Knowledge of Earth Sciences is essential for understanding problems of climate, weather patterns, groundwater supply, environmental hazards, geotechnical engineering, and natural resources. Earth Scientists also are involved in basic research and teaching.
The Department of Earth Sciences has well equipped laboratories that allow students to learn the basic techniques of the Earth Sciences. The undergraduate programs prepare students to become licensed Professional Geologists in the State of Florida.
The department offers a B.S. degree in Geosciences, with a choice of tracks in Geological or Atmospheric Sciences. In addition, the department offers a broader based interdisciplinary B.A. in Earth Sciences. Only grades of ‘C’ or better will be accepted for required courses in either program option. A minor in geology is also available.
Bachelor of Science in Geosciences
Degree Program Hours: 120
Lower Division Common Prerequisites
Other Lower Division Courses Required for the degree
For the Geological Sciences Track
For the Atmospheric Sciences Track
[*Students may substitute Historical Geology from another institution.]
Geological Sciences Track
This track is intended for students who wish to concentration the study of the solid Earth and hydrosphere. Prepares students for graduate work in geology or careers in management of resources and environment.
List 1: Core Elective Courses
List 2: Secondary Elective Courses
Amospheric Sciences Track
This track is for students who wish to concentrate on the study of the atmosphere. Prepares students for graduate work or careers in weather and climate prediction.
List 1: Track-specific Courses
List 2: Geo-elective Courses
Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Geosciences
The accelerated BS/MS degree program in Geosciences allows qualified students to earn both degrees in a shorter amount of time than typically required for earning degrees sequentially. The accelerated program is designed for highly qualified undergraduate students in the Earth Sciences, allowing them to complete their MS degree within approximately 2.5 years after starting their second year.
Bachelor of Arts of in Earth Sciences
Degree Program Hours: 120
This program is for the student who requires a broad background in Earth Sciences for a career in science education or public or private administration dealing with Earth and environmental science issues.
THREE of the following:
ONE of the following (3-4):
Students take two approved 3000 or 4000 level courses in earth sciences/geology (excluding GLY 3039 Environmental Geology), other science departments, or the College of Engineering.
BS/BA Honors Track in Geosciences
The Honors Track in Geosciences provides outstanding students with the opportunity to do original research under a faculty sponsor. To graduate with Honors, the student must carry out a research project, write up the project as an Honors Thesis, and present the results of the research in a Departmental seminar.
Admission to the Track
To be admitted to the track a student must:
Application to the program is made by submission of the Honors in Geosciences Admission Form to the Earth Sciences Undergraduate Committee. This is usually done in the semester before the student intends to begin the Honors thesis research.
Minor in Geology
At least 17 hours of earth sciences/geology courses which must include the following: GLY 1010+1010L or GLY 3039+3039L, GLY 1100+1100L or GLY 1101+1101L, and GLY 3202+3202L. Additional earth sciences/geology courses must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level.
Minor in Meteorology
This minor is intended for science/math/engineering majors who wish to develop an understanding of meteorology. Students from other majors who have math/science background and literacy can also take this minor. Calculus I or Business Calculus, and Physics I are pre- or co-requisites for General Meteorology. The minor consists of at least 16 credits of courses within the Department of Earth Sciences.
Required Courses (10 credits)
Plus, any two of the following courses (6+ credits):
Students seeking the baccalaureate degree in Geology/Earth Sciences may also take part in the Cooperative Education Program conducted with the Department of Cooperative Education in the Division of Student Affairs. The student spends one or two semesters fully employed in industry or a government agency. For further information consult the Department of Earth Sciences or the Department of Cooperative Education.
Note: Laboratories may not be taken prior to the corresponding lecture course. Laboratories must be taken concurrently where noted, but students must register for the laboratory separately.
Definition of Prefixes
ESC-Earth Sciences EVS-Environmental Science; GEOGeography/Systematic; GLY-Geology; MET-Meteorology; OCE- Oceanography; OCG-Oceanography-Geological; OCP-Oceanography/Physical.
F-Fall semester offering; S-Spring semester offering; SS-Summer semester offering.
ESC 3930 Topics in Earth Sciences (1-5). Selected topics in the earth sciences.
ESC 5005 Earth Science Enrichment Activities for Teachers (1-2). Workshop presenting Earth Science enrichment activities to high school and middle school science teachers.
ESC 5162 Workshop: Microfossil Paleoenvironments (2). Recent foraminifera and diatoms are sampled, prepared and identified from marine to freshwater facies. Taxon distributions are used to interpret paleoenvironments. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
EVS 4164 Applied Environmental Geology (3). EVS 4164L Applied Environmental Geology Lab (1). A survey of the geological and geographical factors critical to man’s attempt to contend with the natural processes. Construction problems, sewers, waste disposal, dams, ground water, and terrain evaluation in relation to the nature of the underlying substratum. Principles illustrated from South Florida and the Caribbean region in particular. Study of the geological factors involved in future development and growth of these areas, and conservation methods in relation to the geology of these areas. Prerequisites: GLY 1010, GEO 2200, and a sound background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Laboratory must be taken concurrently with the course. (S in alternate years)
GEO 2200 Physical Geography (3). GEO 2200L Physical Geography Lab (1). Survey of the physical environment relevant to studies in regional geography and earth sciences. Natural evolution of landforms, and the interacting processes responsible for these features. Environmental modification and deterioration caused by human interaction. Effects of these changes: socioeconomic impact and geographic problems. Case studies illustrated from South Florida and the Caribbean region. (F in alternate years.)
GEO 3510 Earth Resources (3). A course for non-majors dealing with the nature, origin, and distribution of mineral resources. Geology of petroleum, coal, metals, etc., and problems of their exploitation and depletion. (F,S,SS)
GEO 3510L Earth Resources Laboratory (1). Introduction to minerals and rocks used by society. Case studies of geologic, environmental and economic aspects of resource extraction and use. Corequisite: GEO 3510.
GIS 3043 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (3). Introduction to GIS concepts and software such as ArcView. Topics include: cartographic basics, spatial datasets, attributes, map production, spatial statistics and analysis, and obtaining GIS data. Prerequisites: CGS 2060 and MAC 1102.
GLY 1010 Introduction to Earth Science (3). GLY 1010L Introduction to Earth Science Lab (1). Basic survey of Earth materials and structure, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, surface processes and groundwater, climate change, earth resources and the impact of geology on society. (Lab fees assessed) (F,S,SS)
GLY 1037 Environmental Hydrology for High School Students (1). Environmental issues surrounding the natural occurrence and human use of surface water and groundwater in South Florida. Includes field trips to local sites of hydrologic/environmental significance.
GLY 1100 Historical Geology (3). GLY 1100L Historical Geology Lab (1). An introduction to the geological history of the earth and the geological time scale. Evolution of animals and plants. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 or GLY 3039 or equivalent. Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently. (S)
GLY 1101 The History of Life (3). GLY 1101L The History of Life Laboratory (1). Interaction of biological and geological principles and processes, history and ecology of past life, and major events such as the marine invasion of land, mass extinctions, and the Ice Age. (F,S)
GLY 2072 Earth’s Climate and Global Change (3). Introduction to Earth’s climate and the variations of climate through geological and historical time. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the interactions of Earth’s crust, atmosphere, biosphere and oceans in affecting the planet’s climate. (F in alternate years)
GLY 2072L Earth’s Climate and Global Change Lab (1). Practical analysis of the important factors affecting Earth’s Climate. Analysis of historical and geological records of climate change. Corequisite: GLY 2072. (F in alternate years)
GLY 3034 Natural Disasters (3). A geological look at catastrophic events including earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, mass movements, hurricanes, floods, and desertification. Emphasis on the geologic setting in which these natural disasters take place. Special attention will be given to compare similar disasters in the geologic past. Prerequisite: Physical science at the high school level. (F,S,SS)
GLY 3039 Environmental Geology (3). GLY 3039L Environmental Geology Lab (1). The composition and structure of the earth, the internal and external forces acting upon it and the resulting surface features. Case studies and general principles illustrated from South Florida and the Caribbean. Field trips expected. No prerequisites. (F,S,SS)
GLY 3100 Earth through Time (3). Evolution of the Earth through its 4600 million year history, the fossil record and the geologic time scale. Major geologic events of the past and their effects on organic evolution. (S)
GLY 3103 Dinosaurs (3). Survey of the different groups of dinosaurs. Dinosaur biology, geology, and the history of their discovery to further understanding of their life histories, environments, and the causes of their extinction.
GLY 3103L Dinosaurs Laboratory (1). Survey of the different groups of dinosaurs. Laboratory study of dinosaur bones, prints and eggs to further our understanding of their life histories, environments, and the causes of their extinction. Corequisite: GLY 3103.
GLY 3153 Workshop in South Florida and Caribbean Geology (2). Workshop on the geology of South Florida and the Caribbean for science majors. Includes field trips in South Florida. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
GLY 3157 Elements of Caribbean Geology (3). A survey of the geology of the Caribbean and neighboring regions in view of current data and modern concepts of global tectonics. The course summarizes the important points of Caribbean and Central American geology in their relation to mineral and energy resources; natural environmental disasters, especially seismic zones; agriculture; and the geologic potential for future development and industrialization. (S in alternate years)
GLY 3202 Earth Materials (3). Physical and chemical properties of minerals and mineral assemblages, such as rocks and soils. Processes of mineral formation. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 or permission of the instructor and General Chemistry. Corequisite: GLY 3202L. (F)
GLY 3202L Earth Materials Lab (1). Physical and chemical properties of minerals, rocks and soils with emphasis on identification. Application of macroscopic methods, X-ray diffraction, polarized light microscopy, in situ and bulk chemical analysis. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 and GLY 1010L or permission of the instructor and General Chemistry. Corequisite: 3202. (F)
GLY 3220 Optical Mineralogy (3). GLY 3220L Optical Mineralogy Lab (1). Principles and use of the petrographic microscope. Optical properties of isotropic, uniaxial and biaxial minerals. Prerequisites: GLY 3202 or equivalent. Laboratory must be taken concurrently with course.
GLY 3630 Research in Tropical Environments (3). Earth Sciences, Biology and Environmental Studies faculty describe research in marine and terrestrial ecosystems, geology, conservation and education. Students discuss scientific articles.
GLY 3751 Introduction to Mineral Science (2). Workshop introducing properties and uses of minerals, and techniques used to investigate minerals. Prerequisites: One of the following: BSC 1010, CHM 1045, PHY 2053, GLY 1010. (SS)
GLY 3754 Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences (3). Remote sensing methods for the exploration and investigation of geologic processes and earth resources; airphoto interpretation, processing and analysis of multiband digital satellite imagery; GIS. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 or permission of the instructor. (F)
GLY 3759 Visualizing Our World With GIS (3). Visualization of geospatial data in the Earth Sciences with Geographic Information Systems. Topics include natural hazards, distribution of water, mineral, and energy resources, and urban sprawl. Prerequisites: MAC 1105, MAC 1114 or equivalent and permission of the instructor. (SS)
GLY 3760 Geological Map Analysis (3). Laboratory course dealing with analysis of geological maps and sections; theory and method of interpretation of surface outcrops on maps. Properties of simple geological structures. Recommended to be taken prior to GLY 4400 and GLY 4791. Prerequisites: Trigonometry, Introduction to Earth Science or equivalent (e.g. MAC 2132, GLY 3039 or equivalents).(F)
GLY 3782 Geology Field Excursion (1-3). A one to three-week field excursion in a region of interest to demonstrate the occurrence, appearance and processes of various geological phenomena. Course may be repeated. Prerequisite: GLY 1010. (F,S,SS)
GLY 3820 Applied Hydrogeology of South Florida (2). Workshop introducing hydrogeology of South Florida, and laboratory and field techniques used to study groundwater. Prerequisites: One of the following: BSC 1010, CHM 1045, PHY 2053, GLY 1010.
GLY 3881 Environmental Geology Field Methods (3). Introduction to commonly used field methods in environmental geology including site evaluation, bore-hole geophysical and hydrogeological techniques, and topographic map skills. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 or GLY 3039.
GLY 3882 Environmental Geology Florida Keys Workshop (2). Workshop introducing environmental geology of the Florida Keys, Bay-Island-Reef transect. Prerequisites: One of the following: BSC 1010, CHM 1045, PHY 2053, GLY 1010, or equivalent. (SS)
GLY 3949/GLY 4949 Cooperative Education in Geology (1-3). One semester of full-time supervised work in an outside laboratory taking part in the University Co-op Program. Limited to students admitted to the Co-op Program. A written report and supervisor evaluations will be required for each student. (F,S,SS)
GLY 4036 Earth Sciences and Society (3). Explores the new directions of Earth Science studies and examines how they can enhance society’s ability to make wise decisions on resource development, waste disposal, natural hazards. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 or GLY 3039.
GLY 4300 Petrology (3). Origin, composition and classification of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Observational, theoretical, and experimental studies of rocks. Prerequisite: GLY 3202. (S)
GLY 4300L Petrology Lab (1). Identification of rocks using macroscopic and microscopic techniques. Application of electron microprobe. Prerequisite: GLY 3202. (S)
GLY 4400 Structural Geology (3). GLY 4400L Structural Geology Lab (1). Faults, folds, fractures and other rock structures; their description and representation on maps and diagrams; mechanics of their formation. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 or equivalent; knowledge of trigonometry and algebra. (F)
GLY 4450 Environmental and Exploration Geophysics (3). Introduction to geophysical methods used in exploration and environmental geophysics. Seismic methods; potential fields; electrical and EM methods; ground penetrating radar; geophysical well logging. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 or 3039; MAC 2312 PHY 2049 or 2054; or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GLY 4450L.(S)
GLY 4450L Environmental and Exploration Geophysics Laboratory (1). Acquisition and interpretation of exploration geophysical data. Seismic, gravity, magnetic, and geoelectrical methods; geophysical well logging. 4-5 field trips to sites in Dade County expected. Prerequisites: GLY 3760 or GLY 4400 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GLY 4450. (S)
GLY 4511 Stratigraphy (3). Stratigraphic principles applied to interpreting the rock record. Sediments, depositional environments and dynamics in the sedimentary record. Stratigraphic correlation and the development of the Geologic Time Scale. Prerequisite: GLY 3202. (F)
GLY 4511L Stratigraphy Lab (1). Laboratory analysis of rock facies and index fossils used in the interpretation of the geologic record. Prerequisite: GLY 3202L. (F)
GLY 4551 Sedimentology (3). GLY 4551L SedimentologyLab (1). Sedimentary processes in the geological cycles, as illustrated in recent environments. Different groups of sedimentary rocks. Primary and secondary sedimentary structures. Physicochemical properties and diagenetic processes. Analytical techniques applied to modern sedi-mentology of both loose and lithified sediments. Prerequisites: Introduction to Earth Science or equivalent; Earth Materials and Stratigraphy and a sound background in mathematics and chemistry. Laboratory must be taken concurrently with course. (S)
GLY 4650 Paleobiology (3). GLY 4650L Paleobiology Lab (1). Development of life as traced through the fossil record. Survey of the main groups of animals commonly found as fossils. Theories of evolution and extinction. Study of the major fossil groups used in biostratigraphic zonation, and as paleoecologic indicators. Prerequisites: Physical and historical geology, general biology, or permission of the instructor. Laboratory must be taken
concurrently with course.
GLY 4730 Marine Geology (3). GLY 4730L Marine Geology Lab (1). Survey of the main physiographic provinces of the ocean floor. Modern theories concerning the evolution of the crust; continental drift, seafloor spreading. Distribution and thickness of deep-sea sediments, and their relationship to the morphology and evolution of the crust. Deep-sea mineral resources. Marine geology of the Caribbean from recent data. Sea-bed assessment of mineral resources in the Caribbean and neighboring region. Prerequisites: OCE 3014, GLY 1010, or permission of the instructor. Laboratory must be taken concurrently with course.
GLY 4791 Field Geology and Geologic Mapping (3-6). A three-to six-week field instruction and practice in methods of constructing stratigraphic sections, structural cross sections and geologic mapping using topographic base maps, aerial photos, and surveying equipment. Prerequisites: GLY 4511 and GLY 4511L, GLY 4400 and GLY 4400L. (SS)
GLY 4812 Introduction to Ore Deposits (3). Major classes of metal deposits, their geologic settings and genetic theories, and case studies of great deposits. Environmental, economic and legal aspects of metal extraction, processing and use. Prerequisites: GLY 1010, GLY 1010L or GLY 3039, GLY 3039L. (S)
GLY 4822 Introduction to Hydrogeology (3). Principles of groundwater flow, determination of aquifer properties, geologic factors influencing groundwater flow and quality, legal/regulatory framework for hydrogeology. Prerequisites: One college-level course in physics, chemistry, geology, and calculus, or permission of the instructor. (S)
GLY 4822L Introduction to Hydrogeology Lab (1). Principles of groundwater flow, determination of aquifer properties, geologic factors influencing ground water flow and quality. Prerequisites: CHM 1045, GLY 1010, PHY 2053, MAC 2311, or equivalent. Corequisite: GLY 4822.
GLY 4823 Florida Geologic and Hydrologic Systems (3). Survey of geological formations of Florida and their relationship to hydrologic and mineral resources. Sedimentary facies in relation to their hydrologic properties. Prerequisites: GLY 4822 and GLY 4511 or permission of the instructor.
GLY 4910, GLY 4911 Undergraduate Research in Geology (VAR). Individual research under the supervision of a professor in the student’s field of specialization or interest. Subject may deal with laboratory work, field, and/or bibliographical work. Field research in the Caribbean is encouraged. Variable credit to a maximum of 10 credits. Permission of the student’s advisor is required. (F,S,SS)
GLY 4970 Geology Honors Thesis (3). Preparation of honors thesis and research seminar. Prerequisite: GLY 4989L.
GLY 4989L Geology Honors Research (1-3). Laboratory and/or field study in consultation with a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: Admission into Geology honors track.
GLY 5021 Earth Sciences for Teachers (3). Study of geological materials and processes, as covered in Introduction to Earth Science, but at a higher level and with additional assignments. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GLY 5021L. (F,S,SS)
GLY 5021L Earth Sciences for Teachers Laboratory (1). Study of the properties of minerals and rocks; interpretation of topographic and geologic maps; study of the geology of Florida, including field trips. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GLY 5021. (F,S,SS)
GLY 5060 Plant Earth: Dynamic Earth (1). Essentials of metamorphism, rock rheology, seismology, plate tectonics, plate boundaries, plate movement, continental rifting and evolution of mountain belts.
GLY 5107 Planet Earth: Evolving Earth (1). Essentials of lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, geologic time scale, modern sedimentological processes, sedimentary rocks, evolution and extinction events, paleoenvironments and paleoclimates.
GLY 5108 Paleoenvironments (3). Sedimentary environments, paleoecology of fossils, skeletal minerology, marine paleoenvironmental changes, global patterns of change through time. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
GLY 5158 Florida Geology (3). Detailed lithostratigraphic and biostratigraphic analyses of Southeast Florida and their relationship to tectonics, paleoclimates. Prerequisites: GLY 4511 and GLY 4511L. (S in alternate years)
GLY 5159 Planet Earth: South Florida (1). Geology, water resources and geologic environments of South Florida.
GLY 5195 Topics in Paleoclimatology (3). Broad concepts in paleoclimatology are reviewed and discussed. Topics include climate models, Quaternary climates, dating and pre-Quaternary climates. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
GLY 5245 Water-Rock Interaction (3). Survey of geochemical processes at the water-rock interface. Topics include absorption of inorganic and organic ions, colloid stability in groundwater, mineral dissolution and precipitation. Prerequisites: CHM 1046, MAC 3312, GLY 4822 or permission of the instructor.
GLY 5246 Geochemistry (3). GLY 5246L Geochemistry Lab (1). Origin of chemical elements and principles affecting their distribution in the solar system, solid earth and hydrosphere. Use of chemical data to solve geologic problems. Prerequisites: Introduction to Earth Science and General Chemistry. (F in alternate years)
GLY 5266 Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (3). Application and theory of stable isotope approaches to biogeochemistry. Topics: Introduction to IRMS machines, C/N/O/H/S (biogeochem. processes), sampling/lab. prep., and recent advances. Prerequisites: One year of chemistry or permission of the instructor.
GLY 5283C Application of ICPES in Geochemistry (3). Determination of elemental abundances in rocks, soils, natural water using inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopy (ICPES). Instrumental principles, sample selection and preparation methods and application of results to research. Prerequisites: CHM 1045, CHM 1046 or permission of the instructor. (S or SS)
GLY 5286 Research Instrumentation and Techniques in Geology (3). Survey of techniques and instrumentation used in geological research, including computing and data handling. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GLY 5286L. (F)
GLY 5286L Research Instrumentation and Techniques in Geology Lab (1). Introduction to advanced instrumentation and analytical techniques in Geology, including computing and data processing. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GLY 5286. (F)
GLY 5287C Scanning Electron Microscopy with EDS Analysis (3). Imaging and microanalysis of materials using SEM including EDS. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
GLY 5288C Electron Microprobe Microanalysis with EDS Analysis (3). Imaging and analysis or geological and other materials using electron microprobe with EDS analysis. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
GLY 5298 Topics in Geochemistry (3). Seminar covering current research in selected areas of low-temperature geochemistry: oceans and oceanic sediments; continental waters and sediments; hydrothermal systems. Prerequisites: GLY 5246 or permission of the instructor.
GLY 5322 Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry (3). Presentation and discussion of current topics in igneous petrology and geochemistry in a seminar format. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (S) (F)
GLY 5329 Planet Earth: Solid Earth (1). Essentials of the formation and evolution of the crust mantle and core of the earth. Composition and physical properties. Generation of magmas, their geochemistry.
GLY 5335 Metamorphic Geology (3). Metamorphic mineralogy; characteristics of low, medium and high pressure metamorphic rocks; pressure-temperature determinations; metamorphic textures; modeling and determination of P-T-t paths. (F in alternate years)
GLY 5335L Metamorphic Geology Lab (1). Petrographic examination of metamorphic rocks. (F)
GLY 5346 Sedimentary Petrology (3). Systematic study of sedimentary rocks. Special emphasis on genetical aspects, geochemistry, paleontology, mineralogy, and microfacies. Emphasizes microscopic study. Prerequisite: GLY 4551. Corequisite: GLY 5346L. (F in alternate years)
GLY 5346L Sedimentary Petrology Lab (1). Laboratory studies of sediments and sedimentary rocks with emphasis on microscopic analyses and geochemical techniques. Prerequisites: GLY 4551 and GLY 4551L. Corequisite: GLY 5346. (F in alternate years)
GLY 5408 Advanced Structural Geology (3). Advanced treatment of the theory of rock mechanics to solve problems of natural rock deformation. Prerequisites: GLY 4400, MAC 3413, or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GLY 5408L. (S)
GLY 5408L Advanced Structural Geology Lab (1). Problem solving in theory of rock deformation. Experimental procedures in rock mechanics. Corequisite: GLY 5408. (S)
GLY 5415 Caribbean Geology and Tectonics (3). Integration of geologic and geophysical data to understand the evolution and present tectonic configuration of the Caribbean area. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
GLY 5425 Tectonics (3). Properties of the lithosphere; plate kinematics and continental drift; characteristics of plate boundaries; mountain belts; formation of sedimentary basins. Prerequisites: GLY 1010, 1100, 4400, 4300, 3202 or permission of the instructor. (S)
GLY 5455 Physical Volcanology (3). Description of volcanoes and their products, geophysical and tectonic constraints on volcanic processes, and modeling and forecasting of volcanic eruptions. Prerequisites: GLY 4450, GLY 4300 or permission of the instructor. (F in alternate years)
GLY 5457 Geophysical Data Analysis (3). Computer analysis and modeling of geophysical data and digital images. Statistical description of data, linear inverse theory, digital signal and image processing. Computer exercises with MATLAB. Prerequisites: GLY 4450, MAP 2302, MAS 3105, PHY 2048, PHY 2049 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: GLY 5457L. (S)
GLY 5457L Analysis of Geophysical Data Lab (1). Field and laboratory applications of geophysical techniques. Computer aided analysis and three-dimensional modeling of gravity and magnetic data. Prerequisites: GLY 4450, PHY 2048, PHY 2049, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAP 2302. Corequisite: GLY 5457. (S)
GLY 5495 Seminar in Geophysics (2). Detailed investigation of current geophysical techniques, including topics on instrument design. Prerequisites: GLY 5457 or permission of the instructor. (F/S)
GLY 5497 Topics in Structural Geology and Tectonics (3). Selected advanced topics in structural geology and rock deformation. Latest advances in crustal tectonics. Prerequisite: GLY 5408. (F/S)
GLY 5599 Seminar in Stratigraphy (3). Discussion of research projects and/or current literature in stratigraphic correlation as derived from sedimentologic principles and biozonation. Prerequisite: GLY 5346. (F)
GLY 5608 Advanced Paleontology I (3). Discussion of current literature and research projects on evolution, systematics functional morphology, with reports by members of the seminar. Prerequisites: GLY 4650 or permission of the instructor. (F)
GLY 5621 Caribbean Stratigraphic Micropaleontology (3). Microscopic study of biostratigraphic type sections from the Caribbean area. Emphasis on planktonic foraminifera and radiolaria, paleoecologic and paleoclimatic interpretations. Prerequisites: GLY 4650 or permission of the instructor. (F)
GLY 5628 Radiogenic Isotope Methods (3). Theory and practice of radiogenic isotope ratio measuring techniques. Use of class-100 clean room facilities, and introduction to thermal ionization mass spectrometry. Prerequisite: General Chemistry.
GLY 5655 Topics in Paleobiology (1-3). Various concepts in paleobiology are reviewed and discussed, based on readings of the literature, including journal articles and books. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
GLY 5710 Watershed Hydrology (3). Hydrologic processes on watershed, water budgets, effects on water quality, field investigative methods using tracers and hydrometric measurements, hydrologic and hydrochemical models.
GLY 5754 Applied Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences (3). Application of remote sensing and image analysis in the earth sciences; qualitative and quantitative satellite image and air photo interpretation. Emphasis is on use of computer processing packages. Prerequisites: GLY 1010 or permission of the instructor.
GLY 5758 GIS and Spatial Analysis for Earth Scientists (3). Application of GIS technology to spatial problems in the Earth Sciences. Topics include: spatial statistics, sampling theory, surface estimation, map algebra, and suitability modeling.
GLY 5785 Caribbean Shallow-Marine Environments (3). Field study of multiple tropical environments in the Caribbean area. Dynamic processes and coastal evolution in response to natural and human-induced changes.
GLY 5786 Advanced Field Excursion (1-6). A study of the geology of a selected region of the world followed by 10-12 day field trip in order to study the field relationships of the geologic features. Special emphasis is given to stratigraphic, structural and tectonic relationships of lithic package. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (SS)
GLY 5808 Mining Geology (3). Application of theoretical models of ore formation to exploration and the use of geochemical and geophysical techniques in the search for ore deposits. Prerequisites: GLY 4300 and CHM 1046. (F/S)
GLY 5816 Economic Geology (3). Economically important metal deposits of sedimentary, igneous and hydrothermal origins and their geologic settings and characteristics. Prerequisites: GLY 1010, GLY 4300, CHM 1045, CHM 1046. (F)
GLY 5826 Hydrogeologic Modeling (3). Techniques used in modeling groundwater flow and solute transport in geologic systems. Case studies of significant aquifers. Prerequisites: GLY 5827, MAP 2302, or permission of the instructor. (S,SS)
GLY 5827 Hydrogeology (3). Physics of flow in geological media. Saturated and unsaturated flow, groundwater and the hydrologic cycle, estimating hydraulic parameters of aquifers, introduction to chemical transport. Prerequisites: GLY 1010, MAC 2312, and PHY 2053, or permission of the instructor. (F)
GLY 5827L Hydrogeology Lab (1). Laboratory, field, and computer exercises to complement GLY 5827. (F)
GLY 5828 Chemical Hydrogeology and Solute Transport (3). Quantitative analysis of hydrologic, geologic, and chemical factors controlling water quality and the transport and fate of organic and inorganic solutes in the subsurface. Prerequisite: GLY 5827. (S)
GLY 5834 Field Hydrogeology (3). Field methods in hydrogeology. Drilling, logging, wells, data loggers, hydraulic conductivity/transmissivity measurements, purging, field chemistry parameter measurements, sampling methods. Prerequisites: GLY 4822 or permission of the instructor.
GLY 5835 Introduction to Lattice Boltzmann Methods (3). The course will provide an introduction to Lattice Boltzmann methods for fluid dynamics simulation. Emphasis on multiphase fluids. Prerequisites: Programming Skills, graduate standing, permission of the instructor.
GLY 5889 Geology for Environmental Scientists and Engineers (3). Characterization of rocks and rock masses; geological maps; seismic hazards; weathering of rocks; hydrologic cycle; slope stability; coastal processes; geophysical techniques. Course includes field trips in the South Florida region. Prerequisites: CHM 1045, GLY 1010, or permission of the instructor. (S)
GLY 5931 Graduate Seminar (1). Presentation or critical examination of current research problems in geology. A selection of topics is considered each term. Topics may also include individual research in the student’s field of investigation. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. (F,S,SS)
MET 3003 General Meteorology (3). A quantitative introduction to the Earth’s atmosphere. Topics include tropical and mid-latitude weather, clouds and convection, solar and infrared radiation, general circulation and climate, and an overview of meteorological dynamics. Prerequisites: PHY 2048 or permission of the instructor.
MET 3014 Meteorological Dynamics I (3). A first course in the motions of the Earth’s atmosphere. Topics include meteorological coordinates, atmospheric equations of motion, circulation and vorticity, balanced flows, boundary-layers and friction, and atmospheric waves. Prerequisites: MAC 2312, PHY 2048.
MET 3015 Meteorological Dynamics II (3). Second course in the motions of the Earth's atmosphere. Topics include two-dimensional Rossby waves, baroclinc instability, tropical dynamics, and general circulation. Prerequisites: MAC 2313, PHY 2048, or permission of the instructor.
MET 3102 Physical Climatology (3). Climate and its global distribution, the climate controls and processes, the influences of climate on the environment.
MET 3502 Synoptic Meteorology (3). Atmospheric fluid dynamics applied to mid-latitude weather systems. Four dimensional analysis of weather systems and forecasts. Prerequisite: MET 3003.
MET 3502L Synoptic Meteorology Laboratory (1). Development of diagnostic techniques for understanding of weather systems, using modern technological tools (e.g., we-based data, Doppler radar, satellite and real-time mesoscale models) to do weather forecasting. Prerequisite: MET 3003.
MET 4300 Severe Weather (3). Local wind systems, thunderstorms, squall lines, mesoscale convection systems, hurricanes, and their interactions with synoptic scale systems. Prerequisites: MET 3003.
MET 4301 Dynamic Meteorology I (3). Air motion in rotating coordinates, pressure forces, hydrostatic balance, energy balance, and momentum and mass conservation, circulation and vorticity. Prerequisites: PHY 2048, PHY 2049.
MET 4302 Dynamic Meteorology II (3). Physical mechanisms that control synoptic-scale air motion in mid-latitude, Rossby waves, mesoscale circulations, and general circulations. Prerequisites: PHY 2048, PHY 2049, MET 4301.
MET 4400 Meteorological Instrumentation and Observations (3). Calibration and operation of basic meteorological sensors used to measure temperature, atmospheric flow, pressure, and moisture, including satellite and radar. Prerequisites: PHY 2048, MET 3003.
MET 4420 Physical Meteorology (3). Solar and infrared radiation, first and second thermodynamic law, entropy, phase change, physics of moist air and aerosols, condensation, clouds and precipitation formation processes. Prerequisites: PHY 2048, PHY 2049, MET 3003.
MET 4532 Hurricanes (3). Hurricane formation, motion, and impacts for undergraduates and beginning graduate students in engineering, physical sciences and social sciences. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
OCE 2001 Introduction to Oceanography (3). The oceans, their nature and extent. Water of the oceans, chemical balance. Marine provinces, sediments and their relation to sea life and oceanic circulation, coastal provinces, sediments and their relation to sea life and oceanic circulation, coastal and deep-ocean circulation. Waves, tides, tsunamis. One field trip expected. (F,S,SS)
OCE 3014 Oceanography (3). The ocean origin, physical properties, salinity, temperature, sound. Radiative properties, heat budget and climatic control. Tides, wind-driven motion-monsoon circulation. El Nino phenomenon. Subsurface water masses. Oceanic circulation and paleoclimates. (F,S,SS)
OCE 3014L Oceanography Lab (1). Laboratory investigation of the chemical and physical properties of seawater, ocean water motion and its effects. Corequisite: OCE 3014.
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