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  100 Level (Foundation Courses)

Planet Earth
(Credits 3)
None; designed for non-science majors and minors; PARTIALLY FULFILLS SCIENCE REQUIREMENT FOR ALL COLLEGES
NOTE: Credit not given for both 460:100 and 460:101
Introductory geology for the non-science major, designed to give a broad, basic iunderstanding of the planet on which we reside, its age and origin, composition and evolution, interrelationships of Earth's major physical systems, scientific revolutions in Earth Science, and the role the physical Earth plays in global politics and economics.
J. Browning
M. Feigenson
C. Lepre
D. Monteverde
P. Sugarman
B. Turrin

Introductory Geology

01:460:101 (4)01:460:101


Course designed for all science majors and minors.
Required for all Geology Majors / Minors
Non Science Majors / Minors SHOULD REGISTER FOR 01:460:100 Planet Earth
NOTE: Credit not given for both 460:100 and 460:101
Geological concepts, principles, processes, chemistry, and physics of the Earth and the interplay of Earth Systems. Course explores the Earth as a whole, its origin, structure, composition, history and the nature of the processes that resulted in its formation and its present state.
Course includes a 3-hour laboratory session
previously listed as 01:460:103

M. Feigenson
C. Swisher

D. Monteverde

Introductory Geology Laboratory

01:460:103 (1)
Lab. 3 hrs. for students requiring fulfillment of the Geological Sciences lab requirement who have previously taken 01:460:100 Planet Earth, or an equivalent of 01:460:101 Introductory Geology without a lab. Lab times are those scheduled for 01:460:101 labs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor only. Explores mineral and rock identification, geological sample analysis, structural and seismological interpretation, and field observation.&nbsp C. Swisher / Staff

Honors Introductory Geology Laboratory

01:460:105 (2)

Lab. 6 hrs. Pre- or corequisite: 01:460:101 Fundamentals of physical geology. Field observations and measurements of geologic processes and outcrops. D. Kent
Sea Change: The rise and fall of sea level and the Jersey shore
01:460:110 (3)01:460:110
Signature class for all students;
recitation meets every other week.
History of climate and sea-level change during Earth history. K. Miller
Introduction to Oceanography 01:460:120 (3) Credit not given for this course and 01:460:209 or 11:628:120. Ongoing discoveries and developing knowledge including plate tectonics, the properties and motion of the ocean (waves, tides, and currents), ocean resources (food, energy, minerals), and related marine environmental issues that are changing our understanding of the way our planet works and that impact on our lives G. Taghon, L. Kerkhof

  200 Level (Survey Courses)


Earthquakes and Volcanoes


  Plate tectonics and the origin of earthquakes and volcanoes: causes, mechanisms, consequences, and effect on man.Prof. V. Levin
L. Adamo
Environmental Geology 01:460:202 01:460:202 (3)   Analyses of issues and case studies related to cleaning of the environment, finding and using resources, predicting and mitigating natural disasters, and understanding global change. P. Sugarman
Building and Maintaining a Habitable Planet
  Understanding human-cause environmental changes in the context of Earth's 4.6 billion year history. Geological and human timescales; planetary habitability; planetary, biological, and civilizational flows of energy and entropy; feedbacks between life, the carbon cycle, and climate; the evolution of complex life; human alterations of the Earth system; intelligent life in the universe. R. Kopp

Water Planet

01:460:204 01:460:204(3)

  Survey of the science, environmental impact, and resource allocation of water on the Earth. Characteristics of water; hydrologic cycle; runoff and erosion; river systems; past and present climates; water quality; political and economic aspects of water. Y. Rosenthal


01:460:206 (3)



  Survey of dinosaurian evolution and diversity. Discovery and collection; reconstruction of anatomy, behavior, physiology, and habitats; origin, evolutionary radiation, and extinction.

G. McGhee

L. Adamo

Oil and Gold: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
01:460:207 (3)01:460:207
  Introduction to the geologic setting and origin of the Earth’s natural resources. Topics include the exploitation of energy resources (oil and gas) and metallic and nonmetallic deposits and the impact of the exploitation of these natural resources on society.

R. Schlische

M. Withjack

The Last 11,000 Years  01:460:208 (3)   Geologic events since the last ice age. Sea-level changes, volcanism, earthquakes, climatic change, erosional and depositional effects. Ancient record of events, myths Staff
(this class was not offered in the last five years)
Exploration of the Oceans 01:460:209 (3)


Geological and geophysical exploration techniques; deep sea drilling; continental shelves; deep ocean basins; plate tectonics; coral reefs; offshore petroleum exploration; marine archaeological discoveries; Monitor, Titanic.  
Rocks and Minerals  01:460:210 (3) Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 01:460:101. Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:301 or 302.  Systematics of rock-forming minerals. Description, geologic setting, and origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. J. Delaney
Earth and Life Through Time 01:460:212 (3)   Relationships between the development of Earth and its continents and oceans, atmosphere and climate, and the evolution of life through time.  Designed for non-majors. D. Kent
Planet Mars
(Mars, The Next Frontier)

01:460:222 (3)
Planet Earth 01:460:100
Intro Geology 01:460:101
recommended, but not required
Planet Mars is the next frontier. Cross-disciplinary evidence for the formation and evolution of the planet over 4.56 billion years and the Martian climate system will be explored. Interpretation of Mars' surface from current and future space missions will be used to search for likely landing sites on the planet. J. Gross
S. Tikoo-Schantz

Geology of the Moons and Planets

01:460:224 (3)01:460:224

  Origin, composition, and evolution of the solar system, meteorites, comets, asteroids, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Saturn and its satellites, Uranus, and Neptune. J. Delaney

  300 Level (Core Courses )



01:460:301 (4)

course for Geological Sciences majors

Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 01:460:101, 01:160:161;  Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:210. Chemistry, crystal structure, optical properties of minerals, and minerals as records of processes that shaped the Earth and extraterrestrial bodies. Laboratory: identification of minerals in hand specimen, thin section, electron microprobe and scanning electron microscope.  C. Herzberg


01:460:302 (4)
course for Geological Sciences majors

Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs
Prerequisites: 01:460:301,
Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:210 

Origin of Earth’s crust and mantle through the study of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Laboratory: hand specimens and thin sections of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
J. Van Tongeren


01:460:303 (4)01:460:303

course for Geological Sciences majors

Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs., Field Trips. Prerequisite: 01:460:101. Principles of paleobiology and phylogenetic systematics. Phylogenetic and mathematical analyses of the Earth's fossil record. Laboratory study of invertebrate fossils.  G. McGhee
Introduction to Geochemistry 
01:460:304 01:460:304 (4)

course for Geological Sciences majors

Lec. 3 hrs., Lab 3 hrs.
Prerequisites: 01:460:101; 01:460:161
Low and high temperature geochemistry, element distribution, geochemical structure of the Earth, Laboratory exercises include sample materials, preparation techniques, mass spectrometry, data collection, reduction and interpretation.  Staff
Evolution and Geologic Time 01:460:305 (3) Prerequisite: 01:460:101 Introduction to the concept of deep time and overview of major events in the evolution of life on earth. Evolutionary patterns and processes through the last 600 million years. M.-P. Aubry
Introduction to Geophysics
01:460:306 (4)
course for Geological Sciences majors
Prerequisite: 01:460:101, 01:750:203 or equivalent. Principles of subsurface exploration using seismic waves, gravity and magnetic fields, electric currents and electro-magnetic waves. Applications to problems on scales from global to local. Practical training in executing local geophysical surveys (seismic, electric, magnetic) V. Levin

Sedimentary Geology 01:460:330 (4) NEW NUMBER

OLD 01:460:211 (4)

Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3hrs. Prerequisite: 01:460:101. Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:340 or 341. Interpretation of sedimentary rocks; their relation to depositional environment and processes. Analysis of sedimentary sequrences in time and space. Principles of correlation.   
Geology Colloquium 01:460:355,356 (1)
For Geology majors and minors only.
Lec. and discussions 1 hr. New research in geology presented by visiting speakers and Rutgers scientists.  M. Feigenson

Microstratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology

01:460:394 (3)

Pre - or corequisite: 01460:340. Credit not given for both this course and 01:070:394 Field and laboratory studies of Geological context in Archaelogical sites. Data Collection and sampling, sediment analysis, and reporting. Interpretation of depositional and postdepositional features.  C. Feibel 

  400 Level (Advanced Courses)

Structural Geology and Geologic Maps
01:460:407 (4)01:460:407
course for Geological Sciences majors

Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Field Trips. Prerequisites: 01:460:341. Recommended pre- or corequisite: 01:640:CALC1.

Geometry and origin of brittle and ductile structures; stress, strain, rheology, and deformation mechanisms; geologic maps and cross sections; introduction to tectonics and regional structural geology. M. Withjack
R. Schlische


01:460:408 (3)

Lec. 3 hrs., field trips. Prerequisite: 01:460:101 or equivalent. The evolution and classification of landforms and the processes involved in their development. G. Ashley

Field Geology

01:460:410 (3)

course for Geological Sciences majors

Lec. 1 hr., lab. 6 hrs. Field Trips.
01:460:407 or permission of instructor.
Methodology of field investigations: pace and compass; aerial photo and topographic mapping; construction of geological maps and cross sections; interpretations of seismic profiles; preparation of written reports. Course is not offered on a regular basis, check with UPD
Geologic Field Methods 01:460:411 (2) Lec. 1 hr., lab. 6 hrs. Prerequisites: 01:460:302; Recommended: 01:460:407; or permission of instructor This course is designed to give an introduction to making geological observations in the field. We will examine the evidence in support of the Wilson ccle of supercontinent fromation and destruction. J. Van Tongeren
Introduction to Geophysics 01:460:412 (4)
NEW NUMBER 01:460:306
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Pre- or corequisites: 01:460:101 and 01:750:204, or permission of instructor Principles of seismic exploration, refraction, reflection, deep earth seismology, gravity, magnetics, electrical surveys, heat flow. Application of geophysical techiques to the study of the subsurface V. Levin
G. Mountain


01:460:414 (3)01:460:414

Lec. 3 hrs., Prerequisites: 01:640:CALC2 and 01:750:204, or permission of the instructor Introduction to physical principles of water cycling through the Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, with emphasis on water storage, flux, and flow pathways among the various reservoirs near the land surface. Y. Fan Reinfelder
Environmental Geochemistry 01:460:417 (3) Pre- or corequisites: 01:460:101, 01:160:162. Distribution of elements in the sedimentary environment; behavior of trace metals in sediments and waters. N. Yee


01:460:428 (3)01:460:428

Prerequisites: 01:640:CALC2, 01:750:204, and 01:460:101, or permission of the instructor. Introduction to physical and chemical principles of fluid flow and mass transport through geologic media, with emphasis on quantitative characterization of groundwater systems. Y. Fan Reinfelder
Tectonics and Regional Structural Geology 01:460:429 (3) Prerequisite: 01:460:307 Theories of tectonics, regional tectonotratigraphic analysis, development of the earth's Phanerozoic orogens. R. Schlische
The Quaternary Period 01:460:434 (3) Lec. 3 hrs., field trips. Prerequisite: 01:460:101 or equivalent. The last 2 1/2 milllion years has been a time of climate change. The course includes methods used to determine time and extent of continental-scale ice sheets; history of sea level change and appearance of land bridges; animal migrations; peopling of the New World; and paleo indians of New Jersey.


C. Feibel
G. Ashley

Marine Geology

01:460:451 (3)

Prerequisite: 01:460:341 Current knowledge and approaches to studying the Earth covered by ocean, from the shoreline to the deepest trench. The depth and form of the seafloor as the lower boundary and modifier of the water that moves above it. The composition of marine sediments, modes of transport into and within ocean basins plus the global cycles and history they record. Geologic and geophysical tools used to determine this record and infer properties and evolution of ocean crust G. Mountain
J. Wright


01:460:453 (3)

Prerequisites: 01:460:303 and 341, or permission of instructor. Evolution in an ecological context: analysis of ancient living systems; evolution of marine ecosystems in geologic time. G. McGhee
History of the Earth System 01:460:476 (3) Prerequisites: Introductory Chemistry, Biology and Physics (or by permission of the Instructor). Integration of atmospheric, oceanographic, geological and biological concepts with an historical perspective to introduce the major processes that have shaped Earth's environment; climatic processes on geological time scales; the evolution of organisms; the cycling of elements; the feedbacks between these processes. P. Falkowski

Major Events In Earth History

01:460:480 01:460:480

Prerequisites: All courses for EPS majors in their senior year, or by special permission. History of the solid Earth, oceans, atmosphere, and life over the past 4.5 billion years as narrated by major events in the geological record. Herzberg & EPS Faculty

Independent Studies in Geology

01:460:493,94 (3)

Prerequisites: Minimum 3.0 cumulative and geology grade-point averages. Adviser's approval required for registration Topic of study chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser.  
Honors in Geology 01:460:495,96 (3) Both terms must be completed to receive credit. See Departmental Honors Program Research project chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser.