Courses Offered

GEO SCI 317 Stable Isotope Geochemistry
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
To understand the fractionation and mass balance of stable isotope systems in nature and their application to geologic problems.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P) or 101(P); & Chem 104(C) & Geo Sci 301(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 1992.
GEO SCI 400 Water Quality
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Water availability and water quality in surface and subsurface water bodies; management of water as a resource. 2 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Chem 102(P); Math 232(P); or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
GEO SCI 400G Water Quality
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Water availability and water quality in surface and subsurface water bodies; management of water as a resource. 2 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Chem 102(P); Math 232(P); or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
GEO SCI 401 General Soil Science
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Soil profile development, weathering, soil mineralogy, water and nutrient relationships, classification of soil. 2 hrs lec, 3 hr lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Chem 104(P) or equiv or cons instr.
Course Rules: Required field trips for which fees are assessed.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2005.
GEO SCI 405 Geology for In-Service Teachers:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Basic, advanced or new topics in geology for in-service teachers.
Prerequisites: in-service teacher, additional prereqs depending on topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to max of 9 cr.
Last Taught: Summer 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Summer 2013.
GEO SCI 409 Process Geomorphology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Study of geological processes and their effect on the formation and evolution of land forms. Lec, lab, field trips for which fee is assessed.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P), Geog 120(P), or 121(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
GEO SCI 409G Process Geomorphology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Study of geological processes and their effect on the formation and evolution of land forms. Lec, lab, field trips for which fee is assessed.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P), Geog 120(P), or 121(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
GEO SCI 435 History of Geologic Thought
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
History of development of the major concepts in geology.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 102(P) or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2016, Fall 2013.
GEO SCI 435G History of Geologic Thought
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
History of development of the major concepts in geology.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 102(P) or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2016, Fall 2013.
GEO SCI 440 Geochemical Thermodynamics
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Basic equilibrium thermo-dynamics applied to low-temperature and high-temperature geochemical problems.
Prerequisites: jr st, Chem 104(P), Geo Sci 301(P), & Math 231(P).
GEO SCI 443 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Mechanics of glacial flow, Pleistocene stratigraphy, and laboratory techniques. Lec, lab, & field trips for which fees are assessed.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P) or 101(P) or Geog 120(P) or 121(P). Geo Sci 102(R) or 108(R).
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015.
GEO SCI 461 Physical Oceanography
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Overview of physical oceanography, conservation of mass, salinity and momentum, thermodynamics, equations of motion. Waves, currents and circulation.
Prerequisites: jr st; Math 232(P); & Physics 123(P) or 210(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2012, Fall 2008, Fall 2007, Spring 1997.
GEO SCI 463 Physical Hydrogeology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P) or 101(P); Math 232(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
GEO SCI 463G Physical Hydrogeology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P) or 101(P); Math 232(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016.
GEO SCI 464 Chemical Hydrogeology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Natural chemical processes that occur in groundwater systems, how they are modified by human activity and contamination, and attempts to regulate them. Lec, lab.
Prerequisites: jr st; Chem 102(P).
Course Rules: Frshwtr 464 & Geo Sci 464 are jointly-offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015.
GEO SCI 497 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work.
Prerequisites: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2015, Spring 2008, Spring 2006, Spring 1999.
GEO SCI 501 Phanerozoic Evolutionary Trends
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Examination of Earth's paleoecological patterns and their driving mechanisms. Counts as repeat of Geo Sci 696 or 697 w/same topic.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 102(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2017.
GEO SCI 511 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st ; Geo Sci 102(P) or equiv.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015.
GEO SCI 515 Physical Sedimentology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Physical properties, processes, and environments of clastic sediments. Lec, lab, field trip for which fee is assessed.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 511(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2014, Fall 2009.
GEO SCI 515G Physical Sedimentology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Physical properties, processes, and environments of clastic sediments. Lec, lab, field trip for which fee is assessed.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 511(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2014, Fall 2009.
GEO SCI 520 Introduction to Paleontology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
General study of fossils and theoretical principles used in the study of paleontology. Lec, lab, field trips.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 102 or 108.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2015.
GEO SCI 520G Introduction to Paleontology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
General study of fossils and theoretical principles used in the study of paleontology. Lec, lab, field trips.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 102 or 108.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2015.
GEO SCI 525 Terroir: Geology in a Glass
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
The geology, soil types, and climate of famous wine regions; factors that influence the production of fine wine.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P).
Course Rules: No cr for students w/cr in Geo Sci 696 w/same topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2015.
GEO SCI 525G Terroir: Geology in a Glass
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
The geology, soil types, and climate of famous wine regions; factors that influence the production of fine wine.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 100(P).
Course Rules: No cr for students w/cr in Geo Sci 696 w/same topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2015.
GEO SCI 528 Biogeochemistry and the Fossil Record
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Fermentation as a metabolic process; the organic geochemistry of fermentation; and procedures and protocols for fermentation experiments.
Prerequisites: jr st.
GEO SCI 545 X-Ray Analytical Methods
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 301(P); satisfaction of OWC-A req; Chem 102(C).
General Education Requirements: OWCB
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012.
GEO SCI 558 Conducted Field Trip:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Field trip to a classical geologic area. Preceded by a seminar.
Prerequisites: jr st; cons instr.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max, only 3 cr of which may be applied toward geo sci major.
Last Taught: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2013.
GEO SCI 562 Environmental Surface Hydrology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Land-atmosphere interactions, modeling of runoff generation, and water movement in the vadose zone. 3 hrs lec.
Prerequisites: jr st; Math 232(P); or cons instr.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014.
GEO SCI 563 Field Methods in Hydrogeology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 463(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2008, Fall 2006.
GEO SCI 599 Geology of Wisconsin--Field Course
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Multi-institutional team-taught, conducted field course throughout Wisconsin; instruction in the field, using exposures on which Wisconsin's geological history has been interpreted.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 302(P).
GEO SCI 614 Advanced Structural Geology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Advanced analysis of deformation as applied to geological structures from microscopic through regional scales. Lec, field trip for which fee is assessed.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 414(P); Math 231(C).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2013.
GEO SCI 614G Advanced Structural Geology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Advanced analysis of deformation as applied to geological structures from microscopic through regional scales. Lec, field trip for which fee is assessed.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 414(P); Math 231(C).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2013.
GEO SCI 635 Volcanology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Why and when volcanoes erupt; predicting whether eruptions will be explosive or passive.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 302(P) or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2016, Fall 2013.
GEO SCI 635G Volcanology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Why and when volcanoes erupt; predicting whether eruptions will be explosive or passive.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 302(P) or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2016, Fall 2013.
GEO SCI 636 Geochronology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Theory and application of radiometric and other numerical dating methods in geology, archaeology, and paleoanthropology.
Prerequisites: jr st, Anthro 101(P) or 103(P) or Geo Sci 100(P), & cons instr; or grad st & cons instr.
Course Rules: Anthro 636 & Geo Sci 636 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Spring 2009, Spring 2007.
GEO SCI 637 Planetary Geology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Advanced study of planetary geology, for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 301(P) or Astron 211(P) or 400(P); completion of OWC-A GER (English 102 or equiv placement).
General Education Requirements: OWCB
Course Rules: No cr for students w/cr in Geo Sci 697 w/same topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2017, Spring 2015.
GEO SCI 638 Advanced Igneous Petrology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Recent trends and applications in the fields of igneous petrology. Quantitative modelling of important petrologic processes. Critical reading of journal articles in petrology. Lec.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 302(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2010, Fall 2008.
GEO SCI 655 Topics in Structure and Tectonics:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.

Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 414(P) or cons instr.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2015, Spring 2011, Spring 2009, Fall 2004.
GEO SCI 668 Geoelectrical Methods
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Fundamentals of electrical resistivity surveys and electromagnetic methods, with an emphasis on surficial and environmental applications.
Prerequisites: jr st; Geo Sci 316(C), 463(C), or 661(C).
Last Taught: Spring 2010, Spring 2007, Spring 2001, Spring 1999.
GEO SCI 688 Seminar in Geosciences for Teachers:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Seminar modules on various topics in geosciences offered for teachers.
Prerequisites: current teaching contract.
Course Rules: Open only to practicing science teachers with demonstrable expertise in geoscience. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
GEO SCI 695 Internship in Geoscience
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An internship consistent with the student's plan of study in geosciences. Requirements and evaluation determined by the department on an individual basis.
Prerequisites: jr st; cons dept.
Last Taught: Summer 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2013.
GEO SCI 696 Topics in the Geological Sciences:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
GEO SCI 696G Topics in the Geological Sciences:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
GEO SCI 697 Seminar in the Geological Sciences:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2015.
GEO SCI 698 Research Experience for Teachers
1-6 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Enrichment of students' geoscience background. Work with faculty mentor to develop an innovative teaching program for use in students' own classrooms.
Prerequisites: current teaching contract.
Course Rules: Open only to practicing science teachers with demonstrable expertise in geoscience. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
GEO SCI 703 Biotic Crises in Earth's History
3 cr. Graduate.
The interconnectedness among the physical, chemical, and biological processes on Earth and throughout Earth's history.
Prerequisites: grad st; Geo Sci 520(P) or equiv.
GEO SCI 730 Modelling Techniques for Hydrogeology
3 cr. Graduate.
Study and application of modelling techniques in hydrogeology. Includes finite difference and finite element techniques for groundwater flow, contaminent transport, and geochemistry.
Prerequisites: grad st; Geo Sci 463; knowledge of fortran or equiv; cons instr.
Last Taught: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2010.
GEO SCI 740 Carbonate Sedimentology
3 cr. Graduate.
Depositional processes, environments and stratigraphic analysis of carbonate rocks. Lec, lab, field trip, for which fee is assessed.
Prerequisites: grad st; Geo Sci 511 or equiv.
Course Rules: Field trip for which fee is assessed.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2010.
GEO SCI 749 Biogeochemistry of Soils
3 cr. Graduate.
Biogeochemical processes in soils and their impact on water quality. 3 hrs lec.
Prerequisites: grad st; Geo Sci 464(P) or cons instr.
Last Taught: Spring 2009.
GEO SCI 750 Contaminant Hydrogeology
3 cr. Graduate.
Transport and fate of contaminants in aquifers, aquitards, and unsaturated geologic materials.
Prerequisites: grad st; Geo Sci 464(C).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011.
GEO SCI 790 Graduate Seminar in the Geological Sciences:
1-3 cr. Graduate.
Add'l prereqs announced in schedule of classes each time course offered.
Prerequisites: grad st.
Course Rules: Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2015, Spring 2006, Spring 2002.
GEO SCI 888 Candidate for Degree
0 cr. Graduate.
Available for grad students who must meet minimum cr load requirement.
Prerequisites: grad st.
Course Rules: Fee for 1 cr assessed.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016, Summer 2015.
GEO SCI 990 Master's Thesis
1-8 cr. Graduate.

Prerequisites: grad st; cons instr & completed thesis proposal.
Last Taught: Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017.
GEO SCI 997 Doctoral Externship
1-12 cr. Graduate.

Prerequisites: grad st; admis to candidacy for Ph.D.
GEO SCI 998 Doctoral Dissertation
1-12 cr. Graduate.

Prerequisites: grad st.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016.
GEO SCI 999 Advanced Independent Reading
1-4 cr. Graduate.
Independent geologic study.
Prerequisites: grad st & cons instr.
Course Rules: Retakable to 4 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016.