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  • Geological Sciences
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    ESC 1000 Introduction to Earth Science
    Credits: 3.
    Integrated application of the scientific method to the earth sciences, including geologic materials, resources and processes; surface, groundwater and climate; environmental problems; and related topics. Emphasizes Florida examples. (P)
    ESC 1000L Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory
    Credits: 1; Prereq: GLY 1001.
    Laboratory provides a basic understanding of the Earth, its atmosphere and hydrosphere, and the processes that shape them. (P)
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    GEO 4281 River Forms and Processes
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C, or instructor permission.
    Examines the nature and variety of fluvial processes and the origin and modification of fluvial landforms. Includes discussion of environmental changes in rivers and human activities in drainage basins.
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    GLY 1000 Exploring the Geological Sciences
    Credits: 3.
    Selected topics in the geological sciences. For those not majoring in science. (P)
    GLY 1102 Age of Dinosaurs
    Credits: 3.
    Examination of unique episodes in the physical and biological history of the earth. (B or P)
    GLY 1150L Florida Geology Laboratory
    Credits: 1.
    Laboratory provides a basic understanding of Florida's geology, geologic history, geologic resources and geologically related environmental problems. (P)
    GLY 1880 Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Other Hazards
    Credits: 3.
    Overview of important topics in Earth science through the examination of hazards, ranging from earthquakes and volcanoes to global warming and impacts from space. For those who are not majoring in science. (P)
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    GLY 2010C Physical Geology
    Credits: 4.
    Materials, structures and surface features of the earth and processes which have produced them. Related laboratory demonstrations and experiences. (P)
    GLY 2030C Environmental and Engineering Geology
    Credits: 3.
    Hazardous geologic processes and current environmental concerns are related to the earth, the forces acting upon it and the resulting surface features and materials. Human interaction with the environment is illustrated using modern case studies. (P)
    GLY 2038 Sustainability and the Changing Earth
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces planet Earth as a dynamic and complex global system which has changed due to human interaction. Course materials demonstrate physical and chemical links between the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere that directly impact the sustainability of human lifestyles at a variety of timescales. (P)
    GLY 2042 Planetary Geology
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces recent geological exploration of recent terrestrial planets and moons, comets and asteroids, focusing on comparisons of composition and tectonics on the solid planets and moons.
    GLY 2100C Historical Geology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C, or instructor permission.
    Evolution of the earth and its life, including the major physical events and evolutionary changes recorded in the geologic past. Related laboratory, demonstrations and exercises. (P)
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    GLY 3074 Oceans and Global Climate Change
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the role the oceans play in determining climate and regulating global climate change on a range of timescales from decades to millions of years. (P)
    GLY 3083C Fundamentals of Marine Sciences
    Credits: 3; Prereq: OCE 1001.
    Introduces the basic disciplines of marine sciences, including geology, chemistry, physics, biology and conservation, with an emphasis on marine research. Includes three mandatory Saturday field trips.
    GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life
    Credits: 4; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C.
    Advanced examination of the geologic history of planet earth with an emphasis on North America. (P)
    GLY 3163 Geology American National Parks
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces geological concepts in the context of selected US national parks. Relates geology to the cultural aspects of these parks and present-day environmental concerns. (P)
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    GLY 3200C Principles of Mineralogy
    Credits: 4; Prereq: CHM 1030 or CHM 1025, and GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C.
    Concepts of crystallography, crystal chemistry, physical properties of minerals, mineral genesis and systematic study of the rock-forming or otherwise important minerals including the theory and use of the petrographic microscope for study and identification of these minerals in thin section. (P)
    GLY 3202C Earth Materials
    Credits: 3.
    Overview of the origin and occurrence of earth materials with a particular emphasis on the identification and classification of minerals and rocks. Activities involve lecture and a fully integrated laboratory component where students learn to identify and classify minerals and rocks through both macroscopic and microscopic investigation.
    GLY 3603C Paleontology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Investigation of the history of life on earth, including aspects of invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology, micropaleontology and paleobotany.
    GLY 3784L Geology and National Parks of the Southwest
    Credits: 2.
    Parklands of the U.S. Southwest. Field excursions to parks in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona integrate geology to the cultural aspects and present-day environmental concerns of these areas.
    GLY 3882C Hydrogeology and Human Affairs
    Credits: 3; Prereq: junior standing.
    Insight into current scientific, political, legal, social and economic aspects of hydrogeology.
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    GLY 4155C Geology of Florida
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C, or instructor permission.
    Principles of physical and historical geology as applied to the geology and mineral resources of Florida. (P)
    GLY 4310C Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: CHM 1025 and GLY 3200C.
    Fundamental concepts, principles and data that pertain to the genesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Emphasizes mineral phase relations, interpretive petrochemistry, magma genesis and tectonic relationships.
    GLY 4400C Structural Geology and Tectonics
    Credits: 4; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C, and MAC 1147 and GLY 4552C.
    Structural features of the earth, their causes, recognition and interpretation; includes the mechanics of folding, faulting and other deformations of the earth's crust.
    GLY 4450 Geophysics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C or GLY 1000, and MAC 2311 or MAC 2233.
    Introduces the basic types of geophysical data used to characterize the subsurface. Learn about seismic refraction and reflection, gravity, magnetics, heat flow and electromagnetic methods.
    GLY 4552C Sedimentary Geology
    Credits: 4; Prereq: GLY 2100C or GLY 3105C, and GLY 3200C.
    Basic disciplines important in understanding the origin and classification of sedimentary rocks including sedimentary petrology, sedimentology and stratigraphy.
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    GLY 4700 Geomorphology
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GLY 2010 or GLY 2030 and an additional 3 credits of GLY.
    Introduces the processes responsible for the formation and evolution of Earth surface features and landscapes. Emphasizes understanding of how first principles of physics and chemistry can be used to explain landform shaping.
    GLY 4726 Geochemical Oceanography
    Credits: 3; Prereq: CHM 2045 and (OCE 1001 or GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C).
    Focuses on chemical properties and processes in the oceans, exploring the links between chemistry, biology, geology, and global change within a marine context. Topics include elemental composition and speciation, biogeochemical cycles, chemical and isotopic tracers, chemistry of marine sediments, and oceanic uptake of anthropogenic carbon.
    GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes
    Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C.
    Examines the nature and variety of coastal processes, and the origin and modification of environmental changes along coasts, including human activities in the coastal zone.
    GLY 4750L Geological Field Methods
    Credits: 2; Prereq: GLY 3105C or GLY 2100C, and instructor permission.
    Methods and techniques used in geological fieldwork.
    GLY 4790 Geology Summer Field Camp
    Credits: 6; Prereq: GLY 4750L and instructor permission.
    Summer geology field camp in northern New Mexico. Application of field procedures and techniques to the solution of geologic problems and construction of geologic maps.
    GLY 4822 Groundwater Geology
    Credits: 3; Prereq: Any GLY 2000 level course or higher and MAC 1147 or 2311.
    Introduces the concepts of groundwater flow and its relationship to subsurface geology. Practice in applying groundwater flow concepts and problem solving.
    GLY 4905 Individual Work
    Credits: 1 to 7; can be repeated with a change in content up to 7 credits. Prereq: 15 credits of geology and instructor permission.
    For work in addition to that offered in regular courses in mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology and structural geology.
    GLY 4911 Undergraduate Research in Geology
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Provides firsthand, supervised research in Geology. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Geology.
    GLY 4930 Special Topics in Geology
    Credits: 1 to 12; can be repeated with change in content up to 12 credits. Prereq: three courses in geology or instructor permission.
    Lecture, conferences or laboratory sessions covering selected topics of current interest in modern geology.
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    IUF 2100 Climate Change Science and Solutions
    Credits: 3.
    Uses the issue of climate change to deepen understanding of science and its role in society. Working individually and collaboratively, students integrate information and insights from a wide variety of natural sciences and engineering/design disciplines to develop holistic approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation. (P)
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    OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography
    Credits: 3.
    Explores the geological, physical, and biological characteristics of Earth’s marine realm. Includes discussion of scientific methods, the history of oceanography, and emphasizes understanding of the mutual interactions between humans and the ocean. (P)
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