Geology

2009-10

 

Mickey E. Gunter, Acting Dept. Head. 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 J236/J336  Processes in Glacial and Periglacial Environments (3-6 cr) 

Quantitative treatment using examples from regions of existing glaciers and permafrost.  Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk or (for 6 cr) 6-wk intensive field session in Alaska and Canada.

 

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. 

Prereq: Geol 111 or Geol 101, and Chem 111

 

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)

Prereq: Geol 101 or 111, and 102

 

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)

Prereq:  Geol 101 or 111, and Math 130 or 143

 

Geol 309  Ground Water Hydrology (3 cr) 

Occurrence, movement, and properties of subsurface water; intro to ground water geology and hydrology. 

Prereq: Geol 101 or 111, and Math 130 or 143

 

Geol 323  Geology of the Pacific Northwest (3 cr) 

Description and development of the distribution of rocks and mineral deposits in the Pacific Northwest.  One 2-day field trip. 

Prereq: Geol 101 or Geog 100.

 

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. 

Prereq: Geol 101 or 102 or 111, or Geog 100, or Permission

 

Geol 336  Processes in Glacial and Periglacial Environments (3-6 cr) 

See Geol J236/J336.

 

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. 

Prereq: Geol 101 or 111

 

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 lab a wk; two 1-day field trips (offered on a year by year basis) .  (Spring only)

Prereq: One semester high-school trigonometry or Math 144, Geol 101 or 111, and Phys 111 or 211

 

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. 

Prereq: Geol 101 or 111

 

Geol 361  Geology and the Environment (3 cr) 

May be used as core credit in J-3-d.  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. 

Prereq: Geol 101 or 111

 

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. 

Prereq: Geol 101 or 102 or 111 or Geog 100

 

Geol 390  Petroleum Geology (2 cr) 

Petroleum technology for geologists.  (Fall only)

Prereq: Geol 101 or Geol 111

 

Geol 400  (s) Seminar (1 cr, max arr)

Participation in departmental colloquium.

 

Geol ID&WS401  Field Geology and Report Writing (6 cr)  WSU Geol 308 

Field problems and methods; use of instruments; interpretation of field data; preparation of reports based on field observations and interpretations.  Three field trips.  Accident and health insurance reqd. 

Prereq: Geol 345; Geol 324 and 326

 

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. 

Prereq: Geol 401 or Permission

 

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 

Same as Hydr J418/J518.  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. 

Prereq: Geol 101 or 111, and Chem 112

 

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 ID&WS-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.

 

Geol ID&WS-J459/ID&WS-J559  Geodynamics (3 cr)  WSU Geol 559 

Dynamics, movement, and deformation of the earth's lithosphere, asthenosphere, and mantle; emphasis on deformation processes and constraints derived from investigation of active tectonics using geophysics, seismology, geodesy, and structural geology.  Graduate credit requires additional paper and examination questions.  (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Geol 345

 

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.

Prereq: Chem 111-112

 

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-J476/ID-J576  Mineral & Petroleum Exploration Methods (3 cr) 

Characteristics of mineral and petroleum resources and design of exploration programs through integration and evaluation of geological, geochemical, and geophysical exploration techniques in a project-based 3-D digital environment.  Graduate credit requires an additional independent project and demonstration through papers of a more in-depth understanding of the material.   Two 2-5 day field trips. 

Prereq: Geol 249 and 345

 

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)

Prereq: Geol 290 and 345

 

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 studentsŐ 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 

(Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Geol 324

 

Geol WS523  Advanced Topics in Stratigraphy (3 cr)  WSU Geol 523

 

Geol WS528  Clastic Depositional Systems (3 cr)  WSU Geol 521 

(Alt/yrs)

 

Geol WS529  Carbonate Depositional Systems (3 cr)  WSU Geol 525

(Alt/yrs)

 

Geol ID532  Geologic Development of North America (3 cr) 

See Geol J432/J532.

 

Geol 536  Advanced Field Glaciology (6 cr) 

Same as Geog 516.  Advanced quantitative treatment of glaciological problems carried out on selected glaciers of the Juneau Icefield, Alaska, or an alternative area in the Rocky Mountains or Cascades.  (Intensive 7-wk summer field session)

 

Geol ID&WS538  Orogenic Systems I (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&WS539  Orogenic Systems II (3 cr)  WSU Geol 539 

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  Geomechanics (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.  Two 1-day field trips. 

Prereq: Phys 111 or 211, Math 175

 

Geol ID546  Fault Mechanics (3 cr) 

Examination of fundamental concepts of fault mechanics, including brittle failure, rock friction, fluid pressure effects, and variable rheological behaviors; examination of internal fault architectures to distinguish fault zone styles; stress, strain, and displacement fields addressed from a theoretical perspective and the application of geodetic measurement techniques and secondary structure analyses; emphasis on interpretation of fault slip distributions and relationship to rock properties, fault shape, and mechanical interaction in echelon fault systems; such insights placed in context of 3-D fault systems geometric evolution as well as earthquake behavior and seismic hazard recognition.  One weekend field trip. 

Prereq: Geol 345

 

Geol ID&WS548  Tectonics (3 cr) 

See Geol J448/J548.

 

Geol WS550  Advanced Mineralogy (3 cr)  WSU Geol 550 

(Alt/yrs)

 

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 555  Thermochemistry of Geological Processes (3 cr) 

Thermodynamic principles applied to geological problems; specific topics include real gases at high P and T, estimation and measurement of thermodynamic data, solid solution modeling, geobarometry, geothermometry, thermodynamics of magmas.  (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Chem 302 or Permission 

 

Geol ID557  High-Temperature Aqueous Geochemistry I (3 cr)  WSU Geol 557 

Application of solution chemistry to hydrothermal solutions; Eh-pH, log f(02) - pH, activity - activity diagrams; estimation techniques; water structure; metal complexation; solubility, transport and deposition; equilibrium speciation; geothermal fields; experimental methods; activity coefficients.  Two lec and three hrs of lab a wk; one 4-day field trip.  (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Chem 302 and Geol 555 or Permission 

 

Geol ID558  High-Temperature Aqueous Geochemistry II (3 cr)  WSU Geol 558 

Expands on topics covered in Geol J457/J557 through seminar format.  Selected readings from primary literature followed by presentations and discussions in class.  (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Chem 302, Geol 555 and J557, or Permission 

 

Geol ID&WS559  Geodynamics (3 cr) 

See Geol J459/J559.

 

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 ID576  Mineral & Petroleum Exploration Methods (3 cr) 

See Geol J476/J576.

 

 

Geol 578  Advanced Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3 cr) 

Same as Hydr 578.  Detailed application of aqueous geochemistry to natural waters at an advanced level; advanced treatment of subjects introduced in Geol J464/J564, especially carbonate equilibria, alkalinity, mineral solubility, and aqueous  complexation. Two 75 min lec a wk. 

Prereq: Geol J464/J564 or Permission

 

Geol 579  Advanced Geochemistry of Natural Waters Laboratory (1 cr) 

Must be taken concurrently with Geol 578.  Lab will stress familiarity with analytical techniques for natural waters including those adaptable for field use, computer modeling of aqueous equilibria.  Three hrs of lab a wk; one 2-day field trip. 

Prereq: Geol J464/J564 or Permission 

Coreq: Geol 578

 

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 587  Instrumental Techniques in Geochemistry (3 cr) 

Modern instrumentation for geochemical analyses including:  ion chromatography, gas chromatography, FTIR spectroscopy, ICP-AES, ICP-MS, atomic absorption, UV-visible absorption spectrophotometry, geological sampling preparation.  Students must carry out a term project involving the design, testing, and use of analytical protocol using one or more of the instruments covered in class; this project will be reported as a term paper worth a significant proportion of the grade and must reflect an in-depth understanding of the subject material.  Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.  (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Permission 

 

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 MasterŐs Research (cr arr) 

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation. 

Prereq: Permission

 

Geol 600  Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)