investigations in Geology and Other Earth Sciences (1-4)
Prerequisites: Senior standing in geology, earth science or related fields, completion of an upper division course in geology or earth science in the area of the topics chosen and approval of the topic chosen by the Geological Sciences faculty.
Supervised research in geology or the other earth sciences. Field trips may be required.

 

GRADUATE LEVEL


500. Introductory Graduate Seminar (1)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Introduction to graduate policies and faculty research in Geological Sciences. Abstracts on faculty presentation required of all students.
Course cannot be counted for program requirements for the M.S degree in Geology. Credit/No Credit grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 units. (Seminar 1 hr.)

 

510./410. Biogeochemical Cycles (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 102, 300I or 461; BIOL 200 or 211A,B; MATH 122; CHEM 111A,B; or GEOL 191. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 410; graduates enroll in GEOL 510.)
Study of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, iron, and sulfur cycles among the bio-, hydro-, and geospheres with an emphasis on transfer rates, mass balance, and residence times. Evaluation of processes and interactions among key ecosystems (wetlands, rivers, ocean, lakes, estuaries).
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs)

 

524./424. Sedimentary Petrology (4)
Prerequisites: GEOL 322 and 443. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 424; graduates enroll in GEOL 524.)
Microscopic and macroscopic study of the origin and diagenesis of sedimentary rocks. Identification of grain types, textures, structures, and cements emphasizing provenance, paleotectonics, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and post-depositional alteration.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

 

530./430. Seminar in Structural Geology and Tectonics (3)
Prerequisite: GEOL 433. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 430; graduates enroll in GEOL 530.)
Review of analysis, interpretation and origin of geologic structures, mechanics of rock deformation and of large scale crustal deformation.
(Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.; field trips.)

 

531./431. Tectonic Geomorphology (4)
Prerequisite: GEOL 433. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 431; graduate students enroll in GEOL 531.)
Observation and analysis of Earth surface processes, and development of landforms and landscape. Interaction between surficial processes and tectonic, biologic, hydrologic, climatic, and atmospheric processes. Tectonic generated landforms, earthquake hazards evaluated, and geomorphic assessment. Assessing problems including landforms and environmental hazards.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs., field trips).

 

537. California Geology (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 433, 450.
Examination of recent theories concerning evolution of California’s geological provinces; geological, geochemical, and geophysical evidence for these theories.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., field trips.)

 

544./444. Engineering Geology (4)
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: GEOL 250, 273, 322; MATH 122, 123; CHEM 111A-B; PHYS 151, 152. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 444; graduates enroll in GEOL 544.)
In depth study of the fundamentals of engineering geology and related hazards. Evaluation of aggregate, cement and grouts. Soil and rock engineering characteristics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.; field trips.)

 

554. Environmental Geochemistry (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing in geology, a course in instrumental analytical methods, and consent of instructor.
Geochemical cycles. Human interference with cycles. Trace elements, health and agriculture. Clay mineral reactions. Groundwater chemistry. Reading and discussion of research articles; projects in environmental geochemistry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., field trips.)

 

565./465. Physical and Chemical Oceanography (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM 111B; PHYS 152 or 100B, and upper division standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or Engineering. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 465; graduates enroll in GEOL 565.)
Physics and chemistry of the oceans, carbon cycle; minor and trace elements in sea water, nutrients, water masses and currents; physical concepts and interpretative theories related to ocean circulation.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

570. Special Topics in Geology (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Investigation of selected topics in geology. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units toward any single degree with different topics. Seminars with field trips as appropriate.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar, 3 hrs.) May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics in different semesters.

 

575. Advanced Topics in Sedimentology (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Investigation of topics in sedimentology such as depositional facies analysis, basin evolution, coastal processes, fluvial processes, advanced stratigraphic analysis, and tectonics and sedimentation. Content varies form year to year. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units toward any single degree with different topics in different semesters. Seminars with field trips as appropriate.
Letter grade (A-F). (Seminar 3 hrs.)

 

576. Practicum in Geohydrology (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor; the student should have a fundamental understanding of aquifer mechanics, organic chemistry, stratigraphy, and geohydrology.
Solution of actual problems in areas of water supply and resource contamination. Combination of field techniques, problem approaches, and quantitative analysis used to solve comprehensive problems in a fixed period of time to simulate industry conditions.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar and field trips, 3 hrs.)

 

577./477. Hydrogeology (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 102, 104; CHEM 111B; PHYS 152; MATH 123. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 477; graduates enroll in GEOL 577.)
Hydrologic, geologic, and other factors controlling groundwater flow, occurrence, development, chemistry, and contamination. Elementary groundwater flow theory. Well hydraulics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

 

578. Groundwater Hydraulics (3)
Prerequisites: GEOL 477/577; MATH 364A.
Advanced treatment of groundwater flow through granular porous and fractured media; analytical solutions to groundwater flow problems; hydraulics of wells and aquifer parameter estimation.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

 

586./486. Engineering Geophysics (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOL 460. (Undergraduates enroll in GEOL 486; graduates enroll in GEOL 586.)
Applying geophysical techniques to geology and hydrogeology problems. Geophysical techniques, and identification and utilization of specialized techniques. Case histories in site evaluations, subsiding areas, basement topography mapping, seawater problems, water table mapping, groundwater contamination, and subsurface cavities detection.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.; field trips.)

 

697. Directed Research (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Research on a specific subject in geology. Topic for study to be approved and directed by a faculty member in geological sciences.
Letter grade only (A-F).

 

698. Thesis (1-6)
Prerequisite: Advanced to candidacy for M.S. in Geology, consent of Graduate Committee and graduate advisor.
Either laboratory or field investigations, or both, for a total of six semester units to culminate in an approved thesis.
Letter grade only (A-F).