Courses – Undergraduate & Graduate


As our course titles are in transition from the GEOL department to the EAS department, our courses for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 are listed under either EAS or GEOL on the Course Brower, depending upon which courses have gone through the course change approvals. Please check both places in order to enroll in Summer and Fall classes.

Undergraduate Courses

The Department offers introductory 100-level courses in general geology and in specialized aspects of geological and atmospheric sciences, which are all 3 cr. that meet N & M distribution requirements. Other 100-level and 200-level classes are foundation courses required for the geology major. Advanced undergraduate courses include further core courses for the major plus many topics as electives. These offerings also can be taken to fulfill requirements for a minor in geology or specialized courses for students in science education.

Introductory [100 to 200-level]
GEOL G103 Earth Science: Materials and Processes Brophy Fall/Spring
EAS E104 Evolution of the Earth Wasylenki/Njau Fall/Spring
EAS E105 Earth, Our Habitable Planet Douglas Fall/Spring
C105 Earth Processes and Planets Basu Fall
C105 Records of Global Climate Change Brassell Spring
C105 Extreme Weather and Its Consequences Kirkpatrick Fall
GEOL G111 Journey to the Center of the Earth Ripley Fall/Spring
GEOL G114 Dinosaurs and Their Relatives C. Johnson Fall
GEOL G116 Our Planet and Its Future Yanites Spring
EAS E118 Sustainability In Water Resources Zhu Fall
GEOL G121 Journey to Mars Schieber Fall
GEOL G122 Introduction to Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate Staten Fall
EAS E131 Oceans and Our Global Environment Brassell Fall/Spring
GEOL G138 Geology of State and National Parks Revealed Ripley Fall
GEOL G141 Earthquakes and Volcanoes Hamburger/Brophy Fall/Spring
EAS E144 Extreme Weather and Its Impacts Kirkpatrick Spring
GEOL G171 Environmental Geology Douglas/Zhu Spring
EAS E188 Volcanoes Seminar Hamburger Spring
GEOL G221 Introductory Mineralogy Bish Fall
GEOL G222 Introduction to Petrology Wintsch Spring
EAS E225 Earth Materials Wasylenki Fall
GEOL G226 Earth Processes Edmonds/Johnson K. Spring
EAS E227 Earth Climate and History Kieu/Njau Fall
GEOL G271 Introduction to Environmental Field Methods Staff Arr
H205 Honors Topics: Theory of the Earth Basu Fall or Spring
H205 Honors Topics: Geology of Sculptors' Material Basu Spring
H205 Honors Topics: Gas Prices and Petroleum Geology Basu Fall/Spring
H205 Honors Topics: Theory of the Earth & Sustainability Basu Fall/Spring
H241 Honors Historical Geology Basu Spring
H241 Earth Beautiful: Why So? Basu Spring
Advanced [300 to 400-level]
GEOL G302 Development of the Global Environment Faculty Spring
GEOL G308 Paleontology and Geology of Indiana Polly Alt Fall
GEOL G314 Data Analysis for Earth Science K. Johnson Fall
GEOL G316 Fuel and Mineral Resources Ripley Fall
GEOL G323 Structural Geology K. Johnson Spring
GEOL G328 Energy, Resources, and the Environment Faculty Spring/Fall
GEOL G332 Atmospheric Thermodynamics Kirkpatrick Fall
GEOL G334 Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Edmonds Fall
GEOL G339 Weather Analysis and Forecasting Kirkpatrick Alt Fall
GEOL G340 Physical Meteorology, Climate, and Paleoclimate Faculty Spring/Fall
GEOL G341 Natural History of Coral Reefs C. Johnson Spring
GEOL G347 Atmospheric Instrumentation and Remote Sensing Staten Spring
GEOL G351 Elements of Hydrology Florea Fall
GEOL G364 Atmospheric Dynamics I Kieu Fall
GEOL X371 Teaching Internship in Geology Wintsch Spring
GEOL X377 Field Geology and Paleoanthropology in Tanzania Njau, Brophy Summer I
GEOL G399 Reading for Honors Brassell Spring/Fall
GEOL G404 Geobiology Polly, C. Johnson Fall
GEOL G406 Introduction to Geochemistry Brophy/Wasylenki Fall
GEOL G411 Invertebrate Paleontology C. Johnson Spring
GEOL G412 Vertebrate Paleontology Polly Spring
GEOL G415 Principles of Geomorphology Faculty Fall
GEOL G416 Economic Geology Ripley Spring/Fall
GEOL G417 Optical Mineralogy Ripley Fall
GEOL G418 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Brophy/Wintsch Fall
GEOL X420 Regional Geology Field Trip Wintsch Spring/Fall
GEOL G423 Methods in Applied Geophysics Pavlis Spring
GEOL G424 Geological Applications of GIS Letsinger Spring
GEOL G427 X–ray Mineralogy Bish Spring
GEOL X429 Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains Douglas Summer
EAS A434 Atmospheric Dynamics II Staff Alt Fall
GEOL G437 Advanced Synoptic Meterology and Climatology Kirkpatrick Spring
GEOL G438 Air Pollution Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
EAS E444 Methods in Analytical Geochemistry Elswick Fall
GEOL G448 Sustainable Energy Systems Faculty Fall
GEOL G451 Principles of Hydrogeology Zhu Fall
EAS E454 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics Hamburger Spring
GEOL G456 Wind power meteorology Staff Alt Spring
GEOL G466 Hydrometeorology Faculty every 3rd semester
GEOL G470 Micrometeorology Faculty Alt Spring
GEOL G474 Topics in Micro and Boundary–Layer Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
GEOL G476 Climate Change Science Faculty Alt Spring
GEOL G490 Volcanology Hamburger Alt Spring
GEOL G490 Field Course in Geoarchaeological Methods Herrmann Summer II
GEOL X498 Undergraduate Research in Geology Brassell Spring/Fall
GEOL G499 Honors Research in Geology Brassell Fall/Spring

Graduate Courses

The Department offers graduate courses relevant to our varied research programs. Specific courses pertinent to particular research themes are listed in the brochures for each area accessible from the research page. Graduate credit is also available for many 400-level senior classes as preparation for advanced 500-level and 600-level coursework. Students also take research credits within both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs, often complemented with topical seminars.

Graduate Level Courses
GEOL G504 Metamorphic Petrology Wintsch Arr
GEOL G506 Principles of Igneous Petrology Brophy Fall
GEOL G513 Seismology Pavlis Fall
GEOL G514 Geophysical Signal Analysis Pavlis Spring
GEOL G515 Analysis of Earthquake Seismograms Hamburger Fall
GEOL G520 Mechanics for Earth Sciences K. Johnson Fall
GEOL G524 Carbonate Facies and Environments Keith Arr
GEOL G534 Atmospheric Dynamics II Staten Alt Fall
GEOL G537 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology Kirkpatrick Alt Fall
GEOL G538 Air Pollution Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
GEOL G540 Physical Meteorology and Climatology Faculty Spring/Fall
GEOL G544 Methods in Analytical Geochemistry Elswick Fall
GEOL G548 Sustainable Energy Systems Faculty Fall
GEOL G549 Paleoanthropology and Field Geology in Tanzania Njau, Brophy Summer
GEOL G550 Surface–water Hydrology Faculty Fall
GEOL G554 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics Hamburger Spring
GEOL G556 Wind Power Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
GEOL G561 Paleoecology Faculty Arr
GEOL G562 Geometric Morphometrics Polly Alt Spring
GEOL G563 Quantitative Paleontology Polly Alt Spring
GEOL G564 Atmospheric Dynamics I Kieu Alt Spring
GEOL G570 Micrometeorology Faculty Alt Spring
GEOL G571 Principles of Petroleum Geology Faculty Arr
GEOL G572 Basin Analysis and Hydrocarbons Handschy Fall
GEOL G574 Topics in Micro–and Boundary–layer Meteorology Faculty Alt Spring
GEIL G576 Climate Change Science Kieu Spring
GEOL G581 Surficial Processes Faculty Fall
GEOL G582 Computational Methods in Geology Faculty Arr
GEOL G583 Isotope Systematics Ripley/Pratt Spring
GEOL G584 Geological Applications of GIS Letsinger Spring
GEOL G586 Geochemical Modeling Zhu Fall
GEOL G587 Organic Geochemistry Brassell Arr
GEOL G589 Geomicrobiology Pratt Arr
GEOL G590 The Art of Geological Sciences Hamburger Arr
GEOL G591 Physical Sedimentology Faculty Arr
GEOL G594 Numerical Weather Prediction Kieu Spring 2019
GEOL G599 Master's Research Faculty Arr
GEOL G600 Advanced Techniques Faculty Fall/Spring
GROL G600 Advanced Techniques -Xray Faculty Arr
GEOL G600 Advanced Techniques - Practical Geobiology C. Johnson Spring
GEOL G600 Electron Microprobe Analyses Li Spring
GEOL G601 Clay Mineralogy Bish Fall
GEOL G612 Inverse Methods in Geophysics Pavlis Arr
GEOL G616 Metalliferous Mineral Deposits Ripley Arr
GEOL G685 Evolution of Ecosystems C. Johnson Spring/Fall
Graduate Level - Seminars and Topical Courses
GEOL G633 Advanced Geophysics Seminar Faculty Arr
GEOL G637 Seminar in Tectonics Faculty Fall
GEOL G685 Evolution of Ecosystems C. Johnson Fall
GEOL G690 Field Course in Geoarchaeological Methods Herrmann Summer II
GEOL G690 Thermochronology and Crustal Evolution Fosdick Spring
GEOL G690 Olduvai Research Seminar Johnson, Brassell, Njau Fall
GEOL G690 Sedimentary Archives of Foreland Basin Systems Fosdick Fall
Graduate Level - Research
GEOL G810 Advanced Research Arr Fall/Spring
GEOL G901 Advanced Research Arr Fall/Spring

Field Courses

400–level field courses are taught during the summer at our Field Station in Montana. In addition, field trips represent an integral component of many courses. 100–level classes tend to be local excursions. The 200–level and 300–level courses (e.g. mineralogy, petrology, sedimentology) include visits to relevant, more distant localities, and each year two 400–level regional field trips are offered.