MSU Billings Course Descriptions

GEO - Geoscience: Geology

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* GEO 101 Introduction to Physical Geology

[formerly EASC 100 Lithosphere and Hydrosphere]

3 cr. Corequisite: GEO 102. (F)  Presents an introduction to the study of the earth through a study of its materials and composition, structure, geologic processes, surface and ground waters, physical, chemical and biological oceanography.


* GEO 102 Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory

[formerly EASC 101 Lithosphere and Hydrosphere Lab]

1 cr. Corequisite: GEO 101. (F)  Enhances the lecture material of GEO 101 through the usage of experiential activities.


GEO 205 Mineralogy

[formerly EASC 200 Earth Materials]

4 cr. Prerequisite: GEO 101. (odd F)  Surveys crystallography, chemistry and physics of minerals, and mineral field occurrences and associations.  Studies will also include identification, classification, and interpretation of origin, chemistry, and mineralogical compositions of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.  Lab included.  Field trips required.


GEO 211 Earth History and Evolution

[formerly EASC 120 Historical Geology and Paleontology]

3 cr. Corequisite: GEO 212. (S)  Presents a systematic study of the earth through geologic time by analysis of the geological evolution of earth and its sequence of life forms reconstructed from the paleontological record.  Lab required.


GEO 212 Earth History and Evolution Laboratory

[formerly EASC 121 Historical Geology and Paleontology Lab]

1 cr. Corequisite: GEO 211. (S)  Enhances the lecture material of GEO 211 through the usage of experiential activities.



GEO 309 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

[formerly EASC 320 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy]

3 cr. Prerequisite: GEO 101. (even F)  Introduces and studies the processes of sedimentation, mechanical analysis sediments, environments of deposition, origin and classification of sedimentary rocks, principles and techniques utilized in measuring sedimentary rock strata, facies changes, tectonic framework, biostratigraphic units and paleo-environments.  Extensive field and lab work required.


GEO 490 Undergraduate Research

V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.  Provides students the opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member, including library and experimental research as appropriate, analysis of the results, and the submission of a formal research report upon completion of the project.


GEO 491 Special Topics

V1-12 cr. Prerequisite: determined as needed.  Provides students with an opportunity to take courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.


GEO 492 Independent Study

[formerly EASC 491 Independent Study]

V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.  Provides advanced students an opportunity to explore material not covered by regular Earth Science courses.  A contract describing the study must be completed at the time of enrollment.