Graduate Courses

Students must select at least one course from each of the following groups: 

a.  5306, 5332, 5401, 5402, 5403    b.  5308, 5312, 5316, 5317    c.  5320, 5322, 5326, 5328    d. 5101

GEOL 5101 Graduate Seminar (1-0)  The course deals with modern fields of research in the geosciences. The format varies from group discussions to the presentation of oral reports. The course can be taken for credit up to a maximum of three times. At least one semester is required of all students.

GEOL 5302 Special Problems (3-0) Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.

GEOL 5304 Special Topics (3-0)  Individually directed readings and conferences on special topics in geology. A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor

GEOL 5306 Advanced Structural Methods (3-0) Discussion of new geophysical, paleomagnetic and structural methods. Application of these methods in resolving large-scale structural problems to scale, applied structural problems.

GEOL 5308 Advanced Igneous Petrology (3-0)  A study of the origin, emplacement, and distribution of igneous rocks utilizing thermodynamics, phase equilibria, major and trace elements and isotope geochemistry.

GEOL 5312 Volcanology (3-0) Origin and emplacement of volcanic systems. Application of information obtained from modern volcanoes, experimental studies and theoretical considerations to the understanding of ancient volcanic terrains.

GEOL 5316 Trace Elements in Magmatic Systems (3-0) Discussions from current literature concerning the thermodynamics of trace element distribution and the application of isotopic and trace element geochemistry to models of magma genesis and evolution. Prerequisite: Geology 3410 or 4403, Chemistry 3404 recommended

GEOL 5317 Aqueous Geochemistry (3-0) The course involves the study of the geochemistry of surface and groundwater as applied to geologic and environmental problems. Prerequisite: Geology 3410 and Chemistry 3404 recommended

GEOL 5320 Advanced Paleontology (3-0)  Understanding the basic principles of evolution and ecology through the study of fossil organisms. The use of fossils in historical interpretations.

GEOL 5322 Stratigraphic Analysis (3-0) The determination of the depositional history of sedimentary rocks by the study of lithology and paleontology.

GEOL 5326 Carbonate Petrology (3-0) Origin, classification and diagenesis of ancient and modern carbonate rocks and sediments.

GEOL 5328 Advanced Sedimentation (3-0) Selected recent sedimentary environments and their ancient counterparts. Methods of investigation of sediments and sedimentary rocks with emphasis on terrigenous environments and rocks.

GEOL 5332 Dynamic Stratigraphy (3-0) An analysis of the stratigraphic record emphasizing the relationships between dynamic processes and facies changes in modern and ancient environments.

GEOL 5333 The Dynamic Earth (3-0) An earth science course designed to provide the elementary and secondary teacher with modern concepts of plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes and other manifestations of the dynamic earth.

GEOL 5401 Remote Sensing (3-3) A course dealing with the uses of remote sensing for geology interpretation. The lab provides practical application of a technique used in almost all fields of geology.

GEOL 5402 Interdisciplinary Geographical Information Systems (3-3) This course is designed to introduce the concepts of computer-based spatial data handling, referred to Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The interdisciplinary approach focuses on bringing students from diverse academic backgrounds together in a team effort to learn the fundamentals of GIS, including data sources, input, and analysis, and presentation of results.  It is recommended that the student have completed an introductory class in one of the following:  geology, biology, natural resource management, archeology, geography, or criminal justice. This graduate version of the class will require a term research project, preferably related to thesis project.  Prerequisite:  CS 1301, OFS 1384, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

GEOL 5403 Advanced Geographical Information Systems (3-3) This course is designed to build on the skills learned in the Interdisciplinary GIS class. Topics will include a review of advanced vector analysis, followed by a detailed coverage of raster based analysis. Projects will include the creation and manipulation of digital elevation models, classification on aerial and satellite imagery, and vector to raster conversion and analysis.  The projects and assignments will utilize an extensive Trans-Pecos spatial database housed in the Sul Ross GIS lab. Software used will include the Spatial and 3D Analyst extension for ArcGIS and ERDAS Image. The graduate requirements will include a term research project related to the individual student’s research interest. Prerequisite:  Geology 3401, Geology 5402 or approval of instructor.

GEOL 5404 Special Topics (3-3) A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.

GEOL 6301 Thesis Prospectus (0-6)  Satisfactory completion of this course will result in an acceptable prospectus presented to the Graduate Committee. The student will normally register for this course no earlier than the second semester of graduate study. The student will enroll each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by committee members or when use of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University is made.

GEOL 6302 Thesis Defense (0-6)  The student will enroll in this course each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by Committee members or when use of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University is made. Satisfactory completion of this course will result in the completed thesis presented to the Graduate Committee, accepted by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and filed in the Office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.