Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics

The Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (with concentrations in professional chemistry, teacher certification in Chemistry (8-12) or Physical Science (8-12), biochemistry, forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, an interdisciplinary field, or as a pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-pharmacy program), the Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience, with concentrations in Geology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Hydrogeology, Petroleum Geology, and a teacher certification program in Science (8-12), and the Joint B.S. in Physics degree. On the graduate level, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science is offered. For further information about this program, see the graduate section of the catalog.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry

Required Courses
General Education Requirements: 1,342
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
CHEM 1412 [shared] College Chemistry II
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3407Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3423 [WI] Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 4160Professional Lab Safety Techniques and Ethics in Chemistry1
CHEM 4408Instrumental Analysis4
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
MATH 2413 [shared] Calculus I
MATH 2414Calculus II 24
Select one of the following:8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Univeristy Physics I
and University Physics II 4
Total Hours78
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Biochemistry
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BCIS or COSC Elective3
BIOL 3407Microbiology4
BIOL 3303Genetics3
BIOL 3103Genetic Techniques1
BIOL 3413Molecular Biology4
CHEM 4327Qualitative Organic Analysis3
or CHEM 4345 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 4374Biochemistry I3
CHEM 4375Biochemistry II3
BIOL 4378Biochemistry Lab3
Electives (at least 5 hrs. advanced)7
Total Hours42
Forensic Chemistry
CRIJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 1306Court Systems and Practices3
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
CRIJ 2335Criminal Investigation3
BIOL 3407Microbiology4
MATH 3450Principles of Bio-Statistics4
CHEM 4327Qualitative Organic Analysis3
CHEM 4374Biochemistry I3
CHEM 4378Biochemistry Lab3
Advanced CHEM3
Select three of the following:9
Criminology
Criminal Evidence
Methods of Criminal Justice Research
Advanced Investigation
Total Hours42
Interdisciplinary
Select one of the following:4
Physical Geology
Historical Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Biology for Science Majors
Biology for Science Majors II
Supporting field (14 Hours Advanced) 521
Elective (at least 4 hours advanced)6
Advanced elective3
Advanced CHEM Electives8
Total Hours42
Pre-Pharmacy
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics 73
or PSYC 2301 General Psychology
or PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development
BIOL 3407Microbiology4
BIOL 3303Genetics3
BIOL 3103Genetic Techniques1
BIOL 3413Molecular Biology4
MATH 3450Principles of Bio-Statistics4
CHEM 4345Medicinal Chemistry3
CHEM 4374Biochemistry I3
BIOL 4375Biochemistry II3
or BIOL 4378 Biochemistry Lab
BCIS or COSC elective3
Advanced CHEM Electives3
Total Hours42
Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Program
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 3407Microbiology4
BIOL 3303Genetics3
BIOL 3103Genetic Techniques1
MATH 3450Principles of Bio-Statistics4
BIOL 3485Immunology4
CHEM 4375Biochemistry II3
BIOL 4460Animal Physiology4
BIOL 4185Seminar1
CHEM 4345Medicinal Chemistry3
CHEM 4374Biochemistry I3
Electives4
Total Hours42
Professional Chemistry
Advanced Electives6
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
CHEM 3424Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 4327Qualitative Organic Analysis3
CHEM 4328Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4374Biochemistry I3
CHEM 4378Biochemistry Lab3
Electives5
Advanced Chemistry Electives6
Total Hours41
With Teacher Certification, Chemistry (8-12)
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
BCIS or COSC elective3
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
READ 3351Content Area Reading3
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Practicum in teaching6
Electives6
Advanced Chemistry Elective5
Total Hours42
Teacher Certification, Physical Science (8-12)
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
BCIS or COSC elective3
MATH 3306Differential Equations3
or MATH 3433 Calculus III
PHYS 3334Modern Physics I3
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
READ 3351Content Area Reading3
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Practicum in teaching6
Elective2
Advanced Chemistry elective3
Total Hours42
Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 1403Physical Geology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
EASC 3350Environmental Science3
BIOL 3407Microbiology4
WSES 3402Soils, Land Use, and The Environment4
MATH 3450Principles of Bio-Statistics4
EASC 4313 [WI] Environmental Techniques3
CHEM 4327Qualitative Organic Analysis3
CHEM 4477Environmental Chemistry4
Advanced Chemistry Elective5
Total Hours42
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

MATH core requirement satisfied by MATH 2413 Calculus I or MATH 2414 Calculus II.

3

Science core satisfied by either Chemistry option.

4

University Physics I and II required for Professional Chemistry and Teacher Certification in Physical Science(8-12)

5

Possible support fields include biology, geoscience, hydrology, physics, business administration, and other fields approved by department heads involved

6

COMM 2302 Business and Professional Speaking required communications core course for the following concentrations: Forensic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary, Professional Chemistry, Pre-pharmacy, and Environmental Chemistry.   

7

 Pre-pharmacy concentration requires PSYC 2301 General Psychology or PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development.  Check with specific pharmacy schools for requirements.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Geoscience

Required Courses
General Education Requirements: 142
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
CHEM 1412 [shared] College Chemistry II
GEOL 1403Physical Geology4
EASC 3310Geographic Information Systems for the Sciences3
Total Hours49
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Earth Science
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
GEOL 1404Historical Geology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
GEOL 3400Crystallography and Mineralogy4
GEOL 3310Geomorphology3
GEOL 4305 [WI] Field Geology3
EASC 3320Astronomy3
EASC 3330Meteorology3
EASC 3340Oceanography3
EASC 4313 [WI] Environmental Techniques3
Choose three of the following:9-11
Paleontology
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Structural Geology
Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Geochemistry
Hydrogeology
Economic Geology
Petroleum and Subsurface Geology
Select two of the following:6-8
Plane Trigonometry
Precalculus Math
Calculus I
Calculus II
Principles of Statistics
Principles of Bio-Statistics
Electives (15 hrs advanced)18
Total Hours71
Environmental Science
WSES 3401 [WI] Soils4
WSES 3402Soils, Land Use, and The Environment4
or WSES 3412 Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification
Select two of the following:8
Organic Chemistry I
Quantitative Analysis
Instrumental Analysis
Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
GEOL 3400Crystallography and Mineralogy4
GEOL 3314Geochemistry3
GEOL 4305 [WI] Field Geology3
GEOL 3310Geomorphology3
Select three of the following:9-10
Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Meteorology
Hydrogeology
Oceanography
EASC 3350Environmental Science3
EASC 4313 [WI] Environmental Techniques3
MATH 3450Principles of Bio-Statistics4
Select two of the following:6-8
Plane Trigonometry
Precalculus Math
Calculus I
Calculus II
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
Advanced electives1
Total Hours71
Geology
Select one of the following:8
Biology for Science Majors
and Biology for Science Majors II
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Univeristy Physics I
and University Physics II
Electives (12 Hours Advanced)18
GEOL 1404Historical Geology4
GEOL 3400Crystallography and Mineralogy4
GEOL 3305Paleontology3
GEOL 3406Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL 3312 [WI] Structural Geology3
GEOL 3413Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4
GEOL 4305 [WI] Field Geology3
EASC 4313 [WI] Environmental Techniques3
Select three of the following:9
Geomorphology
Geochemistry
Hydrogeology
Economic Geology
Petroleum and Subsurface Geology
Select two of the following:8
Precalculus Math
Calculus I
Calculus II
Principles of Bio-Statistics
Total Hours71
Hydrogeology
Select two of the following:8
Organic Chemistry I
Quantitative Analysis
Instrumental Analysis
Environmental Chemistry
EASC 3350Environmental Science3
WSES 3401 [WI] Soils4
EASC 4313 [WI] Environmental Techniques3
GEOL 3400Crystallography and Mineralogy4
GEOL 3406Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL 3310Geomorphology3
GEOL 3413Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4
GEOL 3314Geochemistry3
GEOL 3320Hydrogeology3
GEOL 4305 [WI] Field Geology3
PHYS 1401College Physics I4
or PHYS 2425 Univeristy Physics I
PHYS 1402College Physics II4
or PHYS 2426 University Physics II
MATH 3450Principles of Bio-Statistics4
Select two of the following:8
Precalculus Math
Calculus I
Calculus II
Electives (6 hrs advanced)9
Total Hours71
Teacher Certification Science (8-12)
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 4401Ecology4
BIOL 4370Analysis of Biological Principles3
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
GEOL 1404Historical Geology4
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
PHYS 1401College Physics I4
PHYS 1402College Physics II4
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
Select two of the following:6
Astronomy
Meteorology
Oceanography
Environmental Science
Select two of the following:6-7
College Algebra
Plane Trigonometry
Principles of Bio-Statistics
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Practicum in teaching6
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
READ 3351Content Area Reading3
Total Hours74
Petroleum Geology
GEOL 1404Historical Geology4
GEOL 3400Crystallography and Mineralogy4
GEOL 3305Paleontology3
GEOL 3312 [WI] Structural Geology3
GEOL 3314Geochemistry3
GEOL 3406Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL 3413Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4
GEOL 3315Sedimentary Petrology 3
GEOL 3316Well Log Analysis3
GEOL 4305 [WI] Field Geology3
GEOL 4311Economic Geology3
GEOL 4312Petroleum and Subsurface Geology3
GEOL 4317Seismic Interpretation3
PHYS 1401College Physics I4
or PHYS 2425 Univeristy Physics I
PHYS 1402College Physics II4
or PHYS 2426 University Physics II
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3
MATH 2413Calculus I4
MATH 2414Calculus II4
Advanced Electives9
Total Hours71
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

CHEM 1411 College Chemistry I and CHEM 1412 College Chemistry II satisfy general education lab science requirements.  See concentrations for MATH requirements.

Physics

Physics is the science that investigates and tries to understand the basic laws of nature. In this pursuit, it deals with the entire range of natural phenomena from the smallest domain of sub-nuclear particles to the largest domain of distant objects in the universe. This breadth of interests is reflected in the type of work pursued by physicists. Some are interested in research on problems that are at the frontiers of knowledge. Some apply this newly acquired knowledge to make practical advances in fields like engineering. Still others use the knowledge of physics as a basis for careers in medicine, law, teaching or administration. The Tarleton physics program is one of the best equipped undergraduate programs in Texas with state-of-the-art undergraduate research facilities including a 32” robotic telescope and 1 MV tandem particle accelerator. The physics program provides several different tracks including medical physics for students interested in medicine, dentistry, or medical physics and an astronomy track so that students can tailor the program to meet their educational goals. By adding two or three additional courses with a support area of mathematics or computer science, a student in the classical can obtain a second bachelors degree in their support area. For students interested in teaching at the high school level, secondary (grades 8-12) certification in either Physical Science or Math/Physics is available. Through Tarleton’s membership in the Texas Electronic Coalition for Physics and students may take upper-level elective physics courses from professors across the Texas A&M System. Through Tarleton’s membership in the Nuclear Power Institute students may take nuclear engineering courses from Texas A&M’s nuclear engineering department to prepare the student for entry into nuclear engineering graduate program.

Joint B.S. Degree in Physics

Field of Study Courses
Field of Study 18 hrs (at least 6 hrs Advanced)18
Other Required Courses
General Education Requirements43
PHYS 2425 [shared] Univeristy Physics I
PHYS 2426 [shared] University Physics II
PHYS 3331Mechanics I3
PHYS 3332Electromagnetic Field Theory3
PHYS 3333 [WI] Thermodynamics3
PHYS 3334Modern Physics I3
PHYS 4330Mathematical Methods for Physicists and Engineers3
PHYS 4335Quantum Physics3
PHYS 4337 [WI] Nuclear Physics and Techniques3
PHYS 4340 [WI] Advanced Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 4161 [WI] Physics Research Project1
PHYS 4162 [WI] Physics Research Seminar1
MATH 2413 [shared] Calculus I
MATH 2414Calculus II4
MATH 3433Calculus III4
MATH 3306Differential Equations3
Advanced Physics Electives - 6 hrs6
COSC Elective - 3 hrs3
Electives 13 hours13

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 1302. Essential Elements of Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

An introduction to the science of chemistry with a broad overview of the essential elements of chemistry and real-life applications. Req PHYS 102 or consent of instructor. Enrollment in this course is restricted to Interdisciplinary Studies majors. Lab Fee $10.

CHEM 1405. Introductory Chemistry I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A brief introduction to the basic principles of chemistry with emphasis on applications in our society: energy, pollution and the environment, food, health, and drugs. Designed for non-science majors. Lab fee $20.

CHEM 1407. Fundamentals of Chemistry. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A beginning chemistry course for students in applied sciences who need only one semester of general chemistry. The course includes the structure, properties and changes in matter, quantitative relationships in reactions, solutions, equilibrium, pH, buffers and nuclear chemistry. Not recommended for science majors or pre-professional students in health related fields. Does not meet prerequisite for CHEM 1412 or 2423. Lab fee $2.

CHEM 1411. College Chemistry I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Topics to be covered include an introduction to fundamental chemical laws, atomic structure and its relationship to chemical bonding and the periodic properties of elements and compounds, stoichiometry, states of matter, and solutions. Suggested for science majors and pre-professional students. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or concurrent enrollment. Lab fee $2.

CHEM 1412. College Chemistry II. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Topics to be covered include a study of the chemical and physical properties of selected families of elements, an introduction to energy changes in chemical reactions, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, rates of chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, and semi-micro qualitative analysis. This course is a prerequisite for CHEM 2423. Prerequisite: CHEM 1411. Lab fee $2.

CHEM 2423. Organic Chemistry I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

The first semester of a year sequence in the chemistry of carbon compounds involving their synthesis, reaction mechanisms, nomenclature, physical and spectral properties. Includes compounds of theoretical, biological, agricultural, and industrial importance. Prerequisite: CHEM 1412. Lab fee $10.

CHEM 2425. Organic Chemistry II. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

A continuation of CHEM 2423. The laboratory includes an introduction to qualitative organic analysis. This course is a prerequisite to all organic chemistry courses at the junior or higher level. Prerequisite CHEM 2423. Lab fee $10.

CHEM 3314. Geochemistry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A survey of the application of chemical principles to problems of geology. Topics include the origin and distribution of the elements in addition to exploring the behavior and distribution of various elements in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Basic concepts of thermodynamics, solution chemistry, and isotope geochemistry will be discussed. Credit for both CHEM 3314 and GEOL 3314 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: CHEM 1412. Lab fee $10.

CHEM 3407. Quantitative Analysis. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours).

A study of the experimental and theoretical principles concerning gravimetric and volumetric analysis. Topics include data treatment, equilibrium, precipitation, neutralization, oxidation, reduction, potentiometry, and introduction to spectroscopy. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in 8 hours of freshman CHEM; junior classification or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

CHEM 3423. Physical Chemistry I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours). [WI]

A study of chemical thermodynamics and its application to chemical equilibrium; the macroscopic properties of matter including real gases, solutions, and phase changes; chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: MATH 2414; PHYS 1402 or 2426 or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

CHEM 3424. Physical Chemistry II. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

An introduction to the microscopic properties of nature, including an introduction to quantum mechanics and its applications to atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 3423 or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

CHEM 4086. Chemistry Problems: Undergraduate Research. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-4 Hours).

Conducting an undergraduate research project in Chemistry. May be repeated for credit. A maximum of four hours may be applied toward degree requirements in chemistry. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

CHEM 4160. Professional Lab Safety Techniques and Ethics in Chemistry. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

A capstone course intended for a chemistry major to take during their senior year. Lectures will cover the issues of ethics and lab safety in chemistry as well as the societal impacts of chemistry. The lab portion will be devoted to analyzing case studies, doing literature research, and giving professional style presentations. Prerequisite: Student must be within one year of graduation.

CHEM 4327. Qualitative Organic Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

The identification of the principal classes of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 2425. Lab fee $10.

CHEM 4328. Inorganic Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Discussion of the models of inorganic chemistry including atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic properties, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and coordination chemistry. Properties of specific elements and families are also presented Prerequisites: CHEM 2425 and junior classification or approval of department head.

CHEM 4329. Polymers. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A basic study of polymer chemistry, with special emphasis on the effect of the structure of monomers upon the structure of the polymers, is presented. Prerequisite: CHEM 2425.

CHEM 4345. Medicinal Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the principles of drug action including receptor-effector theories and the effects of physico-chemical properties on biological activity. The principles of drug design, synthesis, and metabolism will be presented. Prerequisites: CHEM 2425 and BIOL 1407.

CHEM 4374. Biochemistry I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to the basic principles of biological chemistry and to fundamental processes of plants, animals, and microorganisms. Credit for both BIOL 4374 and CHEM 4374 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: One semester of organic chemistry (2 semesters recommended), and 8 hours of biological science or approval of department head.

CHEM 4375. Biochemistry II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A detailed survey of intermediary metabolism. The metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids, and the regulation of metabolism are emphasized. Credit for both BIOL 4375 and CHEM 4375 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: BIOL/CHEM 4374, or approval of department head.

CHEM 4378. Biochemistry Lab. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Principles and applications of basic methodology for the isolation, purification, characterization, and quantitative determination of biologically important compounds. Credit for both BIOL 4378 and CHEM 4378 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: BIOL 4374 or CHEM 4374 or concurrent enrollment, or approval of the department head. Lab fee $15.

CHEM 4408. Instrumental Analysis. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 6 Hours).

A study of the theory and use of instruments for chemical analysis. Techniques include absorption spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, atomic absorption, flame emission, mass spectroscopy, chromatography, potentiometry, and polarography. Prerequisites: CHEM 3407 and 1 semester of organic chemistry or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

CHEM 4477. Environmental Chemistry. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This is an undergraduate course intended for any student who has completed College chemistry 1 and college chemistry II with an interest towards Environmental Science. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components. Lectures will cover topics which provide the understanding of interactions between chemical compounds whether anthropogenic or natural with the ecosystem. This course will provide qualitative and quantitative knowledge on effects of changes in water, soil, air and its effects on the environment. The lab portion includes bench scale and field scale experiments to put theory to practice. Water and soil samples will be collected from different sources and lab made samples will be used to detect and analyze the various types of pollutants and their mitigation methods will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 1412. Lab fee: $2.

Environmental Science Courses

ENVS 1100. Transitioning to University Studies and Environmental Science. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective.

ENVS 1185. Freshman Seminar. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to current developments and problems in the environmental field as well as an overview of specializations within environmental science. Speakers will come from many different areas of environmental science.

ENVS 2451. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This is a cross-listed course with GEOG 2451 Intro to GIS. Basic concepts of design, planning and implementation of geographic information systems. Students will learn how to create, manipulate, project, and interpret geographic information. Students are encouraged to take GEOG 1451: Pre-GIS before this course. Lab fee: $2.

ENVS 4084. Environmental Science Internship. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Formally arranged and approved on-the-job training with a cooperating sponsor in government or private sector of the environmental field. A minimum of 40 hours of training is required for each hour of academic credit. A maximum of six hours of credit may be earned. Oral and written reports of the experience are required. Prerequisite: advanced standing and approval of the instructor. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior classification and approval of the instructor.

ENVS 4086. Environmental Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent study or research of current topics in student's major. Content and credit dependant on depth of study. May be repeated for credit subject to approval of program lead or department head as appropriate.

ENVS 4088. Undergraduate Research. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Fundamental research methods will be addressed through a faculty-directed project. Participation in an abbreviated lecture series may be required. Project components may include a literature review, data collection and analysis, testing, planning, project design, and/or computer modeling. the student may be required to prepare a final report and produce a presentation. Prerequisites: approval of the instructor. Prerequsite: Approval of the instructor.

ENVS 4185. Seminar. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

A review of current problems and developments in environmental arena. Discussions of current literature and research. May be repeated once for credit.

ENVS 4390. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Geology Courses

GEOL 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Geosciences. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

An introduction to geosciences, including earth science, environmental science, geology, hydrogeology, and petroleum geology. Practical study designed to prepare the geoscience student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process.

GEOL 1401. Earth Sciences I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A one-semester survey course of the physical sciences. Topics are selected from astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, geology and physics to illustrate the philosophic methods of science. This course does not count toward the university lab science requirement. Lab fee $5.

GEOL 1403. Physical Geology. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introduction to the physical processes that operate in and on the planet Earth. Topics of discussion include: the Earth's structure, rocks and minerals, volcanoes, earthquakes, groundwater, rivers, glaciers, and deserts. Lab fee: $2.

GEOL 1404. Historical Geology. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

History of the Earth from the formation of the solar system to the present. Topics include the Earth's development, evolution of life on Earth, changes in the Earth's geography throughout its history, and the tools geologists use to investigate these topics. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 1407. Introduction to Environmental Science. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Introduction to the study of the environment. The course will examine air, water, and soil pollution, and pollution remediation. Energy, mineral resources, and land use will be studied. The course will also emphasize a study of the water supply, water use, and water management. Much of the laboratory will focus on land use planning and environmental pollution remediation. Lab fee $15.

GEOL 1408. Natural Disasters. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Course focuses on the causes, effects, and mitigation of natural disasters around the world. Topics covered will include: plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, landslides, meteor impacts, climate change, and major weather events such as tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Emphasis will be on methods used by scientists to monitor and study these natural phenomena, as well as the economic and societal impact of and response to the events. Lab fee: $10.

GEOL 3305. Paleontology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

An introduction to the study of fossils. A survey of the systematics, evolution and paleoecology of microfossils, plants, invertebrate and vertebrate fossils. Prerequisite: GEOL 1403, 1404 Lab fee $10.

GEOL 3310. Geomorphology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Study of surface processes in geological environments with emphasis on environmental and engineering applications. Topics include weathering, soil formation and erosion, landslides, and landforms associated with rivers, groundwater, coasts, arid and semi-arid climates. Laboratory emphasizes aerial photo and topographic map interpretation. Prerequisites: GEOL 1403. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 3312. Structural Geology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours). [WI]

A study of the forces and processes resulting in the deformation of and structural features of units in the Earth's crust. Lab work includes solution of problems by descriptive geometry, geologic and topographic maps and cross-sections. Prerequisites: GEOL 1403, 1404; MATH 1316 or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 3314. Geochemistry. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A survey of the application of chemical principles to problems of geology. Topics include the origin and distribution of the elements and exploration of the behavior and distribution of various elements in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Basic concepts of thermodynamics, solution chemistry, and isotope geochemistry will be discussed. Credit for both GEOL 3314 and CHEM 3314 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: CHEM 1412. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 3315. Sedimentary Petrology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Introduction to the physical, chemical, and biologic properties of sedimentary rocks, as revealed by petrographic microscopy, geochemical techniques, and field study. Emphasis is placed on the mineralogy, chemistry, textures, and sedimentary structures that characterize sedimentary rocks, and the relation of these features to their depositional origin and subsequent diagenesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 1403 Lab fee: $2.

GEOL 3316. Well Log Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Petrophysics and modern well-logging methods. Theory and applications of measurements of physical properties of the formation near the well bore, types of well logging tools, interpretation and use of well log information in petroleum exploration and development Prerequisite: GEOL 3413. Lab fee: $2.

GEOL 3320. Hydrogeology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Aquifer characteristics, physical principles of groundwater flow, well analysis, geologic controls on local and regional groundwater movement, water chemistry, groundwater pollution, legal issues in groundwater. Prerequisites: GEOL 1403, CHEM 1412, MATH 1316, or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 3400. Crystallography and Mineralogy. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A study of the basic crystallographic forms, some of the common ore and rock forming minerals. An introduction to Optical Mineralogy. Prerequisite Course(s):GEOL 1403. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 3406. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

An introduction to the origin, characteristics, and associations of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Introduction to igneous phase diagrams and metamorphic phase equilibria. Prerequisite: CHEM 1411, 1412, GEOL 1403, MATH 1314 or higher. Course fee $50. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 3413. Stratigraphy and Sedimentology. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A study of the origin, transportation, and deposition of sediments and the formation of sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on the study of strata and depositional systems and the utilization of sedimentology and stratigraphy in economic geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology and petroleum geology. Prerequisites: GEOL 1403, 1404. Lab fee, $10.

GEOL 4086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course open to capable Geology and Earth Science students. Topics may vary according to student need. May be repeated for credit, subject to the approval of the department head. Prerequisite: Junior classification and approval of department head.

GEOL 4305. Field Geology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours). [WI]

An introduction to the identification and interpretation of rocks and geological structures in the field. Field and laboratory activities include rock identification and interpretation, surveying with plane table and alidade, measuring and describing geological sections and field mapping with brunton compass, air photos, and topographic maps. Prerequisite Course(s): GEOL 1403, 6 hrs upper level GEOL. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 4311. Economic Geology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

An introduction to the origin, classification, uses, and economics of metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits. Lab will introduce reflected light microscopy, alteration petrology and simulate a complete mineral deposit exploration program. Prerequisite: GEOL 3406 or concurrent enrollment. Lab fee $10.

GEOL 4312. Petroleum and Subsurface Geology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Origin and distribution of petroleum. Geochemistry and maturation of organic matter; microbiological and thermal degradation of hydrocarbons, conventional and unconventional petroleum systems; principles of primary and secondary migration; seals; hydrocarbon traps, diagenesis of carbonate and clastic reservoir rocks; use of subsurface geologic data to prepare maps and identify prospects. Prerequisite: GEOL 3312, 3413. Lab fee:$2.

GEOL 4317. Seismic Interpretation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Examination of seismic interpretation methods with emphasis on the petroleum industry. Topics include basic reflection theory, seismic acquisition and processing (prestack and poststack), incorporation of well data, picking and mapping horizons, structural interpretation, seismic stratigraphy, advanced seismic interpretation techniques, Direct Hydrocarbon Indicator (DHI), and depth conversion. Hands-on interpretation using standard industry software. Prerequisite: GEOL 3312, GEOL 3413. Lab fee: $2.

Physics Courses

PHYS 1302. Essential Elements of Physics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course introduces fundamental physics and astronomy concepts to students planning to become elementary and middle school teachers. Students are expected to design and conduct inquiry based experiments including the development of hypothesis, collection and analysis of data, and the use of appropriate laboratory equipment. Topics include motion, forces, energy, waves, light, electricity, magnetism, stellar and planetary evolution, and the atom. Enrollment in this course is restricted to Interdisciplinary Studies majors. Prerequisite: Math 1314. Lab fee $9.

PHYS 1401. College Physics I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

An introduction to mechanics, heat, and wave motion. This course is a trigonometry-based physics course. A student cannot get credit for PHYS 1401 if credit has been previously received for PHYS 2425. Prerequisite: MATH 1316 or 2412 or concurrent enrollment. Lab fee $8.

PHYS 1402. College Physics II. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

An introduction to electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics. This is a trigonometry-based physics course. Prerequisite: PHYS 1401. A student cannot get credit for PHYS 105 if credit has previously been received for PHYS 2426. Lab fee $8.

PHYS 1403. Stars and Galaxies. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A laboratory science course of study in topics of astronomy and astrophysics, including the sun and its source of energy, stellar formation and evolution, black holes, galaxies, cosmology, and the creation and evolution of the universe. Prerequisites: two semesters of high school algebra or MATH 0304. Lab fee $8.

PHYS 1410. Great Ideas of Physics. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Great Ideas of Physics is a laboratory science course designed to introduce the student to the concepts of physics in an elementary mathematical setting, and to discuss their significance to science, technology, and society. Topics will be drawn from both classical and contemporary physics. Prerequisite: Two semesters of high school algebra or MATH 0304. This course cannot be used for credit toward a degree in physics or mathematics. Lab fee $8.

PHYS 1411. Introductory Astronomy I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A laboratory science course of study in the topics of astronomy and astrophysics, including the history of astronomy, Kepler's laws, gravitation, formation of the solar system, asteroids, comets, meteors, a detailed survey of the planets and their evolution, and discussion on the possibility of extraterrestial life in the universe. Prerequisites: Two semesters of high school algebra or MATH 0304. Lab fee $8.

PHYS 2425. University Physics I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This is an introduction to mechanics, heat, and wave motion. This is a calculus-based physics course. Prerequisite: MATH 2413 or concurrent registration. Lab fee: $8.

PHYS 2426. University Physics II. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This is an introduction to electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 2425 and MATH 2414 or concurrent registration. Lab fee $8.

PHYS 3331. Mechanics I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Particle dynamics in one, two, and three dimensions; conservation laws; dynamics of a system of particles; motion of rigid bodies; central force problems. Prerequisites: PHYS 2426; MATH 3306 and MATH 3433 or concurrent registrations.

PHYS 3332. Electromagnetic Field Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Electrostatics; Laplace's equation; the theory of dielectrics; magnetostatic fields; electromagnetic induction; magnetic fields of currents; Maxwell's equations. Credit for both ELEN 3332 and PHYS 3332 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: PHYS 2426, MATH 3306 and MATH 3433, or concurrent registrations.

PHYS 3333. Thermodynamics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Concept of temperature, equations of state; the first and the second law of thermodynamics; entropy; change of phase; the thermodynamics functions. Prerequisites: PHYS 2426 (Prerequisite); MATH 3433 (Co-requisite).

PHYS 3334. Modern Physics I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Foundations of the atomic theory of matter; kinetic theory; elementary particles; radiations; atomic model; atomic structure; atomic spectra and energy levels; quantum theory of radiation; x-rays; special theory of relativity. Prerequisites: PHYS 2426 (Prerequisite); MATH 3433 or MATH 3306 (Corequisite).

PHYS 3350. Medical Physics I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course will provide an introduction to the physics of human physiological processes as well as the physics used in the design of medical diagnostic tools and techniques. Prerequisite: PHYS 2426 or consent of the instructor.

PHYS 4086. Special Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

This course is designed to develop the theoretical or experimental capabilities, or both, of individual senior physics majors. Prerequisites: Senior classification and approval of department head.

PHYS 4161. Physics Research Project. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 2 Hours). [WI]

Literature survey and preparation for, and initiation of, a research project agreed to between the student and a faculty advisor, to be completed and reported on in the Research Seminar course. Prerequisites: PHYS 3334.

PHYS 4162. Physics Research Seminar. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An experimental or theoretical project will be continued by the student and the results reported in a seminar. Students who have not yet taken the ETS Physics field test are required to do so while enrolled in Seminar. Prerequisites: PHYS 4161.

PHYS 4288. Undergraduate Research Project. 1-2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

(Credit variable) Methods of research in physics or in physics education through a research project directed by a departmental faculty member. The student is required to prepare a final report and presentation. No credit is earned until the student has enrolled in at least 2 credit hours and the final report and presentation are certified as completed by the faculty member directing the project, at which time the student will receive 2 credit hours. Prerequisite: Physics major, junior standing and 14 semester hours of physics.

PHYS 4303. Astronomy and Astrophysics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A laboratory science course of study in the topics of astronomy and astrophysics, including Planetary Astronomy, Stellar Astrophysics, Galactic Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrobiology. Prerequisites: MATH 2413, PHYS 2425. Lab fee $8.

PHYS 4330. Mathematical Methods for Physicists and Engineers. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Mathematical techniques from the following areas: infinite series; integral transforming; applications of complex variables; vectors, matrices, and tensors; special functions; partial differential equations; Green's functions; perturbation theory; integral equations; calculus of variations; and groups and group representatives. Credit for both ENPH 4330 and PHYS 4330 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: MATH 3306, 3433.

PHYS 4332. Optics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Huygen's principle applied to geometric optics; interference; diffraction; polarization; crystal optics; electromagnetic theory of light; interaction of light with matter. Prerequisites: PHYS 2442 and MATH 3306.

PHYS 4334. Modern Physics II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The constitution of the atomic nucleus; natural radioactivity; artificially induced nuclear transmutations; alpha, beta, and gamma decay; nuclear reactions; nuclear structure and nuclear forces; nuclear fission; neutron physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 3334 and MATH 3306 or concurrent registration.

PHYS 4335. Quantum Physics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The Schroedinger equation; one dimensional systems; the Heisenberg uncertainty principle; magnetic moments and angular momentum; two and three dimensional systems; approximation methods; scattering theory. Prerequisite: PHYS 3334 (Prerequisite); MATH 3306 or MATH 3433 (Co-requisite).

PHYS 4336. Solid State Physics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The basic ideas of physics are applied to the understanding of the properties of crystalline materials to include the definition of such materials, electrical and thermal conductivity, heat capacity, crystalline binding, the nature of metals, insulators, and semiconductors, dielectric properties, and magnetic properties. Credit for both ELEN 4336 and PHYS 4336 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: PHYS 3334; MATH 3306 or concurrent registration.

PHYS 4337. Nuclear Physics and Techniques. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The study of nuclear phenomena and properties including mass, stability, magnetic moment, radioactive decay processes and angular momentum. The use of nuclear techniques to analyze problems in other fields of engineering with a special emphasis on the characterization of electronic materials. Prerequisite Course: PHYS 3334.

PHYS 4340. Advanced Physics Laboratory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours). [WI]

A laboratory course focusing on advanced techniques and experiments drawn from the full range of physics classes. The student will understand the role of experimental design, advanced data analysis and reduction, error analysis, and the use of computers while investigating physical phenomena. Prerequisites: Corequisite: PHYS 3334. Lab fee: $30.

PHYS 4350. Medical Physics II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The course covers the physics of ionizing radiation and its application in areas of medical physics, radiation safety, and manufacturing.Prerequisite: PHYS 3334 or consent of instructor. Lab fee $8.

PHYS 440. Advanced Physics Laboratory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

A laboratory course focusing on advanced techniques and experiments drawn from the full range of physics classes. The student will understand the role of experimental design, advanced data analysis and reduction, error analysis, and the use of computers while investigating physical phenomena. Co-requisite: PHYS 334.

Dr. Arthur Low, Department Head
Department of Chemistry, Geosciences & Physics
Science Building, Room 117
Box T-0540
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9143
low@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cges

Professors

  • Field
  • Low
  • Marble
  • McCoy
  • Schultz
  • Thompson

Associate professors

  • Bell
  • Goderya
  • Hibbs
  • Whaley

Assistant professors

  • Morgan
  • Ronck
  • Srinivasan

Instructors

  • Burnett
  • Gamble
  • Martinez-Ortega
  • Pandey
  • Sundarrajan