Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Energy and Earth Resources

Energy and Earth Resources

GEOL 0010 Principles of Astronomy       

The course involves a systematic survey of both the solar system and stellar astronomy which includes historical perspectives and modern discoveries. The planets, stars, galaxies and cosmology are discussed in detail homework and class exercises expose the student to practical methods of astronomy and utilize basic math skills of algebra and trigonometry. 4 credits

GEOL 0015 Physical Geology      

The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of geology and its processes and an appreciation of how geology relates to the human experience. The required laboratory work includes the study and identification of rocks and minerals; the interpretation of topographic maps, aerial photographs, and geologic maps; and the study of glaciation and ground water. At least one lab session will be a field trip. Fulfills general education requirements in the Division of Natural Sciences. 4 credits

GEOL 0024 Meterology (QR)      

This course will provide students with an overview of the earth's weather systems. Emphasis will be on lab-centered, hands-on activities designed to demonstrate weather phenomenon through a holistic approach. Topics will include, but are not limited to structure and composition of the atmosphere, global patterns of circulation, pressure systems, fronts, air masses, weather maps and weather prediction, and climate systems. Students will be required to complete weekly assignments, and there will be a semester project. At least one class session will be a field trip. Fulfills general education requirements in the Division of Natural Sciences. 4 credits

GEOL 0061 Historical Geology   

Basic principles for reconstructing the geologic past are introduced, and Earth history is surveyed in terms of geological and biological evolution from the origin of the solar system to the present. Laboratory work includes study of rocks as clues to Earth history, identification of fossils, stratigraphic correlation, paleoenvironmental and paleogeographic reconstruction, and interpretation of geologic history from geologic maps. Includes a two-day (weekend) field trip. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 0083 Introduction to Physical Oceanography         

Emphasis on physical aspects of the oceans. Topics include geology of the seafloor, chemical and physical nature of seawater, waves, tides, coastal systems, ocean resources, and environmental concerns. 3 credits

GEOL 0086 Environmental Geology        

This course will provide the student with an awareness of the environmental problems and geologic hazards facing mankind today. The main topics include: volcanism, earthquakes, flooding, slope instability, hydrologic cycle, surface and ground water supply, water law, water pollution, fuel resources, acid mine drainage, and greenhouse effect. 3 credits

GEOL 0087 Earth, Climate, and Life Through Time            

A non-laboratory introductory course intended for students other than geology majors. The course examines interactions between the solid earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere in an earth systems context. Topics covered include plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanic hazards, evolution of the atmosphere and oceans, and climate change. The origin of life, evolution and mass extinctions will also be examined in relation to the changing earth system.  3 credits

GEOL 0090 Earthquakes and Volcanoes                

Introductory class that will provide the student with an understanding of how earthquakes and volcanoes occur and impact our planet. Earthquakes and volcanoes can vary from small phenomena with little effect on their surrounding environment to large-scale disasters that impact a wide-geographical region. This course will explore the physical causes, the differences between small and large events, and the results that impact the landscape of our planet. 3 credits

GEOL 1000 Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy                

The symmetry, structure, and crystal chemistry of minerals are the focus of this course. Laboratory work includes the physical properties of minerals and hand sample identification. The student is introduced to the use of the polarizing microscope as a tool for mineral identification. Permission of instructor required if prerequisite is not fulfilled. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1004 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrography           

The origin, occurrence, and classification of rocks form the heart of the course. Problems of petrogenesis are approached through the use of phase equilibria and crystal chemistry. Laboratory work includes hand specimen identification and the use of the polarizing microscope. Prerequisite: GEOL 1000. 4 credits

GEOL 1005 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy       

Course focuses on sedimentological processes and products, depositional environments, and modern stratigraphic principles. Lab emphasizes description and interpretation of various types of sedimentological and stratigraphic data. PREQ: GEOL 0061; NO CREQ. 4 credits

GEOL 1061 Geomorphology       

This course is a survey of the major landform features found on the Earth's surface. Each landform type is first described qualitatively and then examined in terms of the processes, such as stream flow or glacial activity, which cause its development. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with geomorphic principles. Course includes a required three-day field trip. Permission of instructor required if prerequisite is not met. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1105 Hydrology   

Detailed discussion of all parts of the hydrologic cycle except for groundwater. Topics include precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, interception, surface water runoff, watershed analysis, flood and low-flow frequency analysis, water quality, and statistical treatment of hydrologic data. A number of labs will be field exercises. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1106 Hydrogeology            

Topics to be covered include soil moisture and groundwater regimes, hydraulic conductivity of Earth materials, principles of groundwater flow, well hydraulics, aquifer characteristics and testing, geology of groundwater occurrence, and groundwater contamination. Permission of instructor required if prerequisite is not met. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1108 Report Writing and Computer Applications in Geology          

Conventions of scientific writing are introduced and applied to the preparation of geologic reports. Covers use of various types of software and web-based resources used in geologic research and report writing. Poster and oral presentation are required term projects. Prerequisites: GEOL 0015, and 0061. 4 credits

GEOL 1110 Structural Geology  

Mechanical properties of rock deformation, the principles of geologic mapping, and introductory methods of structural analysis are included in this course. Laboratory work includes solving geologic structural problems using orthrographic and stereographic methods, fault motion, and drill hole interpretation. Prerequisites: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1139 Geology of Soils       

The genesis, classification, properties, and use of soil are discussed with emphasis on topics of current interest. Relationships of soils to geology, chemistry, and biology are stressed. One year of chemistry is recommended. Permission of instructor is required if prerequisite is not met. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1150 Senior Project            

The student selects, with the project director's assistance, an area of study, prepares a proposal, performs the research, and prepares both written and oral reports to be presented to the geology and planetary science faculty. Prerequisite: GEOL 1108. 4 credits

GEOL 1157 Geologic Field Methods       

Course format emphasizes practical work in field situations with supplemental lectures and includes introduction to the use of the Brunton compass, altimeter, allidade, and field mapping techniques. Emphasis is on local geology. Attendance at any accredited field camp is an acceptable substitute. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1160 Selected Topics         

An examination of current geologic trends and problems. 1 credit

GEOL 1161 Selected Topics         

An examination of current geologic trends and problems. 2 credits

GEOL 1162 elected Topics           

An examination of current geologic trends and problems. 3 credits

GEOL 1164 Selected Topics         

An examination of current geologic trends and problems. Permission of instructor is required. 4 credits

GEOL 1170 Internships 

Experience with local and state cooperating agencies or departmental assistantships. Permission of instructor is required. 1-12 credits

GEOL 1202 Introduction to Invertebrate Paleontology  

Geologically significant fossils are studied with emphasis on paleoecology and evolution. Laboratory work involves morphological study of fossils and use of fossils in solving geological and paleontological problems. Permission of instructor required if prerequisite is not met. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1406 Introduction to Solid-Earth Geophysics         

Study in the application of gravity, seismology, magnetism and resistivity to determination o the composition and structure of the earth. Geophysical equipment operation, data collection, and interpretation are covered. Prerequisite: GEOL 0015. 4 credits

GEOL 1905 Independent Study 

This course permits undergraduates to explore specific topics in the geological sciences. The course is designed in a more flexible format than a directed study, stressing a higher degree of independent library research. Permission of instructor required. 1-12 credits

GEOL 1906 Directed Research   

This course provides the opportunity for undergraduates to obtain hands-on experience in geology by actively interacting with faculty members on research projects. Permission of instructor required. 1-12 credits

GEOL 1907 Directed Reading     

This course is designed to permit individual students the opportunity to explore in-depth specific topics in the geological sciences. The course is organized by a series of selected readings on specific topics. Permission of instructor required. 1-12 credits