Graduate Studies

Department of Geology

Some academic departments and colleges do not provide a major at the graduate level. However, these departments or colleges do offer courses for graduate credit. Permission to use these courses in a degree program must be obtained from the appropriate Departmental Graduate Committee.

Chairperson:  P. L. Calengas
Office:  Tillman Hall 115
Telephone: (309) 298-1151

Graduate Faculty

  • P.L. Calengas, Ph.D., Indiana University

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Kyle Mayborn, Ph.D., University of California-Davis
  • Leslie Melim, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University

Associate Professor

  • Steven Bennett, Ph.D., Indiana University

Assistant Professor

  • Thomas Hegna, Ph.D., Yale University

Course Descriptions

Geology (GEOL)

420G Geomorphology. (3) Advanced study of the landscape involving processes, geologic structure, and time. Map and air photo interpretation. Laboratory and field trips. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: GEOL 110 or GEOG 121.

450G Geology of National Parks and Monuments. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Basic geologic processes and principles are used to explain the geological history and features of selected national parks and monuments. Lecture course supplemented with slides, maps, and specimens from areas to be studies.