100 Level (Foundation Courses)

Course/NumberPrerequisites / NotesDescriptionProfessor/s

Planet Earth
01:460:100 (3)
Browning syllabus
Feigenson syllabus

None; designed for non-science majors and minors

Some sections are online only

NOTE: Credit not given for both 460:100 and 460:101

Introductory geology for the non-science major, designed to give a broad, basic understanding 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
B. Turrin

Introductory Geology
01:460:101 (4)

None; 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 lab session

C. Swisher, D. Monteverde

Introductory Geology Laboratory
01:460:103 (1)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor or Undergraduate Program Director. For students requiring fulfillment of the Geological Sciences lab requirement who have previously taken 01:460:100 Planet Earth or equivalent. Lab times are those scheduled for 01:460:101 labs. Lab. 3 hrs. Explores mineral and rock identification, geological sample analysis, structural and seismological interpretation, and field observation. C. Swisher / Staff

Sea Change: The rise and fall of sea level and the Jersey shore


01:460:110 (3)

Signature class for all students;
recitation meets every other week.

No prerequisites.

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.

No prerequisites.

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, K. Bidle, S. Severman

200 Level (Survey Courses)

Course/NumberPrerequisite / NotesDescriptionProfessor/s

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

None; online course Plate tectonics and the origin of earthquakes and volcanoes: causes, mechanisms, consequences, and effect on man. V. Levin
L. Adamo

Environmental Geology 01:460:202 (3)

None; online course 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
01:460:203 (3)

None 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 (3)

 None 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, R. Sherrell
01:460:206 (3)
 None 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)
 None 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.

M. Withjack, R. Schlische

Earth and Life Through Time
01:460:212 (3)

 None 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. J. Wright
A Walk Through Time: Evolution of Mammals
None Introduction to current perspectives on the origins and fossil history of mammals. Critically evaluation of the “how” and “why” theories of evolution and adaption through a detailed presentation of the “who”, “what”, “when”, and “where” facts gathered by geological, biological, and paleontological research.  C. Lepre
Planet Mars
01:460:222 (3)
None 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

Geology of the Moons and Planets
01:460:224 (3)

 None 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. S. Tikoo
01:460:225 (3)
None Investigation of the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in our solar system and beyond. Addresses some of the biggest questions in science today such as where life began, whether there is life on other planets, and how scientists search for extraterrestrial life. N. Yee

300 Level (Core Courses )

Course/NumberPrerequisite / NotesDescriptionProfessor/s

Introduction to Sedimentary Geology
Course for Geological Sciences majors & minors

Prerequisite: 01:460:101 Interpretation of sedimentary rocks; their relation to depositional environment and processes. Analysis of sedimentary sequrences in time and space. Principles of correlation.  J. Browning, K. Miller

01:460:301 (4)
Course for Geological Sciences majors & minors

Prerequisites: 01:460:101, 01:160:161 (General Chemistry 1)
Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:210.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs
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 & minors

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

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)
Course for Geological Sciences majors & minors

Prerequisite: 01:460:101.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs.
Field trips.
Principles of paleobiology and phylogenetic systematics. Phylogenetic and mathematical analyses of the Earth's fossil record. Laboratory study of invertebrate fossils.  M.-P. Aubry
Introduction to Geochemistry 
01:460:304 (4)
Course for Geological Sciences majors & minors

Prerequisites: 01:460:101; 01:460:161 (General Chemistry 1)
Lec. 3 hrs., lab 3 hrs.

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.  L. Godfrey, R. Mortlock
Evolution and Geologic Time
01:460:305 (3)
Prerequisite: 01:460:101 or 01:460:100 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 & minors
Prerequisite: 01:460:101, 01:750:203 (General Physics 1) or equivalent.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab 3 hrs.
Field trips.
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
Geology Colloquium 01:460:355,356 (1)
For Geological Sciences  majors and minors only
Lec. and discussions 1 hr. Frontier research in Earth and planetary sciences presented by outside experts and Rutgers scientists. Y. Fan Reinfleder

Geologic Context
01:460:394 (3)
For Geological Sciences and Anthropology majors & minors

Pre - or corequisite: 01460:300.
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)

Course/NumberPrerequisite / NotesDescriptionProfessor/s
Structural Geology and Geologic Maps
01:460:407 (4)
Course for Geological Sciences majors & minors

Prerequisites: 01:460:101. Recommended pre- or corequisite: 01:460:300; 01:640:CALC1.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs.
Field Trips.

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. R. Schlische, M. Withjack

Geologic Field Methods 01:460:411 (2)
Course for Geological Sciences majors & minors

Lec. 1 hr., lab. 6 hrs. Prerequisites: 01:460:302; Recommended: 01:460:407; or permission of instructor.
Multi-day field trips.

Introduction to making geological observations in the field. We will examine the evidence in support of the Wilson cycle of supercontinent formation and destruction. J. Van Tongeren

Hydrologic Processes
01:460:414 (3)

Lec. 3 hrs., Prerequisites: 01:640:CALC1 and 01:750:203 (General Physics 1), 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 (General Chemistry 2). Distribution of elements in the sedimentary environment; behavior of trace metals in sediments and waters. N. Yee

01:460:428 (3)

Prerequisites: 01:640:CALC1, 01:750:203 (General Physics 1), 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)
Course for Geological Sciences majors only

Prerequisite: 01:460:407 or permission of instructor Seismic expression of structural styles and their plate-tectonic setting; basement-involved structural styles  (extension, shortening, strike-slip, inversion); detached structurl styles (extension, shortening, and salt) R. Schlische

Marine Geology
01:460:451 (3)

Prerequisite: 01:460:300 Current knowledge and approaches to studying the Earth covered by ocean, from  shoreline to deepest trench; depth and form of the seafloor as  lower boundary of  water that moves above it; composition of marine sediments; modes of transport into and within ocean basins plus global cycles and history they record; geologic and geophysical tools used to determine this record and infer properties and evolution of ocean crust J. Wright, K. Miller
History of the Earth System
01:460:476 (3)
Prerequisites: Introductory Gelogy and Introductory Chemistry, Biology or Physics (or 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
Course for Geological Sciences majors only

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. C. Herzberg & EPS Faculty

Independent Studies in Geology
01:460:493,494 (BA)

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, 3) Both terms must be completed to receive credit. See Departmental Honors Program Research project chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser.