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Fall 2002 Course Descriptions

All courses below are approved to be taught in Fall 2002; however, some (or all) may not be offered this term.  The course numbers that are offered this term link to the Schedule of Classes.  The complete list below is a good indicator of what may be offered over the next few years (contact department about offerings).  For explanations of course elements see the Key to Course Descriptions.

Geological Engineering (G EN)  Department Info

G EN 199 -- Independent Study  (1-6 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 200 -- Introduction to Earth Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Course provides an overview of studies and careers in mining and geological engineering. The course is an introduction to uses of minerals and modern methods of extracting and processing minerals. It also focuses on engineering applications in geologic hazard assessment, site investigations and ground water studies. MN E 220 requires this course as a prerequisite.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Identical to:  MN E 200; MN E is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 219 -- Mineralogy and Petrology for Engineers  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to crystal groups, mineral chemistry, mineral recognition, genesis, classification and identification of rocks and their recognition in hand specimens and in the field.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 103A, CHEM 103B, CHEM 104A, CHEM 104B.
Typical structure:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  MN E 219.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 299 -- Independent Study  (1-5 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 299H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 330 -- Introduction to Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to remote sensing principles, techniques, and applications, designed principally for those with no background in the field.
Identical to:  GEOG 330; GEOG is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 391 -- Preceptorship  (1-4 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 391H -- Honors Preceptorship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

G EN 397A -- Teaching Educational Materials  (1-3 units)
Description:  The practical application of theoretical learning within a group setting and involving an exchange of ideas and practical methods, skills, and principles.
May be repeated:  for a total of 9 units of credit.
Identical to:  MN E 397A; MN E is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

G EN 397B -- Workshop  (1-3 units)
Description:  The practical application of theoretical learning within a group setting and involving an exchange of ideas and practical methods, skills, and principles.
Identical to:  MSE 397B; MSE is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 399 -- Independent Study  (1-5 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 399H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 402 -- Probability and Statistical Concepts in Geologic Media  (3-4 units)
Description:  Univariate probabilistic and statistical methods: data reduction, basic probability concepts, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, goodness-of-fit-tests; applications in geologic media. Introduction to a few statistical packages.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 223.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design.
Typical structure:  3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  MN E 402.
May be convened with:  G EN 502.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 407 -- Photogeology  (3 units)
Description:  Use of aerial photographs in geologic mapping.
Prerequisite(s):  GEOS 304.
Credit for:  1.5 units engineering science, 1.5 units engineering design.
Typical structure:  1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  GEOS 407.
May be convened with:  G EN 507.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 415 -- Rock Excavation  (3 units)
Description:  Methods of excavation of rock in surface and underground mines and construction, ranging from the empiricism of conventional blasting practice to the application of the fundamental mechanics of rock fracture.  This is a Writing Emphasis Course.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  satisfaction of the upper-division writing proficiency requirement; C E 215.
Identical to:  MN E 415; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 515.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 416 -- Field Studies in Geophysics  (3 units)
Description:  Seismic, magnetic, electrical, and gravity exploration techniques.
Prerequisite(s):  G EN 448 or G EN 548.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
Identical to:  GEOS 416.
May be convened with:  G EN 516.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 417 -- Field Methods in Earth Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Students will learn basic field techniques used in earth engineering including mapping, scan-line mapping, and geologic hazard mapping. Students will learn to integrate field maps into GIS database.
Special course fee required:  $510 - Includes $50 non-refundable deposit applied to special fee.
Prerequisite(s):  GEOS 304, G EN 219.
Identical to:  MN E 417.
May be convened with:  G EN 517.
Usually offered:  Summer.

G EN 424 -- Fundamentals of Geotechnics  (3 units)
Description:  Principles of hemispherical projections and rock joint surveys; application of stereographic projection in mechanics of discontinuous rock; shear strength of discontinuities; introduction of Block theory application of Block theory to surficial excavations; engineering solutions to problems of soil and rock slope stability.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  C E 343.
Credit for:  2 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design.
May be convened with:  G EN 524.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 425 -- Geotechnical Investigations  (3 units)
Description:  Senior design course emphasizing the investigation and analysis of geologic factors in the design and construction of engineering projects.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
Typical structure:  1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory.
May be convened with:  G EN 525.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 426 -- Health and Safety in Mining  (1 unit)
Description:  Fundamental concepts in the recognition, evaluation and control of health and safety hazards encountered in mining operations; includes a review of engineering management responsibilities to control accidents, a review of federal regulations and standards affecting the industrial workplace, and instruction regarding the interaction of industrial hygiene, safety, fire protection and workers' compensation to control losses resulting from industrial accidents.
Identical to:  MN E 426; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 526.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 427 -- Geomechanics  (3-4 units)
Description:  Mechanical behavior of rock and rock masses; response to load changes: deformations, failure, discontinuity slip; in situ stress state; rock testing; geomechanical classifications; engineering applications: slopes, pillars, tunnels, dam foundations; reinforcement design.
Prerequisite(s):  C E 215, GEOS 304.
Identical to:  MN E 427; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 527.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 445 -- Fundamentals of Geostatistics  (3 units)
Description:  Theory and application of geostatistics in solving various estimation/prediction problems frequently encountered in reserve estimation, in geotechnical and/or hydrogeologic parameter estimation, and in environmental regulations.
Prerequisite(s):  integral and differential calculus.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Identical to:  MN E 445; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 545.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 448 -- Geophysical Exploration and Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Principles of gravity, magnetic, seismic and electrical exploration; acquisition and interpretation of data to define geologic structure and evaluate resources.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 141, PHYS 242, MATH 223.
Credit for:  2 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design.
Identical to:  GEOS 448.
May be convened with:  G EN 548.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 457 -- Applied Geomechanics  (3 units)
Description:  Mechanical behavior of geological materials: stress and strain analysis; friction elasticity, strength and failure; discontinuity slip. Laboratory testing. Applications testing. Applications to rock engineering problems.
Prerequisite(s):  MN E 427.
Typical structure:  3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  MN E 457; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 557.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 470 -- Computer Methods in Geological Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Use of computers to solve problems in geological engineering, including data bases, computer contouring, map filtering and enhancement, and multivariate analysis of geologic data.
Prerequisite(s):  introductory courses in computer programming, math, and earth science.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  G EN 570.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 490 -- Remote Sensing for the Study of Planet Earth  (3 units)
Description:  A multidisciplinary course delineating the physical basis of electromagnetic remote sensing, the concepts of information extraction, and applications pertinent to earth systems science.
Identical to:  REM 490; REM is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 498 -- Senior Capstone  (1-3 units)
Description:  A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

G EN 499 -- Independent Study  (1-4 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 499H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 502 -- Probability and Statistical Concepts in Geologic Media  (3-4 units)
Description:  Univariate probabilistic and statistical methods: data reduction, basic probability concepts, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, goodness-of-fit-tests; applications in geologic media. Introduction to a few statistical packages. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth term paper on an application.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
Identical to:  MN E 502.
May be convened with:  G EN 402.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 503 -- Rock Mass Joint Geometry Modeling  (3 units)
Description:  Sampling techniques; statistical homogeneity; delineation of joint sets; corrections for sampling biases of joint parameters; inference of statistical distributions for orientation, spacing, intensity and size; joint systems modeling and validation.
Prerequisite(s):  G EN 402, SIE 270.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 505 -- Applied Multispectral Imagery  (3 units)
Description:  Application of image processing to mineral exploration, engineering geology, ground-water location, and pollution monitoring.
Prerequisite(s):  G EN 407.
Identical to:  GEOS 505.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 507 -- Photogeology  (3 units)
Description:  Use of aerial photographs in geologic mapping. Graduate-level requirements include completion of an advanced project involving photo interpretation and field mapping.
Credit for:  1.5 units engineering science, 1.5 units engineering design.
Typical structure:  1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  GEOS 507.
May be convened with:  G EN 407.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 510 -- Fractal Theory and Applications in Geo-Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Theory and applications of the following topics to geo-engineering: (a) self-similarity and self-similar fractals, (b) divider method, (c) box method, (d) perimeter area method, (e) self-affinity and self-affine fractals, (f) roughness length method, (g) variogram method, (h) spectral method and (i) line scaling method.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 515 -- Rock Excavation  (3 units)
Description:  Methods of excavation of rock in surface and underground mines and construction, ranging from the empiricism of conventional blasting practice to the application of the fundamental mechanics of rock fracture. Graduate-level requirements include a research project.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Identical to:  MN E 515; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 415.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 516 -- Field Studies in Geophysics  (3 units)
Description:  Seismic, magnetic, electrical, and gravity exploration techniques. Graduate-level requirements include additional project work requiring a more in-depth analysis.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
Identical to:  GEOS 516.
May be convened with:  G EN 416.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 517 -- Field Methods in Earth Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Students will learn basic field techniques used in earth engineering including mapping, scan-line mapping, and geologic hazard mapping. Students will learn to integrate field maps into GIS database. Graduate-level requirements include completing an independent mapping exercise.
Special course fee required:  $510 - Includes $50 non-refundable deposit applied to special fee.
Identical to:  MN E 517.
May be convened with:  G EN 417.
Usually offered:  Summer.

G EN 522 -- Electrical Exploration Methods and Well Logging Interpretation  (3 units)
Description:  Topic A - Electrical Exploration Methods: Electrical properties, resistivity, induced polarization (IP), magnetotellurics (MT), electromagnetics, ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys. Applications will include near-surface environmental and geo-engineering site investigations, hydrology and water resources studies, oil and minerals exploration. Topic B - Well Logging Interpretation: Fundamentals of quantitative formation evaluation: Detailed investigation of aspects of well logging applicable to the students' research interests.
Prerequisite(s):  G EN 448 or G EN 548. Consult department before enrolling.
May be repeated:  for a total of 6 units of credit.
Identical to:  HWR 522, GEOS 522.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 524 -- Fundamentals of Geotechnics  (3 units)
Description:  Principles of hemispherical projections and rock joint surveys; application of stereographic projection in mechanics of discontinuous rock; shear strength of discontinuities; introduction of Block theory application of Block theory to surficial excavations; engineering solutions to problems of soil and rock slope stability. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on an assigned topic.
Credit for:  2 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design.
May be convened with:  G EN 424.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 525 -- Geotechnical Investigations  (3 units)
Description:  Senior design course emphasizing the investigation and analysis of geologic factors in the design and construction of engineering projects. Graduate-level requirements include a research project.
May be convened with:  G EN 425.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 526 -- Health and Safety in Mining  (1 unit)
Description:  Fundamental concepts in the recognition, evaluation and control of health and safety hazards encountered in mining operations; includes a review of engineering management responsibilities to control accidents, a review of federal regulations and standards affecting the industrial workplace, and instruction regarding the interaction of industrial hygiene, safety, fire protection and workers' compensation to control losses resulting from industrial accidents. Graduate-level requirements include a term paper.
Identical to:  MN E 526; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 426.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 527 -- Geomechanics  (3-4 units)
Description:  Mechanical behavior of rock and rock masses; response to load changes: deformations, failure, discontinuity slip; in situ stress state; rock testing; geomechanical classifications; engineering applications: slopes, pillars, tunnels, dam foundations; reinforcement design. Graduate-level requirements include either a research project or a research paper at the discretion of the instructor.
Special course fee required:  Special fee may apply for web delivered sections. See the M.Eng Website (http://triuniv.engr.arizona.edu/tuition.html) for details.
Identical to:  MN E 527; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 427.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 529 -- Rock Slope Analyses and Design  (3 units)
Description:  Geologic and engineering considerations in design of optimum rock slope angles; constitutive models for intact rock and joints; theoretical stability analysis, monitoring and control of existing slopes.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Identical to:  MN E 529; MN E is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 537 -- Developments in Rock Mechanics  (2 units)
Description:  Discussion of new developments in rock mechanics and of areas of interest for future research.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  MN E 427 or MN E 527.
Identical to:  MN E 537; MN E is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 545 -- Fundamentals of Geostatistics  (3 units)
Description:  Theory and application of geostatistics in solving various estimation/prediction problems frequently encountered in reserve estimation, in geotechnical and/or hydrogeologic parameter estimation, and in environmental regulations. Graduate-level requirements include an additional class project.
Identical to:  MN E 545; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 445.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 548 -- Geophysical Exploration and Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Principles of gravity, magnetic, seismic and electrical exploration; acquisition and interpretation of data to define geologic structure and evaluate resources. Graduate-level requirements include a special research project collecting and interpreting geophysical field data.
Identical to:  GEOS 548.
May be convened with:  G EN 448.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 550 -- Earthquake Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Applied course in earthquake causes and effects, integrating the fields of seismology, engineering, and seismic geology.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 254.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 557 -- Applied Geomechanics  (3 units)
Description:  Mechanical behavior of geological materials: stress and strain analysis; friction elasticity, strength and failure; discontinuity slip. Laboratory testing. Applications testing. Applications to rock engineering problems. Graduate-level requirements include more in-depth homework problems and completion of a technical project and presentation.
Identical to:  MN E 557; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  G EN 457.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 560 -- Underground Discontinuum Rock Mechanics  (3 units)
Temporary course:  offered during Fall 2002 only.
Description:  Rock Mass classification systems; stresses around underground excavations;strength of rock and rock masses; application of block theory for underground chambers; applicaiton of block theory for tunnels and shafts; Introduction to numerical stress analysis of underground discontinuum rock masses.
Prerequisite(s):  G EN 424.

G EN 570 -- Computer Methods in Geological Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Use of computers to solve problems in geological engineering, including data bases, computer contouring, map filtering and enhancement, and multivariate analysis of geologic data. Graduate-level requirements include an additional advanced research project.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  G EN 470.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 580 -- The Mechanics of Fracture in Rock and Other Brittle Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Fracture mechanics theory applied to the deformation and failure of rock; numerical techniques; micromechanical damage models; flow through fractures; the mechanics of faulting and earthquake rupture.
Identical to:  MN E 580; MN E is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

G EN 587 -- Applied Neural Network Computing  (3 units)
Description:  Theoretical development and applications of artificial neural networks for classification, parameter estimation, prediction, filtering, and association. Emphasis is placed on applications in science and engineering.
Prerequisite(s):  knowledge of a computer programming language.
Usually offered:  Fall.

G EN 696A -- Research Seminar  (1-3 units)
Description:  The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
May be repeated:  for a total of 6 units of credit.
Identical to:  MN E 696A.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

G EN 699 -- Independent Study  (1-5 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 900 -- Research  (1-4 units)
Description:  Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 910 -- Thesis  (1-6 units)
Description:  Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 920 -- Dissertation  (1-9 units)
Description:  Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

G EN 930 -- Supplementary Registration  (1-9 units)
Description:  For students who have completed all course requirements for their advanced degree programs. May be used concurrently with other enrollments to bring to total number of units to the required minimum.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

 

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