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Geoscience

Course Code
GEOS 305  Credits
Title Oceanography 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Introduction to oceanography, with emphasis on: ocean-atmospheric interaction and global climate, plate tectonics and morphology of the ocean basins, marine geology, energy resources, environmental problems due to sea level rise, coastal erosion, oil spills, and life in the sea. One field trip to observe shoreline processes is required. A special fee will be assessed to students participating in the field trip to cover the transportation costs. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
GEOS 307  Credits
Title Introduction to GIS 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students will use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques to acquire, adjust, extend, modify, integrate, analyze, map, and manage digital spatial data (both rasters and vectors) across space and time, using the standard ArcMap interface and extensions (especially 3D Analyst and Spatial Analyst) and customized toolboxes in ESRI’s ArcGIS suite of software. This course builds on concepts introduced in the Thinking Spatially (GEOS 207) and Cartography (GEOS 210) courses and applies them to physical, biological, and social data within a GIS.  



Course Code
GEOS 310  Credits
Title United States and Canada 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Regional survey of United States and Canada with emphasis on regional contrasts and interrelationships. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
GEOS 315  Credits
Title Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 
Prerequisite GEOS 115 GEOS 302 GEOS 303 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Classification and description of the various kinds of sediments and sedimentary rock units; sedimentary facies; cyclic sedimentation; and techniques of correlating sedimentary rocks. Laboratory exercises will be incorporated into the lecture period. One field trip is required. A special fee will be assessed to those students electing to participate on an optional field trip to cover transportation costs. 



Course Code
GEOS 320  Credits
Title Economic Geography 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course will focus on the geography of human economic activities, including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, trade, and the global patterns of world economics. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
GEOS 325  Credits
Title Reading Landscape: Ways of Seeing 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Explores the landscape concept as developed and applied within anthropology and the geosciences. Considers the interaction of culture and perception in the way we view our physical world. Writing Intensive. 



Course Code
GEOS 330  Credits
Title Elementary Meteorology 
Lasc Area
  • Goal 3
  • Goal 10
 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description The basic elements of weather, including temperature, pressure, condensation and precipitation, air masses and fronts, vorticity, jet streams and storms. MnTC Goal 3 and 10. 



Course Code
GEOS 335  Credits
Title Environmental Geography and Conservation 
Lasc Area Goal 10  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is a description, analysis, and spatial study of environmental problems including food supplies, energy resources, pollution of all types, wildlife habitat and habitat loss, and environmental change and degradation. The course will also explore the human impacts on environment and ecosystems, and discussions of conservation and preservation issues. MnTC Goal 10. 



Course Code
GEOS 340  Credits
Title Economic and Environmental Geology 
Prerequisite GEOS 115 GEOS 302 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course introduces students to aspects of geology important in understanding earth's energy and mineral resources and how human activities in extracting and using those resources affect our environment. Key topics covered include an introduction to water movements on and in the ground (hydrology), how pollutants move in that water, the geochemical interactions among earth, water, and air, ore-forming and oil-forming processes, economic considerations important in the use of natural resources, and environmental laws. 



Course Code
GEOS 350  Credits
Title Geoarchaeology 
Prerequisite ANTH 115 or GEOS 115 or GEOS 117 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines the application of Geoscience methods and techniques to archaeological deposits and materials. Emphasizes foundational concepts in Geoarchaeology, the role of Geoarchaeology in contemporary archaeology, and the application of geoarchaeological knowledge and skills to inform archaeological interpretation. 



Course Code
GEOS 360  Credits
Title Planetary Science 
Lasc Area Goal 3 Lab  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A synthesis of current knowledge of the members of the solar system and the origin and evolution of planetary systems. Lab included. MnTC Goal 3. 



Course Code
GEOS 360L  Credits
Title Planetary Science Laboratory 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a planetary science lab course that must be taken concurrently with GEOS 360



Course Code
GEOS 370  Credits
Title Structural Geology and Mapping 
Prerequisite GEOS 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course covers key aspects of structural geology including deformational structures, deformational styles, and material properties. The lab focuses on mapping skills such as interpretation of geological maps and inferring cross-sectional view based on map views. 



Course Code
GEOS 370L  Credits
Title Structural Geology and Mapping Lab 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a structural geology and mapping lab course that must be taken concurrently with GEOS 370



Course Code
GEOS 390  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Geosciences 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a topical course and may be repeated when the course topic changes. 



Course Code
GEOS 397  Credits 1-3 
Title Research in Geosciences 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Individual research in collaboration with instructor. Product may be a written report, publication, or report at a professional meeting. Project and its format must be accepted by research advisor before registration. May be repeated for different research projects. 



Course Code
GEOS 403  Credits
Title Introduction to Remote Sensing 
Prerequisite GEOS 205  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course provides an introduction to the use of remotely sensed data in environmental research. Remote sensing is the science of acquiring data using the measurement of electromagnetic radiation by techniques that do not require actual contact with the object or area being observed. Most environmental applications of remote sensing use instruments carried on satellites. The different sensors used to collect this information, and the interpretation techniques vary quite widely, and are being developed at an astounding rate. In this course, we will focus on the interpretation and applications of data from space-borne imaging systems (eg: Landsat MSS, Landsat TM, Landsat ETM+, Quickbird, IKONOS, MODIS, ASTER, AVHRR). 



Course Code
GEOS 407  Credits
Title Spatial Analysis 
Prerequisite GEOS 307 and GEOS 205 OR Approval from Instructor 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students will use advanced GIS techniques to spatially adjust, extend, modify, integrate, analyze, visualize, and correlate digital spatial data (both rasters and vectors) across space and time using ESRI’s ArcGIS extensions (especially 3D Analyst and Spatial Analyst) and customized toolboxes in ArcGIS. This course builds on concepts introduced in the Thinking Spatially (GEOS 207) and Introduction to GIS (GEOS 307) courses and applies them to physical and social data in a GIS. 



Course Code
GEOS 410  Credits
Title Eastern Europe and Russia 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is a regional study of Eastern Europe and Russia which will focus on the global importance of the nations of this region, and the origins of their influence. An understanding of the physical and cultural characteristics of the region will provide a foundation for the understanding of the events of recent history, and the geographic significance of the nation-states of the region. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
GEOS 415  Credits
Title Reading Geochemical Fingerprints 
Prerequisite GEOS 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course addresses the geochemical processes by which the Earth has become chemically differentiated, the impact of that differentiation on humans past and present, and the ways by which chemical fingerprints can be used to understand past human activities. Students can expect to learn about ore and soil-forming processes, processes for chemical and isotopic differentiation in the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, statistical methodologies for studying chemical differences, analytical methods for measuring chemical and isotopic properties of earth materials, influence of geographic distribution of resources on human occupation, and the use of chemical information in archaeological studies. Students will participate in solving geochemical and archaeological puzzles using chemical, mineralogical and textural information.