Geology Undergraduate Program

Geology Core Knowledge and Skills: Majors must complete the following core courses: 

Course                                                                    Hours
GEOL 101 The Way The Earth Works
Introduction to the principles of earth science. Study of the formation, occurrence, and structure of minerals and rocks; action of streams, oceans, glaciers, and other agents in the formation and modification of the landscape; volcanism, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. Discussion of earth processes in the context of sustainable energy, environmental concerns, climate and other topical issues. This course with GEOL 103 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 103 is recommended for students taking both. Course may be offered in lecture or online format. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Moller, Andreas
TR 02:30-03:45 PM LEEP2 2415 - LAWRENCE
3 11743
3
GEOL 103 Geology Fundamentals Laboratory
A course in geologic laboratory studies. This course plus GEOL 101, GEOL 102, GEOL 105, GEOL 106, or GEOL 121 satisfies the College laboratory science requirement. Gives students practical, hands-on experience with identifying earth materials (rocks, minerals, fossils), understanding their relationships to earth processes, understanding topographic and geologic maps, interpreting results of surficial processes, and learning about deep-earth processes such as earthquakes. Includes short field trips to see geologic structures and results of local geologic processes. This lab course may be offered in on-campus lab or online format. Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 101, GEOL 102, GEOL 105, GEOL 106 or GEOL 121. LAB.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Moller, Andreas
TR 09:00-10:50 AM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 11744
LAB Moller, Andreas
MW 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 11749
LAB Moller, Andreas
TR 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 11748
LAB Moller, Andreas
MW 09:00-10:50 AM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 11745
LAB Moller, Andreas
MW 12:00-01:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 25200
LAB Moller, Andreas
TR 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 11750
LAB Moller, Andreas
TR 11:00-12:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 11746
LAB Moller, Andreas
MW 01:00-02:50 PM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 14929
LAB Moller, Andreas
TR 01:00-02:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 11747
LAB Moller, Andreas
MW 02:00-03:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 14930
LAB Moller, Andreas
MW 03:00-04:50 PM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 14932
LAB Moller, Andreas
TR 03:00-04:50 PM LIN 307 - LAWRENCE
2 25201
LAB Moller, Andreas
TR 12:00-01:50 PM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 25978
LAB Moller, Andreas
TR 02:00-03:50 PM LIN 309 - LAWRENCE
2 25979
2
GEOL 311 Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth
Basic identification and properties of rocks and minerals in the context of whole-earth structure and evolution. Includes basic chemical equilibria for rock and mineral systems and their bearing on processes involved with formation and evolution of Earth's crust, mantle, and core. Two lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, CHEM 130, and eligibility for MATH 125 or MATH 115. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Marshall, Craig
MW 01:00-04:00 PM LIN 103 - LAWRENCE
3 11752
3
GEOL 312 Mineral Structures and Equilibria Laboratory
A laboratory to accompany GEOL 311. Presents more rigorous analysis of the structures, compositions, and chemical equilibria governing the formation and stability of common rock-forming mineral systems. Prerequisite: GEOL 311 (may be taken concurrently), CHEM 130, and eligibility for MATH 125 or MATH 115. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

1
GEOL 331 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Basic principles used in the study of sedimentology and stratigraphy. Physical, chemical, and biological processes in sedimentary environments applied to the recognition of the depositional environment, preservation, and alteration of sedimentary rocks. Field and laboratory study of sedimentary rocks with emphasis on interpretation of original depositional environments and preservation in the stratigraphic record. Prerequisite: GEOL 101 and GEOL 103; and GEOL 304 or taken concurrently. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

4
GEOL 360 Field Investigation
Summer session. A field-geology course that provides beginning geology students with an initial understanding of the nature of geological evidence in the field, the breadth of geological phenomena, and the importance of the interplay of information from many geological disciplines in solving problems. Given at various geologically diverse locations. Fee. Prerequisite: GEOL 101. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

2
GEOL 512 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
The study of minerals, rocks and fluids within the earth's crust and mantle to elucidate their mechanisms of formation and the pressure-temperature-composition conditions within the earth. The course emphasizes equilibrium thermodynamics, phase equilibria, fractionation mechanisms, tectonic control of petrogenesis, and quantitative analysis of mineral parageneses. Prerequisite: GEOL 311 and first semester calculus, or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

3
GEOL 513 Petrology Laboratory
A laboratory course to accompany GEOL 512. Material covered will include the use of the polarizing microscope in study of rocks in thin sections; identification of rock-forming minerals in thin section; study of textures as guides to the crystallization process; calculations of chemical changes during fractional crystallization and partial melting. Students will also make extensive study of igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand specimens, accompanied by thin section study, with emphasis on composition, texture, and structure. Students must co-enroll in GEOL 512. Prerequisite: GEOL 312. Concurrent enrollment in GEOL 512 required. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

1
GEOL 521 Paleontology
A study of the structure and evolution of ancient life; the nature and diversity of life through time; the interactions of ancient organisms with their environments and the information that the study of fossils provides about ancient environments; the use of fossils to determine the ages of rocks and the timing of past events in earth history; and the patterns of extinction through time. (Same as BIOL 622.) Prerequisite: BIOL 100 or BIOL 152 or GEOL 105 or GEOL 304. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

3
GEOL 523 Paleontology Laboratory
Laboratory course in the study of fossils with emphasis on the practice of paleontology and the morphology of ancient organisms. (Same as BIOL 623.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

1
GEOL 532 Stratigraphy
A study of the principles of lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, and sequence stratigraphy. Methods of analysis of stratiographic data focus on the interpretation of earth history. The stratiographic record of North America is presented for evaluation of its geologic history. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Required field trip. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, GEOL 521, and GEOL 331. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

4
GEOL 560 Introductory Field Geology
Summer session. The study of the principles of field geology and the application of field methods to solve geological problems. Includes use of topographic maps and aerial photographs for geological mapping, the study of stratigraphic methods by measuring sections, and working field trips to areas of regional geological interest. Given at the University of Kansas Geology Field Camp near Canon City, Colorado. Fee. Prerequisite: GEOL 331, GEOL 360, and GEOL 562, or consent of instructor. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

3
GEOL 561 Field Geology
Summer session. The application of the principles of field geology to solve complex geological problems in the field. Given at the University of Kansas Geology Field Camp near Canon City, Colorado, or at other sites as appropriate. Fee. Prerequisite: GEOL 560. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

3
GEOL 562 Structural Geology
A study of primary and secondary rock-structures and their genesis. Includes techniques of structural analysis and introduces mechanics of rock deformations. Lectures, laboratory, and required field trip. Prerequisite: GEOL 311; PHSX 111, PHSX 114, or PHSX 211 and PHSX 216; and MATH 115 or MATH 126. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

4
GEOL 572 Geophysics
Introductory study of gravitational, magnetic, seismic, electrical, and thermal properties of the earth. Measurements, interpretation, and applications to exploration, earth structure, and global tectonics. Prerequisite: An introductory course in geology; MATH 116 or MATH 127; and PHSX 115 or PHSX 212 and PHSX 236. PHSX 115 or PHSX 212 may be taken concurrently. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Black, Ross
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM LIN 103 - LAWRENCE
3 11801

or
GEOL 573 Geodynamics and Plate Tectonics
Study of physical processes in the solid Earth and of geophysical approaches to studying Earth systems at regional and global scales. Topics include global potential fields, thermal regime, rheology and Earth deformation, earthquakes and seismic structure, plate motions and global tectonics. (Same as PHSX 528.) Prerequisite: An introductory course in geology; MATH 116 or MATH 126; and PHSX 115, PHSX 214, or PHSX 212 and PHSX 236. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

3

Geology Required Electives. Majors must complete additional courses to total at least 9 hours numbered 500 or above. This can include 3 hours of GEOL 399, GEOL 105, GEOL 304, or GEOL 121 can also count if taken before the student has completed 60 hours. Electives may include an upper-division course in statistics (MATH 365 or BIOL 570).

More information is available in the KU Catalog.


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