Offered Courses

Course Name
Code
Credits

Explorations in Geology

GEY1010
1

These are lecture, lab, or seminar courses on selected, introductory-level topics in geology, especially those of interest to non-science majors. The topic for each course will be announced prior to the semester of offering, and the course may be taken more than once for credit. No more than two credits of GEY 1010 may be used to satisfy the minimum geology requirements for BA.GEY majors.


Offered: Periodically

Dynamic Earth

GEY1030
4

This is an introductory geology course which examines the geological features of the earth and the processes that operate in the interior and on the surface of the earth which are responsible for their formation. Topics studied include volcanos, earthquakes, mountain building, plate tectonics, glaciers, minerals, rocks, streams and groundwater. Also covered are the techniques and methods geologists use to learn more about the earth.


Offered: Fall

The Earth through Time

GEY1050
4

This is an introductory geology course that examines the evolution of the earth, and the life on the earth, from 4.6 billion years ago to the present. We will develop the foundation necessary to understand the evidence and clues geologists use to interpret earth history.


Offered: Spring, odd years

Mineralogy

GEY2010
4

This course includes basic identification of rocks and minerals and microscopic study of minerals. Minerals will be studied in hand specimen and microscopically. Rocks will be studied in hand specimen. The formation of both minerals and rocks will be covered.


Offered: Fall, even years

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

GEY2020
4

Interpretation of sedimentary processes and depositional environments through the study of sedimentary rocks and their characteristics is the focus of this course. Identification of siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentary rocks, and recognition of textural features and sedimentary structures, along with vertical and lateral variation in lithology, provides the necessary data to interpret past environments of deposition, and how those environments have changed through time. The physical and chemical processes involved in weathering and diagenesis will be studied.


Offered: Spring, odd years

Field Mapping

GEY2030
1

An introductory field mapping course for students considering a geology major, and a prerequisite for summer field camp. This course will be conducted almost entirely outdoors, familiarizing students with geologic structures and stratigraphy in the field and how to map them. Use of the Brunton compass and other tools will be stressed.


Offered: Fall, even years

Energy and Environment

GEY2110
4

This course is designed to introduce students to the important topic of energy resources and the environmental consequences of our choice of energy. The course will describe the geologic framework and environmental aspects of fossil fuels (petroleum, coal and natural gas), renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydro, geothermal), and nuclear fission, as well as energy sources still in development or of controversial value, such as hydrogen fuel, biomass, ethanol, biodiesel, and nuclear fusion. Weekly labs will consist of field trips to power plants and other places that illustrate various types of energy production, as well as laboratory introductions to relevant geologic materials.


Offered: Periodically

Geology Laboratory Teaching Assistant

GEY2510
1

The student will assist the laboratory instructor with lab preparation and clean-up, will assist students in the laboratory, and may be asked to maintain a journal or complete some other form of reflective writing. May be taken more than once for credit.

Internship in Geology

GEY2810
1-12

Signed contract required at time of registration.

Independent Study

GEY2900
1-3

The student must initiate the application with a written proposal to the instructor with whom the student wishes to work. Number of credits to be earned must be stated. The original proposal, signed by the student and the instructor, must be submitted to the department chair for approval. This process must be completed prior to registration for the semester in which credit is to be earned. Signed contract required at time of registration.

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

GEY3010
4

This course includes understanding the genesis of igneous rocks (intrusive and volcanic) and metamorphic rocks, including plate tectonic settings, mechanisms of magma production and rock metamorphism, and rock and mineral identification.


Offered: Spring, odd years

Aqueous Geochemistry

GEY3030
3

This course is designed to show the application of chemical principles to the study of geology. Topics covered include aqueous geochemistry, activity-concentration relations, carbonate equilibria, pH-fO2 diagrams, isotope systems, and the application of geochemistry to solving environmental problems.


Offered: Spring, even years

Structural Geology

GEY3050
4

The origin and development of structural features of the earth's crust, folding, faulting, volcanism, metamorphism.


Offered: Spring, even years

Hydrogeology

GEY3110
4

This is an applied hydrogeology course with lecture, laboratory and field experience. Course material will include the hydrologic cycle, ground water, wells, water quality/contamination and flow modeling. Lecture and lab.


Offered: Fall, odd years

Topics in Geology

GEY3710
1

This course is for advanced geology students interested in learning more about a special topic in geology. Examples of topics: ore deposits, oceanography, glaciation, and isotope systems in geology. May be repeated for credit.


Offered: Periodically

Internship in Geology

GEY3810
1-12

Independent Study

GEY3910
1-3

The student must initiate the application with a written proposal to the instructor with whom the student wishes to work. Number of credits to be earned must be stated. The original proposal, signed by the student and the instructor, must be submitted to the Department Chair for approval. This process must be completed prior to registration for the semester in which credit is to be earned.

Regional Geology

GEY4020
4

Through lecture, lab and extensive field trips, the geology of Vermont, the Appalachians and the regional geology of North America is studied. Eastern and western mountains will be compared.


Offered: Fall, odd years

Internship in Geology

GEY4810
1-12

Research in Geology

GEY4900
3-6

Research in geology offers the opportunity for detailed study of a particular geologic problem chosen in consultation with an appropriate faculty member. The course requires prior approval and regular meetings with the instructor for the duration of the semester.

Independent Study

GEY4910
1-3cr

The student must initiate the application with a written proposal to the instructor with whom the student wishes to work. Number of credits to be earned must be stated. The original proposal, signed by the student and the instructor, must be submitted to the department chair for approval.