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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


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).


GEOSCI 103. Dinosaurs and Other Failures.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002 OFFERED OCT 24 - DEC 10. FINAL EXAM WILL BE DEC 10 OR ARRANGED. (Drop/Add deadline=November 6).

Instructor(s): Jeffrey A. Wilson (wilsonja@umich.edu)

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

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 104. Ice Ages, Past and Future.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 GEOSCI 104-001 WILL BE OFFERED SEPT 3 TO OCT 22. FINAL EXAM ON OCT 22 OR ARRANGED. (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

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

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

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the effects of past glaciations on the landscape and on life, and on man in particular. Speculation on the causes of the ice ages that have dominated the earth for the past million years and predictions of future ice ages, based on current geological research, are examined. The course includes a half-day field trip in the area around Ann Arbor.

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GEOSCI 105. Continents Adrift.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002 GEOSCI 105.002 WILL BE OFFERED OCT 24 TO DEC10. FINAL EXAM WILL BE DEC 10 OR ARRANGED. (Drop/Add deadline=November 6).

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 205 or 146. (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 through the course). 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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GEOSCI 107. Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 GEOSCI 107.001 WILL BE OFFERED SEPT 3 TO OCT 22. FINAL EXAM ON OCT 22 OR ARRANGED. (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

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

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

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 final exam. No textbooks required.

RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOKS: Earthquakes by Bolt, (1999) and Volcanoes by Decker (1998).

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GEOSCI 110. The History of the Oceans.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 GEOSCI 110.001 WILL BE OFFERED SEPT 4 TO OCT 23. FINAL EXAM ON OCT 23 OR ARRANGED. (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 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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GEOSCI 114. The Elements.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 GEOSCI 114.001 WILL BE OFFERED SEPT 3 TO OCT 22. FINAL EXAM WILL BE ON OCT 22 OR ARRANGED. (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: High School math, physics, and chemistry. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 142. (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~youxue/GS114.html

This lecture course introduces the origin, abundance, and distribution of the elements in the solar system. It is intended for students with an interest in science. The topics include: a review of the periodic table of the elements; stellar evolution and synthesis of the elements; nuclear properties and their relation to the abundance of the elements and their isotopes; and chemical properties and their relation to the distribution of the elements in planets and in different reservoirs of a planet. Great pictures of the planets; formation and evolution of planetary atmospheres. Evaluation will be made on the basis of a final exam.

REQUIRED TEXT: The Elements, by Cox.

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GEOSCI 115. Geologic Time.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002 GEOSCI 115.002 WILL BE OFFERED OCT 24 TO DEC 10. FINAL EXAM WILL BE ON DEC 10 OR ARRANGED. (Drop/Add deadline=November 6).

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 135 or 145. (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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GEOSCI 117. Introduction to Geology.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kyger C Lohmann (kacey@umich.edu), Henry N Pollack (hpollack@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/geosci/117/001.nsf

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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GEOSCI 118. Introductory Geology Laboratory.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Instructor(s): Casey L Donohue

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

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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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GEOSCI 119. Introductory Geology Lectures.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kyger C Lohmann (kacey@umich.edu), Henry N Pollack (hpollack@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/geosci/117/001.nsf

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

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GEOSCI 145. Evolution of the Earth.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Samuel B Mukasa (mukasa@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 or are enrolled in GEOSCI 135. Those with credit for GEOSCI 115 may only elect GEOSCI 145 for 2 credits. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar course is intended for first-year students with no previous knowledge of, or experience in, the earth sciences. The material will introduce students to the history of the Earth from its formation in the solar nebula, through the development of the continents, oceans, atmosphere, and life to its present state as an active planet. The course will explain how various features of the earth "work," including continental drift, volcanoes, and the formation of most rocks; how theories are developed in geology; and how the magnitude of time has been determined. The course will be divided into two halves. In the first half, the basic concepts will be explained. In the second half, students will each make a presentation covering a relevant subject which will be followed by discussion. Assessment will be by two one-hour examinations and an oral presentation that will form the basis for a term paper. Regular assigned readings from the course text book are essential.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Earth: Then and Now by Montgomery, (1997).

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GEOSCI 146. Plate Tectonics.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Susan L Bilek

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 GEOSCI 105, 107, and 205. Those with credit for one of GEOSCI 105 and 107 may only elect GEOSCI 146 for two credits. Those with credit for GEOSCI 205, or both GEOSCI 105 and 107, may only elect GEOSCI 146 for one credit. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-year seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/geosci/146/001.nsf

Plate tectonics theory developed from the hypothesis that continents on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean had drifted apart ("continental drifting"). Earth's magnetic field in rocks, volcanoes, and earthquakes provide the evidence. Development of the theory allows us to better understand mountain building, distribution of fossil remains, the origin of features on the ocean floor, and much more.

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GEOSCI 150. Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Kowalski

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. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-year seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/geosci/150/001.nsf

One of the more dramatic developments in the Earth sciences is the suggestion that the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by a meteorite impact. Evidence for and against this controversial idea is just one of the subjects addressed by this course, dealing broadly with the history of our planet and the evolution of life upon it. In addition, we will discuss issues relating to catastrophic vs. gradual theories about the Earth's history, fossils and the history of life, mass extinctions, and the evolution vs. creation debate.

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GEOSCI 150. Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey A Wilson (wilsonja@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. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-year seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 171 / UC 110 / BIOLOGY 110 / NRE 110 / AOSS 171. Introduction to Global Change I.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ben A Van Der Pluijm (vdpluijm@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange1

See University Courses 110.001.

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GEOSCI 201 / GEOG 201. Introductory Geography: Earth Systems Science.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jamie Gleason (jdgleaso@umich.edu), Brian Kennedy (bpkenned@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/geosci/201/001.nsf

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, 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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GEOSCI 204 / AOSS 204 / ASTRO 204. The Planets: Their Geology and Climates.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William R. Kuhn (wkuhn@umich.edu), Sushil K Atreya (atreya@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school mathematics through plane geometry and trigonometry. Those with credit for GEOSCI 113 may only elect GEOSCI 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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GEOSCI 222. Introductory Oceanography.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David K Rea (davidrea@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: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/geosci/222/001.nsf

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; and 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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GEOSCI 223. Introductory Oceanography, Laboratory.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Instructor(s): Michela Arnaboldi

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

Half QR

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/geosci/223/001.nsf

This course is an optional laboratory intended to provide students with opportunities to explore further various oceanography topics presented in the GEOSCI 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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GEOSCI 231. Elements of Mineralogy.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 125/130 or 210/211. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 431. Those with credit for GEOSCI 232 may elect GEOSCI 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 general features of the common rock-forming minerals are covered in lectures (3 hours per week). Topics that will be covered include an introduction to crystal chemistry, phase equilibria and crystallography, as well as the use of the SEM and XRD in characterizing solids. The principal rock-forming minerals such as sulfides, oxides, carbonates, garnets olivines, pyroxenes, amphiboles, micas and feldspars are individually reviewed with respect to properties, structures, genesis, and their natural associations. The laboratory (three hours per week) includes systematic study of the properties and associations of the common rock-forming minerals and the use of the polarizing microscope for mineral identifications. In October there is a required four-day field trip to Bancroft, Ontario, and a one-day trip to northern Ohio. Students will each collect a rock-forming mineral and prepare a term paper on a study using optics, XRD and SEM observations. This provides an independent research experience and the paper itself may be also used for the undergraduate writing requirement. The grade is based on two midterms and a final exam, laboratory exercises, a term project, and class participation. Geology 231 is a prerequisite to the Geological Sciences concentration program in the Department of Geological Sciences.

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GEOSCI 280 / ENVRNSTD 280. Mineral Resources, Economics, and the Environment.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Sections 002-005 ONLY satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing Half QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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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GEOSCI 284. Environmental Geology.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 148. Those with credit for GEOSCI 147 may only elect GEOSCI 284 for 3 credits. (4). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Environmental Geology deals with interactions between people and the Earth. It begins with an introduction to geologic materials and processes and goes on to specific topics such as soil, surface and ground water, natural hazards (volcanism, landslides, earthquakes, floods), global warming, and waste disposal. Previous experience in geology is not required. The course includes three lectures and one discussion period (in which homework exercises are explained and discussed) per week. Evaluation is by means of quizzes, exercises, and a final exam.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: Geology and the Environment by Pipkin & Trent, (1998); Investigations in Environmental Geology by Foley & McKenzie, (1998).

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GEOSCI 305. Sedimentary Geology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bruce H 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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GEOSCI 420. Introductory Earth Physics.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Peter E Van Keken (keken@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 include: 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; and geothermics and the thermal history of the earth. Instruction is by lecture; students are evaluated on the basis of weekly problem sets and a final problem set.

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GEOSCI 422. Principles of Geochemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/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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GEOSCI 426. Mineral Physics.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/%7Estixrude/GS426/index.html

The course is designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of students from the natural sciences and engineering with an interest in earth materials and geophysics. It will provide a foundation in basic physical principles for the understanding and interpretation of the state and behavior of earth-forming materials. The essentials of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics will be introduced and applied to a fundamental understanding of the behavior of earth materials over the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the earth, including the relationship between structure and bonding and properties such as the equation of state, elasticity, thermochemical properties, phase equilibria, and electromagnetic properties. The role of mineral physics in our understanding of the composition, mineralogy, and thermal state of the earth will also be explored. Concepts of mineral physics will be related to the results of seismology, geodynamics, petrology, and geomagnetism to gain a deeper appreciation of the nature of the solid earth. Lecture will be supplemented by readings from scientific journals. Grades will be based on homework assignments, and a term project. The course is open to graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students in geological sciences and related natural sciences and engineering including physics, chemistry, materials science, and nuclear engineering with the approval of the instructor.

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GEOSCI 436. Field Studies in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and Sedimentology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bruce H. Wilkinson (eustasy@umich.edu), Kyger Lohmann (kacey@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 455. Determinative Methods in Mineralogical and Inorganic Materials.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 465 / CHEM 467 / AOSS 467. Biogeochemical Cycles.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 116, CHEM 210, and PHYSICS 240 (or 260). (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/aoss/467/001.nsf

See Chemistry 467.001.

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GEOSCI 478. Geochemistry of Natural Waters.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lynn M 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.

The course 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. Student evaluation will be based on an observer notebook, problem solving, and a research project in the student's area of interest.

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GEOSCI 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 Geological Sciences 490.

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GEOSCI 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 Geological Sciences 489.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

GEOSCI 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 Geological Sciences 499.

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GEOSCI 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 Geological Sciences 498.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

GEOSCI 525. Tectonophysics.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Peter E Van Keken (keken@umich.edu), Ben A Van Der Pluijm (vdpluijm@umich.edu), Rob Van Der Voo (voo@umich.edu), Larry John Ruff (ruff@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is required; Permission of permission. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is aimed at incoming graduate students and senior undergraduates, and examines the basic physical processes of the dynamic Earth. The material will cover a broad range of topics that include: plate kinematics, spherical geometry, hotspot tracks, polar wander, gravity, isostasy, geoid, heat sources and heat transport, thermal structure, crystal defect-structure, brittle and ductile processes, crustal geometry, tectono-chronology, plate deformation, processes at plate boundaries, plate-driving forces, basin formation, fluid dynamics, rheologic models, whole-earth structure, and mantle and core dynamics. Graduate and interested undergraduate students of all backgrounds are encouraged to take this course, which offers a broad and intellectually diverse overview of the physical Earth. A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is required, but more advanced material will be covered as part of the course. Evaluation is based on homework assignments, exam, and class participation.

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