• Geosciences
    MTSU's Mineral, Gem,
    and Fossil Museum
    attracts numerous student visitors
  • Geosciences
    Professor Warner Cribb explains the structure of the Valles Caldera
    in Northwest Mexico
    during a field trip
  • Geosciences
    MTSU's low student-faculty ratio assures personal attention
  • Geosciences
    Geology students are on the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens volcano

Geosciences

Geosciences prepares students to excel in earth-related careers in public service, the private sector, and education. Job demand is high with the prevalence of long-term issues like changing energy supplies, dwindling natural resources, climate change, and natural disasters. MTSU has one of the Southeast's largest undergraduate programs, but a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1 allows personal attention. Concentrations in geology or geography are offered, and a master's program is new.

Diego Fernandex digs out a dinosaur rib bone

Instructor makes no bones about love of dinosaurs

Geology instructor Alan Brown, director of MTSU's Mineral, Gem, and Fossil Museum, spends summers digging for dinosaur bones in the Montana badlands. He helped the Make-a-Wish Foundation give leukemia patient Diego Fernandez, 8, of Texas, a chance to dig out a dinosaur rib bone.

Alice Hudson, chief of the New York Public Library's map division

'Poet of place' curated massive map collection

Alice Hudson, a geography graduate in 1969, rose to chief of the New York Public Library's map division and has been called a "poet of place." The holdings, second only to the Library of Congress, grew to over 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books/atlases from the 15th-21st centuries.

The global demand for geoscientists in areas such as mining, oil and gas exploration, environmental science, and the rapidly expanding field of geographic information systems (GIS) far exceeds the current supply.

Graduates also go on to earn master's and doctoral degrees at some of the nation's most prestigious research universities or work in geoscience-related professions such as park service, science journalism, and science education.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • ARCADIS
  • Arnold Air Force Base
  • ATC Associates
  • Bauer Foundation Corp.
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Doe Run Mining
  • Middle schools and high schools
  • Murfreesboro Planning Department
  • Notre Dame University
  • Nyrstar Mining
  • Rutherford County Planning Commission
  • Signal Hill Petroleum
  • Smyrna Planning Department
  • Southwestern Energy
  • St. John Engineering
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Tennessee State Parks
  • Texas Christian University
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wiser Co.

DR. MARK ABOLINS
Associate Professor
mark.abolins@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-594-4210
Office | 322D, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
GIS
Geology Field Methods
Remote Sensing
Structural Geology

Degree Information
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1999)
M.S., California Institute of Technology (1996)
A.B., University of California, Berkeley (1992)

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Dr. Pat Boda
Assistant Professor
pat.boda@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2726
Office | 235B, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Geographic Information Systems
Cartography

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2007)
M.A., University of Minnesota (1995)
B.A., University of Minnesota (1993)
 

Alan Brown
Lecturer
alan.brown@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5075
Office | 325B, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Earth Science
Hydrogeology

Degree Information
M.S., Illinois State University (2002)
B.S., Illinois State University (1997)
 

Laura Collins
Lecturer
laura.collins@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8635
Office | 325B, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Earth Science

Degree Information
M.S., Mississippi State University (2005)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1998)
A.S., Tri-County Technical College (1994)
 

Dr. Warner Cribb
Interim Chair
warner.cribb@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2379
Office | 322A, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Geochemistry
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Mineralogy

Degree Information
Ph.D., Ohio State University (1993)
M.S., George Washington University (1986)
B.S., Vanderbilt University (1983)

Website
 

Dr. Hari Garbharran
Professor
hari.garbharran@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5977
Office | 322F, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Africa
Geography of Asia
Global Issues
Middle East 

Degree Information
M.B.A., Keller Graduate School of Management (2008)
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University (1989)
M.A., University of Kwa-Natal (South Africa) (1981)
B.A., University of Durham-Westville (South Africa) (1976)
B.A., University of Durban, Westville (1972)
B.A., University of Durban, Westville (1972)

Website
 

Dr. Clay Harris
Associate Professor
clay.harris@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8019
Office | 322E, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Geoscience of Energy
Oceanography
Sedimentology

Degree Information
Ph.D., Indiana University (1992)
M.S., Southern Illinois University (1987)
B.A., Indiana University (1981)
 

Dr. Jim Henry
Professor
jim.henry@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8452
Office | 325D, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Geomorphology
Meteorology
Remote Sensing

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Kansas (1978)
M.A., California State University (1974)
B.A., University of California (1971)
 

Michael Hiett
Lecturer
michael.hiett@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2730
Office | 325F, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Earth Science
Physical Geology

Degree Information
M.S., University of Kentucky (1996)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1985)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1977)
 

Zada Law
Director
zada.law@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7641
Office | 301G, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
GIS

Degree Information
M.A., University of Wisconsin
A.B., University of Indiana
 

Dr. Melissa Lobegeier
Associate Professor
melissa.lobegeier@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2726
Office | 325B, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Historical Geology
Paleontology

Degree Information
Ph.D., James Cook University (2001)
B.S., University of Queensland (1995)

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Steve McClain
Lecturer
stephen.mcClain@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2726
Office | 325, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Earth Science
Geography 

Degree Information
M.A., Kent State University (2003)
B.A., Kent State University (2001)
 

Dr. Henrique Momm
Assistant Professor | Director, MTSU GIS Center
henrique.momm@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8372
Office | 322G, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 9, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Geographic Information Systems

Degree Information
Ph.D., The University of Mississippi (2008)
M.S., The University of Mississippi (2003)
B.S., Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (1999)

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Dr. Ron Zawislak
Professor
ron.zawislak@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5609
Office | 325B, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
Mail | MTSU Box 113, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Geophysics

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Wyoming (1980)
M.A.T., Vanderbilt University (1968)
B.A., Vanderbilt University (1966)
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The MTSU Department of Geosciences offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Geoscience, with concentrations in Geology and Geography.

  • Geology students choose among three career tracks: geology, earth science, and earth science education.
  • Geography students also choose among three career tracks: geography, geographic techniques, and geography education.

Minors are offered in Geography, Geology/Earth Science, and Remote Sensing.

The department also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science and a concentration in Geoscience, often called a Professional Science Master’s degree. Students in this program choose among three tracks: geographic information systems (GIS), environmental geosystems, and general geoscience. All graduate students are required to complete a pre-professional internship.

Geography Career Geography for Teachers Geographic Techniques Earth Science for Teachers Earth Science Technical Geology Career 

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program.

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Geography Career Pattern Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required course MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOG 10304
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
GEOG 43603  GEOG 43804 
GEOG 44904  GEOG 45303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
GEOG 45503  Minor 13 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 23  Minor 23 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor Minor 13 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 23  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Minor 22  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: GEOG 3401 or GEOG 3402 (four-hour field course) is required and offered only during summer.
Choosing two 18-hour minors may cause program to exceed 120 hours.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL4 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required course MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOG 10304
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
GEOG 43603  GEOG 43804 
GEOG 44904  GEOG 45303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Minor 13  Minor 22 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GEOG 45503  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Minor 13  Minor 13 
Minor 23  Minor 13 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  Minor 23 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
GEOG 3401 or 34024  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL4  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor Minor 23 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 13  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Minor 23  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: GEOG 3401 or GEOG 3402 (four-hour field course) is required and offered only during summer.
Choosing two 18-hour minors may cause program to exceed 120 hours.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Geography for Teachers Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required GEOG 43603
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
GEOG 43804  GEOG elective3 See dept./advisor
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Cognate3  Cognate3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor General elective2 
Cognate3  YOED 30003Prereq: See catalog
YOED 25003Prereq: See catalog YOED 33003Prereq: See catalog
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Cognate3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Prereq: See catalog YOED 440012Prereq: See catalog
Cognate3     
Cognate3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required GEOG 43603
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
GEOG 43804  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Cognate3  Cognate3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Cognate3  General elective2See dept./advisor
YOED 25003Prereq: See catalog YOED 30003Prereq: See catalog
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  YOED 33003Prereq: See catalog
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Cognate3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Prereq: See catalog YOED 440012Prereq: See catalog
Cognate3     
Cognate3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Geographic Techniques Career Pattern Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required course MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOG 10304
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  GEOG 43804 
GEOG 44904  GEOG 45303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  GEOG 45603 
GEOG upper-division elective4See dept./advisor Minor 13 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 23  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Elective3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG or GEOL elective3See dept./advisor Minor 13 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 23  GEOG elective or MATH 15303See dept./advisor
Minor 23  GEOL 40204 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
NOTE: GEOG 3401 or 3420 (4-hour field course) is required and only offered during summer.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required course MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOG 10304
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  GEOG 43804 
GEOG 44904  GEOG 45303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GEOG upper-division elective4See dept./advisor GEOG 45603 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
Minor 23  Minor 23 
Elective3  Minor 23 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
GEOG 3401 or 34024     
SUBTOTAL4     
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOL or GEOG elective3See dept./advisor GEOL 40204 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
Minor 23  Minor 23 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  GEOG elective or MATH 15303See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Earth Science for Teachers Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2010, or HIST 20303 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOL 10504 Required course
GEOG 20003Required course MATH 1720 (Math)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
CHEM 1010/1011 or 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  CHEM 1020/1021 or 1120/11214 
GEOL 40204  GEOL 30103 
GEOL 40503  GEOL elective3See dept./advisor
    BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL17 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
PHYS 2010/20114  PHYS 2020/20214 
GEOL elective4See dept./advisor GEOL elective4 See dept./advisor
BIOL 1120/11214  YOED 30003Prereq: See catalog
YOED 25003Prereq: See catalog YOED 33003Prereq: See catalog
SUBTOTAL18  SUBTOTAL17 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Prereq: See catalog YOED 440012Prereq: See catalog
ASTR 1030/10314     
SUBTOTAL 13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 123

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, HIST 20303  GEOL 10504 Required course
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4 Required course MATH 1720 (Math)3
GEOG 20003 Required course Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
CHEM 1010/1011 or 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  CHEM 1020/1021 or 1120/11214 
GEOL 30103  GEOL 40204 
GEOL elective4See dept./advisor BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4 
GEOL 40503     
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PHYS 2010/20114  PHYS 2020/20214 
GEOL elective[/4See dept./advisor GEOL elective3See dept./advisor
BIOL 1120/11214  YOED 30003Prereq: See catalog
YOED 25003Prereq: See catalog YOED 33003Prereq: See catalog
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303   Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Prereq: See catalog YOED 440012Prereq: See catalog
ASTR 1030/10314     
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 123

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Earth Science Technical Career Pattern Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOL 10504 Required course
GEOG 20003Required course MATH 1720 (Math)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
Cognate elective3See dept./advisor Cognate elective3See dept./advisor
GEOL 30005  Minor3 
ABAS 33403  GEOL 40204 
    GEOL 30103 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Cognate elective3See dept./advisor Cognate elective3See dept./advisor
Minor3  Minor3 
GEOL 30503  Geoscience elective4See dept./advisor
Geoscience elective3  General elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
Nat Sci (Rubric 1) 4  Minor3See dept./advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4See dept./advisor Geoscience elective3See dept./advisor
Geoscience elective3See dept./advisor GEOG 45303 
Minor3  Minor3 
    General elective2 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041) 4Required course GEOL 10504Required course
GEOG 20003Required course MATH 1720 (Math)3
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
Sophomore SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
Cognate elective3See dept./advisor Cognate elective3See dept./advisor
Minor3  Minor3 
GEOL 30005  GEOL 30103 
General elective1  GEOL 30503 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL4 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
Cognate elective3See dept./advisor Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Minor3  Cognate elective3See dept./advisor
ABAS 33403  Minor3 
Geoscience elective3  GEOL 40204See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Geoscience elective4See dept./advisor
Geoscience elective3See dept./advisor General elective3See dept./advisor
Geoscience elective3See dept./advisor GEOG 45303 
Minor3  Minor3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Geology Career Pattern Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOL 10504 Required course
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
GEOG 20003Required course    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  CHEM 1120/11214 
MATH 1910 (Math)4  MATH 19204 
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
PHYS 2010/2011 or PHYS 2110/2111 4  BIOL 1110/11114 
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MATH/SCI elective 3See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)2 See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)3 See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor GEOL/GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
GEOG 4530 or MATH/SCI elective3See dept./advisor GEOL Field Camp*4See dept./advisor
    *Note: GEOL 3401 may not be used to complete this requirement
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOL 10504Required course
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  GEOL required course3
GEOG 20003Required course Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  CHEM 1120/11214 
MATH 1910 (Math)4  MATH 19204 
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PHYS 2010/2011 or PHYS 2110/21114  BIOL 1110/11114 
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MATH/SCI elective3See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)2See dept./advisor Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL/GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
GEOG 4530 or MATH/SCI elective3  GEOL Field Camp*4See dept./advisor
    *Note: GEOL 3401 may not be used to complete this requirement
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
NOTE: Because required GEOL courses vary between 1 and 5 credit hours, this academic map only serves as an example of degree completion within 8 semesters plus 4 summers. The actual number of hours taken per semester is dependent upon multiple factors such as specific courses
offered and completion of prerequisites.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

Geography

GEOG 1030 - Physical Geography
4 credit hours
The physical earth as the home of humans. The global earth in space, tools of the discipline, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere. Field trips may be required. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography
3 credit hours
Examination of world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps.

GEOG 2105 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours
(Same as SPAN 2105, PS 2105, SOC 2105, ART 2105, ANTH 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region: pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors.

GEOG 3120 - Geography of Tennessee
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 3115.)  Focuses on the diverse physical and human landscapes of the state. Topics include weather and climate, landforms, vegetation and soils, population patterns and trends, economic activities (including agricultural and geographical perspectives on social and environmental issues).

GEOG 3401 - Field Course
4 credit hours
Supervised study in some geographical area, preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on natural and cultural elements of the environment with special attention directed toward the pattern of human occupancy. For fees and specific credit, consult the instructor.

GEOG 3402 - Field Course
4 credit hours
Supervised study in some geographical area, preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on natural and cultural elements of the environment with special attention directed toward the pattern of human occupancy. For fees and specific credit, consult the instructor.

GEOG 3410 - Geography of the United States and Canada
3 credit hours
Natural, cultural, and geographic environment of these regions.

GEOG 3420 - Geography of Latin America
3 credit hours
Geographic regions of Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America.

GEOG 3430 - Geography of Europe
3 credit hours
General distribution of natural and cultural features of Europe followed by a detailed study of the regions and countries of the southern, central, and northwestern parts of the continent.

GEOG 3440 - Geography of Asia
3 credit hours
Survey of the entire continent followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions outside the former Soviet Union with special emphasis on the Indian Realm, China, and Japan.

GEOG 3460 - Geography of the Former Soviet Union
3 credit hours
Analysis of the natural, cultural, and human-use regions of the former Soviet Union.

GEOG 3470 - Geography of Africa
3 credit hours
Survey of the physical and cultural features of Africa, followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions of the continent.

GEOG 3720 - Cultural Ecology
3 credit hours
(Same as ANTH 3720; HIST 3720.) Prerequisites: 3 hours anthropology or geography. Comparison of ecological systems utilized by tribal, peasant, and industrialized peoples of the world. Special attention paid to the theoretical approaches examining the interface of the environment and culture, the evolution of modes of subsistence, and contemporary development and indigenous people.

GEOG 4280 - Special Problems and Topics in Geography
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Research participation or guided readings in a particular area or topic appropriate to the student's interest and professional objectives.

GEOG 4300 - Military Geography
1 credit hour
An examination of geography as applied to the conduct of military forces in pursuing and securing national objectives.

GEOG 4310 - Resource Management and Conservation
3 credit hours
Current problems related to intelligent use and management of environmental resources.

GEOG 4320 - Economic Geography
3 credit hours
Relationship of the physical factors of the environment to the productive occupations of humans and the distribution of products.

GEOG 4330 - Political Geography
3 credit hours
Significance of geographical factors in understanding political relationships within and among nations; spatial implications of political decision-making processes.

GEOG 4340 - Historical Geography
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4341.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. The changing human geography of the United States during four centuries of settlement and development. Emphasis on changing population patterns as well as patterns of urban and rural settlement.

GEOG 4360 - Cultural Geography
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4361.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. Description and explanation of spatial patterns and ecological relationships in human culture. Emphasis on "reading" the cultural landscapes.

GEOG 4370 - Urban Geography
3 credit hours
An introduction to the development of towns, cities, and associated urban areas. Environmental problems also examined. Classroom analysis of various theories of urban development and data collected by field work.

GEOG 4380 - Cartography
4 credit hours
General knowledge of the field including familiarity with the techniques and tools of professional cartography and graphics. Selected lectures, class discussions, and a series of map construction assignments. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOG 4470 - Rural Settlement
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4471.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. A geographical analysis of forms, structures, and distribution of rural settlements in distinctive parts of the earth based upon their origin, function, and development. Special emphasis in analyzing rural settlements of middle Tennessee.

GEOG 4480 - Recreational Geography
3 credit hours
A geographical analysis of natural and cultural factors influencing use of space for recreational purposes. Emphasis given to recreational land use in the United States and contemporary problems and conflicts. Lectures and field problems.

GEOG 4490 - Remote Sensing
4 credit hours
The various aspects of remote sensing such as radar, satellite imagery, and infrared data. Use of data in preparation of maps and application to land use and environmental problems examined. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOG 4500 - Geography of the Middle East
3 credit hours
An analysis of the problems, issues, and theories involved in understanding the physical, cultural, and regional geography of the area.

GEOG 4510 - Laboratory Problems in Remote Sensing
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOG 4490. Computer processing of selected satellite imagery. Laboratory will provide practical experience through design, execution, and completion of an applied remote sensing project.

GEOG 4520 - Image Interpretation
4 credit hours
Principles, methods, and techniques of image interpretation, including maps, satellite data, and aerial photos. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOG 4530 - Geographic Information Systems
3 credit hours
Lecture and laboratory work relative to computer-manipulated geographic data base. Laboratory work will involve experience in practical application of a geographic information system (GIS) to problem solving.

GEOG 4540 - Geography of Native Americans
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4540.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. Lecture and field exercise format viewing America's native population from a geographic perspective. Native Americans will be examined geoarcheologically using geo-techniques to explore their past, present, and future; cultural ecologically--their symbiotic relationship with their surroundings; and through their economic and resource development--how they utilize natural and cultural resources that are presently on tribal lands.

GEOG 4550 - Global Issues
3 credit hours
An examination of current global issues in the context of their geographic environment. Emphasis on geographic factors impacting those issues. Topics examined vary from year to year.

GEOG 4560 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOG 4530. Lecture and laboratory work related to the principles and applications of geographic information (GIS). Continued training in GIS analysis including raster analysis, spatial analysis, network analysis, and geocoding. Examines data management including data editing and geodatabase design and creation. Other topics include resource management, demographic, and civic applications.

GEOG 4570 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOG 4560; coursework in statistics and computer programming recommended. Advanced course in spatial analysis. Using spatial statistics, Visual Basic programming, and databases to solve problems involving proximity, density, clustering, the cost of travel paths, etc. Other major topics include environmental modeling and error analysis.

GEOG 4571 - Internship in Geography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; major or minor in geography. Practical experience for students in a professional setting relating to geographic work. Counted as a free elective, not part of major or minor requirements. After completion of one internship, 4571 or GEOG 4572, the other may be taken (total of 6 credits).

GEOG 4572 - Internship in Geography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; major or minor in geography. Practical experience for students in a professional setting relating to geographic work. Counted as a free elective, not part of major or minor requirements. After completion of one internship, GEOG 4571 or 4572, the other may be taken (total of 6 credits).

GEOG 4772 - Field Course in Historical Archaeology
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: HIST 4860; ANTH 3210; or permission of instructor. Archaeological resources and procedures and the interpretation of historical evidence undertaken at a field archaeological site.

Geology

GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science
3 credit hours
The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. GEOL 1031 must be taken concurrently. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

GEOL 1031 - Introduction to Earth Science Lab
1 credit hour
Laboratory to accompany GEOL 1030.

GEOL 1040 - Physical Geology
4 credit hours
Corequisite: GEOL 1041. The origin, composition, and structure of the solid earth: rock-forming minerals; igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; earthquakes and plate tectonics; surface processes; geologic time. Identification and description of minerals and rocks in hand sample. Use of topographic and geologic maps. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 1041 - Physical Geology Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: GEOL 1040.

GEOL 1050 - Historical Geology
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041. The major divisions of geologic time with emphasis on earth movements, sea fluctuations, life of the time, and the effect these have had on our present environment. Close attention to the development of the physiographic regions of North America, which are correlated with chronologically similar events in other parts of the world. Topographic maps, geologic maps, and fossil animals and plants. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 3000 - Mineralogy
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or permission of instructor. Crystallography and crystal chemistry. Physical and chemical properties of silicate and non-silicate mineral groups. Examination of the common rock-forming minerals in hand sample and thin section. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 3010 - Oceanography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or GEOG 1030. Physiography, structures, and sediments of the ocean floor; coastal and oceanic environments; and the nature of sea water, currents, waves, and tides. Geological processes, geophysical studies, and oceanographic instrumentation discussed.

GEOL 3030 - Geoscience of Energy Resources
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or GEOG 1030. Geoscience aspects of energy resources and their impact on the environment. Topics include occurrence, exploration, development, and reclamation, as well as historical trends. Three hours lecture per week.  

GEOL 3050 - Field Methods in Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or MATH 1730; GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 and GEOL 1050; major or minor in Geoscience. Introduction to field observation in geoscience. Topics include tape and compass surveys, orientation of rock strata, measurement of stratigraphic section, map preparation, and use of GPS. Three hours lecture/field work per week.

GEOL 3060 - Computer Methods in Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 and GEOL 1050; major or minor in Geology/Earth Science. Extensive use of personal computers for processing field data, map contouring, geologic reports and illustrations, lettering and cartography, image processing, geologic databases, and digital maps. Brief treatment of classical cartography. Four to five hours lecture/laboratory per week.

GEOL 3160 - Geologic Literature and Report Writing
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041; GEOL 1050; 8 semester hours of upper-division GEOL courses. Acquisition and presentation of geological data from traditional and database sources. Preparation of geologic field and laboratory reports in addition to professional reports and papers.

GEOL 3401 - Field Course
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Supervised study in some geological area preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on the natural and physical elements of the environment, with special attention directed toward the geomorphology and geology of specific areas. For fees and specific credit, consult the director, division of geology.

GEOL 3402 - Field Course
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Supervised study in some geological area preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on the natural and physical elements of the environment, with special attention directed toward the geomorphology and geology of specific areas. For fees and specific credit, consult the director, division of geology.

GEOL 4000 - Petrology and Petrography
5 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 3000. Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Theories of formation and evolution based upon mineralogical and geochemical evidence. Examination and classification of rocks in hand sample and thin section. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4020 - Geomorphic Regions of the United States
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041. Origin, regional distribution, and geomorphic features and history of landforms of the United States. Students will be required to analyze maps, structure sections, and aerial photography to determine geomorphic forms and the forces and processes that produced these forms. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4030 - Invertebrate Paleontology
5 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 1050. Invertebrate and microscopic animal life of the past, including recently preserved representatives and their ancient fossilized ancestors. Numerous field trips to local fossil-collecting sites. Designed to aid in the preparation of earth science teachers, geologists, and biologists. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4040 - Engineering Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or equivalent; MATH 1710 and MATH 1720 or MATH 1730 or equivalent. Principles and applications of geology in engineering practice. Engineering geology exploration, behavior of soils and rocks for engineering projects, application of engineering geology to the solution of construction and environmental problems.

GEOL 4050 - Meteorology
3 credit hours
A general, nonmathematical introduction to the atmosphere. Emphasis on main elements such as temperature, precipitation, clouds, and humidity. In-depth analysis of storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes and human alteration of the atmosphere such as the ozone hole. Weather forecasting and climate change.

GEOL 4070 - Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1050 and GEOL 3000 or consent of instructor. Sedimentary rocks, the process of sedimentation, the alteration of sediments through time, and examination of resulting stratigraphic units. Designed for geoscience majors and those with interests in soil mechanics and civil engineering. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4080 - Structural Geology
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or  MATH 1730; GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041; GEOL 1050. Orientation and deformation of rock. Geometric, analytical, and statistical solutions to structural problems. Emphasis on three-dimensional visualization, geological map interpretation, and the mechanics of deformation. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4090 - Problems in Geology
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 semester hours of geology (excluding GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031) at least 6 hours of which must be upper division; consent of instructor. A problem-solving course. Includes an independent research-oriented project commensurate with the student's interests and qualifications. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours.

GEOL 4100 - Geophysical Prospecting
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1910; PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111. (PHYS 2020/PHYS 2021 or PHYS 2120/PHYS 2121, GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041, and MATH 1920 also recommended.) Survey of seismic, gravimetric, and magnetic/electrical exploration methods. An applied course covering some elementary theory, basic field practice, computation fundamentals, interpretation techniques. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4120 - Environmental Geology
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or GEOG 1030 or consent of instructor. Application of geologic information to minimize possible environmental degradation and maximize utilization of resources in the natural and modified environment; local examples and field trips. Topics include engineering properties of earth materials, natural hazard prediction and reduction, water supply, solid and hazardous wastes, mineral resources, global change, land-use planning, environmental impact analysis. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4130 - Hydrogeology
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or MATH 1730; GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041; GEOL 1050. Basic processes and measurement of the hydrologic cycle, including precipitation, evaporation, surface runoff, stream flow, soil moisture, and ground water. Emphasis on ground water including geology of occurrence, principles of flow, conceptual models of regional flow, chemistry and quality, well hydraulics, aquifer characteristics, resource development, detection of pollutants, and contaminant transport. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4140 - Inorganic Geochemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 3000. Principles of inorganic geochemistry. Geochemistry of the earth and solar system, isotopic geochronometers, thermodynamics and rates of geochemical processes, chemical weathering, chemical compositions of surface and groundwater. Three hours lecture per week.

GEOL 4150 - Environmental Applications of Hydrogeology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 4130. An advanced course in hydrogeology that emphasizes applied methods for assessing hazardous and solid waste facilities and contaminated ground water remediation techniques. Included will be site characterization methods, ground water sampling procedures, and monitoring well installation techniques. Three hours lecture per week.

GEOL 4170 - Applied Geochemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 plus CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Theory and application of geochemical techniques to the study of geologic problems. Sample preparation and analysis of geologic materials using departmental instrumentation. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4571 - Internship in Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Major or minor in geology; 15 hours of geology/geography with junior or senior standing; permission of employer and department. Practical experience for students in a professional setting relating to geologic work. Counted as a free elective, not as a part of major or minor requirement. After completion of one internship, 4571 or GEOL 4572, the other may be taken (total of six credits).

GEOL 4572 - Internship in Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Major or minor in geology; 15 hours of geology/geography with junior or senior standing; permission of employer and department. Practical experience for students in a professional setting relating to geologic work. Counted as a free elective, not as a part of major or minor requirement. After completion of one internship, GEOL 4571 or 4572, the other may be taken (total of six credits).

GEOL 4580 - Seminar in Geology
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Senior standing in geology. A reading and discussion seminar in which current topics in the geological sciences are examined to broaden the major's knowledge of the scope and literature of the discipline.