Major Courses

All geology majors take the following core courses within the department:

  • one course in Introductory Geology (GLY 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, or 1105)
  • Evolution of the Earth (GLY 2250)
  • Preparation of Geologic Reports (GLY 2745)
  • Principles of Structural Geology and Tectonics (GLY 3150)
  • Introduction to Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (GLY 3800)
  • Senior Seminar (GLY 4210)

The following advanced geology courses are required for individual concentrations, or may be taken as electives:

  • Introduction to Geophysics (GLY/PHY 3160)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Scientists (GLY/ENV 3455)
  • Geomorphology (GLY 3333)
  • Geochemistry (GLY 3131)
  • Geoarchaeology (GLY 3680)
  • Issues in Environmental Geology (GLY 3703)
  • Principles of Paleontology (GLY 3025)
  • Environmental Management and Impact Analysis (GLY/ENV 4110) 
  • Environmental Regulation and Enforcement (GLY/ENV 3110)
  • Hydrogeology (GLY 4630)
  • Engineering Geology (GLY 4705)
  • Fundamentals of Mineralogy (GLY 3220)
  • Petrology and Petrography (GLY 3715)
  • Summer Field Geology (aka "Field Camp") (GLY 4835 or taken off campus)

Geology minors typically take the following courses:

  • one course in Introductory Geology (GLY 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, or 1105)
  • Evolution of the Earth (GLY 2250)

with 6 semester hours at or above the 2000 level (excluding GLY 3520), and 3 semester hours at any level.  A minimum of 9 hours must be ‘in residence,” i.e. courses taken through ASU (can include study abroad, ASU online courses, etc.).  Courses typically open to minors include:

  • Dinosaurs then and now (GLY 1842)
  • The History of Coal from the Pennsylvanian to the Present (GLY 2301)
  • Geomorphology (GLY 3333)
  • Geoarchaeology (GLY 3680)
  • Issues in Environmental Geology (GLY 3703)
  • Introduction to Geophysics (GLY/PHY 3160)
  • Principles of Paleontology (GLY 3025)
  • Environmental Management and Impact Analysis (GLY/ENV 4110) 
  • Environmental Regulation and Enforcement (GLY/ENV 3110)
  • Hydrogeology (GLY 4630)
  • Engineering Geology (GLY 4705)

 

Prerequisites

 


Course Descriptions (courses at 2000+ level)

course descriptions for 1000 & 2000 level courses that are part of the General Education program can be found here.

GLY 2250. Evolution of the Earth (4)

This course consists of the integrated study of the physicochemical and biological systems of the earth and their evolution over time, including investigation of the persistent linkage of geologic and biologic systems over earth's history. This course provides a basis for understanding the stratigraphic, geochemical, geophysical, and paleontological data utilized to reconstruct earth history, including a survey of the 4.5 billion years of earth system history, with special emphasis on the tectonic history of North America as observed in the Appalachian Mountains. The course also provides a survey of the evolution of life over earth history and an introduction to the paleontological principles utilized in understanding the fossil record of evolution. Introduction to advanced methods of rock and mineral identification and classification. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: 4 hours introductory geology (choose one of GLY 1101/1102/1103/1104/1105).

GLY 2500. Independent Study (1-4)

GLY 2745. Preparation of Geologic Reports (4) GEN ED: Writing in the Discipline

This course provides instruction in various aspects of data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and the preparation and presentation of written and oral geologic reports to standards of the profession. Topics include: survey of geologic literature and digital information retrieval services, research design, data management, ethics and safety. Data collection and mapping in the field is a major component of the course and vigorous hiking is required. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisites: GLY 2250 and RC 2001 or its equivalent (RC 2001 can be taken as a corequisite). Open only to Geology majors and minors, see Lauri Miller to register after meeting with your GLY department advisor.

GLY 3025. Principles of Paleontology (3)

Morphology, phylogeny, temporal distribution, and paleoecology of fossils, with emphasis on applying invertebrates to the recognition of ancient environments and environmental change through geologic time. Biological evolution is studied in the scope of the history of the earth. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisites: GLY 2250 OR 6 hours at the 2000-level or above in either BIO or ANT. 

GLY 3110. Environmental Regulation and Enforcement (3) cross listed with ENV 3110

The purpose of this course is to equip students with an understanding of environmental regulation in the U.S., from its origin as environmental policy to its application and enforcement. This course will provide students with an overview of 1) the role and responsibilities of regulators, 2) the various aspects of industry regulation (with special emphasis on the surface mining industry), and 3) aspects of environmental and safety regulation applicable to industry consultants. The course will conclude a survey of the different mechanisms of regulatory enforcement. Throughout the course, students will be asked to consider and evaluate the varying and often competing interests of industry, regulatory agencies, and private citizens who are impacted by environmental regulation (or the lack of it). This course will benefit any student who intends to work in environmental consulting, industry, government, or environmental advocacy. (Same as ENV 3110.)

GLY 3131. Geochemistry (3)

Geochemistry examines the occurrence and movement of elements through global earth systems, including natural and human modified environments. This course will introduce and investigate processes and factors controlling the geochemical cycles of elements within and between the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Students will apply principles learned in lecture to real-world environmental problems. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.
Prerequisites: GLY 2250, CHE 1101, CHE 1110 and MAT 1110, or permission of the instructor.

GLY 3150. Principles of Structural Geology and Tectonics (3)

The nature, classification, genesis, and quantification of microscopic and mesoscopic geologic structures, plus the history and fundamentals of tectonic theory, are the subjects of this course. Prerequisites: GLY 2250 and GLY 2745. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. 

GLY/PHY 3160. Introduction to Geophysics (3) - cross listed with PHY 3160

An introductory survey of whole earth geophysics through theory and practice. The theory portion of the course covers seismology (techniques in reflection and refraction seismology), geothermics, radioactive dating, surface processes, tectonics, orogenics, gravity and gravimetric techniques, electrical and magnetic surveys, and borehole logging. The practical component of the course includes the utilization of several of these methods to study subsurface environments. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.  Prerequisites OR corequisites: 4 hours introductory geology (choose one of GLY 1101/1102/1103/1104/1105) plus PHY 1103 (or PHY 1150), and MAT 1110, or permission of the instructor

GLY 3220. Fundamentals of Mineralogy (3)

The course focuses on (1) mineral identification and classification, (2) crystal chemistry, (3) X-ray diffraction, (4) analytical electron microscopy (SEM-EDS), and (5) the petrographic microscope. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.
Prerequisite: GLY 2250, GLY 2745, and CHE 1101/1110 (GLY 2745 and CHE 1101/1110 can be taken concurrently)

GLY 3333. Geomorphology (3)

This course includes a study of the nature of landforms. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of landform analysis in the field and laboratory using maps and aerial photographs are introduced. Prerequisites: at least six hours of geology courses or consent of the instructor. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. 

GLY/ENV 3455. Quantitative Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Scientists (3) - cross listed with ENV 3455

This course provides an introduction to processing, visualizing, and interpreting Earth and environmental science data using scientific  computing techniques widely used in the related fields. Biweekly lectures introduce the relevant quantitative methods within the context of Earth and environmental science applications. Weekly laboratories emphasize the application of quantitative tools toward analysis of data in support of various modes of dissemination. Earth science applications include but are not limited to scripting and generating reproducible plots for reports, creating longitudinal stream profiles, temporal, spatial, and magnitude filtering of NEIC earthquake data, and contouring a local water table. Prerequisites: GLY 2250, MAT 1110, and PHY 1150, or permission of the instructor. 

GLY 3500. Independent Study (1-4)

GLY 3520. Instructional Assistance (1)
A supervised experience in the instructional process on the University level through direct participation in a classroom situation. Graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. May be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours. 

GLY 3521. Secondary Science Field Experience (1)

A supervised experience in the instructional process at the secondary school level through direct participation in a classroom situation. Graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. May be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours. Required of all teacher-licensure candidates in geology.

GLY 3530-3549. Selected Topics (1-4)

On Demand.

GLY 3680. Geoarchaeology (3)

The course focuses on fundamental concepts in geoarchaeology and covers the application of earth science concepts, techniques and knowledge to the study of artifacts and the processes involved in the formation of the archaeological record. Preservation of paleoclimate signals in the geological record is considered. Case studies will consider specific North American and global examples.
Prerequisite: GLY 2250 or permission of the instructor.

GLY 3703. Issues in Environmental Geology (3)

An in-depth study of critical issues in environmental geology on a regional and global scale. Topics to be covered include: natural hazards, water, mineral and energy resources, and related waste disposal problems under pressures of increasing human population and changing climate. This course will make use of case studies to illustrate specific examples. Lecture three hours.
Prerequisite: Six credit hours of Geology courses or permission of instructor.

GLY 3715. Petrology and Petrography (3)

This course includes a study of the microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic features; the mineralogy, and the chemistry of rocks; and the study of petrogenetic theory.
Prerequisites: CHE 1101 and CHE 1110, GLY 2745, and GLY 3220. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. 

GLY 3800. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3)

Properties, classification, and depositional models of sedimentary rocks. Principles of collection and interpretation of stratigraphic data; emphasis on field relationships. Prerequisites: GLY 2250 and GLY 2745. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.

GLY/ENV 4110. Environmental Management and Impact Analysis (3) cross listed with ENV 4110

An applied course that introduces students to implementing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations and guidelines. Prerequisites: ENV 3100 or GLY 3703, and GHY 3812.

GLY 4210. Geology Seminar (1) - GEN ED: Capstone Experience

Presentation and discussion of current topics, with emphasis on student projects, petrology, and surficial processes.
Prerequisite: senior standing geology major.

GLY 4501. Senior Research (1)

Initiation of a laboratory or field research project under supervision of a geology faculty member. At least one semester prior to the start of the research project, the student must formally confer with a thesis advisor, submit and have approved a formal research proposal. Prerequisite: open only to senior geology majors with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in geology courses.

GLY 4510. Senior Honors Thesis (3)

Work, under the supervision of a geology faculty member, on the project begun in GLY 4501 (Senior Research). An oral report on the project is required and will be presented in a fall or spring geology seminar. This course also requires a minimum of five hours laboratory or field work per week. A written thesis will be presented to the department. A student who completes the thesis with a grade of “B” or higher and who graduates with a GPA of 3.5 in geology courses will be eligible to graduate with “honors” in geology. A student who completes the thesis with a grade of “A” and who graduates with a GPA of at least 3.7 in geology courses will be eligible to graduate with “highest honors” in geology. Prerequisite: GLY 4501; senior geology majors with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in geology courses.

GLY 4630. Hydrogeology (3) - Dual-listed with GLY 5630

The occurrence of groundwater resources, factors governing groundwater movement through aquifers, and an analysis of techniques for measuring a water resource are the focus of this course. Groundwater contamination and remediation methods will be introduced. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: at least junior standing and a minimum of six semester hours of geology courses above the 1000 level, or permission of the instructor. 

GLY 4705. Engineering Geology (3)

Field and laboratory analysis of problems arising from interactions between humans and Earth and application of geologic knowledge to the mitigation of these problems. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: at least junior standing and a minimum of six semester hours of geology courses above the 1000 level, or permission of the instructor. Dual-listed with GLY 5705.

GLY 4835. Summer Field Geology (6)

An intensive five to six week practicum in making geologic maps, measuring sections, and using other field techniques.
Prerequisites: GLY 3150, GLY 3715, and GLY 3800.

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