University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2013-14

Geology

Majors:

Minor:

Geology is the study of the Earth, past and present. It incorporates many aspects of our complex planet including its composition, structure, environment, dynamic and hazardous processes, and the development of life, continents and oceans through time. Geology plays a critical role in interpreting the Earth's long history of physical and biological changes, finding and managing natural resources, and understanding future environmental change.

The geology department offers two programs leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and environmental geology. The geology (GEO) major provides basic courses in the geological sciences as well as a range of advanced level classes that allow students to develop courses of study that complement particular interests within the field such as energy and mineral resources, plate tectonics, or paleontology.

The environmental geology (EVG) program is broad in scope, providing a broad foundation in the fundamentals of earth and environmental science as well as an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes geology, biology, chemistry, and other allied science courses. The EVG curriculum stresses the interdisciplinary nature of modern environmental issues such as climate change and the development of alternative energy resources.

The geology department also offers a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program. GIS is used in a wide range of disciplines, and the certificate program is a great option for professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are interested in becoming proficient at managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

The geology department aims to prepare students for both careers in the geological sciences, and for further academic studies. Hence, graduates of the department are also highly competitive for entry to graduate programs. Geology department majors pursue careers in a wide range of settings including:
 

  • State and Federal Geological Agencies
  • Geological Consulting Companies
  • Natural Resource Exploration, Development and Management
  • Museums
  • Research Laboratories
  • Education

Environmental geologists address critical needs of our society including global climate change, groundwater protection, energy resources, and the identification and assessment of natural hazards.

A minor in geology consists of twelve semester hours.

Faculty

Daniel Goldman, Chairperson
Professor Emeritus: Ritter
Professors: Pair, Sandy
Associate Professors: Goldman, Koziol, A. McGrew, Wu
Assistant Professor: Haritashya
Lecturer: Bedaso
Lab Coordinator: Schoenenberger

 

Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Geology (EVG) Minimum 120 Hours

The following program, leading to the Bachelor of Science with a major in environmental geology, is designed to present students with the basic courses in the geological sciences as well as provide specific environmental geology courses. The program also requires additional related science courses.

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Science Breadth Requirements
(Satisfies CAP Mathematics and CAP Natural Science)
BIO 151Concepts of Bio I3
BIO 152Concepts of Bio II3
CHM 123
  & 123L
General Chemistry
   and Gen Chemistry Lab
4
CHM 124
  & 124L
General Chemistry
   and Gen Chemistry Lab
4
MTH 168Anly Geom & Calc I 14
MTH 169Anly Geom & Calc II 14
PHY 206Gen Physics I Mech 23
PHY 207Gen Phy II Ele & Mag 23

Major Requirements61
Year 1
GEO 115
  & 115L
Physical Geology
   and Physical Geology Lab
4
GEO 116
  & 116L
Geolgcl Hst-Earth
   and Geolgcl Hst-Earth Lb
4
Year 2
GEO 201
  & 201L
Mineralogy
   and Mineralogy Lab
4
GEO 208Environmentl Geology3
Year 3
GEO 301
  & 301L
Structural Geology
   and Structural Geo Lab
4
GEO 307
  & 307L
Geomorphology
   and Geomorphology Lab
4
GEO 310
  & 310L
Stratigraphy
   and Stratigraphy Lab
4
Year 4
GEO 308Probs-Envrmntl Geo3
GEO 309
  & 309L
Surf&Groundwtr Hydr
   and Surf&Groundwtr Hy Lb
4
GEO 479LEnvironmntl Inst Lab2
Select one from: (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)4-6
Honors Thesis
   and Honors Thesis
Senior Capstone
Research&Thesis
Select GEO electives from:4
GEO 302
  & 302L
Glacial Geology
   and Glacial Geology Lab
Field Geology
GEO 401
  & 401L
Paleontology
   and Paleontology Lab
GEO 403
  & 403L
Sedimentology
   and Sedimentology Lab
Problems in Geology
GEO 411
  & 411L
Petrology
   and Petrology Lab
GEO 412
  & 412L
Intro Geochemistry
   and Intro Geochmstry Lab
Applied GIS
Select six science electives from:17
BIO 310
  & 310L
Ecology
   and Ecology Lab
BIO 350
  & 350L
Applied Microbiology
   and Applied Microbio Lab
BIO 452
  & 452L
Bio Rivers & Lakes
   and Bio River&Lake Lab
BIO 459
  & 459L
Envirnmntl Ecology
   and Envirnmtl Eco Lab
CEE 312
  & 312L
Geotechnical Engr
   and Geotechncl Engr Lab
Envr Pollutn Cntrl
CEE 434
  & 434L
Water & Waste Engr
   and Watr&Waste Engr Lab
CHM 201
  & 201L
Quantitative Anal
   and Quant Analysis Lab
Physical Chemistry
CHM 313
  & 313L
Organic Chemistry
   and Organic Chemistry Lab
CHM 341
  & 341L
Environmental Chem
   and Environmntl Chm Lab
Progrmmng-Engr & Sci
Intro-Computr Progrm
Anly Geom & Calc III
Appl Diff Equations
Statistical Meth I
Statistical Meth II

Breadth
ASI 150Intr to the Univ Exp1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)6
Total Hours to total at least120

1

May substitute MTH 148-MTH 149 with permission of department chairperson.

2

May substitute PHY 201-PHY 202 with permission of department chairperson.



 

Bachelor of Science with a major in Geology (GEO) Minimum 120 HOURs

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Science Breadth Requirements
(Satisfies CAP Mathematics and CAP Natural Sciences)
CHM 123
  & 123L
General Chemistry
   and Gen Chemistry Lab
4
CHM 124
  & 124L
General Chemistry
   and Gen Chemistry Lab
4
MTH 168Anly Geom & Calc I 14
MTH 169Anly Geom & Calc II 14
PHY 206Gen Physics I Mech 23
PHY 207Gen Phy II Ele & Mag 23

Major Requirements54
Year 1
GEO 115
  & 115L
Physical Geology
   and Physical Geology Lab
4
GEO 116
  & 116L
Geolgcl Hst-Earth
   and Geolgcl Hst-Earth Lb
4
Year 2
GEO 201
  & 201L
Mineralogy
   and Mineralogy Lab
4
Year 3
GEO 301
  & 301L
Structural Geology
   and Structural Geo Lab
4
GEO 307
  & 307L
Geomorphology
   and Geomorphology Lab
4
Year 4
GEO 303Field Geology6
GEO 310
  & 310L
Stratigraphy
   and Stratigraphy Lab
4
GEO 401
  & 401L
Paleontology
   and Paleontology Lab
4
GEO 403
  & 403L
Sedimentology
   and Sedimentology Lab
4
Select one from: (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)2-6
Honors Thesis
   and Honors Thesis
Senior Capstone
Research&Thesis
Select GEO electives from:4
GEO 302
  & 302L
Glacial Geology
   and Glacial Geology Lab
GEO 308
  & 308L
Probs-Envrmntl Geo
   and Probs in Env Geo Lab
GEO 309
  & 309L
Surf&Groundwtr Hydr
   and Surf&Groundwtr Hy Lb
Problems in Geology
GEO 411
  & 411L
Petrology
   and Petrology Lab
GEO 412
  & 412L
Intro Geochemistry
   and Intro Geochmstry Lab
Applied GIS
Honors Thesis
Science electives and laboratories where applicable from:8
BIO, CHM, CPS, GEO, MTH, PHY, Engineering 3

Breadth
ASI 150Intr to the Univ Exp1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)6
Total Hours to total at least124

1

May substitute MTH 148-MTH 149 with permission of department chairperson.

2

May substitute PHY 201-PHY 202 with permission of department chairperson.

3

 With permission of department chairperson.



 

Minor in Geology (GEO)

Geology
Select four GEO courses (300/400 level) 112
Total Hours12

1

Appropriate prerequisites must be completed.

Courses

GEO 103. Principles of Physical Geography. 3 Hours

Analysis of the physical factors of the earth's environment: weather, climate, land forms, oceans.

GEO 104. Biology-Geology Field Course. 3 Hours

Fundamental earth science topics with emphasis on direct field experience. One week on campus, three weeks in the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado, and one week of travel. For all non-geology and non-biology majors. Corequisite(s): BIO 104; (BIO 104L or GEO 104L).

GEO 104L. Biology-Geology Field Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 104.

GEO 109. General Geology. 3 Hours

Introduction to the earth as a planet, its composition, structure, and evolutionary development; a brief consideration of the life of the past. For the nonscience major. May be taken without laboratory.

GEO 109L. General Geology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 109. Two hours each week.

GEO 115. Physical Geology. 3 Hours

Introductory course in geologic principles; the composition and structure of the earth, its land forms, and the agencies active in their production. Laboratory optional for nonmajors.

GEO 115L. Physical Geology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 115. Two hours each week. Prerequisite(s): (GEO 109 or GEO 115); permission of instructor.

GEO 116. Geological History of the Earth. 3 Hours

Comprehensive study of earth history from its origins to the present. Prerequisite(s): (GEO 109 or GEO 115); permission of instructor.

GEO 116L. Geological History of the Earth Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 116. Two hours each week.

GEO 198. Geology, Landscape & Environment of the Miami Valley. 3 Hours

Field-based course examining the geologic history of the Miami Valley and Dayton area; processes leading to the modern landscape; the impact of human activity will be assessed. Prerequisite(s): GEO 109 or GEO 115 or permission of instructor.

GEO 201. Mineralogy. 3 Hours

Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry and crystal structure. Study of the major groups of rock-forming minerals, their association and occurrence with emphasis on identification by physical properties and optical techniques. Prerequisite(s): (GEO 109 or GEO 115) or permission of instructor.

GEO 201L. Mineralogy Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 201. Three hours per week.

GEO 204. Geology for Teachers. 4 Hours

Introduction for preservice teachers to the Earth system and the processes that operate in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and solid Earth. Emphasis is on understanding how interactions among these fundamental Earth systems maintain our livable planet. Students will explore the Earth system through best practices in teaching and inquiry, and through field trips. For ECE, EMS, and EMM majors only. Students completing this course may not take SCI 210. Prerequisite(s): EDT 110; SCI 190.

GEO 208. Environmental Geology. 3 Hours

Study of the relationship of geologic factors to the problems of water supply, pollution, erosion, land use, and earth resources. Laboratory optional. Prerequisite(s): (GEO 109 or GEO 115) or permission of instructor.

GEO 208L. Environmental Geology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 208. Two hours each week.

GEO 218. Engineering Geology. 3 Hours

Comprehensive study of geologic principles applicable to civil engineering practices.

GEO 234. Energy Resources. 3 Hours

The chemical and geological aspects of formation, production, and benefits/costs (including environmental impacts) of energy derived from fossil fuels (coal and hydrocarbons), biofuels (e.g., ethanol production), radioactive materials (nuclear power), and renewable sources (e.g., geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar power). Prerequisite(s): CHM 123, CHM 124. Corequisite(s): GEO 208.

GEO 301. Structural Geology. 3 Hours

The origin and development of structural features of the earth's crust; folding, faulting, volcanism, mountain building, and metamorphism. Prerequisite(s): GEO 115, GEO 116, GEO 201.

GEO 301L. Structural Geology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 301. Two hours each week.

GEO 302. Glacial Geology. 3 Hours

The origin of mountain and continental glaciers; their depositional features and erosive activity; history of glaciation in geologic past with special emphasis on North American Quaternary ice advances. Prerequisite(s): GEO 115, GEO 116.

GEO 302L. Glacial Geology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 302. Two hours each week.

GEO 303. Field Geology. 6 Hours

Study of field relationships in an area containing abundant igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Prerequisite(s): GEO 115, GEO 116.

GEO 307. Geomorphology. 3 Hours

Detailed study of landforms and the erosional processes that develop them. Prerequisite(s): GEO 115, GEO 116.

GEO 307L. Geomorphology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 307. Two hours each week.

GEO 308. Problems & Decisions in Environmental Geology. 3 Hours

An in-depth examination of selected environmental problems and the way in which scientific information guides practice and policy. Topics will range from investigations of natural hazards to considerations of land use and water resources. Prerequisite(s): (GEO 109 or GEO 115) or permission of instructor.

GEO 308L. Problems & Decisions in Environmental Geology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 308. Two hours each week and periodic field work.

GEO 309. Surface & Groundwater Hydrology. 3 Hours

This course is designed to provide a science or engineering student with the fundamental concepts and principles central to the study of water as a resource. This will include an examination of all components of the hydrologic cycle including surface-water hydrology and management, groundwater hydrogeology, and water resource management. Prerequisite(s): (GEO 109 or GEO 218) or permission of instructor.

GEO 309L. Surface and Groundwater Hydrology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Laboratory exercises to accompany GEO 309. Three hours per week.

GEO 310. Stratigraphy. 3 Hours

The interpretation of specific lithotypes and the synthesis of the stratigraphic record. Prerequisite(s): GEO 116.

GEO 310L. Stratigraphy Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 310. Two hours each week.

GEO 401. Paleontology. 3 Hours

The study of ancient life. The morphology, ecology, evolution, and stratigraphic distributions of selected invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants.

GEO 401L. Paleontology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 401. Two hours each week.

GEO 403. Sedimentology. 3 Hours

Detailed study of sediments: their sources, environments of deposition, and methods of consolidation. Emphasis on the interpretation of ancient sediments. Prerequisite(s): GEO 201.

GEO 403L. Sedimentology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 403. Two hours each week.

GEO 404. Problems in Geology. 1-4 Hours

Consideration of special problems involving advanced work in the laboratory and library; arranged to meet the needs of individual students.

GEO 411. Petrology. 3 Hours

Study of the formation of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Prerequisite(s): GEO 201.

GEO 411L. Petrology Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 411. Two hours each week. Prerequisite(s): GEO 201.

GEO 412. Introductory Geochemistry. 3 Hours

Study of elementary thermodynamics, aqueous geochemistry, and principles governing the distribution of trace elements, radioisotopes and stable isotopes in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on applications and solution of geological problems. Prerequisite(s): GEO 201 or permission of instructor.

GEO 412L. Introductory Geochemistry Laboratory. 1 Hour

Course to accompany GEO 412. Three hours each week.

GEO 450. Applied Geographic Information Systems. 4 Hours

Concepts and implementation of project design and analysis in geographic information systems (GIS). Students will learn the practice of GIS as a tool for spatial analysis, and as it applies in professional disciplines. The course will stress database design and present skills for data input, query analysis, and data output using GIS.

GEO 455. Envrionmental Remote Sensing. 4 Hours

Introduction to principles and concepts of remote sensing, a sophisticated technology of earth observation that provides fundamental data for global environmental investigation. Prerequisite(s): GEO 208 or permission of instructor.

GEO 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

GEO 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

GEO 479L. Envrionmental Instrumentation Laboratory. 2 Hours

The understanding and use of field and laboratory based equipment to study current environmental issues. Emphasis on team-centered approaches to investigating environmental problems. Prerequisite(s): (BIO 151, BIO 152) or (GEO 115, GEO 116) or permission of instructor.

GEO 480. Senior Capstone Project & Presentation. 3 Hours

Project and presentation in the scholarship, activity and/or practice related to the major. Students will present their work in a forum appropriate to the major.

GEO 485. Geographic Information Systems Applications in Water Resources Planning & Management. 4 Hours

An introduction to GIS applications in water resource management. Following an introduction to GIS basics, this course focuses on GIS techniques in surface water modeling and floodplain delineation and management.

GEO 495. Geology Seminar. 1 Hour

Introduction to professional practices in the geosciences. Students will attend seminar talks by guest speakers, research career options and graduate programs in the earth sciences, develop a professional resume, and participate in other profession-building activities. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

GEO 498. Geological Research & Thesis. 4 Hours

Research project within an area of the geological sciences, including, but not limited to, environmental geology, geochemistry, geomorphology, or paleontology. The results are to be presented in a written thesis. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.