Skip to the page content Skip to primary navigation Skip to the search form Skip to the audience-based navigation Skip to the site tools and log-in Information about website accessibility

Earth Sciences

Earth Science Courses

Students on a Structural geology field trip to Hot Springs AR
Students on a structural geology field trip, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory
Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1302. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC 1302. Students observe, gather and manipulate data, interpret data, and make field measurements using minerals, rocks, graphs, and maps. The laboratory meets for two hours per week. One credit hour. Taken along with ERSC 1302, equivalent to GEOL 1114 in ADHE common course numbering system.

ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory
Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1303. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC 1303. Students are involved with geologic data gathering, manipulation, and interpretation along with field measurements and problem solving. Two hours laboratory per week. One credit hour. Taken along with ERSC 1303, equivalent to GEOL 1134 in ADHE common course numbering system.

ERSC 1302 Physical Geology
An introduction to the science of geology, the geological view of the human environment, how geologists learn about Planet Earth, and how society and geology interact. Active learning applied to natural processes shaping the earth’s surface, producing the solid and fluid earth, and historical development of geological paradigms. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours. Taken along with ERSC 1102, equivalent to GEOL 1114 in ADHE common course numbering system.

ERSC 1303 Historical Geology
An introduction to the science of geology, how geologists have learned about the Earth using geologic time as a theme. Active learning applied to various measurements of time, the documentation of evolutionary changes presented by the geologic record, and the development of geologic paradigms used in interpreting this record. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours. Taken along with ERSC 1103, equivalent to GEOL 1114 in ADHE common course numbering system.

ERSC 1305 Science Skills
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course will help biology, chemistry, and earth science students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of skills that lead to success in college and a successful career in science. Students I) identify and use appropriate campus resources, 2) master common computer programs, 3) learn graphing and statistical methods, 4) develop better strategies to manage money, time, and stress wisely, and 5) explore the research conducted by UALR science faculty. Grading is based on projects, attendance, and participation. This course cannot be used for credit toward a biology, chemistry, or earth science major or minor. Three credit hours.

ERSC 2300 Science and Technology in Society
Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to how society is impacted by and responds to science-driven decision-making. Examines how society embraces and applies (including governmental institutions) scientific principles and technological advances to solving global societal problems such as sustainability of natural resources, development of new energy resources due to population and economic growth, changes in climate and weather, pollution, and human health issues. Case studies will examine societal response (particularly governmental) to both past and current global scientific and technological issues.

ERSC 3310 Earth Materials
Prerequisites: ERSC 1302, ERSC 1102. Co-requisite: CHEM 1402 or consent of instructor. Introduction to mineralogy including the silicate and nonsilicate groups, their crystalline structure, occurrence and origins. Introduction to the three major rock types and economic uses of minerals and rocks. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 3320 Field Geology I
Prerequisites: ERSC 1302, ERSC 1102, ERSC 1303, ERSC 1103. Introduction to geologic field methods. Topics include: outcrop description; map and aerial photo interpretation; navigation skills; stratigraphic section measurement; cross-section construction; GPS and GIS techniques; computer drafting techniques; and geologic mapping in the Ouachita Mountains. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 3360 Paleobiology
Prerequisites: ERSC 1303/1103, or BIOL 1401, or consent of instructor; ERSC 2320 recommended. The evolution and ecological structure of the biosphere from the origin of life to the present emphasizing the evolution and paleobiology of animal life as shown by the fossil record. Lectures discuss the methods used to interpret the fossil record, and cover topics such as ontogeny, speciation, phylogeny and systematics, functional anatomy, biogeography, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, and macroevolution. Laboratories will focus on paleobiological principles that can be demonstrated by the major groups of invertebrates that are common in the geologic record. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week; one 1-2 day field trip. Three credit hours.

ERSC 3372 Surficial Hydrology
Prerequisites: MATH 1304 or 1311 and consent of instructor; junior standing in earth science, physics, chemistry, biology, environmental health science, or engineering technology. Hydrologic cycle, basin analysis, runoff analysis, stream hydraulics, flooding, case histories, field methods in hydrology, hydrologic planning. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 3380 Oceanography
Prerequisite: 4 hours of earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics. This course provides an introduction to the historical, physical, chemical, geological, and biological aspects of the oceans and their importance to the global system. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 3390 Weather Studies
Prerequisite: 4 hours of earth science, biology, chemistry or physics. This course provides an overview of how the distribution of heat, atmospheric circulation, humidity, and air pressure forms local, regional and global weather conditions. The course will include analysis of recent meteorological events that demonstrate basic principles of how weather patterns evolve. May not be counted for BS in Geology. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 3430 Structural Geology
Prerequisites: ERSC 3310, MATH 1303. The description and analysis of geological structures in Earth’s crust and an introduction to global tectonics. Topics covered include: the description of geological structures; stress, strain, deformation and rheology; the kinematics and dynamics of folding and faulting; microstructural analysis; principles of plate tectonics; selected orogenic systems of the world. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.

ERSC 3440 Sedimentology
Prerequisite: ERSC 1302/1102. Sedimentary processes and products; siliciclastic sediments and environments, biogenic, chemical and other nonsiliciclastic sedimentary rocks and the environments in which the form. Sedimentary petrology methods. Two hours lecture, 4 hours lab per week. Weekend field trips. Four credit hours.

ERSC 4100, 4200, 4300 Independent Problems
Prerequisite: consent of instructor, generally given only with senior standing and/or 20 hours of geology. Field or laboratory problem in consultation with instructor. One, two, or three hours or equivalent per week. One, two, or three credit hours.

ERSC 4190 Senior Seminar
Prerequisite: senior standing and geology major or minor. Students initiate and conduct independent research. Students work with faculty advisor and produce written and oral progress reports throughout the semester culminating in a professional presentation at the end of the semester. Students must contact faculty advisor and discuss their research topic the semester prior to enrollment in this course. Course includes compilation of academic portfolio. One hour per week. One credit hour.

ERSC 4304 Geology of North America
Prerequisites: ERSC 1303/1103, 3360. Detailed history of North America and its life forms as interpreted from rock and fossil records. Principles of interpretation, geologic and biologic succession of events, and advanced individual interpretation of geologic maps, with reports. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory (or equivalent) per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 4320 Field Geology II
Prerequsites: ERSC 3320 and ERSC 3430. Advanced geologic mapping techniques. Three weeks of field work and instruction at various locations in the United States. Three credit hours. Requires 8 hours in the field every day for three weeks. Additional fee for transportation, food and other field costs.

ERSC 4322 Environmental Geology
Prerequisite: consent of instructor based on completion of ERSC 1302/1102, GEOG 1311, or the equivalent. Humans as a geologic agents, geologic hazards in the environment, geology and land use studies, urban geology, and case histories. Dual-listed as ERSC 5322. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 4323 Geology of Arkansas
Prerequisites: ERSC 1302/1102, consent of instructor. Regional geomorphology, structure, stratigraphy, and paleontology of Arkansas. Includes field trips to Ozark dome, Ouachita fold belt, Arkansas Valley, and Mississippi Embayment/Gulf Coastal Plain. Dual-listed as ERSC 5323. Three hours lecture per week, weekend field trips. Three credit hours.

ERSC 4340 Stratigraphy
Prerequisite: ERSC 3440. Course will describe and interpret the governing stratigraphic principals and methods of correlation of sedimentary rocks. The role of sedimentary environments, climate and tectonics on sedimentation patterns will be examined. Three hours lecture per week.

ERSC 4353 Geology and Ecology of Bahamas
Prerequisites: Eight hours of core science and consent of instructor. This course explores the geology and ecology of the shallow-water marine environment by examining the preeminent modern example, the Bahamas platform. The Bahamas provide an excellent model for understanding modern and ancient carbonate and reef deposits, and variety of terrestrial/aquatic habitats. Biological processes are ultimately responsible for many of the geological features of the Bahamas, so the course considers the biology/ecology of marine organisms in addition to geological topics. The field component is based at the Gerace Field Center for Geological, Biological, and Anthropological Research on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Seventy-five hours of lecture/laboratory/field activity. Dual-listed as ERSC 5353. Three credit hours.

ERSC 4371 Engineering Geology
Prerequisite: MATH 1303 or higher or the consent of instructor. The study of the interaction of rock, soil and geologic processes with the engineering activities of man by applying geological data, techniques and principles. The integration of geological, geotechnical and geophysical investigative methods will be emphasized. Lecture topics will include soil and rock mechanics and rock deformation, the assessment of the spatial-temporal variability of sub surface materials, slope stability analysis and slope failure mitigation, earthquake engineering, hydrologic system management, and the application of GIS and geology. Dual-listed as ERSC 5371. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 4373 Hydrogeology
Prerequisites: MATH 1302 or MATH 1311; ERSC 3310. Co-requisite CHEM 1402. Ground water occurrence, flow, porosity, permeability, aquifer analysis, geology of ground water, water well logging, well development, case histories, field methods, hydrogeologic planning. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ERSC 5373. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 4389 Undergraduate Research
Prerequisite: senior honors standing in geology. Various topics for thorough research selected by students in consultation with an advisor. Field work and/or experimental or laboratory work resulting in a report to be critiqued by at least two faculty members (no oral defense). The student is expected to spend at least nine hours per week on the project. The exact hourly commitment per week will depend on the nature of the project and will be agreed on in advance by the student and the instructor. Three credit hours.

ERSC 4391 Cooperative Education in Earth Science
Prerequisites: Junior undergraduate standing or graduate standing and consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry and consulting firms. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Three credit hours.

ERSC 4195, 4295, 4395 Internship in Earth Science
Prerequisites: senior standing in geology, consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry, and consulting firms. Forty hours supervised work per credit hour. One, two, or three credit hours.

ERSC 4411Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 3310. Composition, characteristics, classification, occurrence, and petrogenesis of the igneous and metamorphic rocks. Megascopic and microscopic methods of description. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.

ERSC 4419 Geomorphology
Prerequisites: ERSC 1302, ERSC 1102, ERSC 3320, or consent of instructor. The study of form and process at the Earth’s surface. The interactions between erosional and depositional processes at the Earth’s surface with tectonic processes operating within the Earth are examined with respect to landform evolution. Laboratory includes the analysis of maps, digital imagery, and field applications of GPS/GIS technology. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ERSC 5419. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory or field study per week. Four credit hours.

ERSC 4421 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Prerequisites: consent of instructor. This course introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the use of spatial data for problem-solving in science. The lecture portion of the course focuses on the data models used to represent spatial features and on the processes involved in creating, acquiring, analyzing, and displaying georeferenced information. The laboratory portion of the course employs a project-based methodology including applications from geology, biology, environmental science, and political science to foster basic GIS software proficiency. Dual-listed as ERSC 5421. Two hours lecture per week, four laboratory hours. Four credit hours.

ERSC 4422 Applied GIS
Prerequisites: BIOL/ERSC 4421 or consent of instructor. This course builds on the fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from ERSC 4421 Introduction to GIS. It focuses on advanced applications in GIS with an emphasis on problem-solving, advanced analysis techniques, and database management. Two lecture hours per week, four laboratory hours. Four credit hours.

ERSC 4426 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Prerequisites: ERSC/BIOL 4421 or consent of instructor. This course introduces the fundamentals of manipulating and interpreting the electromagnetic spectrum. The lecture portion of the class covers concepts of remote sensing, including how data is collected, processed, analyzed, and interpreted. The lab portion of the class is focused on building proficiency in several images processing software programs and the use of spatial data for problem-solving in science. Two lecture hours per week, four laboratory hours. Four credit hours.

ERSC 4199, 4299, 4399, 4499 Special Topics
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Advanced and specialized topics in the geological sciences, especially those of current interest. Refer to semester schedule for special topic offered. Credit will vary depending upon course topic. One, two, three, or four hours or equivalent per week. One, two, three, or four credit hours.

GRADUATE COURSES

ERSC 5100, 5200, 5300 Independent Problems
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. This course offers the student an independent laboratory or field study of a problem in the earth sciences in consultation with an instructor. Credit varies per problem topic.

ERSC 5199, 5299, 5399, 5499 Special Topics
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. This course offers study in advanced and specialized topics in the geological sciences especially those of current interest. Refer to the semesterʹs schedule for the special topics offered. Credit will vary depending upon the course topic.

ERSC 5322 Environmental Geology
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Humanity as a geologic agent; geologic hazards in the environment; geology, land-use studies; urban geology; case histories; requires two term projects and a case history presentation. Three hours lecture per week.

ERSC 5323 Geology of Arkansas
Regional geomorphology, structure, stratigraphy, paleontology of Arkansas; includes field trips to Ozark Dome, Ouachita Fold Belt, Arkansas Valley, Mississippi Embayment, Gulf Coastal Plain; requires field trip reports, term project. Three lectures per week, weekend field trips.

ERSC 5371 Engineering Geology
The study of the interaction of rock, soil, and geologic processes with the engineering activities of man by applying geological data, techniques and principles. The integration of geological, geotechnical and geophysical investigative methods will be emphasized. Lecture topics will include soil and rock mechanics and rock deformation, the assessment of the spatialtemporal variability of sub surface material, slop stability analysis and slope failure mitigation, earthquake engineering, hydrologic systems management, and the application of GIS and geology. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week. Three credit hours.

ERSC 5373 Hydrogeology
Prerequisites: MATH 1302 or 1311; ERSC 3310; Co-requisite CHEM 1402. Ground water occurrence, flow, porosity, permeability, aquifer analysis, geology of ground water, water well logging, well development, case histories, field methods, hydrogeologic planning. Three hours lecture per week.

ERSC 5391 Cooperative Education in Earth Science
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry and consulting firms. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Three credit hours.

ERSC 5419 Geomorphology
Prerequisites: ERSC 1302, ERSC 1102, ERSC 3320, or consent of instructor. The study of form and process at the Earth’s surface. The interactions between erosional and depositional processes at the Earth’s surface with tectonic processes operating within the Earth are examined with respect to landform evolution. Laboratory includes the analysis of maps, digital imagery, and field applications of GPS/GIS technology. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory or field study per week. Four credit hours.

ERSC 5421 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites: ERSC 2320 or ENHS 3415 or BIOL 4309, or consent of instructor. This course introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the use of spatial data for problem-solving in science. The lecture portion of the course focuses on the data models used to represent spatial features and on the processes involved in creating, acquiring, analyzing, and displaying georeferenced information. The laboratory portion of this course employs a project-based methodology including applications from geology, biology, environmental science, and political science to foster basic GIS software proficiency. Two lecture hours per week, four laboratory hours. Four credit hours.

ERSC 5422 Applied GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
Prerequisites: BIOL/ERSC 4421/5421 or consent of instructor. This course builds on the fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Introduction to GIS. It focuses
on advanced applications in GIS with an emphasis on problem solving, advanced analysis techniques, and database management. Two lecture hours per week, four laboratory hours. Four credit hours.

ERSC 5426 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Prerequisite: ERSC 4421/5421 or BIOL 4421/5421 or consent of instructor. This course introduces the fundamentals of manipulating and interpreting the electromagnetic spectrum. The lecture portion of this class covers concepts of remote sensing, including how data is collected, processed, analyzed, and interpreted. The lab portion of the class is focuses on building proficiency in several image processing software programs and the use of spatial data for problem solving in science. Two lecture hours per week, four laboratory hours. Four credit hours.

ERSC 7399 Selected Topics
Prerequisites: four undergraduate geology hours, professional experience in some area of earth science, consent of instructor. Topics include modern geology, meteorology, oceanography; assists professionals to remain current in these rapidly expanding fields; laboratory emphasis on creative problem solving, field trips. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

Updated 6.27.2013