Geoscience

Courses

GEO 101 Physical Geology 4.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to geology emphasizing the role of plate tectonics. Topics include formation of minerals, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes, depositional environments, and geological hazards. Labs focus on mineral and rock identification, map skills, and 3D visualization.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GEO 102 History of Life on Earth 4.0 Credits

The origin and evolution of life on earth are examined. Topics include the origins of life and the natural histories of plants and animals. The role of natural selection and contingency are emphasized. Lab exercises include hands-on fossil identification and may include fossil collecting trips.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GEO 103 Introduction to Field Methods in Earth Science 2.0 Credits

This is an introductory course in earth science that provides experience with the fundamental skills and methods for the field study of the earth and earth processes.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GEO 201 [WI] Earth Systems Processes 3.0 Credits

Students will examine local and global environmental changes from an earth systems perspective. Important concepts include feed-back loops, tipping points, the "butterfly effect," and geological time. From a geological perspective, students will examine: natural and anthropogenic climate change; soil degradation; sea-level rise; plate tectonics; and natural hazards, such as coastal storms, levee breaks, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and more.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GEO 205 Dinosaurs and Their World 3.0 Credits

An introduction to dinosaur paleontology, this course focuses on the scientific method as applied to dinosaur studies. Topics include dinosaur evolution, the history of dinosaur research, an overview of dinosaurs, and birds as living dinosaurs. This is suitable for all majors.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GEO 210 Structural Geology 4.0 Credits

Students in this course will explore the physical and geometric structures within the earth's crust and the ways in which these structures reflect natural history. Mapping techniques and methods of describing stress and strain in rocks will be covered, while emphasizing visualization of three-dimensional relationships. Students will learn practical analytical techniques and foundational field skill. This course is at the heart of field geology and will prepare students for a successful summer field camp experience.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: GEO 101 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 215 Minerology 4.0 Credits

In this course, students will study mineralogy and optical mineralogy, with a focus on describing minerals within their geologic context. The foundations of mineralogy will be covered, including: crystallography, chemical bonding, controls on mineral structure, mineral stability, and crystal growth. Students will learn physical and chemical analytical methods to examine mineral composition and structure. Hand-sample identification will be emphasized in the laboratory component. In the field, students will learn to identify rock-forming minerals within the context of historical geological events.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GEO 301 Advanced Field Methods in Earth Science 2.0 Credits

This skills course focuses on fundamental and commonly used geoscience field techniques. Students will learn surface and subsurface mapping, coring techniques and core analysis, remote sensing techniques, and sampling techniques. This course builds on GEO 103 and prepares students for advanced field studies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: GEO 103 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 306 Environmental Geology 4.0 Credits

Students in this course will focus on interactions between humans and the geosphere. Students will develop an understanding of a broad range of natural and human-induced geohazards, from earthquakes and tsunamis to industrial pollution and anthropogenic climate change. Regional examples will be emphasized, such environmental industrial contamination and remediation efforts in the Delaware Valley and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Pennsylvania.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GEO 309 Geochemistry 4.0 Credits

This course is a topics-based approach to the field of geochemistry with emphasis on aqueous systems, both marine and freshwater. Topics include: composition of the earth and oceans; chemical equilibrium; solubility; thermodynamics; oxidation-reduction reactions; organic geochemistry; isotope geochemistry; contaminant geochemistry; applications of geochemistry; consequences of weathering; composition of surface waters; geochemical modeling; and selected areas of interest.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 103 [Min Grade: D] or CHEM 123 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 310 Sedimentary Environments 4.0 Credits

Students in this course develop an understanding of sedimentary processes and the ability to interpret paleoenvironments based on sedimentological parameters. Topics include current flow, bedforms, siliciclastic and carbonate rocks, fluvial, coastal, and Aeolian environments, taphonomy, and paleosols.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: GEO 101 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 311 Stratigraphy 4.0 Credits

Students in this core course will learn the about foundations of stratigraphy, including the discovery of “Deep Time.” Lithostratigraphic, chronstratigraphic, and geochronologic principles will be examined, including the development of the geological time scale. Students will learn to construct stratigraphic cross-section, though lithostratigraphic, biostratigraphic, and sequence stratigraphic correlation. Practical techniques, such as magnetostratigraphy and electrologging will be covered and students will gain hands-on, field experience in stratigraphic settings ranging from the Paleozoic to the Pleistocene.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: GEO 310 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 320 Invertebrate Paleontology 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on the evolution of hard-bodied invertebrates from the Cambrian period to today. Topics include taxonomy, taphonomy, biostratigraphy, and paleoecology. Natural selection, functional morphology, extinction and adaption are emphasized. The lab focuses on hands-on fossil identification.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVS 212 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 322 Vertebrate Paleontology 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on the evolution of vertebrates from the Cambrian Period to today. Topics include cartilaginous and bony fishes, amphibians, turtles, crocodiles, pterosaurs, birds, and mammals. Natural selection, cladistics, functional morphology, adaptation and extinction are emphasized.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVS 212 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 324 Paleobotany 4.0 Credits

The origin and evolution of plants are examined in this course. Topics include plant phylogeny, paleoecology, evolution and adaptation through geological time. Plants will also be examined within the context of long-term climate change and as environmental proxies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVS 212 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 340 Quaternary Geology 4.0 Credits

Students in this course will examine a great variety of evidence used to establish the history and scale of environmental changes during the most recent geological time period – the Quaternary. The evidence ranges from landforms and sediments to fossil assemblages and isotope ratios. Understanding the Quaternary Period, which encompasses all of human history, is critical for the future well being of our species.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GEO 342 Geomorphology 4.0 Credits

Students in this course will learn how landscapes originate and develop over time, through an integrative approach that covers all of the major constructional and erosional processes. The fundamentals of sediment entrainment, transport, and deposition will be applied to landform evolution. Students will learn about the importance of geomorphology in environmental geology.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: GEO 101 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 346 Coastal Geology 4.0 Credits

This course will furnish an understanding of the tectonic framework, hydrographic regime, climatic setting, and geological components that determine the morphology and behavior of coastlines. The response of coasts to changes in sea level, sediment supply, and human development will be examined. Fundamental geomorphic processes, such as wave-driven currents and tidal dynamics, will be covered.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: GEO 101 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 348 Oceanography 4.0 Credits

This course provides a topics-based approach to the field of oceanography with special emphasis on marine geology and geochemistry. Provides a solid understanding of the discipline of oceanography and a foundation to pursue further advanced topics in oceanography.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: GEO 101 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 365 Field Methods in Paleoecology 4.0 Credits

Weekly fieldtrips to the Inversand fossil sites in New Jersey form the basis for this course. Students will learn the rudiments of stratigraphy and fossil identification and will learn excavation and data collection techniques. Collected fossils will be prepared by students in labs at Drexel University and at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

GEO 401 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4.0 Credits

Students in this course will explore the processes that control the genesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks, with emphasis on igneous processes. In the laboratory portion of the course students will learn identification and classification of petrographic specimens. Students will gain hand-on experience identifying igneous and metamorphic rocks in the field.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHEM 103 [Min Grade: D] and GEO 101 [Min Grade: D] and GEO 215 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 412 Geology of Groundwater 4.0 Credits

Students in this course will learn the theoretical basis and practical techniques of hydrogeology. The significance of groundwater for ecosystem health, including human well-being, will be emphasized. Students will learn commonly used industrial techniques, such as hydrograph analyses, borehole measurements, and stream gauge techniques and will gain hands-on experience assessing hydrogeology in the field.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if major is AE or major is CIVE or major is ENVE
Prerequisites: CHEM 103 [Min Grade: D] and (MATH 239 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 123 [Min Grade: D]) and GEO 101 [Min Grade: D]

GEO 418 Geophysics 4.0 Credits

Students in this course will learn geophysical concepts and practical (and marketable) skills for using geophysical techniques in the field. Students will gain hands-on experience in seismic profiling, borehole logging and other techniques important in environmental consulting and the energy industry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: GEO 101 [Min Grade: D] and (MATH 239 [Min Grade: D] or MATH 123 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHYS 153 [Min Grade: D] or PHYS 102 [Min Grade: D])

GEO 480 Special Topics 12.0 Credits

In this course, students will explore specific areas not covered in the regularly offered Geoscience courses. The course will be taught by teaching faculty members of the Geoscience Program, Drexel professors who are members of the Geoscience Faculty Committee, or by visiting professors.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

GEO 497 Research 12.0 Credits

Students pursue a specific area of research in geoscience under the direction of a geoscience faculty member. Faculty permission required.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

GEO 498 Independent Study 12.0 Credits

In this course, students will cover an area of academic study not offered in an existing Geoscience course. Only students with sufficient background work will be accepted by the faculty member for independent work.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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