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The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2006–2007 and 2007–2008; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

A full explanation of course numbers is given in General Information. In brief, the first digit of a course number indicates the semester hour value of the course. The second and third digits indicate the rank of the course: if they are 01 through 19, the course is of lower-division rank; if 20 through 79, of upper-division rank; if 80 through 99, of graduate rank.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

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GEO | Geological Sciences

The information in parentheses after a course number is the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) designation. Only TCCN designations that are exact semester-hour equivalents of University courses are listed here. Additional TCCN information is given in Appendix A.

Lower-Division Courses

401 (TCCN: GEOL 1403). Physical Geology. Nature, properties, and distribution of crustal materials; surficial processes; internal processes; origin of continents, oceans, and ocean basins; mineral and fuel resources. Three lecture hours and two hours of laboratory or fieldwork a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Geological Sciences 401, 303, 312K, 420H.

302C. Climate: Past, Present, and Future. Designed for nonscience majors. Principal factors that determine Earth's climate, evidence of climate change, causes of climate change, natural climatic variations and human-induced changes, prediction of climate in the next one hundred years, and uncertainties in climate prediction. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester.

302D. Age of Dinosaurs. An exploration of the general principles of natural history, focusing on the natural history of dinosaurs. An introduction to the basics of geology, anatomy, paleontology, and evolutionary theory, followed by the application of this knowledge, in tracing the evolutionary history of Dinosauria. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester only. May not be counted toward a degree in geological sciences.

302E. Earth, Wind, and Fire. Designed for nonscience majors. Geologic phenomena that affect everyday life, including global warming, earthquakes, volcanism, desertification, river and coastline flooding and erosion, groundwater, mineral resources, and plate tectonics. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester only. May not be counted toward a degree in geological sciences.

302K. Selected Topics in Geological Sciences. Designed for nonscience majors. The impact of geological processes on human activity; geologic topics of popular interest. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. May not be counted toward a degree in geological sciences.

302M. The Age of Mammals. Introductory-level course on paleontology and natural history for nonscience majors. Basic geological processes, fossilization, and the fossil record. Overview of the "tree of life". Summary of the evolution and diversification of mammals, an introduction to interactions between physical and biological processes, and the impact of climate change and human activities on mammalian communities. Laboratory component focuses on the mammalian skeleton and common Texas mammals. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. May not be counted toward a degree in geological sciences.

302P. Living with a Planet. Designed for nonscience majors. Environmental change on local and global scales, as a result of natural and anthropogenic causes. The history of the earth and its environment, water cycle, sediment cycle, atmosphere, and climate. Geological records of environmental change from billion-year to El Niño time scales. The human dimension of global change, including air and water pollution, desertification, deforestation, use of resources, global climate, loss of habitat, and the role of science in addressing these issues. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. May not be counted toward a degree in geological sciences.

303. Introduction to Geology. Mineral and rock composition of the earth; measurement of geologic time; origin and evolution of life; earth's interior; plate tectonics; depositional environments and processes; ancient climates; humans, earth resources, and the environment. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Geological Sciences 401, 303, 312K, 420H.

404C. Plate Tectonics and Earth History. Application of plate tectonics to the origin and history of the earth's crust and the origin, evolution, and distribution of living organisms. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Geological Sciences 404C and 405 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 401, 303, or 312K with a grade of at least C.

405 (TCCN: GEOL 1404). Life through Time. The history and development of life, and the processes of change from the early Precambrian era to the present. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Geological Sciences 404C and 405 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 401, 303, or 312K with a grade of at least C.

305E. Energy and the Environment. A survey of all forms of current and potential sources of energy, and how these might impact the earth's environment. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be counted toward a degree in geological sciences, geosystems engineering and hydrogeology, or petroleum engineering.

307 (TCCN: GEOL 1345). Introduction to Oceanography. Same as Marine Science 307. Introduction to the sciences of oceanography: geological, physical, and biological. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be counted toward the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geological sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option I), the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option II), or the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option III).

110C, 210C, 310C. Conference Course. Supervised study of selected topics in geological sciences, by individual arrangement with the department and the instructor. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. May not be substituted for any required geological sciences course. Some topics are offered on the pass/fail basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor.

211. Emerging Scholars in Geological Sciences. Introduction to research areas in the geological sciences, with emphasis on the skills needed for success in graduate school and the professional workplace. Four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered irregularly. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. May not be substituted for any required geological sciences course. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor.

312K. Geology of Engineering. Geologic processes, conditions, materials, and history, and their importance in engineering problems. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Geological Sciences 401, 303, 312K, 420H.

114G. Geophysics Colloquium. Open to non–geological sciences majors, but registration priority is given to geological sciences majors. Exploration of a variety of problems in modern geophysics. Two lecture hours a week for one semester, and at least one weekend field trip. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Geological Sciences 110C (Topic: Geophysics Colloquium) and 114G may not both be counted.

416K. Earth Materials. Introduction to minerals, mineral study techniques, igneous and metamorphic rocks and ore deposits, and formation processes. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 401, 303, or 312K with a grade of at least C, Chemistry 301 with a grade of at least C, and credit with a grade of at least C or registration for Chemistry 302.

416M. Sedimentary Rocks. Description and interpretation of sedimentary rocks in hand specimen and thin section; characteristics of sedimentary rocks deposited in different environments. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester with two additional one-day field trips. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 401, 303, or 312K with a grade of at least C.

119S, 219S, 319S, 419S, 519S, 619S, 719S, 819S, 919S. Topics in Geological Sciences. This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Center for Global Educational Opportunities. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Geological Sciences. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

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Upper-Division Courses

420H. Honors Introductory Geology. An accelerated introductory course on the composition, structure, and history of the earth. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester, and several all-day field trips. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Only one of the following may be counted: Geological Sciences 401, 303, 312K, 420H. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

420K. Introduction to Field and Stratigraphic Methods. For geological sciences majors. Field observation of geological processes and study of the mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy, paleontology, and structural geology of central Texas. Two lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester, and six weekend field trips. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Geological Sciences 420K and 320L may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences, Geological Sciences 416K and 416M with a grade of at least C in each, and credit with a grade of at least C or registration for Geological Sciences 426P; for others, Geological Sciences 416K and 416M with a grade of at least C in each.

320L. Introductory Field Geology. Study of geologic features and processes in the field, designed for nongeologists; emphasizes regional geology of central Texas and techniques of geologic mapping. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Normally offered between the spring semester and the summer session only. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Geological Sciences 420K and 320L may not both be counted. May not be counted toward the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geological sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option I), the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option II), or the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option III). Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 401, 303, or 312K, or consent of instructor.

422K. Paleobiology. Systematics, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, and evolution of fossil organisms. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester, with two additional one-day field trips. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 404C or 405, 416M, and six semester hours of coursework in biology, with a grade of at least C in each course.

322S. Development and Evolution of the Vertebrate Skeleton. Designed for majors in geological sciences and associated fields of natural history. Introduction to the organization and development of the vertebrate skeleton; survey of vertebrate history. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only, in alternate years. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

322V. Morphology of the Vertebrate Skeleton. Identification of skeletal elements from the major vertebrate taxa, and aspects of skeletal functional morphology, with emphasis on extant taxa. Topics include the skeletal systems of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester only, in alternate years. Only one of the following may be counted: Geological Sciences 322V, 371C (Topic: Morphology of the Vertebrate Skeleton), 389R, 391 (Topic: Morphology of the Vertebrate Skeleton). Prerequisite: Biology 214, Geological Sciences 404C, Geological Sciences 405, or the equivalent, or consent of instructor.

325K. Computational Methods in Geological Sciences. Programming in appropriate computer languages, with applications to problems in geological sciences. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: Mathematics 408D or a college-level course in an appropriate computer programming language, or consent of instructor.

426P. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. Mineralogy, geochemistry, and processes of magmatism and metamorphism. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 416K with a grade of at least C, and credit with a grade of at least C or registration for either Physics 301 and 101L or 303K and 103M.

327G. Geographic Information System and Global Positioning System Applications in Earth Sciences. For geological sciences majors only. Theory and practice of geographic information system (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies, and their applications to problems in earth sciences. Laboratories and field trips provide hands-on experience with the collection, mapping, and analysis of geologic and other field data using GPS equipment and GIS software. Topics include map projections; datums and reference frames; cartographic principles; remotely sensed data (satellite and aerial photos, image radar); vector- and raster-based image formats; geospatial data resources; GIS software applications; surveying principles; GPS constellation and data structure; differential GPS; data logging schemes; GPS postprocessing software; integration of GPS and GIS in mapmaking; extant GIS applications in geology and hydrogeology. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester, and two weekend field trips. Offered in the fall semester only. Geological Sciences 327G and 371C (Topic: Geographic Information System and Global Positioning System Applications in Earth Sciences) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 420K with a grade of at least C, and consent of instructor.

428. Structural Geology. Description, classification, and origin of earth structures. Solution of problems by descriptive geometry, geologic maps, and contouring. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: For students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences, Geological Sciences 420K with a grade of at least C, Physics 301 and 101L or 303K and 103M with a grade of at least C in each, and credit with a grade of at least C or registration for Mathematics 408C or 408K (or 308K); for students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with a major in geological sciences, Geological Sciences 420K with a grade of at least C and three semester hours of coursework in mathematics other than Mathematics 301, 316K, or 316L; for others, consent of instructor.

129S, 229S, 329S, 429S, 529S, 629S, 729S, 829S, 929S. Topics in Geological Sciences. This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Center for Global Educational Opportunities. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Geological Sciences. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

329W. Hydrogeology Cooperative (Geological Sciences). This course covers the work period of geological sciences students in the Cooperative Education program, which provides supervised work experience by arrangement with the employer and the supervising instructor. The student must submit a final report to the supervising instructor at the conclusion of the program. Forty laboratory hours a week for one semester. The student must repeat the course each work period and must take it twice to receive credit toward the degree; at least one of these registrations must be during a long-session semester. No more than three semester hours may be counted toward the major requirement; no more than six semester hours may be counted toward the degree. The student's first registration must be on the pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Application to become a member of the Hydrogeology Cooperative (Geological Sciences) Program and consent of the geological sciences undergraduate adviser.

330K. Petroleum Geology: Basin and Trend Analysis. Attributes of the subsurface environment; fundamentals of petroleum generation, migration, entrapment, and producibility; and interpretation methods used in petroleum exploration. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 416M with a grade of at least C, and Physics 303L or 316.

331K. Petrology and Plate Tectonics. Sedimentation, metamorphism, igneous activity, and deformation patterns at rift zones, subduction zones, and transform margins. Offered irregularly, as shown in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 428 with a grade of at least C.

335. Geology and Mineral Resources of Texas. Geologic history of the region; local rocks, fossils, and mineral resources; influence of physiography, surface and subsurface water supplies, and energy and mineral resource production on the state economy. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester; local field trips may also be required. Normally offered in the fall semester only. May not be counted toward the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option I), the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option II), or the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option III). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Geological Sciences 401, 303, or 312K; and Geological Sciences 404C or 405.

341. Mineral Resources, Society, and the Environment. Nature and origin of mineral resources; their discovery, extraction, and uses; and their relationship to global history, economics, and the environment. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 416K with a grade of at least C.

344K. Marine Mining and Minerals. Same as Marine Science 344K. Overview of seafloor mineral deposits, their exploration and mining. Offered irregularly, as shown in the Course Schedule. May not be counted toward the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences degree. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 401, 303, or 312K; 416K; and 416M.

346C. Environmental Hydrogeology. Basic concepts of fluid flow, surface and subsurface hydrology, aqueous geochemistry, and fluid-rock interaction. Additional topics include isotope hydrogeology, evolution of seawater, and mineral-solution equilibrium. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 302 and Mathematics 408C with a grade of at least C in each.

347K. Gems and Gem Minerals. Crystallography, occurrence, and identification of gem minerals and materials; artificial gems; simple cutting and polishing; history of gems and gemology. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be counted toward a degree in geological sciences. Prerequisite: For earth science teachers, consent of instructor; for others, Geological Sciences 401 or 303, and Chemistry 301 or one year of high school chemistry.

348K. Training Cruise(s): Marine Geophysical Research. Same as Marine Science 348 (Topic 2: Marine Geophysical Research). Multiday cruise to collect seismic, magnetic, gravitational, bathymetric, or other geophysical data. Postcruise data processing and/or analysis and a report are required. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and one of the following: Marine Science 307, 367K, Geological Sciences 401, 303, 312K. Geological Sciences 416M, 420K or 320L, and 465K are recommended.

354. Global Geophysics. Earth structure implied by gravity, seismicity, heat flow, and the magnetic field; crustal movements and their effect on the configuration of oceans and continents. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Prerequisite: Mathematics 408D with a grade of at least C; either Physics 303L and 103N or 316 and 116L with a grade of at least C in each; and Physics 315 and 115L with a grade of at least C in each, or consent of instructor.

358K. Volcanology. Ash deposits, lava flows, eruption processes; prediction and mitigation of volcanic hazards. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered irregularly, as shown in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 426P or upper-division standing in geological sciences.

660. Field Geology. Methods of geologic mapping with topographic maps and aerial photographs. Field studies include measuring sections, interpretation of stratigraphy, structure, environments of deposition of various sedimentary rocks, and the origin and petrology of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Given for six weeks each summer in Colorado, New Mexico, and other western states. Normally offered in the summer session only. Prerequisite: Eighteen semester hours of coursework in geological sciences, including Geological Sciences 420K and 428 with a grade of at least C in each.

465K. Exploration Geophysics. Quantitative study of geophysical exploration methods, including seismology, gravity, magnetism. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: The following courses, with a grade of at least C in each: Mathematics 427K, 427L, Physics 315, 115L. (Students may register for Mathematics 427L concurrently.)

365N. Geophysical Data Processing. Introduction to digital filtering and processing of geophysical data. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 325K or the equivalent.

468K. Geophysics for Geological Sciences Majors. Wave motion principles and application to seismic exploration; magnetic, gravitational, and other geophysical methods. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. May not be counted toward the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences, Option II. Prerequisite: Mathematics 408D and either Physics 303L and 103N or 316 and 116L, with a grade of at least C in each.

370K. Sedimentology. Processes of sediment formation, transportation, and deposition; textures, structures, and facies of sedimentary rocks. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, and two one-day field trips. Offered irregularly. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 420K with a grade of at least C.

171C, 271C, 371C. Conference Course. Supervised study of selected topics in geological sciences, by individual arrangement with the department and instructor. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. May not be substituted for any required geological sciences course. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor.

171H. Research Methods. Preparation for independent research projects through exposure to current research programs, facilities, personnel, and projects in the Jackson School of Geosciences. Includes selecting research topics, mentors, and supervisors; preparing research proposals; conducting research activities; and presenting research results. The equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Sixty semester hours of college coursework, including at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in geological sciences, consent of the honors adviser, and admission to the Geological Sciences Honors Program or consent of instructor.

172H. Research Methods. Preparation for independent research projects through exposure to current research programs, facilities, personnel, and projects in the Jackson School of Geosciences. Includes selecting research topics, mentors, and supervisors; preparing research proposals; conducting research activities; and presenting research results. The equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 171H, and admission to the Geological Sciences Honors Program or consent of instructor.

173H. Research Methods. Preparation for independent research projects through exposure to current research programs, facilities, personnel, and projects in the Jackson School of Geosciences. Includes selecting research topics, mentors, and supervisors; preparing research proposals; conducting research activities; and presenting research results. The equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 171H and 172H, and admission to the Geological Sciences Honors Program or consent of instructor.

376E. Environmental Isotope Geochemistry. The application of the isotope and trace element geochemistry of natural waters and sediments to studies of the hydrologic cycle. Stable, radiogenic, and cosmogenic isotopes are used as tracers of the evolution of groundwater, surface water, and ocean water. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional laboratory hours to be arranged. Offered irregularly. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in geological sciences; and consent of instructor or the following courses: Chemistry 302, 204, Geological Sciences 416K, 416M, 346C, Mathematics 408D, and Physics 303L and 103N or 316 and 116L.

476K. Groundwater Hydrology. Introduction to subsurface hydrology, emphasizing geological controls on groundwater flow; quantitative methods of analyzing aquifer systems; regional hydrology; water quality and pollution. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester, with several local field trips. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 346C or Mathematics 408D with a grade of at least C, or consent of instructor.

376L. Field Methods in Groundwater Hydrology. Introduction to field methods, including geophysics, pump tests, stream gauging, well-logging, water sampling, and mapping. An intensive three-week course meeting eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, and four hours on Saturday: lectures, laboratory exercises, and field exercises; nightly homework involving map exercises, reduction of field data, report preparation; Saturdays devoted to report presentation, review sessions, and local field trips. Offered between the spring semester and the summer session. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 476K with a grade of at least C, or consent of instructor.

476M. Chemical Hydrogeology. An introduction to aqueous geochemistry and contaminant hydrogeochemistry; topics include basic thermodynamics, kinetics, rock-water interactions, and solute transport. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 476K with a grade of at least C.

376S. Physical Hydrology. Modern conceptual and methodological approaches to hydrological science: qualitative assessment of hydrological processes, quantitative representation, approaches to measurement, and treatment of uncertainty. Major components of the hydrological cycle—precipitation, snow and snowmelt, infiltration, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and runoff—and their link to the coupled-earth system. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 346C or Mathematics 408D with a grade of at least C.

377P. Physical Climatology. Investigates the nature of earth's climate and examines the physical processes that maintain the climate system. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and Mathematics 408D, Physics 303K, Geography 301K, and Computer Sciences 303E, or their equivalents.

679G. Special Studies in Geophysics. Special research projects, fieldwork, or geophysical/industrial internship. Assigned reading, with written and oral report. Three lecture hours a week for two semesters. May be used instead of Geological Sciences 660 in fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option II). Prerequisite: A grade point average in science of at least 3.00 and consent of instructor.

379H. Honors Tutorial Course. Special studies project resulting in research report or honors thesis with oral defense of project. Conference course. May be counted as three of the six geological sciences senior elective hours. Prerequisite: Consent of the student's research supervisor and the departmental honors adviser.

679J. Internship in Hydrogeology. Special hydrogeological studies under the joint supervision of industry professionals and faculty members. Students present a written report. Forty hours a week for one semester. May be used in place of Geological Sciences 660 in fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option III). Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 476K with a grade of at least C, a grade point average in geological sciences of at least 3.00, and consent of instructor.

279K, 379K. Special Studies in Advanced Geological Sciences. Special emphasis on recent developments. Conference course. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of coursework in advanced geological sciences, a grade point average in geological sciences of at least 3.00, a University grade point average of at least 3.00, and consent of instructor.

479M. Mammalogy. Surveys the biology and evolutionary history of mammals. Introduction to the diversity of living mammals through the study of mammalian ecology, behavior, morphology, and taxonomy. Laboratory work focuses on the characters diagnosing the major mammalian clades and identifying the common recent mammals of Texas using skins and recent osteological specimens. Fossils and the fossil record of mammals. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in biology, geological sciences, or anthropology.

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