EARTH 417 - Geology of the Great Lakes
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
An introductory course in Geology (EARTH 116, 119, 120 or 205/206/118), BIOLOGY 171 or 172, or Oceanography (EARTH 222/223), OR permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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EARTH 417 is an upper-level geology class that focuses on the geologic history of the Great Lakes of North America. The class covers the geologic events involved in the formation of the Great Lakes over the past four billion years, including the formation of the Michigan Basin and the development of the current Ice Age. Topics such as lake circulation, the physical environment of sedimentation, and environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes are also examined.

Course Requirements:

Exams will be on Canvas. There will be two midterms (1hr long on set days following the syllabus), homework sets throughout the semester, and a class project. The class project will involve a short presentation.

Optional extra-credit book report.

Intended Audience:

Majors in Earth and Environmental Sciences and upper level undergraduates. Students are expected to already know basic geology concepts such as rock types and formation and sedimentary environments.

Class Format:

Depending on COVID conditions, the course will either be entirely online and asynchronous, or entirely in-person and synchronous.


EARTH 417 - Geology of the Great Lakes
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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