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HAZWOPER 40-hour course offered Summer 2015

Kent State University offers a HAZWOPER 40-hour course for OSHA Standard and Hazmat/Emergency Response on the Kent Campus in early summer (~$450 for students; dates to be announced).

Advisors in Geology

Undergraduate Advisors:

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Joseph Ortiz

Field Camp Director:
Dr. David Hacker

Free Tutoring for all Geology CORE Courses

Experienced Geology graduate students and lab instructors answer your questions, beginning week three of each semester, in room 223 MCG, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. No appointment necessary.


KSU Scholarships for Broadening Participation in the Sciences annually provides 21 undergraduate scholarships, averaging $5,000 each to promising science students.

Applications are accepted beginning in early March for undergraduates pursing a STEM major for the following academic year. For more scholarship opportunities, search Pathways to Science for opportunities to do research at the undergraduate level, here and abroad. The Institute for Broadening Participation in the STEM sciences also offers free online search tools to encourage minority participation in STEM sciences.

Reminder about Registration Fee Effective Fall 2013

Attention Geology Majors and Geology Graduate Students:   Please note the university charges an undergraduate fee of $456 per credit hour for course loads over 16 credit hours.  For graduate students, the fee is $485 per credit hour for course loads over 16 credit hours.  This additional fee does not apply to students taking courses only at the Regional Campuses.  Plan accordingly to take no more than 16 credit hours in the semester in order to avoid this additional fee. 

Courses Offered

The following is the planned schedule of course offerings for the Department of Geology. Please note that some courses are offered in both the Fall and Spring, some courses are offered in the Fall or Spring only, and some are offered in alternating years. Special Topic (GEOL 4/ 5/ 60095 ST:) course descriptions are available at the bottom of the page.

Please contact the department office, undergraduate advisors, graduate coordinator, or the course instructor for additional information regarding offered courses. This plan may change during the course of a semester. Check back here for changes.

Geology Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Geology Graduate Course Descriptions

 2014-2015 Catalog Information (click "Class Search" for course descriptions for last five catalog years)

Check the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for current course schedules.

Geology Field Camp is offered every summer, during Summer Session I.

Basic Science Core Courses Offered Each Semester

  • GEOL 11040 (3) How the Earth Works 100% web sections available
  • GEOL 11041 (1) How the Earth Works Lab (pre or co-requisite: How the Earth Works) 100% web sections available
  • GEOL 11042 (3) Earth and Life through Time (optional field trip) 100% web sections available
  • GEOL 11043 (1) Earth and Life through Time Lab (pre or co-requisite: Earth and Life through Time) (optional field trip) 100% web sections available
  • GEOL 21080 (3) All About the Oceans 100% web sections available
  • GEOL 21062 (3) Environmental Earth Science

Courses Offered Primarily for the Geology Major

  • GEOL 23063 (4) Earth Materials I (Fall at Kent Campus, Spring at Stark Campus)
  • GEOL 31080 (4) Structural Geology (Spring) (required field trip)
  • GEOL 34061 (4) Invertebrate Paleontology (Fall at Kent Campus, Spring at Stark Campus) (required field trip)
  • GEOL 42035 (3) Scientific Methods in Geology (Spring at Kent Campus, Fall at Stark Campus)
  • GEOL 31070 (4) Earth Materials II(Spring at Kent Campus, Fall at Stark Campus) (required field trip)
  • GEOL 32066 (4) Geomorphology (Fall)
  • GEOL 44070 (4) Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (Spring) (required field trip)
  • GEOL 41092 (6) Summer Field Camp (Summer I)

Geology Upper Division and Graduate Course Offerings Plan

Spring 2015

  • GEOL 4/53042 (3) Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOL 4/51025 (3) Geophysics
  • GEOL 4/52030 (3) Remote Sensing
  • GEOL 6/74036 (3) Cenozoic Climate Change
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Marine Processes
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Carbonate Rocks and Evaporites
  • GEOL 6/74030 (3) Systematic Invertebrate Paleontology I
  • GEOL 6/72079 (3) Advanced Engineering

Fall 2015

  • GEOL 6/70080 (1) Research Orientation
  • GEOL 4/54074 (3) Paleoceanography
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Critical Zone Processes
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Watershed Hydrology
  • GEOL 4/52067 (3) Introductory Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Environmental Mineralogy
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Tectonics and Sedimentation
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Paleontology Seminar

Spring 2016

  • GEOL 4/53040 (3) Principles of Geochemistry
  • GEOL 4/52068 (3) Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 4/51080 (3) Tectonics and Orogeny
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Fluvial Processes
  • GEOL 4/60095 (3) ST: Paleontology Seminar
  • GEOL 4/5/72030 (3) Remote Sensing
  • GEOL 6/73063 (3) Sedimentary Petrology

New Courses

Fall 2014

ST: Natural Hazards & Geologic Disasters
The Earth is an active and ever-changing planet, and sometimes these changes can be very sudden: the ground shifts in an earthquake or landslide, magma is released to the surface in a volcanic eruption, or extreme weather leads to heavy rain and flooding. Such events can be dangerous to our lives and property at both the local and global scales, and are often difficult to precisely predict in advance. This course explores the geological processes that drive a broad range of different natural hazards, how we (imperfectly) assess the future risk from such events, and how we can look past the uncertainties and develop communities that are more resilient and better-prepared for future disasters.

Spring 2014

ST: Paleomagnetism
This course explores how paleomagnetic and rock magnetic techniques can be applied to a range of problems in earth science, including: plate motions and paleogeography; deformational processes;  the structure and age of the crust; reconstructing past depositional and environmental conditions; and the behaviour and evolution of the geomagnetic field. Emphasis will be placed on building a real-world understanding of theoretical concepts through data analysis and discussions of the current scientific literature.

ST: Watershed Hydrology
In this course, we will address basic questions like: "Where does the water go when it rains?"; "What pathways does it take to the stream channel?"; and "How long does water reside in a watershed?" Working at the plot, hillslope, and watershed scales, we will focus mainly on surface and near-surface water to understand how hydrologic processes are regulated by landscape characteristics, human activities and climate dynamics and how hydrology impacts patterns of water quality and geomorphology. Course will include one weekend field trip, plus occasional outdoor lab times.

Spring 2013

ST: Urban Hydrology
In this course we will investigate the science and management of water in cities and built environments. The course is designed with geology majors and conservation biology minors and grad students in mind, and we will approach the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating hydrology, geology, biology, architecture/engineering, and the social sciences. The course will include readings, discussions, data analysis, one or more field trips, and designing an urban rain garden. GEOL 40095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits), Tuesday & Thursday 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm. For more information, contact: Dr. Anne Jefferson McGilvrey 235C.

ST: Geological Hazards (Stark Campus)
Application of basic principles of geology to understand Earth's naturally occurring hazards, their frequency, magnitude, and potential to change in response to human activity. Case studies and student projects will be utilized during the semester to explore and discuss these hazards. GEOL 40095 (3 credits). Instructor: Eric Taylor. 

Fall 2012

ST: Environmental Mineralogy
This course will explore reactions between minerals and aqueous solutions, including growth and dissolution, surface complexation, and redox reactions. We will focus on the role of these reactions in chemical weathering, contaminant mobility, microbe-mineral interactions, and an understanding of mineral-water interface processes and mechanisms at the molecular level. Common analytical methods used in mineral-water interface studies will be introduced. A series of cases studies will be placed in a historical and geological context with emphasis on the underlying mineralogy and (bio)geochemistry. An emphasis will also be placed on the potential role of remediation and the societal impacts of environmental contaminants. GEOL 40095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits) Instructor: D. Singer.

ST: Advanced Sedimentology
Fluid dynamics, grain transport, sedimentary structures, granulometry, bedform and facies sequences, and facies architecture. Interpretation of continental and marine classic depositional environments and processes. GEOL 40095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits) Instructor: N. Wells.

ST: Marine Processes
The sea is the ultimate repository for material eroded from the continents, plays a critical role in climate change and is integral to the cycling of energy and matter in the Earth System. This special themes course will explore some of the mechanisms (physical, chemical, and biological) thorough, which the ocean operates, and how it influences climate on seasonal, inter-annual, and where applicable, glacial-interglacial times scales. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the relative importance of these processes and how they have varied through time, and the potential outcomes of human induced changes to these processes. GEOL 440095 / 50095 / 60095 (3 credits) Instructor: J. Ortiz.