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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences (Division 377)

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Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

G.S. 100-115 are short (half-term) courses. They consist of detailed examinations of restricted geologic topics. The department lists the specific courses from this series in the Time Schedule for the terms they are offered (fall and winter terms only). Each course, when offered, meets twice weekly for half of the term (first half or second half), and the specific dates for each course are printed in the Time Schedule. These courses are designed primarily for students with no prior geologic training and they are open to all interested persons. G.S. 100-115 are offered on the graded pattern (optional pass/fail).


Geol. Sci. 100. Coral Reefs.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 Geo. 100 will be Offered Sept. 7 to Oct. 24. Final Exam on Oct. 24 Or Arranged. (Drop/Add deadline=September 26).

Instructor(s): Vicki McKenna (vmckenna@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 156 (or 260). (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~vmckenna/geo100.html

Coral Reefs will be an in-depth tour of the biological and physical processes active in modern reef systems to provide a detailed understanding of the ecology of the individual organisms and the complex nature of their interactions within the reef community. Evolution of the reef community will be examined, ranging from the crude framework structures formed over one billion years ago by primitive algae to the luxuriant and diversified reefs of the modern-day oceans, to define the evolutionary strategies of reef building organisms.

By tracking these evolutionary strategies through geologic time, the implications of man's intervention with the Earth's hydrosphere and atmosphere on the character of future reef communities will be considered.

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Geol. Sci. 103. Dinosaurs and Other Failures.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 Geo. 103 will be Offered Oct. 26 to Dec. 12. Final Exam on Dec. 12 Or Arranged. (Drop/Add deadline=November 8).

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Wilson

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 149 (or 273). (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will provide an introduction to our current understanding of dinosaurs and certain other reptilian groups of the Mesozoic Era. It is intended for students with an interest in geology, paleontology, or evolution, but does not require prior training in these fields. The course will deal with broad features of the evolutionary history of dinosaurs, methods of reconstructing dinosaur behavior and ecology, new developments in our interpretation of the biology of dinosaurs, and possible causes for the extinction of dinosaurs. There will be two lectures each week and a single exam at the end of the course.

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Geol. Sci. 105. Continents Adrift.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 Geo. 105 will be Offered Sept. 7 to Oct. 24. Final Exam on Oct. 24 Or Arranged. (Drop/Add deadline=September 26).

Instructor(s): Rob Van der Voo (voo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 205 or 146 (or 270). (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This one-credit course will explore the mobility of the continents and oceans in geological times. Conceptual and factual material will be combined with the principles of plate tectonics and the processes that drive the plates. No special background is recommended, and evaluation will be based on a final exam (with a practice take-home exam mid-way). The goals of this minicourse are to familiarize students with one of the more exciting recent developments in earth sciences, a unifying concept that explains ocean evolution, mountain building, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

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Geol. Sci. 107. Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 Geo. 107 will be Offered Oct. 26 to Dec. 12. Final Exam on Dec. 12 Or Arranged. (Drop/Add deadline=November 8).

Instructor(s): Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni (crlb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 205, 146, or 147 (or 270 or 271). (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/~crlb/COURSES/107/gs107.html

The course is a study of the earth in action and includes the following topics: geography of earthquakes and volcanoes; catastrophic events in historic times; size and frequency of occurrence of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; the products of volcanism; volcanic rocks; volcanic activity through geologic time; volcanic exhalations and the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans; relationship of earthquakes and volcanoes to plate tectonics and the internal dynamics of the Earth; volcanism and geothermal energy; manmade earthquakes; and earthquake prediction and control. Instruction by lecture, evaluation on basis of quizzes and final exam.

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Geol. Sci. 110. The History of the Oceans.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 Geo. 110 will be Offered Sept. 7 to Oct 24. Final Exam on Oct. 24 Or Arranged. (Drop/Add deadline=September 26).

Instructor(s): Robert Owen (rowen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 222. (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The history of past oceanic inhabitants, events, and environments is recorded in the sediments which have accumulated on the ocean bottom throughout geologic time. Fossils of marine plants and animals are a major part of the historical record; they give evidence of past oceanic living conditions and the evolution of life forms in the sea. Sediment particles eroded from land and carried to the oceans by rivers and winds provide insights into past climates on continents. Changes in ocean currents and in seawater chemistry have left their mark on the sediment record; the possible causes of these changes are explored. Plate tectonics and seafloor spreading have rearranged the shapes of ocean basins and repositioned continents over time. These processes are reflected in the record in marine sediments still present on the ocean floor and also in those now uplifted to form part of the continents. A single exam at the end of the course will determine the course grade.

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Geol. Sci. 111. Climate and Mankind.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 Geol. 111 will be Offered Sept. 7 to Oct. 24. Final Exam on Oct. 24 Or Arranged. (Drop/Add deadline=September 26).

Instructor(s): David Rea (davidrea@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 201 or 151 (or 275). (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The intent of GS 111 is to give a heightened awareness to students of the nature and fragility of the Earth's climate, and how changes in climate have affected past civilizations and may affect our future. Course topics will include: a description of the climate systems of the Earth; the atmosphere, oceans, and polar ice caps; the information we gather to understand the history of those systems; how changes in climate have affected past civilizations, and what we think will happen to the planet when the long expected "Greenhouse Effect-Global Warming" finally arrives.

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Geol. Sci. 115. Geologic Time.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 Geol. 115 will be Offered Oct. 26 to Dec. 12. Final Exam on Dec. 12 Or Arranged. (Drop/Add deadline=November 8).

Instructor(s): Lars Stixrude (stixrude@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 135 or 145 (or 269). (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the age of the earth, the concept and discovery of deep time and its measurement, and implications for the development of our environment. The history of the earth is described from its origin in the circumsolar disk to the formation of the moon, the atmosphere and oceans, the formation of continents, and the origin of life. Final exam.

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Geol. Sci. 117. Introduction to Geology.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kyger Lohmann (kacey@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 116, 119, or 120. Those with credit for GS 205 may only elect GS 117 for 4 credits. (5). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Introduction to Geology is a single term course structured to provide students from all backgrounds with an understanding of the history of Earth and of the natural processes which have given rise to its landscapes, oceans, and continents. This includes examination of: the physical processes which give rise to plate tectonics and the formation of earthquakes, volcanoes, the uplift of major mountain ranges; and of the chemical and biological phenomena which modify the character of the atmosphere-hydrosphere-biosphere at the Earth's surface. This course includes a laboratory to provide hands-on experience in identifying common rocks and minerals and in understanding geological and topographical maps. Course includes lectures and weekly laboratory and discussion sections. Topics covered in class lecture are reviewed weekly in a one hour discussion section.

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Geol. Sci. 118. Introductory Geology Laboratory.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior or concurrent enrollment in GS 119, or 205 and 206, or 135. Credit is not granted for GS 118 to those with credit for an introductory course in geology (GS 116, 117, or 218). (1). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://geo.lsa.umich.edu/~crlb/COURSES/117/gs117.html

The laboratory provides hands-on experience with minerals, rocks, and maps. Participants will learn to identify common minerals and rocks, use topographic and geologic maps, and draw and interpret geologic cross sections. Examples will be drawn from areas of recent glaciation, volcanism, and earthquakes to show how these features are depicted in maps.

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Geol. Sci. 119. Introductory Geology Lectures.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kyger Lohmann (kacey@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 116, 117, 120. No credit granted to those who have completed both 205 and 206. Those with credit for GS 205 may only elect GS 119 for 3 credits. (4). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course shares lectures and a weekly discussion section with GS 117, but does not provide a laboratory experience. Students requiring a ONE-TERM introductory science course with laboratory should elect GS 117.

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Geol. Sci. 125. Evolution and Extinction.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Tomasz Baumiller (tomaszb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Those with credit for GS 106 may only elect GS 125 for 2 credits. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be included in a concentration plan in geological sciences.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course examines the concepts of evolution and extinction, stressing the role that the fossil record has played in their development. The broad patterns in history of life are presented starting with earliest evidence of life on earth. Basic geological principles necessary for reconstructing earth history are introduced. Readings are drawn from a variety of sources, including primary scientific literature. Requirements: attendance in lectures, discussion sections; readings; several short writing assignments; exams.

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Geol. Sci. 130/Phys. 119/Chem. 108. The Physical World.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Peter Van Keken (keken@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High-school algebra. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/~keken/130.html

The physics, chemistry, and pre-calculus (algebraic) concepts of comprehensive Earth and planetary science will be covered for those students who feel less than fully prepared for existing college-level science classes. The course is aimed at students in need of a science course, particularly those who will not readily select more than one physical science course as undergraduates at UM. Weekly discussions by a GSI will complement the lectures and amplify on them. Extensive weekly homework (quantitative exercises) will form 40% of the grade, with the remaining 60% based on two in-class exams and one final exam. Textbook: K.B. Krauskopf and A. Beiser, The Physical Universe, McGraw Hill, 8th ed. 1997 or 9th edition if available at beginning of the academic term.

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Geol. Sci. 140. Science and the Media.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni (crlb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school science highly recommended. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (NS).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/~crlb/COURSES/140/gs140.html

There has never been a greater chasm between the importance of science to society and society's understanding of it. Reporting on scientific discoveries and technological advances are often biased, inaccurate, or wrong. We will examine the relationship between science and the media and try to answer the following questions: Is scientific reporting fair, accurate, and informed? Is it sensationalist? Can the public evaluate the scientific information presented to them? How do scientists communicate their work? We will use case histories, primarily from the earth and environmental sciences to address these questions. We will cover the basic concepts and facts behind each case, and discuss its presentation to the public. We will use a variety of resources ranging from newspaper and TV reports to the Internet. Members of the university and local media will participate. No prerequisites. High school science highly recommended. Evaluation will be based on midterm and final projects.

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Geol. Sci. 146(270). Plate Tectonics.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Josep Pares (jmpares@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students (including first-year students with sophomore standing) may pre-register for this course. All others need permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed three of GS 105, 107, and 205. Those with credit for one of GS 105 and 107 may only elect GS 146 for two credits. Those with credit for GS 205, or both GS 105 and 107, may only elect GS 146 for one credit. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jmpares/gs146.html

The theory of Plate Tectonics states that the Earth's outermost layer is fragmented into a dozen or more large and small plates that are moving relative to one another as they ride atop hotter, more mobile material. The theory developed from the hypothesis that continents on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean had drifted apart ('Continental drifting'). Fossil Earth's magnetic field in rocks, volcanoes, and earthquakes provide the evidence. Development of the theory allows better understanding of mountain building, distribution of fossil remains, the origin of features on the ocean floor, and much more. The course involves three hours of weekly meeting time and selected reading material. No background in Earth Science is necessary. Evaluation is based on class participation, three exams, a series of student presentations on selected topics and written essays on the same subject.

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Geol. Sci. 147(271). Natural Hazards.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rebecca Lange (becky@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students (including first-year students with sophomore standing) may pre-register for this course. All others need permission of instructor. Those with credit for GS 107 or 205 may only elect GS 147 for 2 credits. Those who have credit for both GS 107 and 205 may only elect 147 for 1 credit. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar will explore various kinds of natural hazards, with emphasis on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, meteorite impacts throughout earth history, floods, and climate change. There will be a mandatory field trip Fri.-Mon., Sept. 22-25.

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Geol. Sci. 148(272). Seminar: Environmental Geology.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 People and Their Physical Environment: Applied Geology

Instructor(s): Clara Castro (mccastro@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school math and science. Only first-year students (including first-year students with sophomore standing) may pre-register for this course. All others need permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 284. Those with credit for GS 109 may only elect GS 148 for 2 credits. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar will focus on a wide spectrum of possible interactions between people and their physical environment. Fundamental principles important to the study of environmental geology will be presented followed by readings of case histories and discussions of selected environmental problems, in particular those of anthropogenic origin. Examples of topics discussed include issues related to global warming, energy (fossil fuels, nuclear energy), water resources (impacts of excessive groundwater withdrawal, allocation of surface water rights), radioactive waste disposal, and geological aspects of environmental health.

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Geol. Sci. 151(275). The Ice Ages: Past and Present.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Theodore Moore (tedmoore@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students (including first-year students with sophomore standing) may pre-register for this course. All others need permission of instructor. Those with credit for GS 104 may only elect GS 151 for 2 credits. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores the character and causes of ice ages throughout the history of the Earth. Ice ages represent one extreme of the Earth's climate system. In class we discuss the basic controls on climate change and how climate change impacts other aspects of the environment.

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Geol. Sci. 157. History of Earth Science.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Vicki McKenna (vmckenna@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~vmckenna/history-home.html

How old is the earth? Has the surface changed over time? What was life like in the past? The answers were found in the great debates of the 18th-20th centuries. The course will explore the development of our understanding of the earth, from the classical scholars to the plate tectonic revolution. Students will learn central geological concepts and develop a sense for the nature of science and the scientific method within the historical context.

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Geol. Sci. 171/AOSS 171/UC 110/Biol. 110/NR&E 110. Introduction to Global Change I.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ben van der Pluijm (vdpluijm@umich.edu), and five others

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/index.html

See University Courses 110.001.

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Geol. Sci. 201/Geography 201. Introductory Geography: Water, Climate, and Mankind.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lars Stixrude (stixrude@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 144 (or 268). Those with credit for GS 111 may only elect GS 201 for 3 credits. (4). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/~stixrude/GS201/

This basic introduction to physical geography emphasizes the nature and dynamics of the earth system including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and solid earth, and their interactions. Topics include seasons, heat balance, global warming, ozone destruction, and circulation, moisture, precipitation, clouds, groundwater, ocean circulation, waves and tides, plate tectonics, landform evolution, and soil development, the biosphere, climate evolution, and global change. Students in this lecture-lab course are evaluated by hourly and final examinations, with satisfactory completion of the lab work a prerequisite to the final course evaluation.

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Geol. Sci. 204/AOSS 204/Astronomy 204. The Planets: Their Geology and Climates.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Henry Pollack (hpollack@umich.edu), Atreya

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school mathematics through plane geometry and trigonometry. Those with credit for GS 113 may only elect GS 204 for 2 credits. (3). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will present perspectives on the evolution of the solar system in both an historical context and in light of the extraordinary scientific advances resulting from recent space exploration. The principal focus will be on the structure, composition, and evolutionary history of the interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres of the planets and their satellites. Special emphasis will be given to comparative aspects of geology, meteorology, and climatology as developed on the various bodies of the solar system. Concepts of space exploration techniques will also be presented. The course is intended for non-science concentrators and other students with typical high school science and math backgrounds. Textbook: The Planetary System, Morrison and Owen, 2nd ed., 1996.

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Geol. Sci. 205. How the Earth Works: the Dynamic Planet.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Samuel Mukasa (mukasa@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 117, 119, or 146 (or 270). No credit granted to those who have completed both GS 105 and 107. Those with credit for one of GS 105 and 107 may only elect GS 205 for 1 credit. (2). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The dynamic Earth has given us oceans, continents, and an atmosphere. Its continuing activity is manifested today by the destructive powers of such natural phenomena as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mountain building. The unifying concept of plate tectonics contains the clue to the shape and changes in the physical environment of the Earth from its initial formation to today. Our goal is to present a fully integrated approach to the evolving Earth's unique features in our solar system and explain its physical and chemical principles using conceptual and factual material. Extensive use is made of videos, slides, and classroom demonstrations. Two lectures/week; evaluation based on midterm and final exam. No special background required. Course reading: Earth Science Today by Brendan Murphy and Damian Nance. This course can be taken singly or concurrently with its companion course (GS 206); together they constitute a balanced introduction to modern earth sciences.

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Geol. Sci. 206. How the Earth Works: the Water Cycle and Environment.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Philip Meyers (pameyers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Those with credit for GS 109 may only elect GS 206 for 1 credit. (2). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course describes behavior of earth materials in the surficial environment. Water is the main transport agent in the geological cycle; its unique properties and exchange rates among oceans, lakes, rivers, and groundwater are one focus. Interaction between water reservoirs and physical and chemical weathering of soils, sediments, and rocks also are discussed. Impact of humans on the surficial environment is a unifying theme because we can affect hydrologic and geochemical cycles. No special background required. Two lectures per week. Evaluation based on exams and participation. This course, and its companion course (GS 205), may be taken singly or concurrently and together constitute a balanced introduction to modern earth science.

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Geol. Sci. 222. Introductory Oceanography.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Philip Meyers (pameyers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AOSS 203. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Half QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces students to the scientific study of the oceans. Contents include the shape, structure, and origin of the ocean basins; the sedimentary record of oceanic life and conditions in the past; the composition of seawater and its influence on life and climate; waves and currents; the life of the oceans and how it depends upon the marine environment; the resources of the ocean and their wise use by society. The course format consists of lectures and readings from an assigned textbook. The course grade will be based on three one-hour exams and a two-hour final exam.

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Geol. Sci. 223. Introductory Oceanography, Laboratory.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent enrollment in GS 222. (1). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Half QR

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~vmckenna/oceanography.html

This course is an optional laboratory intended to provide students with opportunities to explore further various oceanography topics presented in the GS 222 lectures. Laboratory sessions will include sampling procedures, use of equipment, discussions, and demonstrations of how data are generated. The course grade will be based on written laboratory exercises and a final exam.

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Geol. Sci. 231. Elements of Mineralogy.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Donald Peacor

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Chem. 125/130 or 210/211. Those with credit for GS 232 may elect GS 231 for only 2 credits. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the nature, properties, structures, and modes of occurrence of minerals. The first three-fourths of the course (three lectures per week) considers the general features of minerals and includes topics such as introductory crystallography, crystal chemistry, and introductory phase equilibria. During the last portion of the course, the principal rock-forming minerals such as feldspars, pyroxenes, and olivines are individually reviewed with respect to properties, structures, genesis, and other characteristics. The laboratory (one three-hour laboratory each week) is divided into three sections: (1) three weeks of morphological crystallography; (2) six weeks of systematic mineralogy during which students become familiar with the properties and associations of approximately seventy-five significant minerals; and (3) four weeks of introduction to the use of the polarizing microscope as applied to both crushed mineral fragments and rock thin sections. There is one required field trip. Introductory optical mineralogy is covered in five of the recitation classes. Geology 231 is a prerequisite to the Geological Sciences concentration program in the Department of Geological Sciences.

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Geol. Sci. 280/Environ. Stud. 280. Mineral Resources, Economics, and the Environment.

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Sections 001 through 007 meet the Upper-Level Writing requirement.

Instructor(s): Stephen Kesler (skesler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Upper-Level Writing Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~skesler/gs280.htm

Geology 280 deals with mineral resource-related problems in a complex society. The course discusses the origin, distribution, and remaining supplies of oil, coal, uranium, iron, copper, gold, diamonds, potash, sulfur, gravel, water, and other important mineral resources in terms of the economic, engineering, political, and environmental factors that govern their recovery, processing, and use. Among topics considered are the origin of oil, mineral exploration methods, strip mining, recycling, smelting methods, transport of oil, money and gold, nuclear waste disposal, and taxation vs. corporate profits. Three lectures and one discussion per week. Evaluation by means of quizzes, exercises, and a final exam. Required text: Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment (S.E. Kesler). A course pack is also required. No previous background in geology is necessary for this course.

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Geol. Sci. 305. Sedimentary Geology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s): Bruce Wilkinson (eustasy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory geological sciences laboratory course. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Sedimentary Geology is one of several geology core courses required of all concentrators. The course format consists of two lectures, one evening discussion session, and one scheduled two-hour laboratory each week. In addition, three one-day field trips, scheduled from September to November, are required. The lectures will examine the principles and processes of sedimentation, and survey modern surficial environments, aspects of sediment diagenesis, and the tectono-sedimentological evolution of the Phanerozoic North American continent. The laboratory will provide an in-depth familiarization with terrigenous clastic and non-clastic rocks, in hand sample and thin section, and focus on identification of constituent grains, their fabric and classification. Evaluation is based on two lecture examinations, laboratory quizzes and assignments, and field trip projects.

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Geol. Sci. 417. Geology of the Great Lakes.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Rea (davidrea@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One college level science course. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Fresh water is becoming one of mankind's most precious resources. This course investigates the modern physical and chemical nature, and the environmental geology and paleoclimatic history of large lakes, with emphasis on the Laurentian Great Lakes of North America. Topics include introductions to physical limnology (seasonal cycles, circulation, waves), processes of sedimentation in large lakes (including the deposition of clastic, biogenic, chemical, and anthropogenic materials), and methods and results of age-dating and isotopic investigations. Records of both natural and human-caused changes found in lake sediments will be discussed and interpreted by the class. Instruction is by lecture/seminar format. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a class presentation and by a midterm and final exam. Prerequisites are an introductory class in geology, biology or oceanography.

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Geol. Sci. 420. Introductory Earth Physics.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Larry Ruff (ruff@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Math. 116. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An introduction to the physics of the solid earth. Topics included are: seismology and structure of the earth's interior; geodynamics; gravity and the figure of the earth; isostasy; geomagnetism and paleomagnetism and its implications for plate tectonics; geothermics and the thermal history of the earth. Instruction by lecture; student evaluation on the basis of weekly problem sets and a final problem set.

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Geol. Sci. 422. Principles of Geochemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Youxue Zhang (youxue@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: GS 231, 305, 310 and Chem. 125/130. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/geosci/422/001.nsf

The course is designed to provide a quantitative introduction to geochemical aspects applied to earth sciences. Topics which will be covered include: abundance of the elements, isotope geochemistry, thermodynamic and kinetic controls of the distribution of the elements; water chemistry; crystal chemistry; geochemistry of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; and geochemical cycles and models. Instruction will consist of lectures and discussion sessions for the homework problems and reviewing of necessary mathematics/physics/chemistry background. The course is primarily intended for seniors concentrating in the geological sciences, but is also open to geology graduate students with advisor approval, and undergraduate or graduate students concentrating in chemistry and related fields. Evaluation will be based on homework problems, a midterm examination, a short term paper, and a final comprehensive examination.

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Geol. Sci. 433. Field Studies in Economic Geology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stephen Kesler (skesler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (BS). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Field Studies in Economic Geology.

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Geol. Sci. 435. Field Studies in Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Eric Essene (essene@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (BS). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Field Studies in Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry.

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Geol. Sci. 437. Evolution of Vertebrates.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Wilson

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in general biology or historical geology. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

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Geol. Sci. 442. Earth Surface Processes and Soils.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Carola Stearns (cstearns@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing; an introductory course in physical geology is recommended but not required. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Study of processes resulting in landforms on the Earth's solid surface and the formation of soils on these landforms. Emphasis includes present-day processes as well as the evolution of landforms over geologic time. GS 442 is intended for a wide, but professional audience: geologists, archaeologists, ecologists, resource managers, civil engineers, at a level appropriate for seniors and first-year graduate students. A previous course in geology is not required, but would be helpful. Lectures, map exercises, and several required field trips to examine landforms and processes in southern Michigan. Grading: a midterm and final exam, and exercises.

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Geol. Sci. 455. Determinative Methods in Mineralogical and Inorganic Materials.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Donald Peacor , Eric Essene (essene@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One term of elementary chemistry and physics. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Determinative methods is a course in techniques of analysis of inorganic materials with lectures aimed at providing theoretical background for understanding of the techniques as practiced in laboratory exercises. The major emphasis is placed on X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe analysis, atomic absorption. and ICP-MS. Although silicate and mineralogical analysis is emphasized, no background in geology is required. Entrance to the course is by permission of the instructors. The grade is determined by laboratory grades, two midterms, and a final.

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Geol. Sci. 465/AOSS 467/Chem. 467. Biogeochemical Cycles.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mary Anne Carroll (mcarroll@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Math. 116, Chem. 210, and Phys. 240. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Chemistry 467.001.

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Geol. Sci. 478. Geochemistry of Natural Waters.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lynn Walter (lmwalter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: College chemistry. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Principles of low temperature geochemistry applied to the origin and evolution of natural waters. Involves integrated lecture, field sampling, laboratory experimentation, and problem solving to relate chemical equilibrium and kinetic concepts to actual observations of natural and model systems.

Will focus on solution-mineral-gas equilibria and mass transfer, with special emphasis on the interplay between the organic and inorganic carbon systems. Because microbial and biochemical processing are integral to surficial geochemical processes, these will be considered in depth. Near surface (soil solutions, streams, lakes, estuaries and oceans) and subsurface (groundwaters, basinal brines, deep ocean waters) environments will be addressed. Methodology of water collection, field and lab chemical analyses, and computational software application to mineral and solution equilibria will be featured.

Three hours of lecture and a three hour practicum each week. Evaluation based on an observer notebook, problem solving and a research project in the student's area of interest.

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Geol. Sci. 489. Geological Sciences Honors.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Readings, discussions, and special work in geological sciences for undergraduate Honors students. May be taken as a one-term or two-term sequence with Geol. Sci. 490.

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Geol. Sci. 490. Geological Sciences Honors.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Readings, discussions, and special work in geological sciences for undergraduate Honors students. May be taken as a one-term or two-term sequence with Geol. Sci. 489.

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Geol. Sci. 498. Research or Special Work.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Research or special work in geological sciences for undergraduate or graduate students. May be taken as a one-term or two-term sequence with Geol. Sci. 499.

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Geol. Sci. 499. Research or Special Work.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Research or special work in geological sciences for undergraduate or graduate students. May be taken as a one-term or two-term sequence with Geol. Sci. 498.

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