Indiana University Northwest
Department Of Geosciences

Department Of Geosciences

Course Descriptions


GEOL-G 101 : Introduction to Earth Science: Lecture

Origin and classification of minerals and rocks. Gradation processes and landform evolution. Atmosphere and weather. Geologic time and earth history. Earth resources. Two lectures each week. Credit is given for only one of the following: GEOL101, GEOL107. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

GEOL-G 102 : Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory

Classification and identification of minerals, rocks, and fossils. Weather and climates. Map projections, maps, and local topography. One laboratory each week. (Fall, Spring, Occasionally Summer)

GEOL-G 107 : Environmental Geology

An introduction to geology through discussion of geological topics that show the influence of geology on modern society. Topics include mineral and energy resources, water resources, geologic hazards and problems, geology and health, and land use. Credit given for only one of the following: GEOL101, or GEOL107. (see schedule of classes for offerings).

GEOL-G 108 : Selected Earth Science Topics

Selected topics of general interest in earth science offered as individual units. Consult Schedule of Classes for current offerings. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 185 : Global Environmental Change

The scientific basis behind natural and human-based global environmental changes. Geological perspective of the formation of the earth. Human activities influencing the natural system, including population, deforestation, water usage, acid rain, ozone depletion, smog and global warming. Subsequent human reactions. (see schedule of classes for offerings).

GEOL-G 209 : History of Earth

Earth history emphasizing physical and biological evolution. Geologic time, stratigraphic correlation, plate tectonics, paleodepositional environments, paleo­graphy, and evolution of life. Laboratory, field trip required. (Spring)

GEOL-G 210 : Oceanography

Introduction to the study of the oceans and marine processes. Emphasis on morphology of the ocean floor, life in the ocean, oceanic circulation, and submarine geology. Three lectures or two lectures with occasional laboratory per week. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 220 : Regional Geology Field Trip

Field investigation of selected regions of North America. Six to 15 days in the field. (Spring or Summer)

GEOL-G 221 : Introductory Mineralogy

Crystallography: morphology, classes, twinning habit. Physical and chemical mineralogy. Description, identification, association, occurrence, and use of common and important minerals. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. Required field trip. (Three semester rotation: Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019)

GEOL-G 222 : Introduction to Petrology

Dynamic processes that form igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks: Focus on composition, field occurrence, characteristics, classification, origin, laboratory description, and identification. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. Required field trip.  This class meets the intensiver writing require for the IUNorthwest campus. (Three semester rotation: Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2019)

GEOL-G 317 : Field and Laboratory Techniques

Field trips mandatory. A field and laboratory-based course. Content includes map construction, reading, and interpretation, surveying, computer graphics, aerial photography interpretation, lithostratigraphic logging of sediment and bedrock, stream gauging, statistical analysis of geological data, grain size analysis, and an instruction to GIS and remote sensing. (Summer or Fall-even years)

GEOL-G 323 : Structural Geology

Nature and origin of structural features of the earth's crust, with emphasis on mechanics of deformation. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. Required field trip. (Normally a three semester rotation. Following is the schedule through 2018:  Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2018)

GEOL-G 334 : Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Interrelationship of sedimentation and stratigraphy; process and factors influencing genesis of sedimentary strata; provenance, depositional environment, sedimentary facies, paleoecology; analytical techniques; application of principles to interpretation of stratigraphic record. Required field trip. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. (Fall—even years)

GEOL-G 406 : Introduction to Geochemistry

Application of chemical principles in study of the earth from primarily dynamic approach. Two lectures each week. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 407 : Senior Geosciences Projects I

Field and/or laboratory research project in geosciences, under faculty or faculty committee supervision. A preliminary report must be submitted at the end of the first semester, and a final report at the end of the second. Each must be written in proper scientific form. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

GEOL-G 408 : Senior Geosciences Projects II

Field and/or laboratory research project in geosciences, under faculty or faculty committee supervision. A preliminary report must be submitted at the end of the first semester, and a final report at the end of the second. Each must be written in proper scientific form. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

GEOL-G 410 : Undergraduate Research in Geology

Field and laboratory research in selected problems in geology. Total of 6 credit hours may be counted toward the degree in geology. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

GEOL-G 413 : Introduction to Earth Physics

Physics in the study of the earth: its origin, history, internal constitution, structure, and mineral resources. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 415 : Geomorphology

Geomorphic processes, evolution and classification of landforms. Laboratory: topographic, geologic, and soil maps; aerial photographs. Required field trip. Two lectures and one laboratory each week. (Fall odd years)

GEOL-G 420 : Regional Geology Field Trip

Field investigations of selected regions of North America for study of mineralogic, lithologic, stratigraphic, structural, paleontologic, geomorphic, or other geological relationships. Six to 15 days in the field. May be repeated. Usually follows spring semester. (Spring or Summer, Occasionally)

GEOL-G 435 : Glacial and Quaternary Geology

Topics include glacier processes, glacial sediments, glacial landforms, glacial history, and interpretations of climate change from the glacial record. The focus is on glaciation during the Quaternary Period with specific emphasis on glacial history and landforms of Northwest Indiana. Two lectures and one laboratory are required each week. (Occasionally)

GEOL-G 451 : Principles of Hydrogeology

Water resources: occurrence, regulation, and management of water; hydrologic cycle, water movement, well hydraulics; water quality and pollution; surface and subsurface investigations; basin-wide development of water resources; legal aspects; relationship of hydrogeology to engineering geology. Two lectures and one laboratory are required each week. (Spring odd years)

GEOL-G 460 : Internship in Geology

Industrial or similar experiences in geologically oriented employment. Projects jointly arranged, coordinated, and evaluated by faculty and industrial/ governmental supervisors. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

GEOL-G 490 : Undergradute Seminar

Open to junior and senior majors by special permission. Readings and discussion of selected topics. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours. (see schedule of classes for offerings)

GEOL-T 315 : North American Landscape

Gives the student an elementary understanding of various geologic controls and processes that have produced the topographic features. Regional concept stressed rather than individual landforms. The continent is divided into geomorphic regions based on similar geologic controls and geomorphic histories. (Occasionally)


GEOG-G 107 : Physical Systems of the Environment

Introduction to the physical principles governing the geographical distribution and interrelationships of the earth's physical features (atmosphere and oceans, landforms, soils, vegetation, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle). The course provides students with the background necessary to evaluate current environmental issues. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 110 : Introduction to Human Geography

An introduction to geographic perspectives and principles through a consideration of six themes: environmental perception, diffusion, regionalization, spatial distribution, spatial interaction of populations, and location theory. Themes are illustrated using examples such as pollution, population problems, and urbanization. (Fall, Spring)

GEOG-G 114 : Dinosaurs and their relatives

Origin and evelution of vertebrates including dinosaurs and their distant relatives, such as fish, amphibians, birds and mammals. Course will focus on dinosaur evolution, paleobiology, paleoecology, and extinction. The scientific method, and quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be presented. Two lectures and one demonstration each week. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 120 : World Regional Geography—Topic: Geography of the M

Analysis of population, culture, environment, and economics of major world regions. Examination of issues of global importance, including development, demographic change, urbanization and migration, and international conflict.

GEOG-G 213 : Introduction to Economic Geography

Principles of economic geography including theories concerning industrial location, competition for land, economic nature of resources, and geographic background of interregional trade. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 250 : Computer Methods in Geography

Introduction to computing in geography, emphasizing practical applications. Topics include programming concepts, analysis of spatial data, and graphics. Numerous exercises give practical experience with the analysis and interpretation of geographic data. GIS programs will be emphasized. (Fall)

GEOG-G 304 : Meteorology and Physical Climatology

Fundamental atmospheric properties and interrelationships. Radiation theory, components of energy and moisture balance, atmospheric circulation, upper air-surface relationships, and global weather systems. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 313 : Political Geography

Geographical influences which have affected development of political units, such as nations, states, and parties, as background for better understanding of current events. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 314 : Urban Geography

Principles of location and distribution of urban centers, urban land use, geographical aspects of city planning. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 315 : Environmental Conservation

Conservation of natural resources including soil, water, wildlife, and forests as interrelated components of the environment emphasizing an ecological approach. Current problems relating to environmental quality. (Spring)

GEOG-G 327 : Geography of Indiana

A geographical analysis of the state of Indiana. Emphasis placed on the interrelationship of the state's physical and human geography. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 476 : Climate Change Science

Evidence for and theories of climate change over a range of time scales. Sources of natural climate forcing are presented, historical evolution of climate change is quantified, and model tools and climate projections are presented along with analyses of climate change impacts. (Occasionally)

GEOG-G 476 : Africa: Contemporary Geographical Problems

This course examines contemporary geographic problems confronting the countris of sub-Saharan Africa. Primarily focus on urbanization, rural-urban migration, unemployment, agriculture, and health care. Also analysis of terrain, resource base, and other aspects of the natural environment. (Spring and Fall)