Courses Offered

Course Rotation

Both degree options require the same core group of Geosciences courses. The BS degree also requires more mathematics and cognated science courses.

Course Description Credits Offered
Geo Sci 100 Introduction to the Earth 3 Every Semester
Geo Sci 102 Historical Geology 3 Every Semester
Geo Sci 301 Principles of Mineralogy 3 Fall
Geo Sci 302 Elementary Petrology 3 Spring
Geo Sci 316 Introduction to Geophysics 3 Fall
Geo Sci 414 Structural Geology 3 Spring
Geo Sci 455 Field Geology 5-8 Summer
Geo Sci 511 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 3 Spring

 

B.S. Degree

B.S. students must take at least 18 additional credits from Geosciences departmental courses at the 300 level or above. B.A. students must take at least 9 additional credits from Geosciences departmental courses at the 300 level or above. B.S. students must take two courses from the following list.

Course Description Credits Offered
Geo Sci 400 Water Quality 3 Fall
Geo Sci 401 General Soil Science 3 Fall
Geo Sci 409 Process Geomorphology 3 Fall
Geo Sci 443 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology 3 Every Other Spring (odd years)
Geo Sci 463 Physical Hydrogeology 3 Fall
Geo Sci 464 Chemical Hydrogeology 3 Spring
Geo Sci 563 Field Methods in Hydrogeology 3 Every other Fall (even years)

Course List

GEO SCI 100 - Introduction to the Earth (3 units; U)
Study of earth processes and materials as they relate to man and the environment. Lec, lab. Voluntary field trip for which fee is assessed. No cr for students w/cr in Geo Sci 185. Prereq: none.
GEO SCI 102 - Principles of Historical Geology (3 units; U)
Principles for interpreting the physical and paleontological history of the earth using case studies from the rock record. 2 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab. Field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: Geo Sci 100(P) or 185(P).
GEO SCI 105 - Earth, Air, Fire and Water (3 units; U)
A study of planet Earth from formation through history to modern-day oceans, atmosphere, continents, and interior; how all interact to form the human environment. Prereq: none.
GEO SCI 106 - The Earth Environment (3 units; U)
The Earth and its environment; emphasis on the interrelationships of humans with the Earth's processes and responses. Lec. Voluntary field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: none.
GEO SCI 108 - A History of Life (3 units; U)
Major features of the history of life; how paleontologists reconstruct this history. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: none.
GEO SCI 109 - Dinosaurs (3 units; U)
The natural history of dinosaurs and how geologists and paleontologists reconstruct that history. Prereq: none.
GEO SCI 120 - Geology of the Planets (3 units; U)
Geological features of the planets, similarities and differences in materials and processes, significance of space exploration to geology. Lec/Lab. Prereq: none.
GEO SCI 150 - Introduction to Ocean Sciences (3 units; U)
Survey of the interdisciplinary sciences supporting oceanography. Designed for students who do not plan to major in geological sciences but are interested in the recent advances of marine sciences. Lec, voluntary dis. Not open for cr to students who have had Geo Sci 460. Prereq: none.
GEO SCI 151 - Ocean Sciences Laboratory (1 units; U)
Laboratory exercises and demonstrations of the physical, chemical and biological processes operating in the oceans and how scientists study these processes. 2 hrs lab. Not open for cr to students who have had Geo Sci 460 or 461. Prereq: Geo Sci 150(C).
GEO SCI 185 - Introductory Earth Science for Teachers (3 units; U)
A study of the rock cycle, water cycle and atmosphere of the earth and the essential processes that affect them. 2 hrs lec; 2 hrs lab/dis. Not open for cr to students w/cr in Geo Sci 100, 105, or Atm Sci 105. Required field trips for which fees are assessed. Prereq: regis in elem, early childhood, or exc educ curric, EDBA classif, or cons instr.
GEO SCI 194 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
GEO SCI 199 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
For further information, consult dept chair. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.
GEO SCI 208 - Geology of Wisconsin (1 units; U)
Introduction to the geologic events and processes which shaped the scenic Wisconsin landscape with emphasis on geologically significant recreational areas accessible to the public. Not open for cr to students with Geo Sci 011. Prereq: college course in physical geology or physical geography.
GEO SCI 250 - Marine Science at Sea: A Hands-On Laboratory (3 units; U)
Marine field work at sea from an oceanographic vessel. Not open for cr to students who completed Geo Sci 150 at sea in UWinteriM 2003. Prereq: Geo Sci 150(P) or cons instr.
GEO SCI 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
GEO SCI 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
GEO SCI 301 - Principles of Mineralogy (3 units; U)
Major rock-forming minerals, their associations, geologic occurrence, and importance with an emphasis on identification using physical properties and other techniques. 2 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab. Prereq: Geo Sci 100(P); course in college chem.
GEO SCI 302 - Elementary Petrology (3 units; U)
Continuation of Geo Sci 301. Igneous and metamorphic rocks, including classification, genesis, field identification, and petrographic microscope study. 2 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab. Required field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: Geo Sci 301(P).
GEO SCI 316 - Introduction to Geophysics (3 units; U)
The study of geophysical methods and their applications to the understanding of the interior of the Earth and global tectonics. Lec. Prereq: Geo Sci 100(P) or 101(P) & Physics 120(P) or 209(P).
GEO SCI 317 - Stable Isotope Geochemistry (3 units; U/G)
To understand the fractionation and mass balance of stable isotope systems in nature and their application to geologic problems. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P) or 101(P); & Chem 104(C) & Geo Sci 301(P).
GEO SCI 381 - Honors Seminar: (3 units; U)
Selected topics. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Field trips may be required. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
GEO SCI 400 - Water Quality (3 units; U/G)
Water availability and water quality in surface and subsurface water bodies; management of water as a resource. 2 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st; Chem 102(P); Math 232(P); or cons instr.
GEO SCI 401 - General Soil Science (3 units; U/G)
Soil profile development, weathering, soil mineralogy, water and nutrient relationships, classification of soil. 2 hrs lec, 3 hr lab. Required field trips for which fees are assessed. Prereq: jr st; Chem 104(P) or equiv or cons instr.
GEO SCI 405 - Geology for In-Service Teachers: (1-3 units; U/G)
Basic, advanced or new topics in geology for in-service teachers. Retakable with change in topic to max of 9 cr. Prereq: in-service teacher, additional prereqs depending on topic.
GEO SCI 409 - Process Geomorphology (3 units; U/G)
Study of geological processes and their effect on the formation and evolution of land forms. Lec, lab, field trips for which fee is assessed. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P), Geog 120(P), or 121(P).
GEO SCI 414 - Structural Geology (3 units; U)
Description and analysis of primary and secondary geological structures; regional and global frameworks of geological structures. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: jr st; math placement level of A; Geo Sci 302(C).
GEO SCI 435 - History of Geologic Thought (3 units; U/G)
History of development of the major concepts in geology. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 102(P) or cons instr.
GEO SCI 440 - Geochemical Thermodynamics (3 units; U/G)
Basic equilibrium thermo-dynamics applied to low-temperature and high-temperature geochemical problems. Prereq: jr st, Chem 104(P), Geo Sci 301(P), & Math 231(P).
GEO SCI 443 - Glacial and Pleistocene Geology (3 units; U/G)
Mechanics of glacial flow, Pleistocene stratigraphy, and laboratory techniques. Lec, lab, & field trips for which fees are assessed. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P) or 101(P) or Geog 120(P) or 121(P). Geo Sci 102(R) or 108(R).
GEO SCI 455 - Field Geology (3-8 units; U)
Geologic field work and mapping. Taken off-campus, usually during the summer. Retakable to 8 cr max. Prereq: sr st; Geo Sci 302(P) & 414(P).
GEO SCI 461 - Physical Oceanography (3 units; U/G)
Overview of physical oceanography, conservation of mass, salinity and momentum, thermodynamics, equations of motion. Waves, currents and circulation. Prereq: jr st; Math 232(P); & Physics 123(P) or 210(P).
GEO SCI 463 - Physical Hydrogeology (3 units; U/G)
Study of ground water occurrence, its interrelationship with surface water, aquifer properties, groundwater flow and water supply development, including well hydraulics, water quality, and groundwater law. Lec, lab, & field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P) or 101(P); Math 232(P).
GEO SCI 464 - Chemical Hydrogeology (3 units; U/G)
Natural chemical processes that occur in groundwater systems, how they are modified by human activity and contamination, and attempts to regulate them. Lec, lab. Frshwtr 464 & Geo Sci 464 are jointly-offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; Chem 102(P).
GEO SCI 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
GEO SCI 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
GEO SCI 501 - Phanerozoic Evolutionary Trends (3 units; U/G)
Examination of Earth's paleoecological patterns and their driving mechanisms. Counts as repeat of Geo Sci 696 or 697 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 102(P).
GEO SCI 511 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (3 units; U/G)
Techniques and principles of sedimentology and stratigraphy, including methods of correlation, analysis of facies, stratigraphic mapping, and tectonic controls of sedimentation. Lec, lab, field trips. Prereq: jr st ; Geo Sci 102(P) or equiv.
GEO SCI 515 - Physical Sedimentology (3 units; U/G)
Physical properties, processes, and environments of clastic sediments. Lec, lab, field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 511(P).
GEO SCI 520 - Introduction to Paleontology (3 units; U/G)
General study of fossils and theoretical principles used in the study of paleontology. Lec, lab, field trips. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 102 or 108.
GEO SCI 525 - Terroir: Geology in a Glass (3 units; U/G)
The geology, soil types, and climate of famous wine regions; factors that influence the production of fine wine. No cr for students w/cr in Geo Sci 696 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P).
GEO SCI 545 - X-Ray Analytical Methods (3 units; U/G)
Methods in x-ray diffractometry and spectrometry. Nature and generation of x-rays, collection and interpretation of powder diffraction patterns and elemental analysis using x-ray spectrometry. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 301(P); satisfaction of OWC-A req; Chem 102(C).
GEO SCI 558 - Conducted Field Trip: (1-3 units; U/G)
Field trip to a classical geologic area. Preceded by a seminar. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max, only 3 cr of which may be applied toward geo sci major. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.
GEO SCI 562 - Environmental Surface Hydrology (3 units; U/G)
Land-atmosphere interactions, modeling of runoff generation, and water movement in the vadose zone. 3 hrs lec. Prereq: jr st; Math 232(P); or cons instr.
GEO SCI 563 - Field Methods in Hydrogeology (3 units; U/G)
Introduction to current equipment and methodology used in field evaluation of hydrologic systems. Well installation and monitoring, stream gaging, indirect surface observations. Lab, field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 463(P).
GEO SCI 599 - Geology of Wisconsin--Field Course (3 units; U/G)
Multi-institutional team-taught, conducted field course throughout Wisconsin; instruction in the field, using exposures on which Wisconsin's geological history has been interpreted. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 302(P).
GEO SCI 614 - Advanced Structural Geology (3 units; U/G)
Advanced analysis of deformation as applied to geological structures from microscopic through regional scales. Lec, field trip for which fee is assessed. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 414(P); Math 231(C).
GEO SCI 635 - Volcanology (3 units; U/G)
Why and when volcanoes erupt; predicting whether eruptions will be explosive or passive. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 302(P) or cons instr.
GEO SCI 636 - Geochronology (3 units; U/G)
Theory and application of radiometric and other numerical dating methods in geology, archaeology, and paleoanthropology. Anthro 636 & Geo Sci 636 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st, Anthro 101(P) or 103(P) or Geo Sci 100(P), & cons instr; or grad st & cons instr.
GEO SCI 637 - Planetary Geology (3 units; U/G)
Advanced study of planetary geology, for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. No cr for students w/cr in Geo Sci 697 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 301(P) or Astron 211(P) or 400(P); completion of OWC-A GER (English 102 or equiv placement).
GEO SCI 638 - Advanced Igneous Petrology (3 units; U/G)
Recent trends and applications in the fields of igneous petrology. Quantitative modelling of important petrologic processes. Critical reading of journal articles in petrology. Lec. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 302(P).
GEO SCI 655 - Topics in Structure and Tectonics: (1-3 units; U/G)
Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 414(P) or cons instr.
GEO SCI 668 - Geoelectrical Methods (3 units; U/G)
Fundamentals of electrical resistivity surveys and electromagnetic methods, with an emphasis on surficial and environmental applications. Prereq: jr st; Geo Sci 316(C), 463(C), or 661(C).
GEO SCI 688 - Seminar in Geosciences for Teachers: (1-6 units; U/G)
Seminar modules on various topics in geosciences offered for teachers. Open only to practicing science teachers with demonstrable expertise in geoscience. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: current teaching contract.
GEO SCI 694 - Undergraduate Seminar: (1-3 units; U)
Intensive study of a selected topic in a seminar format. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max, of which up to 3 cr may count in major requirements. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.
GEO SCI 695 - Internship in Geoscience (1-3 units; U/G)
An internship consistent with the student's plan of study in geosciences. Requirements and evaluation determined by the department on an individual basis. Prereq: jr st; cons dept.
GEO SCI 696 - Topics in the Geological Sciences: (1-3 units; U/G)
Add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
GEO SCI 697 - Seminar in the Geological Sciences: (1-3 units; U/G)
Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
GEO SCI 698 - Research Experience for Teachers (1-6 units; U/G)
Enrichment of students' geoscience background. Work with faculty mentor to develop an innovative teaching program for use in students' own classrooms. Open only to practicing science teachers with demonstrable expertise in geoscience. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: current teaching contract.
GEO SCI 699 - Advanced Independent Reading (1-3 units; U)
Advanced independent geologic study under supervision of Geo Sci faculty or instructional academic staff member. Students must submit a study proposal. For more information, consult supervising instr or dept chair. Retakable w/chg in topic to 3 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.