Description

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers both the bachelor of science and the bachelor of arts degrees in geology. The bachelor of science program is designed for those who expect to continue in graduate work and become professional geoscientists. Undergraduate training in geology is also beneficial in many other fields such as teaching at the precollege level, urban planning, law, civil engineering, environmental studies, and museum work. Students preparing for these or similar areas are advised to take the bachelor of arts program, which is strong in fundamental geology but does not emphasize the ancillary courses required for admission to many graduate programs.
 

Field Trips. Many of the geology courses require field trips that typically include camping and primitive conditions. The number of trips and their duration are a function of the requirements of the particular course. Students seeking information or accommodation should contact the course instructor.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required to maintain and submit a portfolio of material produced for the required Summer Field Course, GEOL 460 Summer Field Course (for BS students), or for the required Depositional Environments course, GEOL 310 Depositional Environments (for BA students). Course instructors will inform students of the required contents, deadlines and procedures. Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission as a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, students must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who graduated from high school January 1997 and after must also meet the UNL General Admission Requirements. Those transfer students who graduated before January 1997 must have completed in high school, 3 years of English, 2 years of the same foreign language, 2 years of algebra, and 1 year of geometry. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must also submit either their ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, hours earned at a similarly accredited college or university are applicable to the UNL degree.  The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer, and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them, based upon its exclusion and restriction policies. Sixty is the maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college or international institution. Transfer credit in the major or minor must be approved by the departmental advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major or minor. At least half of the hours in the major field must be completed at the University regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College of Arts and Sciences will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools. The C- and D grades cannot be applied toward requirements for a major or minor. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL. All D grades may be transferred from UNO or UNK, but they are not applicable to a major or minor.

Readmitted Students

UNL students who choose not to take courses for more than 2 consecutive terms, must reapply to UNL.  Students readmitted to the College of Arts and Sciences will follow the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year of readmission and re-enrollment as a degree-seeking student in Arts and Sciences. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students must remove entrance deficiencies in geometry and foreign language as soon as possible, and before graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences.  For questions and more information, students should consult a college advisor in the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.

Removing Foreign Language Deficiencies

Students must complete the second semester of a first year language sequence to clear the deficiency and the second semester of the second year language sequence to complete the college graduation requirement in language.

Removing Geometry Deficiencies

A deficiency of one year of geometry can be removed by taking high school geometry courses through an approved independent study program, or by completing a geometry course from an accredited community college or a four-year institution. Neither of these options will count for college credit.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to further the purposes of liberal education by encouraging study in several different areas within the College. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements. A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one of the following five distribution requirements. A student cannot use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement. A student cannot use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement. Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements. To see a complete list of excluded courses, run a degree audit through MyRED.

Courses from interdisciplinary programs will count in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department(s).
 

College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics. Select courses from geography1 and anthropology1 may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement.
CDR C - Humanities3
Select from classics2, English, history, modern languages and literatures2, philosophy, and religious studies2.
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from: anthropology3, communication studies, geography3, political science, psychology3, or sociology.
CDR E - Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, modern languages and literatures, or anthropology. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Omaha, Russian, and Spanish. A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from: natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32
1

See degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for approved geography and anthropology courses that apply as natural science.

2

Language courses numbered 210 or below apply only for the foreign language requirement.

3

See degree audit or College of Arts and Sciences advisor for list of natural/physical science courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology that do not apply as social science.

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Languages Exemption Policy

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences will exempt or waive students from the UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or from the College’s language distribution requirement based on documentation only. The following are the options and procedures for documentation:

High School Transcripts

For the University entrance requirement, students must show an official high school transcript with two or more years of the same foreign language.

For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students must show an official high school transcript with four or more years of the same foreign language in high school, or show evidence of graduation from a non-English-speaking foreign high school. Students whose native language is not English must show English as a Second Language study on an official high school transcript. Four years of ESL at the high school level (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades) will be the basis for a waiver of the CDR E Language requirement.

Proficiency Examination at UNL

For the University entrance requirement, students who do not have transcript documentation can request to take a proficiency exam in the language. (This is not the same test as the Modern Languages Placement Exam.) However, UNL will provide testing only in the languages it teaches. Currently, these languages are: Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Japanese, Chinese.

For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test at the 202 level. If the student passes the test, the department will sign the College Request for Waiver form and indicate the level of proficiency. The form is then forwarded to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center for approval.

The Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test and provide written documentation to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center the level of proficiency passed.

Distance Education

For the University entrance requirement, students without transcript documentation who claim proficiency in a language not taught at UNL, have the option of seeking out a distance education program in languages. If the student completes the equivalent of 102 from an approved distance education program, the student will meet the UNL entrance requirement. The student must have the course work approved before he/she takes/completes the course as equivalent to 102 by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.

For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the student can seek out a distance education program and complete the equivalent of the 202-level course. The student must submit the request on the College Request for Substitution form and have the course work approved by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.

Third Language Option

If a student demonstrates knowledge of two foreign languages at the 102 level, the College of Arts and Sciences may consider waiving two semesters of the four semester College Distribution Requirement E-Languages requirement. If this waiver were granted, the student would then be required to complete 101 and 102 in another, 3rd foreign language at UNL.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools except for UNO and UNK. No transfer C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege state:

  • The Pass/No Pass option is designed for your use by seeking to expand your intellectual horizons by taking courses in areas where you may have had minimal preparation.
  • Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to your GPA.
  • P is interpreted to mean C or above.
  • A change to or from a Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (see academic calendar for specific dates per term).
  • The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing the grading option.
  • Changing to or from Pass/No Pass requires using the MyRED system to change the grading option or filing a Drop/Add form with the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building. After mid-term of the course, a student registered for Pass/No Pass cannot change to a grade registration unless the Pass/No Pass registration is in conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing Pass/No Pass.
  • The Pass/No Pass grading option cannot be used for the removal of C- or D or F grades.

Pass/No Pass privileges in the College of Arts and Sciences are extended to students according to the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most Arts and Sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered above 299

Thirty of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299. Of the 30 hours above 299, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Graduate Courses

Seniors in the University who have obtained in advance the approval of the dean for Graduate Studies may receive up to 12 hours credit for graduate courses taken in addition to the courses necessary to complete their undergraduate work, provided that such credits are earned within the calendar year prior to receipt of the baccalaureate. For procedures, inquire at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Course work taken prior to receipt of the baccalaureate may not always be accepted for transfer to other institutions as graduate work.

Residency

Residency Requirement and Open Enrollment and Summer Independent Study Courses

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major course work including 6 hours above 299 in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required above 299 in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

Key characteristics of ACE demonstrate the benefits of the program to students:
 

  • Students receive a broad education with exposure to multiple disciplines, critical life skills and important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
  • ACE is simple and transparent for students, faculty and advisors. Students complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten student learning outcomes.
  • Students connect and integrate their ACE experiences with their selected major.
  • Students can transfer all ACE certified courses across colleges within the institution to meet the ACE requirement and any course from outside the institution that is directly equivalent to a UNL ACE-certified course. Courses from outside institutions without direct equivalents may be considered with appropriate documentation for ACE credit (see academic advisor).

ACE allows faculty to assess and improve their effectiveness and facilitate students’ learning.

ACE Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in geology will be able to:

  1. Be able to understand basic physical geology, historical geology, stratigraphy, and petrology and their roles in building earth materials.
  2. Be able to understand structural geology and geomorphology and their roles in landscape evolution.
  3. Be able to make accurate field observations from a variety of landscapes.
  4. Be able to present geological data and results as coherent written and oral reports.

Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science

The BS is recommended as a minimum program for the pre-professional geologist. All candidates for this degree are required to attend a field camp.

Core Requirements

GEOL 101Dynamic Earth4
GEOL 103Evolution of the Earth4
GEOL 210Earth Materials: Rocks and Minerals4
GEOL 211Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GEOL 310Depositional Environments3
GEOL 400Structural Geology3
GEOL 410Geochemistry3
GEOL 460Summer Field Course6
Total Credit Hours30

Specific Major Requirements

Additional Geology Courses 1 2
Select 12 hours of additional GEOL courses at the 200 level or above, with at least one course at the 400 level. 12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12
1

METR 100 or METR 370 are also allowed to be used. 

2

Recommended Courses for Specific Interests

Ancilliary Requirements

Mathematics
MATH 106Calculus I5
MATH 107Calculus II4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Chemistry
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
or CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Physics
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I5
PHYS 142Elementary General Physics II5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Additional Science Courses
Select an additional 6 hours from the following:6
Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
General Botany
Introduction to Zoology
and Introduction to Zoology Lab
General Genetics
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
General Chemistry II
Fundamental Chemistry II
Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory
Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Statistics and Applications
Introduction to Statistics
Mechanics
Physics of Lasers and Modern Optics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Credit Hours29

Bachelor of Arts

Thirty (30) hours of geology courses plus required chemistry and math.

Core Requirements

GEOL 101Dynamic Earth4
GEOL 103Evolution of the Earth4
GEOL 210Earth Materials: Rocks and Minerals4
GEOL 211Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GEOL 310Depositional Environments3
GEOL 400Structural Geology3
Total Credit Hours21

Specific Major Requirements

Additional Geology Courses 1
Select 9 hours of additional GEOL courses, with no more than 4 hours at the 100 level.9
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Credit Hours9
1

 Recommended Courses for Specific Interests

Ancillary Requirements

Chemistry
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
or CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
MATHEMATICS
One MATH course from the following or higher.2-5
Trigonometry
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Credit Hours Subtotal: 2-5
Total Credit Hours6-9

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or the minor.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Twenty-two (22) hours of geology courses with no more than 8 hours at the 100 level.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or the minor.

GEOL100
Introduction to Geology

Description: Background in physical geology for non-majors. Topics include rocks and minerals, surficial processes, plate tectonics, and applied geology. GEOL 100 does not fulfill the prerequisite requirement for any course in geology. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of GEOL 100 or GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL101
Dynamic Earth

Lab includes field trips. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of GEOL 100 or GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H.

Description: Minerals, rocks, and ores; the surface features and internal character of the earth and the forces that are constantly changing it. Examination of minerals and rocks and investigation of geological processes and their products.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL101H
Honors: Physical Geology

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; GEOL major.

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: GEOL 100 or 101 or 101H. One afternoon field trip and one overnight field trip required.

Description: Processes that formed the earth and continue to alter it today, from interior forces driving plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building, to surface processes driving the atmosphere, oceans, rivers, glaciers, and landscape formation. Natural resources and their origin.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 241; GEOL 200; GEOL 210

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL103
Evolution of the Earth

Prerequisites: GEOL 101

Description: Physical and biological evolution of the earth. Lab work includes examination of ancient geological terrains through maps and fossils.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL103H
Honors: Historical Geology

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors program or by invitation; GEOL 101.

Description: Physical and biological evolution of the earth. Lab work includes examination of ancient geological terrains through maps and fossils.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL105
Dinosaurs and the History of Life

Description: Introduction to the history of life based on the fossil record, using dinosaurs as models for understanding evolutionary patterns and processes. Lecture examinations and self-paced laboratory assignments using the exhibits in the Nebraska State Museum of Natural History at Morrill Hall.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL106
Environmental Geology

Description: Survey of geologic materials and processes with emphasis on those that influence modern societies' adjustment to our environment.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 372

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL107
Frontiers of Earth Science

Description: Series of three five-week sessions, each dealing with a geologic topic of current interest and concern. Topics vary from term to term and are listed in the Schedule of Classes.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

GEOL109
Oceanography

Description: Introduction to physical oceanography, the geologic aspects of biologic oceanography, and human impact on the oceans.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL110
Deadly Planet

Description: Major geological natural hazards that affect human society and the geological processes that are responsible for them, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and meteorite impacts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL115
The Earth's Energy Resources

Description: The geological controls on the occurrence and distribution of important and potentially important energy resources. The environment and economic implications of energy resources exploration, development, and production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL117
Life in the UniverseCrosslisted with ASTR 117, BIOS 117

Description: Survey of what modern science tells us about the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. Topics include how the Earth formed and became suitable for life, how life arose on the Earth, the conditions under which life can thrive, places in the solar system that might support life, the existence of other solar systems that might provide suitable habitats, and attempts to find evidence of life on other planets.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL120
Geology of National Parks and Monuments

Description: Physical and historical geology of selected United States parklands. Geological and geophysical processes that produced the unique features of the parks. Interpretation of fossils, archaeology and geologic history. Environmental park policy issues involving geosciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL125
Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences

Description: Scientific exploration of the modern environment and geological and climate history of the Antarctic continent and Southern Ocean.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity ACE 4 Science

GEOL130
The Solar System

Description: Geological survey of the Earth's solar system and evolution of planetary systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL160
Geoscience Fundamentals in the Field

Description: Scientific principles and practices illustrated through geological field work in Nebraska and Wyoming for science educators.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL200
Mineralogy

Prerequisites: GEOL 101

Description: Crystallography and mineral optics, mineral classes, crystal chemistry, and mineral identification methods. Includes microscope techniques and field methods.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 201

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL201
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Prerequisites: GEOL 200

Description: Introduction to the petrology of common igneous and metamorphic rocks and their identification, occurrence, and formation. Includes microscope techniques, analytical methods, and phase diagrams.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL210
Earth Materials: Rocks and Minerals

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or 113, or parallel; GEOL 101

Description: Crystallography and mineral optics, mineral classes, crystal chemistry, and mineral identification methods. Introduction to the petrology of common igneous and metamorphic rocks and their identification, occurence, and formation. Includes microscope techniques, field methods, and phase diagrams.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL211
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Prerequisites: GEOL 210 or equivalent.

Description: Sedimentary rocks and processes, their descriptive parameters, occurrence, origin, and significance in earth history. Stratified rocks in time and space, and methods of correlating geologic units from different localities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL299
Independent Study in Geology

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

GEOL308
BiogeographyCrosslisted with GEOG 308, NRES 308

Prerequisites: GEOG 155 or BIOS 101 and 101L or GEOL 101.

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of biogeography, the study of distributions of plants and animals, both past and present. Biogeography is a highly interdisciplinary science, relying heavily on ecology, geological science, and climatology. It is global in scope and offers the latest knowledge in understanding organism distributions, and the factors that determine those distributions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL310
Depositional Environments

Prerequisites: GEOL 210 and 211, or equivalent.

Description: Sedimentological facies analysis and recognition of clastic, carbonate, and evaporite depositional systems in the rock record.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 460

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL344
Introduction to Geophysics

Prerequisites: PHYS 142 or PHYS 212

Description: Geophysical techniques to study the Earth: seismology, gravity, magnetics and heat flow.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL361
Soils, Environment and Water QualityCrosslisted with AGRO 361, NRES 361, SOIL 361, WATS 361

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or 103; two semesters chemistry (CHEM 105, 106 or CHEM 109,110) and WATS/GEOG/NRES 281

Description: Chemical and physical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants (inorganic, microbial) in soil-water environments. Extent, fate, mitigation, and impact of various sources of pollution. Remedial technologies used for environmental restoration of contaminated environments.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL372
Water & Earth Connections

Prerequisites: GEOL 101, or GEOL 106, or METR 100, and MATH 106, or instructor permission

Description: Quantitative understanding of water-related processes in the earth sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL400
Structural Geology

Prerequisites: GEOL 201 and 211; MATH 102 or equivalent; PHYS 141 or 141H or 211 or 211H, or parallel.

Description: Folding and faulting of rocks, types of texture and rock structure, cleavage, joints, dikes, and unconformaties; structural interpretation of geologic maps; plate tectonics, mountain belts, and regional structures.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 460

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL410
Geochemistry

Prerequisites: MATH 106; CHEM 109 or 113; GEOL 210.

Description: Age of the Earth. Origin of the elements, solar system, oceans, atmosphere, and global geochemical cycles. Radioactive isotope geochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, and equilibrium relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL412
Volcanology and Igneous PetrologyCrosslisted with GEOL 812

Prerequisites: GEOL 210; CHEM 113

Description: The study of igneous systems, including an investigation of volcanic processes, mineral equilibria, petrography, and the geochemistry of magmas and minerals.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL417
Organic GeochemistryCrosslisted with GEOL 817

Prerequisites: GEOL 410 and CHEM 251.

Description: Origin, preservation and transport of organic compounds found in the rock record. Applications of organic geochemistry to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental interpretations as well as discerning the origins of coal, oil and natural gas.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL418
Chemistry of Natural WatersCrosslisted with GEOL 818, NRES 419, NRES 819, WATS 418

Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college chemistry, or CHEM 109 and 110, 113 and 114, or CHEM 111; or permission.

Description: Principles of water chemistry and their use in precipitation, surface water, and groundwater studies. Groundwater applications used to determine the time and source of groundwater recharge, estimate groundwater residence time, identify aquifer mineralogy, examine the degree of mixing between waters of various sources and evaluate what types of biological and chemical processes have occurred during the water's journey through the aquifer system.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL418L
Chemistry of Natural Waters LaboratoryCrosslisted with GEOL 818L, NRES 419L, NRES 819L, WATS 418L

Prerequisites: Parallel in FDST 405/805/BIOS 446/846.

Description: Basic laboratory techniques used to perform water analysis including various wet chemical techniques, instrument use (AA, IC, UV-Visible) and computer modeling. Techniques for sample collection and preservation, parameter estimation and chemical analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

GEOL419
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesCrosslisted with AGRO 419, GEOG 419, NRES 420, AGRO 819, GEOG 819, GEOL 819, NRES 820

Prerequisites: GEOG/NRES 418.

Description: Introduction to the practical uses of remote electromagnetic sensing in dealing with agricultural and water-resources issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Techniques

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL421
Carbonate PetrologyCrosslisted with GEOL 821

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

Lab focuses on field, petrographic and geochemical methods.

Description: Depositional settings and processes, petrography, geochemistry, diagenesis and geological significance of modern and ancient carbonate rocks and sediments.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL423
Quaternary Paleoclimatology and PaleoecologyCrosslisted with BIOS 436, BIOS 836, GEOL 823

Prerequisites: 12 hrs GEOL or BIOS.

Description: Analysis and interpretation of the Quaternary period's paleoecological data. Patterns of long-term climate variation. Distribution patterns and responses of organisms and ecosystems to Quaternary environmental change.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL424
Biogeochemical CyclesCrosslisted with BIOS 438, BIOS 838, GEOL 824

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or 113; 12 hrs geology or biological sciences.

Description: Chemical cycling at or near the earth's surface, emphasizing interactions among the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. Modern processes, the geological record, and human impacts on elemental cycles.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL430
Quantitative Methods in PaleontologyCrosslisted with GEOL 830

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

Description: Numerical and statistical analysis of paleontological data including biometry, syn-ecology, and quantitative biostratigraphy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL431
Micro-paleontologyCrosslisted with GEOL 831

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

Description: Morphology, classification, ecology and geological application of common fossil and extant marine, brackish, and freshwater microfossils.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL435
Vertebrate PaleontologyCrosslisted with GEOL 835

Prerequisites: Permission or graduate standing.

Description: Survey of the evolution of the vertebrates, including the geological and biological factors that influence the pattern of evolution, and laboratory study of fossil materials of the major vertebrate groups.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL436
Evolution of Cenozoic MammalsCrosslisted with GEOL 836, NRES 436, NRES 836

Prerequisites: GEOL 103

Description: Survey of mammalian evolution with emphasis on the origin, radiation, and phylogenetic relationships of Cenozioc fossil mammals. Overview of climatic and ecological changes affecting mammalian adaptations and hands on experience with specimens.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL440
TectonicsCrosslisted with GEOL 840

Prerequisites: GEOL 400 or permission

Description: Theory of plate tectonics; tectonic controls on rock assemblages; interpretation of regional structure and tectonic history; origin and tectonic evolution of terrestrial planets.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL442
Environmental Geophysics ICrosslisted with GEOL 842

Prerequisites: MATH 107; PHYS 211; GEOL 101 or 106; or equivalent or permission.

Description: Introduction to the principles of seismic, ground-penetrating radar, and bore-hole geophysical methods and their application to groundwater, engineering, environmental, and archaeological investigations.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL443
Environmental Geophysics IICrosslisted with GEOL 843

Prerequisites: MATH 107; PHYS 211; GEOL 101 or 106; or equivalent or permission.

Description: Introduction to principles of magnetic, electromagnetic, resistivity, and gravity methods and their application to ground water, engineering, environmental, and archaeological investigations.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL444
GeomicrobiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 444, BIOS 844, GEOL 844

Prerequisites: 3 hours biological sciences and 3 hours chemistry.

Description: Lectures and discussions of primary literature regarding microorganisms and their role transforming Earth through geologic time.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL445
Advanced GeophysicsCrosslisted with GEOL 845

Prerequisites: GEOL 344

Description: Integrative analysis of geophysical data (gravity, magnetics, seismic) with geological information (well logs, tectonic history, etc.)

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL450
Surficial Processes and Landscape EvolutionCrosslisted with GEOL 850

Prerequisites: GEOL 310 or permission.

Description: Fluvial, glacial, eolian, and coastal processes and landforms. Roles of tectonics, climate, and climate change in landscape evolution. Lab stresses description and interpretation of landforms from remotely-sensed, cartographic, and field data.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL457
Ecosystem EcologyCrosslisted with BIOS 457, BIOS 857, GEOL 857

Prerequisites: BIOS 207 and CHEM 110

Description: Processes controlling the cycling of energy and elements in ecosystems and how both plant and animal species influence them. Human-influenced global and local changes that alter these cycles and ecosystem functioning.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL460
Summer Field Course

Prerequisites: GEOL310 and GEOL340

Description: Six weeks advanced study of selected field problems. Conducted in a geologically classic area where all major rock types are studied in a variety of geologic situations.

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:FLD
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:6

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL461

Prerequisites: AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus.

Description: Principles of soil physics. Movement of water, air, heat, and solutes in soils. Water retention and movement, including infiltration and field water regime. Movement of chemicals in soils.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL465
Soil Geomorphology and PaleopedologyCrosslisted with GEOL 865, NRES 465, NRES 865

Prerequisites: GEOL 450/850 and NRES 477/877; or permission.

Description: Soils and paleosols as evidence in reconstruction landscape evolution and paleoenvironments. Role of paleosols in stratigraphy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL470
Field Techniques in HydrogeologyCrosslisted with GEOL 870

Prerequisites: GEOL 488/888.

Description: Basic techniques, field procedures, instruments, and software for data interpretation, and characterization of groundwater flow and contaminant transport.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL472
Water in GeosciencesCrosslisted with GEOL 872

Prerequisites: MATH 106 and 107; PHYS 141; and one of the following: GEOL 101 or 106 or METR 100.

Description: Quantitative approach to water in geological media, earth surface and atmosphere. Understanding and analysis of physical processes involved in groundwater-surface-atmosphere interactions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission

Description: Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from non-point sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies. Capstone course.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL480
Economic Geology of the MetalsCrosslisted with GEOL 880

Prerequisites: 12 hrs geology including GEOL 210, 400; CHEM 114, 116.

Description: Occurrence and utilization of the metallic ores. Elementary theory of ore genesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL484
Water Resources SeminarCrosslisted with AGRO 484, GEOG 484, NRES 484, WATS 484, NRES 884, AGRO 884, GEOG 884, GEOL 884, WATS 884

Prerequisites: Junior or above standing, or permission

Description: Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

GEOL485
Fossil Fuel Geology and ExplorationCrosslisted with GEOL 885

Prerequisites: 12 hrs geology.

Description: Geology of coal, oil and gas, and methods of exploration.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL488
Groundwater GeologyCrosslisted with GEOL 888, NRES 488, NRES 888

Prerequisites: GEOL 100-level course; MATH 106 or equivalent.

Description: Occurence, movement, and development of water in the geologic environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL495
Economic and Exploration GeologyCrosslisted with GEOL 895

Prerequisites: GEOL 310 and GEOL 320; or equivalent. Recommended parallel: A GEOL course as indicated by the instructor and will vary according to the course content of GEOL 495.

Field trips are required and supported by alumni endowment. Course content will vary on a 3-year rotational basis. Combined lectures, seminars, weekend short courses, and field trips. Field trips are required and supported by alumni endowment. Field trips may be scheduled during semester breaks.

Description: E.F. Schramm Course in Economic Geology. Aspects of fossil fuel geology and exploration.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL498
Special Topics in Geology

Prerequisites: Permission.The nature of a given semester's course will depend on student demand and availability of staff.

Description: Reviews of specialized subject areas.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

GEOL499
Independent Study in Geology

Prerequisites: Prior agreement with and permission of individual faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

GEOL499H
Honors Course

Prerequisites: Open to candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Comprehend and critically evaluate complex information
  • Use quantitative analytical computational techniques
  • Make predictions using mathematical, statistical, and scientific modeling methods
  • Understand and use proper laboratory and technical skills and instruments
  • Define problems and identifying causes

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Geologist, Marathon Oil Company - Houston TX
  • Well Site Geologist, Columbine Logging - Denver CO
  • Hydrogeologist, United States Geologic Survey - MA
  • Geotechnician, Whiting Petroleum Corporation - Denver CO
  • Researcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE

Internships

  • Integrated Water Management Specialist Assistant, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources - Lincoln NE
  • Student Intern - Hydrology, United States Geological Survey - Lincoln NE
  • Geology Intern, Twin Rivers Testing Environmental - North Platte NE

Grad Schools

  • MS Geology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Masters - Geo Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Education, UNL - Lincoln NE
  • Geophysics, California Institute of Technology - Pasadena CA
  • Hydrogeology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE