Geology (GEOL)


1000

GEOL 1001 General Geology: Physical (3 credits)
An honors course, GEOL 1002, is also available. Earth materials and land forms; processes at work on and within the earth.
GEOL 1002 [Not Offered] HONORS: General Geology: Physical (3 credits)
Same as GEOL 1001, with special honors emphasis for qualified students.
GEOL 1003 General Geology: Historical (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 1001. An honors course, GEOL 1004, is also available. History of the earth and life on it, as deciphered from study of its rocks and fossils.
GEOL 1004 [Not Offered] HONORS: General Geology: Historical (3 credits)
Same as GEOL 1003, with special honors emphasis for qualified students.
GEOL 1066 [Not Offered] Dinosaurs, Catastrophes, and Extinctions (3 credits)
Not for major credit for geology majors. History of dinosaur discoveries and methods of study; dinosaurs' relationship to birds and mammals; place of dinosaurs in earth's geological history; emphasis on catastrophes and patterns of extinction
GEOL 1111 [Not Offered] Geology of National Park Areas (3 credits)
Credit will not be given for this course and either GEOL 1001 or GEOL 1002. Geological study of areas supervised by the National Park Service. Areas covered will include most of the National Parks and Monuments, and many other federally owned lands.
GEOL 1201 PRIN GEOLOGY I (4.0 credits)
GEOL 1601 Physical Geology Laboratory (1 credits)
Prereq.: credit or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 1001. Lab related to GEOL 1001. Properties of minerals and rocks; practical application of geological principles, using topographic and geological maps; geological factors relating to energy exploration and environmental problems, with emphasis on south Louisiana.
GEOL 1602 Historical Geology Laboratory (1 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 1601; credit or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 1003. Lab related to GEOL 1003. Sedimentary rocks and environments, geobiological sequences, fossils, and the historical geological record as interpreted from maps.

2000

GEOL 2020 [Not Offered] Geology and the Environment (3 credits)
S Prereq.: GEOL 1001. Interaction between human activities and geological processes, hazards, and materials; emphasis on environmental geology of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.
GEOL 2061 [Not Offered] History of the Biosphere (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 1003, 1602; BIOL 1201. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. One or two field trips required. Characteristics and geologic history of selected taxa with significant fossil records; use of paleontologic data (paleobiologic, paleoenvironmental, geochemical, and biostratigraphic) in geology and evolutionary studies; influence of the biosphere on Earth over geologic time.
GEOL 2066 [Not Offered] Continents Adrift and Global Tectonics (3 credits)
S Prereq.: GEOL 1001. Fundamental concepts of plate tectonics; implications for the evolution of continents and ocean basins; observational evidence for continental drift; historical development of plate tectonics as a scientific hypothesis.
GEOL 2081 [Not Offered] Mineralogy (3 credits)
Prereq.: CHEM 1201, 1202, and 1212; 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Elementary crystallography; general chemical and physical properties of minerals.

3000

GEOL 3032 Introduction to Sedimentology and Depositional Environments (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 1001, 1003, 1601, or equivalent; GEOL 2081; or consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. One field trip and one field exercise in nearby area. Sediment types, textures, sedimentary structures, and major minerals used to understand sedimentary processes leading to different depositional environments.
GEOL 3041 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 2081. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Composition, textures, structures, distribution, and origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
GEOL 3071 [Not Offered] Structural Geology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 1003, 1602; credit in MATH 1550. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Geometric, kinematic, and dynamic analysis of geologic structures and structural systems resulting from deformation; introduction to tectonics; introduction to field techniques and geologic maps; generation of geologic maps and cross-sections.
GEOL 3200 EARTH MATERIALS PETE (3.0 credits)
GEOL 3666 [Not Offered] Field Geology (6 credits)
Su only Prereq.: GEOL 3032, 3041, and 3071; or equivalent. Students planning to take this course should apply to the camp director no later than March 15. Camp fee. Six weeks of field-based projects in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming; fundamentals of the study of rocks and geologic features in their natural settings.
GEOL 3909 Geological Research (1-3 credits)
F,S,Su May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Primarily for geology majors. Directed reading, conference, and field/laboratory investigations of geological problems.
GEOL 3999 UNDERGRADUATE THESIS (3.0 credits)

4000

GEOL 4002 Special Topics in Geology and Geophysics (3 credits)
V Prereq.: senior standing in geology or consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Advanced and/or emerging topics in the geosciences.
GEOL 4012 Introduction to Micropaleontology (3 credits)
F Prereq.: GEOL 2061 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Morphology, classification, stratigraphy, paleoecology, and evolutionary patterns of common marine microfossils.
GEOL 4019 [Not Offered] Geoarchaeology (4 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 1001 or ANTH 2015 or GEOG 2051 or permission of instructor. 3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab devoted to an applied fieldwork problem. Geological, stratigraphical, geochemical, and geophysical techniques employed in the study of archaeological sites and materials.
GEOL 4023 Coastal and Shallow-Marine Depositional Systems (3 credits)
Also offered as GEOG 4023. Dynamics of sediment transport in coastal zones and on continental shelves; sea- level changes; morphological, sedimentary, and stratigraphic attributes of coastal and shallow-marine lithosomes.
GEOL 4031 [Not Offered] Introductory Sedimentation (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 1003. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Mineralogy, texture, structures, and stratigraphy of sediments and sedimentary rocks; their origin through weathering, erosion, transportation, deposition, and diagenesis.
GEOL 4035 [Not Offered] Advanced Sedimentology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3032. Field trip required. Physical sedimentary processes in nonmarine and marine depositional systems, including fluvial, alluvial fan, lacustrine, eolian, and carbonate and clastic marine environments; influence of tectonics, climate, and sea level on sedimentary architecture and sequences.
GEOL 4043 [Not Offered] Earth Materials and the Environment (3 credits)
Prereq.: CHEM 1202, GEOL 1001, 2081 or permission of instructor. Earth materials as problems and solutions in environmental issues; physiochemical behavior of asbestiform silicates, silica, zeolites, and associated health hazards; potential geological repositories for hazardous waste.
GEOL 4044 Petroleum Geology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 2061, 3071, and MATH 1550. Modern concepts of the origin, migration, entrapment and production of hydrocarbons from sedimentary basins.
GEOL 4045 [Not Offered] Stratigraphy (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3032 or permission of instructor. The succession and age relationships of rock strata including their form, lithologic components, fossil content, geophysical and geochemical properties and their interpretation in terms of environment, mode of origin, and geologic history.
GEOL 4060 SOLID EARTH GEOPHY (3.0 credits)
GEOL 4062 [Not Offered] Exploration and Environmental Geophysics (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3071 and MATH 1552 or permission of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Principles and methods of acquisition, processing, and interpretation of geophysical data used to investigate the shallow subsurface; seismic refraction, seismic reflection, gravity, magnetics, electrical resistivity, well logs, and ground penetrating radar.
GEOL 4064 [Not Offered] Solid Earth Geophysics (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3071 and MATH 1552. Concepts and methods used to study the structure and dynamics of the earth; rotation, gravity, seismology, heat flow, geomagnetism, paleomagnetism, radioactivity, and deformation.
GEOL 4066 [Not Offered] Plate Tectonics (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3071. Contemporary concepts of plate tectonics; geophysical observations and geological implications.
GEOL 4067 [Not Offered] Introduction to Seismology (3 credits)
Prereq.: MATH 2057, 2090, and either GEOL 3071 or consent of instructor. Fundamental concepts and methods in seismic wave analysis used to study earth; bodywaves, plane wave reflection, surface waves, earthquakes, and focal mechanisms.
GEOL 4068 Reflection Seismology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 4067 or consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Seismic reflection techniques used to investigate shallow earth structure; waves in layered media, correlation, convolution, deconvolution, and spectral analysis; interpretation of seismic record sections.
GEOL 4071 [Not Offered] Advanced Structural Geology (3 credits)
Prereq.: minimum of 20 hrs. in geology courses, including GEOL 3071. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Structural geology of the U. S.; its application to problems of folding, faulting, rock mechanics, and plate interactions.
GEOL 4081 Chemical Oceanography (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. 3 hrs. lecture/seminar. Also offered as OCS 4126. Controls on the mass balance and distribution of major elements, trace elements, heavy metals, dissolved gases, and nutrients in estuarine and open-ocean systems.
GEOL 4083 [Not Offered] Introduction to Isotope Geology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 2081 and MATH 1550; or equivalent. Principles of nuclear chemistry, radioactive decay, and isotopic fractionation processes; radiometric dating techniques and stable isotopic studies.
GEOL 4084 [Not Offered] Geomicrobiology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3032 or BIOL 2051 or consent of instructor. Also offered as BIOL 4084. Microbial effects and controls on geologic, geochemical, and ecological processes; biochemical tracers and fossils of microbially mediated processes through time; introduction to biogeochemical processes.
GEOL 4085 [Not Offered] Geochemistry of Sediments and Natural Waters (3 credits)
F Prereq.: GEOL 2081 and MATH 1550. Controls on the composition of natural waters and the role of fluid-rock interactions in the geochemical evolution of sedimentary rocks, the ocean, and the atmosphere; major geochemical cycles.
GEOL 4111 [Not Offered] Vertebrate Paleontology (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Phylogenetic survey of fossil vertebrates; their origins and transitions; vertebrate taphonomy, biostratigraphy, and fossil collection and preparation.
GEOL 4131 [Not Offered] Basin Analysis (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 4031. Basic environment of sediment deposition; sedimentological models and their relationships within depositional basins; analysis of theoretical basin models and comparison with modern and ancient sedimentary basins.
GEOL 4164 [Not Offered] Deltaic Geology (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Also offered as GEOG 4164. Processes of deltaic sedimentation and the nature of deltaic sediments; Mississippi River delta compared to other modern and ancient deltas.
GEOL 4165 [Not Offered] Subsurface Geology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 1001, 1003, 1601, 1602; PETE 4088 strongly recommended. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Principles and methods of exploration, analysis, and interpretation using borehole data, electric logs, and samples of rocks and fluids; construction of geological maps and sections showing sediment facies, geological structure, geotemperature, fluid pressure and water salinity; analysis of fluid migration, oil and gas accumulation, and geothermal resources.
GEOL 4182 Physical Hydrogeology (3 credits)
S Prereq.: GEOL 3032 or 4031 and MATH 1552 or permission of instructor. Subsurface fluid flow in geological materials; emphasis on geological controls of the origin and migration of pore water, including saline brines, in sedimentary basins; topics including crustal scale flow, petroleum migration, ore formation, and subsurface flow regimes in Louisiana.
GEOL 4666 [Not Offered] Coastal Field Geology (4 credits)
Su only Prereq.: consent of instructor. Also offered as OCS 4666. Camp fee. Four-week field course on the Louisiana coast utilizing facilities operated by Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Sedimentary environments, coastal processes, and environmental geological problems of the Mississippi delta plain.

6000

GEOL 6001 [Not Offered] Topics in Earth Sciences for Teachers (3 credits)
Su May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. when topics vary. Consent of instructor is required for the second and third times. Various aspects of the earth sciences for elementary, middle, and high school teachers of science.

7000

GEOL 7031 [Not Offered] Deep-water Depositional Environments (3 credits)
Prereq.: introductory course in sedimentology, e.g., GEOL 4031. Different types of sediment in deep water and on various transport processes; emphasis on submarine fan systems, their lithologic and seismic response; geological factors responsible for variation in end products.
GEOL 7032 [Not Offered] Fluvial Processes and Systems (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. Fluid flow, sediment transport, and fluvial depositional processes; river systems as conveyor belts for sediment delivery to sedimentary basins; fluvial sediments in the stratigraphic record.
GEOL 7043 [Not Offered] Advanced Igneous Petrology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3041 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Phase diagrams, magmatic origin of igneous rocks, and evolution of igneous provinces.
GEOL 7044 [Not Offered] Advanced Metamorphic Petrology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3041 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Facies concept, theoretical and field relations, textures, and their significance.
GEOL 7061 Sequence Stratigraphy (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 4031 or equivalent. One-week field trip to the southern Rocky Mountains is required. Principles of physical stratigraphy with emphasis on contemporary concepts about the interaction of tectonics, sea level, and sediment supply in generating a predictable architecture of sedimentary basin fills.
GEOL 7062 [Not Offered] Seismic Stratigraphy (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3071 or equivalent. Interpretation of seismic reflection data in terms of sedimentary facies, stratigraphic sequences, and implications for local and eustatic sea-level fluctuations.
GEOL 7064 [Not Offered] Numerical Methods in the Geological Sciences (3 credits)
Prereq.: CSC 2262, MATH 1552, and GEOL 4064; or equivalent. Numerical methods applied to geological research; interpolation and extrapolation, nonlinear equations, solutions of simultaneous linear equations, least squares approximations, numerical integration, numerical solution of differential equations, and Fourier transforms.
GEOL 7065 [Not Offered] Geodynamics (3 credits)
Prereq.: MATH 2057 and 2090 or equivalent; and GEOL 4064 or equivalent. Fundamental physical processes involved in plate tectonics and other geological phenomena; concepts in mantle convection, rock rheology, faulting, flexure, and heat transfer.
GEOL 7081 [Not Offered] Isotope Geochemistry (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab/demonstration. Stable isotope fractionation in natural systems; emphasis on oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon isotope-ratio variation in natural waters, carbonates, and silicates with application to the solution of petrologic problems.
GEOL 7083 [Not Offered] Mass Spectrometry for Isotope Geology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 4083 or consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Principles of thermal ionization mass spectrometry; chemical preparation of geological samples for isotope ratio measurements; use of multicollector solid source mass spectrometer; applications to geological studies.
GEOL 7085 [Not Offered] Paleoceanography (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 4081 or consent of instructor. Physical conditions, circulation, bio-ecology, and chemistry of oceans in the past as inferred from sediment records; ocean�s role in the climate system and its response to climatic and tectonic changes.
GEOL 7111 [Not Offered] Advanced Micropaleontology (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit. Advanced training in micropaleontology.
GEOL 7115 [Not Offered] Paleoecology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 2061 and 4031. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab field trip. Diversity, structure, taphonomy, and evolution of fossil and modern marine assemblages; adaptations and functional morphology; organism-sediment relationships.
GEOL 7117 [Not Offered] Biostratigraphy (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 2061 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Stratigraphic concepts; modern rules and procedures in interval and assemblage zonations; distribution of stratigraphically important fossil groups; event stratigraphy and chronostratigraphic modeling using computer techniques; applications to global and regional problems.
GEOL 7120 [Not Offered] Paleobiology (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 3071 or equivalent. Patterns and processes of evolution as discerned from the fossil record; tempo and mode of evolution, hierarchy and macroevolution, mass extinctions, patterns of diversification; emphasis on development of theories and case studies.
GEOL 7131 [Not Offered] Petrology of Sandstones (3 credits)
2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Petrology and petrography of terrigenous sandstones; applications of sediment mineralogy and texture to the analysis of provenance, deposition, and diagenesis; emphasis on the interrelationship of tectonics and sedimentation.
GEOL 7132 [Not Offered] Dynamics of Sedimentation (3 credits)
2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Fluid mechanics as applied to sedimentation, fluid-particle interactions, erosion, mechanics of sediment transport including fluid and sediment flows, deposition and the origin of primary structures, and hydrodynamic instability and soft-sediment deformation.
GEOL 7133 Sedimentary Petrography of Carbonates (3 credits)
2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Principles governing formation, deposition, and diagenesis of carbonate sediments and sedimentary rocks; lab stresses textural, fabric, and mineral relationship and interpretation of depositional environments and mineral paragenesis of ancient carbonate sequences.
GEOL 7134 [Not Offered] Clay Mineralogy (3 credits)
2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab/discussion. Mineralogy; geochemistry, and geology of clay minerals; argillaceous sediments and rocks.
GEOL 7183 [Not Offered] Physical Geochemistry of Burial Diagenesis (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 4085 or equivalent. Quantitative techniques in thermodynamics, kinetics, and mass transport applied to problems of burial diagenesis of sedimentary minerals and fluids.
GEOL 7195 [Not Offered] Reservoir Characterization (3 credits)
Prereq.: GEOL 4182 or PETE 4051 or consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Also offered as PETE 7195. Origin, description, exploration, and development of oil and gas reservoirs; topics include accommodation space, reservoir occurrence, origin of petroleum, oil and gas properties, rock properties, drilling, exploration, and appraisal, reservoir flow modeling and production engineering; emphasis on integration of geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering.
GEOL 7200 [Not Offered] Scientific Communication and Visualization (3 credits)
Methods for written, oral, and visual communication with an emphasis on scientific approaches, analysis and presentation of scientific quantitative information.
GEOL 7900 [Not Offered] Special Topics in Geology and Geophysics (3 credits)
V May be taken for a max. of 12 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Advanced and/or emerging topics in geology and geophysics.
GEOL 7909 Directed Research in Geology and Geophysics (1-6 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 10 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. General student-selected research topics and focused group research, including all topics in geology and geophysics.
GEOL 7911 [Not Offered] Seminar in Geology: Paleontology (2 credits)
May be repeated for credit.
GEOL 7921 LGM: GLOBAL CHANGE (2.0 credits)
GEOL 7931 [Not Offered] Seminar in Geology: Sedimentology (2 credits)
May be repeated for credit. Fall semester: carbonate sedimentology; spring semester: clastic sedimentology and sedimentary environments.
GEOL 7941 [Not Offered] Seminar in Geology: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (2 credits)
May be repeated for credit.
GEOL 7943 PALEOCLIMATOLOGY (3.0 credits)
GEOL 7961 [Not Offered] Seminar in Geology: Structural Geology (2 credits)
May be repeated for credit.
GEOL 7966 [Not Offered] Field Work (1-9 credits)
GEOL 7971 [Not Offered] Seminar in Tectonics (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Plate tectonics, diapirism, isostasy, and the tectonics of specific areas.
GEOL 7972 [Not Offered] Seminar in Geophysics (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Structure and composition of the mantle; physical processes at ridges, trenches, and transform faults; dynamics of plate interiors; intraplate stress; and thermal histories of the earth and other terrestrial planets; physics of rock magnetism; and hydrodynamics of sedimentary basins.
GEOL 7981 [Not Offered] Seminar in Geochemistry (2 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit. Mineralogy, paragenesis, geochemistry, and natural occurrence of authigenic silica in sediments; other topics such as hydro geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and the geochemistry of carbonates.

8000

GEOL 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem. credits)
"S"/"U" grading.

9000

GEOL 9000 Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem. credits)
"S"/"U" grading.