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Office of the University Registrar

2009-10 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

ESC 1000 Introduction to Earth Science
Credits: 3.

Integrated application of the scientific method to the earth sciences, including: geologic materials, resources and processes; surface, groundwater and climate; environmental problems; and related topics. Emphasis is on Florida examples. (P)

ESC 1000L Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory
Credits: 1; Prereq: GLY 1001.

A laboratory course designed to provide basic understanding of the Earth, its atmosphere and hydrosphere, and the processes that shape them. (P)

GLY 1000 Exploring the Geological Sciences
Credits: 3.

Selected topics in the geological sciences. Designed for the student not majoring in science. (P)

GLY 1102 Age of Dinosaurs
Credits: 3.

An examination of unique episodes in the physical and biological history of the earth. (B, P)

GLY 1150L Florida Geology Laboratory
Credits: 1.

A laboratory course designed to provide a basic understanding of Florida's geology, geologic history, geologic resources and geologically related environmental problems. (P)

GLY 2010C Physical Geology
Credits: 4.

Materials, structures, surface features of the earth and processes which have produced them. Related laboratory demonstrations and experiences. (P)

GLY 2030C Environmental and Engineering Geology
Credits: 3.

Hazardous geologic processes and current environmental concerns are related to the earth, the forces acting upon it, and the resulting surface features and materials. Human interaction with the environment is illustrated using modern case studies. (P)

GLY 2038C Geology and the Environment
Credits: 4.

Focuses on the aspects of geology most relevant to humans. A broad overview of earth materials and processes will be presented, with emphasis on geologic hazards, resources, and the environment. (P)

GLY 2042 Planetary Geology
Credits: 3.

Introduction to recent geological exploration of recent terrestrial planets and moons, comets and asteroids, focusing on comparisons of composition and tectonics on the solid planets and moons.

GLY 2080C Introduction to Marine Science
Credits: 4.

An introduction to the four basic disciplines within marine sciences, with an emphasis on marine geology. Will describe the origin and evolution of marine basins, ocean circulation, climate control, and life in the oceans. A field trip to coastal Florida is mandatory. (P)

GLY 2100C Historical Geology
Credits: 4; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C, or instructor permission.

Evolution of the earth and its life. The major physical events and evolutionary changes as recorded in the geologic past. Related laboratory, demonstrations and exercises. (P)

GLY 3074 Oceans and Global Climate
Credits: 3.

The goal of this course is for students to understand the role the oceans play in determining climate and regulating global climate change on a range of timescales from decades to millions of years. (P)

GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life
Credits: 4; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C.

An advanced examination of the geologic history of planet earth with an emphasis on North America. (P)

GLY 3163 Geology American National Parks
Credits: 3.

This course is an introduction to the geological setting of selected US national parks. It relates Geology to the cultural aspects of these parks and present-day environmental concerns. A field trip to St. Augustine, Florida will be taken. (P)

GLY 3200C Principles of Mineralogy
Credits: 4; Prereq: CHM 1030 or CHM 1025, GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C.

Concepts of crystallography, crystal chemistry, physical properties of minerals, mineral genesis and systematic study of the rock-forming or otherwise important minerals including the theory and use of the petrographic microscope for study and identification of these minerals in thin section. (P)

GLY 3202C Earth Materials
Credits: 3.

This course will present a broad overview of the origin and occurrence of earth materials, with a particular emphasis on the identification and classification of minerals and rocks. Course activities involve both lecture materials and a fully integrated laboratory component where students learn to identify and classify minerals and rocks through both macroscopic and microscopic investigation.

GLY 3603C Paleontology
Credits: 4; Prereq: refer to the department.

An investigation of the history of life on earth, including aspects of invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology, micropaleontology and paleobotany.

GLY 3784L Geology and National Parks SW
Credits: 2.

This course focuses on parklands of the U.S. Southwest. Field excursions to parks in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona will integrate geology to the cultural aspects and present-day environmental concerns of these areas.

GLY 3882C Hydrology and Human Affairs
Credits: 3; Prereq: one chemistry course (e.g. CHM 1030).

A course which offers insight into current scientific, political, legal, social and economic aspects of hydrology.

GLY 4155C Geology of Florida
Credits: 3; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C, or instructor permission.

Principles of physical and historical geology as applied to the geology and mineral resources of Florida. (P)

GLY 4310C Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Credits: 4; Prereq: CHM 1025, and GLY 3200C.

Fundamental concepts, principles and data that pertain to the genesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Emphasis on mineral phase relations, interpretive petrochemistry, magma genesis and tectonic relationships.

GLY 4400C Structural Geology and Tectonics
Credits: 4; Prereq: GLY 2010C or GLY2030C, MAC 1147, GLY 4552C.

Structural features of the earth, their causes, recognition, and interpretation, to include the mechanics of folding, faulting and other deformations of the earth's crust.

GLY 4552C Sedimentary Geology
Credits: 4; Prereq: GLY 2100C or GLY 3105C, GLY 3200C.

An introduction to the basic disciplines important in understanding the origin and classification of sedimentary rocks including sedimentary petrology, sedimentology and stratigraphy.

GLY 4571 Fluvial Morphology and Processes
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C.

Examines the nature and variety of fluvial processes and the origin and modification of fluvial landforms; includes discussion of environmental changes in rivers and human activities in drainage basins.

GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes
Credits: 3; Prereq: GEO 2200 or GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C.

Examines the nature and variety of coastal processes and the origin and modification of environmental changes along coasts and human activities in the coastal zone.

GLY 4750L Geological Field Methods
Credits: 2; Prereq: GLY 3105C or GLY 2100C and instructor permission.

Methods and techniques used in geological fieldwork.

GLY 4790 Geology Summer Field Camp
Credits: 6; Prereq: GLY 4750L and instructor permission.

Summer geology field camp in northern New Mexico. Application of field procedures and techniques to the solution of geologic problems and construction of geologic maps.

GLY 4905 Individual Work
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to7 credits. Prereq: 15 hours of geology and instructor permission.

For work in addition to that offered in regular courses in mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology and structural geology.

GLY 4930 Special Topics in Geology
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 12 credits. Prereq: three courses in geology, or instructor permission.

Lecture, conferences or laboratory sessions covering selected topics of current interest in modern geology.

OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography
Credits: 3.

History of oceanography; distribution of Earth's land and water; nature and relief of the sea's floor; physical and chemical properties of sea water; sea ice; sound in the sea; tides, currents and waves; marine sedimentation. (P)

General Education Categories
Consult Schedule of Courses for specific information.

  • Biological Sciences (B)
  • Composition (C)
  • Diversity (D)*
  • Humanities (H)
  • International (N)*
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Physical Sciences (P)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)

* Students who entered UF prior to Summer B 2007 and/or whose catalog year is not 2007-08: Current students who have not already completed six hours of "I" - international/diversity credits can do so now by taking "D" and "N" courses.

Symbols Used in Course Descriptions

  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course may be taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.
  • Refer to the Schedule of Courses for specific information.