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Geology Courses

GLY 1000. Physical Geology (3 credits)
Introduction to earth materials and processes. Topics include minerals and rocks, weathering, landscape formation by streams, glaciers and ocean waves, study of volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics.

GLYL 1000. Physical Geology Laboratory (1 credit)
Study of common minerals and rocks; use of topographic and geologic maps. PREREQ: Current enrollment in or completion of GLY 1000.

GLY 1150. Earth Science (GGY 1150) (3 credits)
Includes topics in geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. Minerals and rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes; ocean tides and currents, shoreline processes; atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, weather patterns; sky observation, solar system.

GLYL 1150. Earth Science Laboratory (GGYL 1150) (1 credit)
Study of common minerals and rocks, topographic maps, climate classification, weather processes. PREREQ: Current enrollment in or completion of GLY 1150.

GLY 1250. Earth History (3 credits)
Geologic history of the earth as recorded in the rock record. Topics include geologic time, evolution of the atmosphere, continents and oceans, fossils, and the development of life through time.

GLYL 1250. Earth History Laboratory (1 credit)
Study of animal and plant fossils, environments of deposition, geologic maps. PREREQ: Current enrollment in or completion of GLY 1250.

GLY 2260. Oceanography (3 credits)
Ocean circulation, properties of ocean water, waves and tides, and processes of shoreline erosion and deposition. The relationship between marine processes and human use of coastal areas will be emphasized. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150.

GLY 2460. Weather and Climate (GGY 2460, PHS 2460) (3 credits)
The same course as Geography 2460.

GLY 2620. Environmental Geology (GGY 2620) (3 credits)
Aspects of geology related to problems arising from intensive use of the earth by modern society. The use of earth materials, energy resources and groundwater will be considered along with land use planning. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150.

GLY 3100. Minerals and Rocks (3 credits)
Study of minerals and rocks with an emphasis on origins, classification, and identification. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150 and concurrent enrollment in GLY 3110.

GLY 3110. Minerals and Rocks Laboratory (1 credit)
A survey of minerals and rocks with an emphasis on environments of origin, classification, textural features, and identification. Laboratory stresses mineral and rock identification and typical associations. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150 and concurrent enrollment in GLY 3100.

GLY 3250. Paleontology (3 credits)
Study of fossil invertebrates, vertebrates and plants with emphasis on evolutionary trends. PREREQ: GLY 1250, GLYL 1250, and BIO 1000.

GLY 3660. Geomorphology (3 credits)
Advanced study of land forms-fluvial, solution, glacial, marine, eolian, volcanic, and structural. History of geomorphic theories and regional land forms will also be covered. PREREQ: GLY 1000 or GLY 1150.

GLY 4010. Geology Internship (3 credits)
Practical experience with a consulting firm, university, museum, or government agency through a planned internship. Supervision is provided by a designated member of the firm, university, or agency and by a member of the departmental faculty. PREREQ: Departmental approval.

GLY 4030. Ground Penetrating Radar (GGY 4030) (1 credit)
Subsurface remote sensing using ground penetrating radar (GPR). Students will gain experience in the capture and interpretation of GPR data using the instrument and associated software that can be used in a variety of disciplines (e.g. geology, geography, archeology, engineering, etc.). PREREQ: GGY/GLY 1150.

GLY 4040. Remote Sensing (GGY 4040) (3 credits)
Remote sensing of Earth’s surface. Techniques of photography, multispectral scanning, and microwave imagery from airplane, satellite, and manned-spacecraft platforms. Image interpretation, practical applications in Earth Science, and use of remotely sensed data in Geographic Information Systems.

GLY 4150. Geology Field Trip (1-3 credits)
Field trip to selected geologic sites to increase appreciation and understanding of geologic, biologic, and cultural resources in areas outside of the UNCP community. A fee is charged to cover travel expenses. Course may be taken for credit up to 3 times. PREREQ: GLY 1150.

GLY 4250. Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (3 credits)
Study of environments of deposition of sediments and stratigraphic principles including facies and correlation. Classic examples from the geologic record will be used. PREREQ: GLY 1250.

GLY 4700. Writing in the Geosciences (GGY 4700) (3 credits)
Development of skill in fundamental communication in the geosciences. Students study methods of communication and research as well as practice presentations. Writing will be addressed as a process involving drafts, revisions, and peer review.

GLYS 2xxx. General Topics in Geology (1-4 credits)
This course will focus on a topic of general interest and explore its breadth. The topic will be announced in the schedule of classes. Possible topics include general methodological and topical concepts.

GLYS 4xxx. Special Topics in Geology (1-4 credits)
This course will focus on a topic of general interest and explore it in depth. The topic will be announced in the schedule of classes. Possible topics include dinosaurs, natural disasters, etc. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.


Graduate Courses

GLY 5010. Essentials of Earth Science (3 credits)
Advanced study of topics in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and solar system astronomy.

GLY 5020. Essentials of Earth History (3 credits)
An Advanced study of earth history as recorded in the rock record. Topics include geologic time; evolution of the continents, oceans and atmosphere; fossils and the development of life through time; and the historical development of geologic concepts. PREREQ: GLY 5010 or permission of the instructor.

GLY 5030. Geology of North Carolina (3 credits)
Study of the geology of North Carolina. Areas include the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Newark-type Basins, and Coastal Plain. Topics include rocks, structures, environmental geology, economic geology, and plate tectonic implications of these regions. May include field trips.

GLY 5410. Meteorology and Climatology (3 credits)
Analysis and presentation of weather and climate information. Emphasis on explanatory methods in basic meteorology. Graphical representation and modeling of weather elements, atmospheric processes and climate regions.

GLYS 5xxx. Special Topics in Geology (1-4 credits)
Course content will change from offering to offering. It will meet the special needs of individuals within the master’s program at UNCP and of students who seek credit by enrolling in special departmental offerings such as short courses, seminars, and special intense summer experiences that focus on concepts within the discipline of geology. Offerings will be on an announced basis.