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ASTR 1103   Stars and Galaxies Laboratory   Laboratory includes instruction in the university planetarium as well as telescopic observations.  
ASTR 1104   Solar System Laboratory   Laboratory includes observations of the night sky and solar objects with various university telescope systems.  
ASTR 1303   Stars and Galaxies   A descriptive, non-mathematical course that deals mainly with stellar and galactic astronomy, but begins with a brief survey of the solar system. Emphasis is on the study of properties of stars, star clusters, nebulae, interstellar gas and dust, the Milky Way galaxy, and exterior galaxies.  
ASTR 1304   Solar System   A descriptive, non-mathematical course that deals mainly with the solar system and its components. Emphasis is on the study of the celestial sphere, the history of astronomy, motions in the heavens, and the survey of planets.  
BIOL 1106   Biology I Laboratory   The first half of a two semester sequence including the molecular basis of life, biology and replication of the cell, transcription, translation, energy acquisition and retrieval, and reproduction. This lab will focus on cell structure and replication, the physical and chemical properties of life and energy cycles. Required for Biology Majors and Minors. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306) lecture must be taken concurrently or previously.  
BIOL 1107   Biology II Laboratory   The second half of a two semester sequence including foundational concepts of natural selection, evolution, and speciation, anatomy and physiology and diversity of plants and animals, and ecological and environmental principles. This lab will focus on natural selection simulation, phylogenetics, microscopy, animal and plant anatomy, and the diversity of microbes, protisis, fungi, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates. Required for Biology Majors and Minors. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors II (BIOL 1307) lecture must be taken concurrently or previously.  
BIOL 1111   General Botany Lab    
BIOL 1113   General Zoology Lab   Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental biological concepts relevant to animals, including systematics, evolution, structure and function, cellular and molecular metabolism, reproduction, development, diversity, phylogeny, and ecology.  
BIOL 1301   Medical Terminology   This course is intended to introduce students to the importance of the medical terminology in order to properly use it in a medical environment. This goal will be addressed through an examination of the terminology of the human body, starting with the general terms and then specializing on the various systems of the body, including the integument, muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary. Combined with on-line resources, students will acquire an understanding of how medical terms should be used, pronounced, and the meaning behind these terms.  
BIOL 1306   Biology for Majors I   The first half of a two semester sequence including the molecular basis of life, biology and replication of the cell, transcription, translation, energy acquisition and retrieval and reproduction. Required for Biology Majors and Minors.  
BIOL 1307   Biology for Majors II   The second half of a two semester sequence including foundational concepts of natural selection, evolution, and speciation, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, diversity of plants and animals, and ecological and environmental principles. Required for Biology Majors and Minors. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL1106).  
BIOL 1311   General Botany   A general survey of the plant kingdom which considers the fundamentals of biological facts, laws, and principles as they apply to plants. Structure and functions of the organs of representative plants will be considered.  
BIOL 1313   General Zoology   A general survey of the animal kingdom which considers the fundamentals of biological facts, laws, and principles as they apply to animals. The structure and functions of the organs and systems of representative animals will be covered.  
BIOL 2101   Anatomy/Physiology I Lab   Study of the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Also focuses on basic cellular physiology and how it applies to various systems of the body. This lab will involve inspection of prepared slides, anatomical models, and dissection of mammalian material. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary students, other pre-health professionals and Biology Majors. Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 2301) to be taken concurrently or previously; Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106) strongly preferred.  
BIOL 2102   Anatomy/Physiology II Lab   Study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, endocrine and reproductive systems. This lab will involve inspection of prepared slides, anatomical models, and dissection of mammalian material. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary students, other pre-health professionals and Biology Majors. Prerequisites: Anatomy& Physiology I lecture and laboratory (BIOL 2301/BIOL2101) required; Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 2302) to be taken concurrently or previously.  
BIOL 2121   Microbiology Laboratory   Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure and function of microbes. This lab presents an overview of the ubiquity and diversity of microorganisms and will focus on hands-on learning of microscopy, aseptic technique, isolating, culturing and identifying bacteria. This course is designed for Biology Majors and Minors, pre-nursing, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students. Prerequisites: Microbiology for Science Majors (BIOL 2321) lecture must be taken concurrently or previously.  
BIOL 2301   Anatomy & Physiology I   Study of the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Also focuses on basic cellular physiology and how it applies to various systems of the body. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary students, other pre-health professionals and Biology Majors. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106) strongly preferred.  
BIOL 2302   Anatomy & Physiology II    
BIOL 2302   Anatomy & Physiology II   Study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, endocrine and reproductive systems. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary students, other pre-health professionals and Biology Majors. Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology I lecture and laboratory (BIOL 2301/BIOL2101) required.  
BIOL 2320   Pathophysiology   A course offering selected topics in biology. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or consent of instructor.  
BIOL 2321   Microbiology   Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure and function, genetics and phylogeny of microbes. This course presents an overview of the ubiquity, diversity and evolution of microorganisms, microbial ecology, and medical microbiology. This course is designed for Biology Majors and Minors, pre-nursing, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106) or Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2301/BIOL 2101) required.  
BIOL 2321   Microbiology for Science Major   Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure and function, genetics and phylogeny of microbes. This course presents an overview of the ubiquity, diversity and evolution of microorganisms, microbial ecology, and medical microbiology. This course is designed for Biology Majors and Minors, pre-nursing, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106) or Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2301/BIOL 2101) required.  
BIOL 2404   Anatomy & Physiology   Basic structure and function of human systems, including: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive, and urinary systems. Laboratory emphasis on anatomy and lecture emphasis on physiology. Recommended for Kinesiology and pre-vocational nursing students. This course will not count toward credit in a Biology major or minor. Prerequisite: General Zoology or permission of instructor.  
BIOL 2404   Anatomy & Physiology Lab   Basic structure and function of human systems, including: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive, and urinary systems. Laboratory emphasis on anatomy and lecture emphasis on physiology. Recommended for Kinesiology and pre-vocational nursing students. This course will not count toward credit in a Biology major or minor. Prerequisite: General Zoology or permission of instructor.  
BIOL 2405   Plants and People   A survey of plants and plant products that have major uses in human life. Such uses include food, fiber, medicines, religious sacraments, poisons, stimulants, inebriants, oils, perfumes, dyes, spices, and beverages. Examples from Trans-Pecos Texas will be discussed, including forages, toxic plants and invasive species. Prerequisite: General Botany or equivalent.  
BIOL 2405   Plants and People Lab   A survey of plants and plant products that have major uses in human life. Such uses include food, fiber, medicines, religious sacraments, poisons, stimulants, inebriants, oils, perfumes, dyes, spices, and beverages. Examples from Trans-Pecos Texas will be discussed, including forages, toxic plants and invasive species. Prerequisite: General Botany or equivalent.  
BIOL 2406   Environmental Biology   An introduction to the biological effect of the human activities on the environment. This course emphasizes water, soil, and air pollution as well as other current ecological concerns. The course serves as one of the introductory courses in environmental science. The laboratory will focus on the EPA Standards Method used in field and laboratory analysis of environmental samples. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  
BIOL 2406   Environmental Biology Lab   An introduction to the biological effect of the human activities on the environment. This course emphasizes water, soil, and air pollution as well as other current ecological concerns. The course serves as one of the introductory courses in environmental science. The laboratory will focus on the EPA Standards Method used in field and laboratory analysis of environmental samples. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  
BIOL 3301   Human Nutrition   Scientific principles of human nutrition. Emphasis on nutrients, metabolism, and factors affecting utilization in the human body throughout the life cycle. Includes influence of food selection on health and evaluation of diets.  
BIOL 3303   Sciences in Cinema & TV   A lecture course examining the scientific content or lack thereof in classic and current films. Films with a scientific theme will be viewed and the merits of the scientific content will be discussed. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of how science is portrayed to the viewing public by the film and television industries and can be used as a persuasive tool for political maneuvering. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology.  
BIOL 3305   Women in Science   Explores the roles and contributions that past and present women have made within the sciences, including: chemistry, earth and physical sciences, biology, and natural resource management.  
BIOL 3306   Genetics    
BIOL 3307   Animal Behavior   The study of feeding, defense, animal orientation, instinctive behavior, learning, communication, social, and sexual behavior with emphasis on evolutionary and ecological relationships. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3309   History of Science   The study of the evolution of scientific discovery over time. Topics covered will reach beyond just biology, covering physics, astronomy, chemistry, and medicine. Time periods covered begin in the ancient sciences, and move forward to the Renaissance. Scientific discoveries will be examined culture by culture, to see the multicultural influence on the development of science over time.  
BIOL 3403   Parasitology   A study of the biology, morphology, and ecology of parasitic organisms as they relate to various host-parasite relationships and diseases in animals and man. The diagnosis, pathology, treatment and prevention of parasitism will be discussed. Post mortem examinations and treatment of animals will be performed in labs as available. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3403   Parasitology Lab   A study of the biology, morphology, and ecology of parasitic organisms as they relate to various host-parasite relationships and diseases in animals and man. The diagnosis, pathology, treatment and prevention of parasitism will be discussed. Post mortem examinations and treatment of animals will be performed in labs as available. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3408   Invertebrate Zoology   The study of the life history, morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, and ecology of invertebrate organisms. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3408   Invertebrate Zoology Lab   The study of the life history, morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, and ecology of invertebrate organisms. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3601   General Entomology   A comprehensive introduction to the field of entomology, including functional anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and control of insects. Laboratory section emphasizes taxonomy. Collection of insects is required. Prerequisites: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4101   Biology Senior Review    
BIOL 4101   Biology Senior Review   Pertinent topics in biology. Required for all majors and in order to be eligible for teaching certification. To be taken during last long semester before graduation. Prerequisite: Completion of, or current enrollment in, all required departmental courses (e.g., Genetics and Cell Biology).  
BIOL 4102   Amphibian Hematology   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4102   Biological Studies   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4102   Individual Studies   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4102   Special Topics in Biology   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4202   Biological Investigations   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4301   Cell Biology   A study of the particulate morphology and basic physiology of the cell and cell organelles, including basic facts, concepts, and problems in modern cellular biology. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4305   Applied Entomology    
BIOL 4305   Biophysical Mechanics    
BIOL 4305   Dendrology    
BIOL 4305   Dynamics of Infectious Disease    
BIOL 4305   Evolution    
BIOL 4305   Readings in Tropical Diseases    
BIOL 4307   Amphibian Hematology    
BIOL 4307   Capstone Research    
BIOL 4307   McNair Research    
BIOL 4307   Physical Therapy Internship II    
BIOL 4307   Physical Therapy Internsip    
BIOL 4402   Ichthyology   The systematic, phylogeny, natural history, and economic importance of the fishes of the world with emphasis on those found in the fresh and salt waters of Texas. This course also serves as an introduction to Vertebrate Zoology. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4402   Ichthyology Lab   The systematic, phylogeny, natural history, and economic importance of the fishes of the world with emphasis on those found in the fresh and salt waters of Texas. This course also serves as an introduction to Vertebrate Zoology. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4403   Herpetology   The systematic, natural history, and phylogeny of the amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on those found in the American Southwest. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4403   Herpetology Lab   The systematic, natural history, and phylogeny of the amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on those found in the American Southwest. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4404   Ornithology   The systematic, phylogeny, natural history and field study of birds with emphasis on those found in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4404   Ornithology Lab   The systematic, phylogeny, natural history and field study of birds with emphasis on those found in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4406   Principles of Ecology   A study of the interrelationships of plants and animals with the environment. To include, but not limited to, energy flow, community and ecosystem development, ecological classification, nutrient cycling, sampling and censusing techniques, limiting factors, predator-prey relationships, and aspects of speciation. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4406   Principles of Ecology Lab   A study of the interrelationships of plants and animals with the environment. To include, but not limited to, energy flow, community and ecosystem development, ecological classification, nutrient cycling, sampling and censusing techniques, limiting factors, predator-prey relationships, and aspects of speciation. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4409   Mammalogy   The systematic, natural history, phylogeny, and economic relations of mammals of the world with particular emphasis on mammals native to the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Museum technique and field work will be stressed. Prerequisite: 12 hours in Biology, including General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4409   Mammalogy Lab   The systematic, natural history, phylogeny, and economic relations of mammals of the world with particular emphasis on mammals native to the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Museum technique and field work will be stressed. Prerequisite: 12 hours in Biology, including General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4410   Med & Vet Entomology Lab    
BIOL 4410   Med & Veterinary Entomology    
BIOL 4414   Forensic Entomology   The study of the various insects associated with forensic investigations. Course will cover the use of insect related evidence in legal investigations, and how that evidence can be collected, analyzed, and used in a court of law. Lectures will emphasize the major aspects of forensic entomology, from calculating post mortem, the different types of data that can be obtained from insects, the effects of the environment on forensic entomology, and other aspects of the filed. Laboratory studies will emphasize taxonomy and identification, as well as collection techniques. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306 Biology for Majors I.  
BIOL 4414   Forensic Entomology Lab   The study of the various insects associated with forensic investigations. Course will cover the use of insect related evidence in legal investigations, and how that evidence can be collected, analyzed, and used in a court of law. Lectures will emphasize the major aspects of forensic entomology, from calculating post mortem, the different types of data that can be obtained from insects, the effects of the environment on forensic entomology, and other aspects of the filed. Laboratory studies will emphasize taxonomy and identification, as well as collection techniques. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306 Biology for Majors I.  
BIOL 4607   Arachnida of the Trans Pecos    
BIOL 5100   Non-thesis Oral Exam   Independent study of selected topics in biology.  
BIOL 5100   NT Oral Exam and Prep   Independent study of selected topics in biology.  
BIOL 5100   Oral Exam and Prep II   Independent study of selected topics in biology.  
BIOL 5305   Tech of Scientific Research   Style and format in manuscript, proposal and thesis preparation. Materials and methods of scientific investigation and science education. Orientation to graduate level and professional studies. Required in first semester or at first opportunity thereafter.  
BIOL 5307   Animal Behavior   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Biogeography   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Conservation Biology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Dynamics of Infectious Disease   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Genetics   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Readings in Tropical Diseases   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Sciences in Cinema & TV   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Topics in Environmental Biol   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Women in STEM   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5311   Evolution   The study of the theory and current concepts of evolution, including: natural selection, gene flow, founder effect, and speciation.  
BIOL 5316   Biostatistics I   An introduction to statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course introduces the scientific method, inferential theory, data types, descriptive statistics, goodness of fit, contingency tables, the normal distribution and one- and two-sample hypothesis testing. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Required for MS Thesis Plan I option. Offered Fall.  
BIOL 5316   Biostatistics I Lab   An introduction to statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course introduces the scientific method, inferential theory, data types, descriptive statistics, goodness of fit, contingency tables, the normal distribution and one- and two-sample hypothesis testing. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Required for MS Thesis Plan I option. Offered Fall.  
BIOL 5317   Biostatistics II   An advanced course in statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course will cover experimental designs, paired-sample hypotheses, multi-sample hypotheses (ANOVA), multiple comparisons, factorial and nested ANOVA, data transformations, linear regression and correlation, multiple regression and correlation, polynomial regression and the binomial distribution. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Offered Spring.  
BIOL 5317   Biostatistics II Lab   An advanced course in statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course will cover experimental designs, paired-sample hypotheses, multi-sample hypotheses (ANOVA), multiple comparisons, factorial and nested ANOVA, data transformations, linear regression and correlation, multiple regression and correlation, polynomial regression and the binomial distribution. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Offered Spring.  
BIOL 5407   Biostatistical Analysis II Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Biostatistical Analysis Theory   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Biostats Analysis Theory Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Grad Collections Mgmt   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Histology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Histology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Ichthyology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Ichthyology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Mammalogy   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Mammalogy Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Med-Vet Entomology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Ornithology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Ornithology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Principals of Ecology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Principals of Ecology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5607   Advanced Plant Taxonomy    
BIOL 5607   Arachnida of the Trans Pecos    
BIOL 5607   Graduate Entomology    
BIOL 6040   Thesis Research    
BIOL 6301   Thesis Prospectus    
BIOL 6302   Thesis Defense    
BIOL 6302   Thesis Defense   The student will enroll in this course at the time of the defense and after earning credit for BIOL 6301 (Thesis Prospectus). Satisfactory completion of this course will result in the completed thesis presented to the Graduate Committee, accepted by the Dean of the School, the Dean of the Graduate School, and filed in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prerequisite: BIOL 6301.  
CHEM 1111   General Chemistry I Lab    
CHEM 1112   General Chemistry II Lab    
CHEM 1311   General Chemistry I    
CHEM 1312   General Chemistry II    
CHEM 2402   Inorganic Chemistry I    
CHEM 2402   Inorganic Chemistry I Lab    
CHEM 3407   Organic Chemistry I    
CHEM 3407   Organic Chemistry I Lab    
CHEM 3408   Organic Chemistry II    
CHEM 3408   Organic Chemistry II Lab    
CHEM 4300   Chemistry Research   Individual research or studies on topics of general interest encouraged. May be repeated once for credit. (On demand)  
CHEM 4300   McNair Chemistry Research   Individual research or studies on topics of general interest encouraged. May be repeated once for credit. (On demand)  
CHEM 4300   Welch Chemistry Research   Individual research or studies on topics of general interest encouraged. May be repeated once for credit. (On demand)  
CHEM 4301   Biochemistry I    
CHEM 4302   Biochemistry II    
GEOL 1103   Physical Geology Lab   Laboratory exercises emphasizing hands-on work with geologic materials as well as application of Physical Geology principles and concepts. Minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks will be examined, described, tested and identified. Sediment porosity and permeability will be tested. Topographic maps will be examined and a topographic map and cross section drawn. Geologic structures will be examined and a structure cross-section drafted. Geologic maps will be examined and interpreted. Relative dating and absolute dating will be used to interpret timing of geologic events.  
GEOL 1104   Historical Geology Laboratory   Laboratory exercises supporting GEOL 1304 including principles of physical and historical geology. Prerequisites: Geology 1303  
GEOL 1105   Environmental Geology Lab   Laboratory will consist of the study of a variety of environmental problems.  
GEOL 1303   Physical Geology   This course covers the nature and properties of the materials which make up the earth, the distribution of these materials throughout the earth, the processes (volcanism, glaciation, stream erosion, weathering, etc.) by which these materials are formed, altered, transported, and deformed and the nature and development of the landscapes.  
GEOL 1304   Historical Geology   A study of the record of life forms (fauna and flora) that evolved throughout the geologic time 4.5 billion years ago up to the occurrence of man. It also covers the physical changes of the earth through 4.5 billion years of advancing and retreating seas, of deposition, and of erosion of rocks, fashioned into mountain ranges-the entire chronological history of how processes of physical geology have operated. Prerequisite: Geology 1303  
GEOL 1305   Environmental Geology   This course emphasizes the complex relations between the land, sea and atmosphere and human activities. Topics include: geologic hazards, land management use, water resources, hazardous waste disposal, energy and mineral resources, conservation of natural resources, and atmosphere and ocean sciences. This course may be used by persons seeking earth science teacher certification.  
GEOL 2401   Lithology    
GEOL 2401   Lithology Lab    
GEOL 2405   Optical Mineralogy   Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry, and optical mineralogy. Identification of minerals by physical, optical, and X-ray diffraction techniques. Prerequisite: Geology 1303, 1103, Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 2405   Optical Mineralogy Lab   Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry, and optical mineralogy. Identification of minerals by physical, optical, and X-ray diffraction techniques. Prerequisite: Geology 1303, 1103, Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 2408   Geological Field Skills   This course will focus on computational skills and their application to modern field data collection. The course will begin with an overview of computational skills as they relate to field data collection and processing. Students will learn to use Excel, Python, Octave and ArcMap using real data examples. Field trips will then be conducted to collect data. Equipment to be used on the trips will be selected from: an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a ground based LIDAR instrument, a Total Station, an RTK GPS and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). Prerequisite: GEOL 1304/1104.  
GEOL 2408   Geological Field Skills Lab   This course will focus on computational skills and their application to modern field data collection. The course will begin with an overview of computational skills as they relate to field data collection and processing. Students will learn to use Excel, Python, Octave and ArcMap using real data examples. Field trips will then be conducted to collect data. Equipment to be used on the trips will be selected from: an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a ground based LIDAR instrument, a Total Station, an RTK GPS and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). Prerequisite: GEOL 1304/1104.  
GEOL 3301   Geology of West Texas   Designed as an introduction the geology of West Texas, this course contains a brief introduction to general geology followed by outlines of the geologic evolution of the region. Topics range from billion-year-old continental collisions, through deep sea deposition, coral reefs, explosive volcanism, mineral and petroleum deposits, to the evolution of the present day West Texas landscape. Optional field trips will be available.  
GEOL 3302   Dinos/Volc/Earthquakes   Designed to introduce the non-major to recent developments and theories dealing with the changing face of the Earth and some of the animals that lived on it. New views on dinosaurs, their lives and their ultimate extinction. The distribution, causes, effects, and prediction of earthquakes and volcanoes. This course does not count toward advanced hours for Geology majors.  
GEOL 3311   Correlation    
GEOL 3311   Volcanoes of the West    
GEOL 3401   Interdiscp Geographic Info Sys    
GEOL 3401   Interdiscp GIS Lab    
GEOL 3402   Structural Geology   A study of the deformation of Earth?s crust. Covers stress and strain as well as geometric analysis of the structures (faults, folds, joints, shear zones) that comprise deformation. Construction of geologic maps and cross sections will be included, as will field trips.  
GEOL 3402   Structural Geology Lab   A study of the deformation of Earth?s crust. Covers stress and strain as well as geometric analysis of the structures (faults, folds, joints, shear zones) that comprise deformation. Construction of geologic maps and cross sections will be included, as will field trips.  
GEOL 3403   Advanced GIS   This course is designed to build on the skills learned in the Interdisciplinary GIS class. Topics will include a review of advanced vector analysis, followed by a detailed coverage of raster based analysis. Projects will include the creation and manipulation of digital elevation models, classification on aerial and satellite imagery, and vector to raster conversion and analysis. The projects and assignments will utilize an extensive Trans-Pecos spatial database housed in the Sul Ross GIS lab. Software used will include the Spatial and 3D Analyst extension for ArcGIS and ERDAS Image. Prerequisite: Geology 3401 or approval of instructor.  
GEOL 3403   Advanced GIS Lab   This course is designed to build on the skills learned in the Interdisciplinary GIS class. Topics will include a review of advanced vector analysis, followed by a detailed coverage of raster based analysis. Projects will include the creation and manipulation of digital elevation models, classification on aerial and satellite imagery, and vector to raster conversion and analysis. The projects and assignments will utilize an extensive Trans-Pecos spatial database housed in the Sul Ross GIS lab. Software used will include the Spatial and 3D Analyst extension for ArcGIS and ERDAS Image. Prerequisite: Geology 3401 or approval of instructor.  
GEOL 3408   Strat & Sed Lab   A study of the processes governing the formation and distribution of recent sediments, which established the guiding principles used in the classification, correlation and interpretation of ancient, stratified sedimentary rocks. The stratigraphic record is largely the result of the continuity of sedimentary processes through the dimension of geologic time. Prerequisite: Geology 1304/1104  
GEOL 3408   Strat and Sedimentation Lab   A study of the processes governing the formation and distribution of recent sediments, which established the guiding principles used in the classification, correlation and interpretation of ancient, stratified sedimentary rocks. The stratigraphic record is largely the result of the continuity of sedimentary processes through the dimension of geologic time. Prerequisite: Geology 1304/1104  
GEOL 3408   Stratigraphy and Sedimentation   A study of the processes governing the formation and distribution of recent sediments, which established the guiding principles used in the classification, correlation and interpretation of ancient, stratified sedimentary rocks. The stratigraphic record is largely the result of the continuity of sedimentary processes through the dimension of geologic time. Prerequisite: Geology 1304/1104  
GEOL 3411   Invertebrate Paleontology   The course deals with the morphology, classification, identification, evolutionary trends and geological distribution of invertebrate fossils. Laboratory work consists of systematic study of index fossils as well as representative fossils of various phyla. Prerequisite: Geology 1304/1104 or permission of the instructor.  
GEOL 3411   Invertebrate Paleontology Lab   The course deals with the morphology, classification, identification, evolutionary trends and geological distribution of invertebrate fossils. Laboratory work consists of systematic study of index fossils as well as representative fossils of various phyla. Prerequisite: Geology 1304/1104 or permission of the instructor.  
GEOL 4101   Cretaceous Shark Teeth   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4101   Dino Tooth Morphometrics   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4101   Research: Petrographic Studies   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4102   Intro to Field Geology   This course reviews fundamental geologic field methods including proper use of the Brunton? Pocket Transit, measuring stratigraphic sections, geologic mapping, constructing geologic cross sections, and conduct/safety. There will be four separate field projects comprising four weekend trips to Big Bend National Park and surrounding regions as well as a number of classroom meetings. Students will produce hand-drawn geologic maps and cross sections, a general stratigraphic log, and field reports. This course is for Junior or Senior-level students intending to take Geology field Camp the following summer. Prerequisite: GEOL 1303/1103.  
GEOL 4301   Shutup Conglomerate    
GEOL 4301   Terlingua Ranch Geology    
GEOL 4308   Tectonics    
GEOL 4311   Adv. Field Methods    
GEOL 4311   Adv. Field Techniques    
GEOL 4311   Aguja FM Petrography    
GEOL 4311   Aqueous Geochemistry    
GEOL 4311   Needle Peak Geology    
GEOL 4311   Vertebrate Paleontology    
GEOL 4311   Vertebrate Paleontoloty    
GEOL 4401   Sedimentary Petrology    
GEOL 4401   Sedimentary Petrology Lab    
GEOL 4402   Groundwater Hydrology   This course consists of individual directed readings and conference on special topics in geology. A lecture or seminar format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a topic. Course may only be used once for credit. Prerequisite: GEOL 1303, 1103, 1304, 1104 and 2405.  
GEOL 4403   Ig & Met Pet Lab   A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, and Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 4403   Igneous & Met Petrology Lab   A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, and Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 4403   Igneous & Met, Petrol Lab   A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, and Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 4403   Igneous & Metamorphic Petrol   A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, and Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 4601   Field Geology   A six week summer field course on the methods or techniques of geological surveying, the nature and construction of topographic and geological maps, measurement of stratigraphic sections, and preparation of geological reports. Prerequisite: GEOL 3402, 3408, 4401, 4403, or permission of instructor.  
GEOL 5101   Seminar: Geology Topics   The course deals with modern fields of research in the geosciences. The format varies from group discussions to the presentation of oral reports. The course can be taken for credit up to a maximum of three times. At least one semester is required of all students.  
GEOL 5302   Aqueous Geochemistry   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Geological Methodology   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Geology of Lacco-Calderas   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Imaging of Gastropods   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Paleo of Marathon Basin   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Permian Gastropod Studies   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Structure of Christmas Mtns   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Terrell County Hydrogeology   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5304   Correlation   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5304   Geology of West Texas   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5322   Stratigraphic Analysis   The determination of the depositional history of sedimentary rocks by the study of lithology and paleontology.  
GEOL 5326   Carbonate Petrology   Origin, classification and diagenesis of ancient and modern carbonate rocks and sediments.  
GEOL 5328   Advanced Sedimentation   Selected recent sedimentary environments and their ancient counterparts. Methods of investigation of sediments and sedimentary rocks with emphasis on terrigenous environments and rocks.  
GEOL 5332   Dynamic Stratigraphy   An analysis of the stratigraphic record emphasizing the relationships between dynamic processes and facies changes in modern and ancient environments.  
GEOL 5334   Geological Methodology   This hands-on course is designed to orient the Geology graduate student to geological research and project design field and lab work, writing and presentation of results. Students will use the geologic literature and sources available in the library and on-line. Students will be made familiar with the geology of west Texas. Field and lab methods of gathering geological information will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will learn about the scientific method and will devise a problem and a methodology to gather data. Students will write outlines and rough drafts. Plagiarism, formatting and editing will be covered. The different MS options will be covered.  
GEOL 5402   Interdisciplinary GIS    
GEOL 5402   Interdisciplinary GIS Lab    
GEOL 5403   Advanced GIS   This course is designed to build on the skills learned in the Interdisciplinary GIS class. Topics will include a review of advanced vector analysis, followed by a detailed coverage of raster- based analysis. Projects will include the creation and manipulation of digital elevation models, classification on aerial and satellite imagery, and vector-to-raster conversion and analysis. The projects and assignments will utilize an extensive Trans-Pecos spatial database housed in the Sul Ross GIS lab. Software used will include the Spatial and 3D Analyst extension for ArcGIS and ERDAS Image. The graduate requirements will include a term research project related to the individual students research interest. Prerequisite: Geology 3401, Geology 5402, or approval of instructor  
GEOL 5403   Advanced GIS Lab   This course is designed to build on the skills learned in the Interdisciplinary GIS class. Topics will include a review of advanced vector analysis, followed by a detailed coverage of raster- based analysis. Projects will include the creation and manipulation of digital elevation models, classification on aerial and satellite imagery, and vector-to-raster conversion and analysis. The projects and assignments will utilize an extensive Trans-Pecos spatial database housed in the Sul Ross GIS lab. Software used will include the Spatial and 3D Analyst extension for ArcGIS and ERDAS Image. The graduate requirements will include a term research project related to the individual students research interest. Prerequisite: Geology 3401, Geology 5402, or approval of instructor  
GEOL 5404   Invert Paleo    
GEOL 5404   Invert Paleontology Lab    
GEOL 5404   Vertebrate Paleontology    
GEOL 5404   Vertebrate Paleontology Lab    
GEOL 5405   Advanced Hysrology   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5405   Interdisciplinary GIS   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 6040   Thesis Research   The student will enroll in this course after earning credit for GEOL 6301 each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by committee members or when use of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University is made. The course is variable for 1 to 9 credit hours, and may be repeated with approval of advisor. Credit hours earned may not be applied towards the 30 or 36 hours required for the degree. Prerequisite: Master of Science students that have been admitted to candidacy  
GEOL 6301   Thesis Proposal    
GEOL 6301   Thesis Proposal   Satisfactory completion of this course requires an acceptable prospectus presented to the Graduate Committee. The student will normally register for this course no earlier than the second semester of graduate study. The student will enroll each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by Committee members or when use of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University is made.  
GEOL 6302   Thesis Defense    
PHYS 1101   College Physics Laboratory I   This laboratory-based course accompanies PHYS 1301, College Physics I. Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of classical mechanics and thermodynamics, including harmonic motion, mechanical waves and sound, physical systems, Newton Laws of Motion, and gravitation and other fundamental forces; emphasis will be on problem solving. Corequisite: Physics 1301  
PHYS 1102   College Physics Laboratory II   This laboratory-based course accompanies PHYS 1302, College Physics II. Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, optics, and modern physics topics; with emphasis on problem solving. Corequisite: Physics 1302  
PHYS 1301   College Physics I   Non-calculus based survey course in general physics covering kinematics, dynamics, temperature, heat, thermal properties of matter, and wave phenomena. Emphasis is placed upon the concepts of physics rather than mathematical relationships. Prerequisite: Math 1314 or a satisfactory score on the algebra placement test.  
PHYS 1302   College Physics II   This non-calculus based survey course in general physics covers electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, special relativity, and quantum chromo dynamics. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of physics rather than mathematical relationships. Prerequisite: Physics 1301  
PHYS 2125   University Physics Lab I   Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in PHYS 2325 involving the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion and physical systems; experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Corequisite: Physics 2325  
PHYS 2126   University Physics Lab II   Laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in PHYS 2326 involving the principles of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, and optics; experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Corequisite: Physics 2326  
PHYS 2325   University Physics I   General physics for students who plan to do further work in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, geology or other related sciences. The course covers vectors, statistics, linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics and wave phenomena. Prerequisites: Math 1316 and Math 2413  
PHYS 2326   University Physics II   Continuation of Physics 2325 covering kinetic theory, thermal properties of matter, thermodynamics, electrostatic fields, potential, electric circuits, and magnetic fields. Prerequisites: Physics 2325 and Math 2414  
PHYS 4301   Introductory Geophysics   Advanced level Physics course for students who plan to work in Geology, Geophysics, Atmospheric sciences, engineering, architecture, chemistry, or other related sciences. This course covers principles of Physics which are applied to explain various geological processes happening on our earth and other planets in our solar system. Additionally, we are going to explore these principles in relation to mineral exploration on Earth. Prerequisites: MATH 2413, PHYS 1301/PHYS 2325. PHYS 1302/PHYS 2326