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Course Planner: 2015-18 

                 GEOGRAPHY COURSES

 Number                                           CreditsDescription

105
Fundamentals of Geographic
Information Systems
3Basics of integration and analyses of spatial data to visualize relationships, seek explanations, and develop solutions to problems. Emphases are placed on the nature of geographic information and the ways digital methods support geographic analyses and modeling.
151Human Geography3Non-ethnocentric understanding of geography of human lifestyles and activities; their place and role in human-environment interaction.
161World Regional Geography3Study of geographic processes shaping major world regions and inter-relationships in the global village; geographic bases and implications of current world events.
262Geography of North America3Spatial approach to the development of the United States and Canada, which stresses changing cultural landscapes and assessing impacts of planning for resource utilization.
412Geomorphology3Land forms and the processes by which they are formed and modified. Prereq: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L. Cross-listed with GEOL 412 (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 612)
455Introduction to Geographic
Information Systems
4Application of the principles of geographic information systems and integrally related mapping to solve problems related to environment site characterizations, resource exploration, soil and groundwater contamination, geological and geotechnical investigations, waste management, construction, etc. Comprehensive lab assignments included to give students hands-on experience solving probems with current state-of-the-art software and hardware, digitizers, scanners, and GPS units. {Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOG 655.
456Advanced Geographic Information Systems3Application and analysis of advanced techniques and principles of geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies to fully address spatial and time related problems related to urban site characterizations, hydrologi analyses, risk assessment, policy making, disaster response and strategis defense techniques. Comprehensive lab assignments included to give students hands-on experience solving problems with current state-of-the-art software and hardware, digitizers, scanners, and GPS units. Prereq: GEOG 455 (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOG 656).
470Remote Sensing3Application of principles of Remote Sensing technology to integrate multiple interrelated data, to identify and/or accentuate spectral indices, magnetic force, electromagnetic energy and other remotely collected data to analyze temporal and spatial variation. Cross-listed with GEOL. (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOG 670).
480Geographic Information Systems
Pattern Analysis and Modeling

3
Application of GIS for determination of: factors or variables that influence geospatial patterns, data limitations in spatial and temporal continuum scales, identification of data anomalies, optimal data prediction, and evaluation of prediction uncertainty. Prereq: GEOG 455. Cross-listed with GEOL 480. (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOG 680).
612Geomorphology3Land forms and the processes by which they are formed and modified. Cross-listed with GEOL 612. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 412).
655Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4Application of the principles of geographic information systems and integrally related mapping to solve problems related to environment site characterizations, resource exploration, soil and groundwater contamination, geological and geotechnical investigations, waste management, construction, etc. Comprehensive lab assignments included to give students hands-on experience solving probems with current state-of-the-art software and hardware, digitizers, scanners, and GPS units. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOG 455).
656Advanced Geographic
Information Systems
3Application and analysis of advanced techniques and principles of geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies to fully address spatial and time related problems related to urban site characterizations, hydrologi analyses, risk assessment, policy making, disaster response and strategis defense techniques. Comprehensive lab assignments included to give students hands-on experience solving problems with current state-of-the-art software and hardware, digitizers, scanners, and GPS units. Prereq: GEOG 655. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOG 456).

 

                      GEOLOGY COURSES

 NumberCredits Description
105Physical Geology3Study of the Earth as a physical body; its structure, composition, and the geologic processes acting on and within the Earth.
105LPhysical Geology Lab1
106The Earth Through Time3Introduction to the Earth through time; its origin, history, and evolution of animal and plant life.
106LThe Earth Through Time Lab1
107LEastern North Dakota
Field Course
1Field study of Mesozoic and Cenozoic sediments, landforms, and geological processes that have shaped the landscape of eastern North Dakota. Two-day field excursion and a report. Fee required. Recommended: GEOL 105 or GEOL 106
210Dinosaurs: Rulers of the
Mesozoic
2A survey of the dinosaurs: their fossil record, environment and place in Earth history.
219Oceanography3Ocean formation and dynamics over geologic time; waves and energy transfer of oceans; oceanic effects on world climates; coastal hazards.
300Environmental Geology3Human interaction with Earth's environment. Earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, landslides, water use, pollution, energy, mining, and land-use planning. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L (alternate years).
301Lake Superior Field Course
2
Stratigraphy, mineralogy, and economic geology of northern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. Weekly lecture, plus six-day field excursion. Offered periodically. Fee required. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L, GEOL 106, GEOL 106L.
302Black Hills Field Course2Stratigraphy, structure, and mineralogy of the Black Hills and Williston Basin. Weekly lectures, plus seven-day field excursion. Offered periodically. Fee required. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L, GEOL 106, GEOL 106L.
303Paleontology Field Course1Paleozoic stratigraphy and paleontology of southeastern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Lecture by arrangement, 1 three and one-half day field excursion. Fee required. Recommended: GEOL 106, GEOL 106L (alternate years).
310Planetary Geology3Survey of planetary geology reinforcing concepts of physical geology; formation and composition of the solar system, comparative planetary geology and geomorphology, extra-solar systems and habitable worlds, astrobiology. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L
350Invertebrate Paleontology
3
Survey of invertebrate fossils emphasizing systematics, environments and as stratigraphic markers. Recommended: GEOL 106, GEOL 106L (alternate years).
410Sedimentology/Stratigraphy4Origin and classification of sedimentary rocks and their stratigraphic relationships. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L, GEOL 106, GEOL 106L (alternate years).
412Geomorphology3Land forms and the processes by which they are formed and modified. 3 lectures, 1 two-hour laboratory. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L. Cross-listed with GEOG. (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 612).
413Glacial Geology3Glaciers as agents of geologic change; evolution of landforms and landscapes shaped by glaciers; glaciers and glacial landscapes as records of global climate and environmental change; glacial history of North America. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L. (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 613).
414Hydrogeology3Concepts of surface and groundwater hydrogeology in natural systems; the hydrologic cycle; physical properties of aquifers and subsurface flow; open channel flow; aqueous geochemistry. Prereq: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L, MATH 147 or MATH 166, PHYS 212, CHEM 122 or CHEM 161.(Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 614).
420Mineralogy3Crystal forms, crystal chemistry, and formation of non-silicate and silicate minerals. Recommended: CHEM 121 or CHEM 150 (alternate years)  (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 620).
421Mineralogy Lab1Identification and classification of minerals using morphology, physical properties, XRF and XRD. Coreq: GEOL 420(alternate years) (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 621).
422Petrology3Principles of igneous and metamorphic petrology including geochemistry, phase relations, and rock forming processes. Prereq: GEOL 420 (alternate years) (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 622).
423Petrography1Identification and classification of rocks in hand specimens and thin sections. Optical mineralogy. Field and laboratory projects required. Prereq: GEOL 422 (alternate years) (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 623).
428Geochemistry3Introduction to geochemistry: chemistry of the Earth, groundwater, isotopes, global geochemical cycles, geochemical modeling, and environmental geochemistry. Recommended: CHEM 121 or CHEM 150. Cross-listed with CHEM 428. (alternate years) {Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 628).
440Quaternary Biology4Biotic responses to climatic changes; the role of adaptation, extinction, and dispersal in response to the climatic changes of the Quaternary. 2 lectures, field and laboratory studies. Offered periodically. Recommended: GEOL 106, GEOL 106L.(Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 640).
450Field Geology3Interpretation of geology in the field; preparation of base maps and plotting geological data. Lectures and one-week fieldwork. Fee required. Prereq: GEOL 410, GEOL 421, GEOL 423, GEOL 457. (alternate years) (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 650).
457Structural Geology3Dynamics of rock deformation and analyses of Earth structure. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L, MATH 105. (alternate years)  (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 657).
460Biogeochemistry3An overview of how life affects Earth's chemistry, examining interactions between the atmosphere, the land surface, and the oceans. Biotic mechanisms will be followed via the global cycles of biologically relevant elements stressing human impacts. Recommended: GEOL 105, GEOL 105L, GEOL 106, GEOL 106L, CHEM 121, CHEM 122, BIOL 150, BIOL 151. (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 660).
470Remote Sensing3Application of principles of Remote Sensing technology to integrate multiple interrelated data, to identify and/or accentuate spectral indices, magnetic force, electromagnetic energy and other remotely collected data to analyze temporal and spatial variation. Cross-listed with GEOG. (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 670).
480Geographic Information Systems Pattern Analysis and Modeling3Application of GIS for determination of: factors or variables that influence geospatial patterns, data limitations in spatial and temporal continuum scales, identification of data anomalies, optimal data prediction, and evaluation of prediction uncertainty. Prereq:GEOG 455. Cross-listed with GEOG 480. (Also offered for graduate credit - see GEOL 680).
612Geomorphology3Land forms and the processes by which they are formed and modified. 3 lectures, 1 two-hour laboratory. Cross-listed with GEOG. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 412).
613Glacial Geography3Glaciers as agents of geologic change; evolution of landforms and landscapes shaped by glaciers; glaciers and glacial landscapes as records of global climate and environmental change; glacial history of North America.  (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 413).
614Hydrogeology3Concepts of surface and groundwater hydrogeology in natural systems; the hydrologic cycle; physical properties of aquifers and subsurface flow; open channel flow; aqueous geochemistry. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 414).
620Mineralogy3Crystal forms, crystal chemistry, and formation of non-silicate and silicate minerals. (alternate years) (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 420).
621Mineralogy Lab1Identification and classification of minerals using morphology, physical properties, XRF and XRD. Coreq: GEOL 620. (alternate years) (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 421).
622Petrology3Principles of igneous and metamorphic petrology including geochemistry, phase relations, and rock forming processes. Prereq: GEOL 620. (alternate years) (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 422).
623Petrography3Identification and classification of rocks in hand specimens and thin sections. Optical mineralogy. Field and laboratory projects required. Prereq: GEOL 622. (alternate years) (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 423).
628Geochemistry3Introduction to geochemistry: chemistry of the Earth, groundwater, isotopes, global geochemical cycles, geochemical modeling, and environmental geochemistry. Cross-listed with CHEM 628. (alternate years) (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 428).
640Quaternary Biology4Biotic responses to climatic changes; the role of adaptation, extinction, and dispersal in response to the climatic changes of the Quaternary. 2 lectures, field and laboratory studies. Offered periodically. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 440).
650Field Geology3Interpretation of geology in the field; preparation of base maps and plotting geological data. Lectures and one-week fieldwork. Fee required. Prereq: GEOL 610, GEOL 621, GEOL 623, GEOL 657. (alternate years)  (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 450).
657Structural Geology4Dynamics of rock deformation and analyses of Earth structure. (alternate years)  (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 457).
660Biogeochemistry3An overview of how life affects Earth's chemistry, examining interactions between the atmosphere, the land surface, and the oceans. Biotic mechanisms will be followed via the global cycles of biologically relevant elements stressing human impacts. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 460).
670Remote Sensing3Application of principles of Remote Sensing technology to integrate multiple interrelated data, to identify and/or accentuate spectral indices, magnetic force, electromagnetic energy and other remotely collected data to analyze temporal and spatial variation. Cross-listed with GEOL. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 470).
680Geographic Information Systems Pattern Analysis and Modeling3Application of GIS for determination of: factors or variables that influence geospatial patterns, data limitations in spatial and temporal continuum scales, identification of data anomalies, optimal data prediction, and evaluation of prediction uncertainty. Prereq: GEOG 655. Cross-listed with GEOG 680. (Also offered for undergraduate credit - see GEOL 480).
760Advanced Biogeochemistry3Examines the nature of the interaction between Earth's biogeochemical cycles and climate and how this interaction has evolved over time and will change in the future. Recommended: GEOL 660.

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