Planet Earth (3)
Introductory geology for the nonscience major, designed to give a broad, basic understanding of the planet on which we reside, its age and origin, composition and evolution, interrelationships of Earth's major physical systems, scientific revolutions in Earth science, and the role the physical Earth plays in global politics and economics.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:101.
Introductory Geology (4)
principles, processes, chemistry, and physics of the Earth and the interplay of Earth systems. Course explores the Earth as a whole, its origin, structure, composition, history, and the nature of the processes that resulted in its formation and its present state.
Course includes a 3-hour laboratory session. Previously listed as 01:460:103. Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:100.
Introductory Geology II: Historical (3)
Principles and concepts of plate tectonics and reconstructing past
geography and environments; history of Earth's climate, environments,
biogeochemical cycles, and life through time.
Pre- or corequisite: 01:460:101. Designed for majors and minors. Credit not given for this course and 01:460:212.
Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)
For students requiring fulfillment of the geological sciences lab requirement who have previously taken 01:460:100 Planet Earth, or an equivalent of 01:460:101 Introductory Geology without a lab. Lab times are those scheduled for 01:460:101 labs. Explores mineral and rock identification, geological sample analysis, structural and seismological interpretation, and field observation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor only.
Sea Change (3)
History of global and regional sea-level changes through
geological time and their impact on the New Jersey coast. Relationships among
carbon dioxide, temperature, and sea-level change. Social, ethical, economic,
and political concerns are explored.
Introduction to Oceanography (3)
Ongoing discoveries and developing knowledge including plate tectonics, the properties and motion of the ocean (waves, tides, and currents), ocean resources (food, energy, minerals), and related marine environmental issues that are changing our understanding of the way our planet works and that impact on our lives.
Credit not given for this course and 01:460:209 or 11:628:120.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes (3)
Plate tectonics and the origin of earthquakes and volcanoes: causes, mechanisms, consequences, and effect on humans.
Environmental Geology (3)
Analyses of issues and case studies related to cleaning up the environment, finding and using resources, predicting and mitigating natural disasters, and understanding global change.
Building and Maintaining a Habitable Planet (3)
Understanding human-caused environmental changes in the context of Earth's 4.6-billion-year history. Geological and human timescales; planetary habitability; planetary, biological, and civilizational flows of energy and entropy; feedback between life, the carbon cycle, and climate; the evolution of complex life; human alterations of the Earth system; intelligent life in the universe.
The Water Planet (3)
Survey of the science, environmental impact, and resource allocation of water on Earth. Characteristics of water: hydrologic cycle; runoff and erosion; river systems; past and present climates; water quality; political and economic aspects of water.
Credit not given for both this course and 11:628:204.
Survey of dinosaurian evolution and diversity. Discovery and collection; reconstruction of anatomy, behavior, physiology, and habitats; origin, evolutionary radiation, and extinction.
Oil and Gold: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (3)
Introduction to the geologic setting and origin of the
Earth's natural resources. Topics
include the exploitation of energy resources (oil and gas) and metallic and
nonmetallic deposits and its impact on society.
Rocks and Minerals (3)
Systematics of rock-forming minerals. Description, geologic setting, and origin of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.
Lec. and lab 3 hrs. Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:301 and 01:460:302.
Earth and Life through Time (3)
Relationship between the development of continents and oceans, changes in sedimentary environments, and the evolution of life through time.
Designed for nonmajors. Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:102.
A Walk through Time: Evolution of Mammals (3)
Introduction to current perspectives
on the origins and fossil history of mammals. Critical evaluation of the how
and why theories of evolution and
adaption through a detailed presentation of the who, what, when, and why.
Mars: The Next Frontier (3)
Mars observations test models of evolution of planet and the potential for life beyond the Earth. The prospect of human habitation on our neighbor Mars. Older ideas and modern models of the planets in the context of over 40 missions to Mars and evidence from known Martian meteorites.
Geology of the Moons and Planets (3)
Formation and evolution of the solar system and the solid objects in it as constrained by both astronomical evidence of stellar/planetary evolution and by direct observations of meteorites and from missions to planets and other bodies. The concept of the "habitable zone" exoplanets around other stars compared to our local planets.
Investigation of the origin,
evolution, and distribution of life in our solar system and beyond. Addresses some of the biggest questions in science today such as where life began, whether there is life on other planets,
and how scientists search for extraterrestrial life.
Introduction to Sedimentary Geology (4)
Interpretation of sedimentary rocks;
their relation to depositional environment and processes. Analysis of
sedimentary sequences in time and space. Principles of correlation.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Field trips. Prerequisites: 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103.
Chemistry, crystal structure, optical properties of minerals, and minerals as records of processes that shaped the Earth and extraterrestrial bodies. Laboratory: identification of minerals in hand specimen, thin section, electron microprobe, and scanning electron microscope.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Field trips. Prerequisites: 01:160:161, 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103. Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:210.
Origin of Earth's crust and mantle through the study of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Laboratory: hand specimens and thin sections of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Field trips. Prerequisite: 01:460:301. Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:210.
Principles of paleobiology and phylogenetic systematics. Phylogenetic and mathematical analyses of the Earth's fossil record. Laboratory study of invertebrate fossils. Field trips to examine fossil-bearing rock formations.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103.
Introduction to Geochemistry (4)
Low- and high-temperature geochemistry, element distribution, geochemical structure of the Earth. Laboratory exercises include sample materials, preparation techniques, mass spectrometry, data collection, reduction, and interpretation.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103, 01:160:161.
Evolution and Geologic Time (3)
Major events in the evolution of life on Earth; evolutionary pattern and process through geologic time; relationship of macro- and microevolutionary theory.
Prerequisites: 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103.
Introduction to Geophysics (4)
Principles of subsurface exploration using seismic waves, gravity and magnetic fields, electric currents, and electromagnetic waves. Applications to problems on scales from global to local. Practical training in executing local geophysical surveys (seismic, electric, magnetic).
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Fields trips. Prerequisites: 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103, 01:750:203.
Geology Colloquium (1,1)
Current research in geological sciences.
Lec. and discussions 1 hr. For geological sciences majors only.
Geological Context (3)
Field and laboratory studies of geological context in archaeological sites. Data collection and sampling, sediment analysis, and reporting. Interpretation of depositional and postdepositional features.
Recommended prerequisite: 01:460:300. Credit not given for both this course and 01:070:394.
Geochronology in Geosciences and Anthropology (3)
Isotopic, astronomical, and paleomagnetic dating techniques in geology and anthropology.
Prerequisites: 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103.
Structural Geology and Geologic Maps (4)
Geometry and origin of brittle and ductile structures; stress, strain, rheology, and deformation mechanisms; geologic maps and cross sections; introduction to tectonics and regional structural geology.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Field trips. Prerequisite: 01:460:101 or 01:460:103. Recommended pre- or corequisite: 01:460:300, 01:640:CALC1.
Application of Earth system science to understanding the evolution of landforms and landscapes on the Earth's surface.
Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 01:460:101 or equivalent.
Field Geology (3)
Methodology of field investigations: pace and compass; aerial photo and topographic mapping; construction of geological maps and cross sections; interpretations of seismic profiles; preparation of written reports.
Lec. 1 hr., lab. 6 hrs. Prerequisite: 01:460:407 or permission of instructor. Satisfies field requirement.
Geological Field Methods (2)
Introduction to geological mapping and related field investigations; surveying methods; construction of geological maps, stratigraphic sections, and cross sections; interpretation of seismic reflection profiles; computer applications; preparation of written reports.
Pre- or corequisites: 01:460:407 and 300. Course does not satisfy the field requirement.
Hydrologic Processes (3)
Introduction to physical principles of water cycling through the Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, with emphasis on water storage, flux, and flow pathways among the various reservoirs near the land surface.
Prerequisites: 01:640:CALC1 and 01:750:203 General Physics (3) or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Environmental Geochemistry (3)
Distribution of elements in the sedimentary environment; behavior of trace metals in sediments and waters.
Pre- or corequisites: 01:160:162, 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103.
Geological Modeling (3)
Computer techniques for collection, processing, interpretation, and presentation of geological and geophysical data. Computer-based modeling exercises in geologic and geophysical exploration and environment assessment.
Pre- or corequisite: 01:460:300, 301, or 303.
Introduction to physical and chemical principles of fluid flow and mass transport through geologic media, with emphasis on quantitative characterization of groundwater systems.
Prerequisites: 01:640:CALC1, 01:750:203, and 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 and 01:460:103; or permission of instructor.
Tectonics and Regional Structural Geology (3)
Theories of tectonics, regional tectonostratigraphic analysis, and development of the Earth's Phanerozoic orogens.
Structure and Formation of the Terrestrial Planets (3)
Examination of planetary formation
processes and hypotheses of planetary evolution in the solar system drawn from
seismological and petrological observations of Earth's well-organized lithological
and chemical parts.
Prerequisites: 01:460:302, 01:460:304, 01:460:306, or permission of instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 16:460:506.
Dynamics of Planetary Interiors (3)
Applications of continuum mechanics,
thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics to the processes within the Earth and other
rocky planets of the solar system. Combines fundamental theory with hands-on
computer-based data manipulation to connect theoretical expectations of simple
models with current knowledge about the planets.
Marine Geology (3)
Structure and oceanographic setting, marine sediments, evolution of ocean basins and margins.
Studies of foraminifera, calcareous nannoplankton, and siliceous microplankton emphasizing stratigraphic, paleoecologic, and paleoceanographic utility.
History of the Earth System (3)
Earth as an evolving physical/biological system, including physical and
biogeochemical processes whose interactions have shaped Earth's
environment over geologic time.
Pre- or corequisites: Any three of 01:119:102 or 116, 01:160:162, 01:460:101, 01:750:204, or permission of instructor.
Major Events in Earth History (3)
History of the solid Earth, oceans, atmosphere, and life
over the past >4.5 billion years as narrated by major events in the
Prerequisites: All courses for geological sciences majors in their senior year, or by special permission.
Independent Studies in Geology (1-3,1-3)
Topic of study chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser.
Prerequisites: Minimum 3.0 cumulative and geology grade-point averages. Adviser's approval required for registration. Credits by arrangement.
Honors in Geology (3,3)
Research project chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser.
Both semesters must be completed to receive credit. See section on departmental honors program for registration requirements.