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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

Open courses in Geological Sciences
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Fall Term '01 Time Schedule for Geological Sciences.

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GEOSCI 420. Introductory Earth Physics.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Math. 116. (3).

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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GEOSCI 422. Principles of Geochemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/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 436. Field Studies in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and Sedimentology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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GEOSCI 442. Earth Surface Processes and Soils.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

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

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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GEOSCI 467. Stratigraphy.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GS 305, 310, and 351. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Stratigraphy is an intermediate level course which evaluates the framework for determining the time-space-rock relationship present within the sedimentary record of Earth history. It will provide an understanding of the principles and terminology of stratigraphy (including lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, seismic stratigraphy, and chronostratigraphy). These principles will be applied directly to real geological sequences through problem oriented exercises, including exercises in seismic stratigraphic and seismic facies interpretation. Synthesis of tectonic, sedimentologic, and paleontologic data within this context will provide the basis for resolving the environmental and physical evolution of the Earth as a dynamic, interactive system. Prerequisites: an introductory geology course and Sedimentology (GS 305). Recommended background: Structural Geology (GS 351) and Paleontology. Evaluation of student performance will be based on two examinations and ongoing class projects and exercises. This course will satisfy the 400-level requirement.

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GEOSCI 473. Fundamentals of Organic Geochemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GS 305 or Chem. 215/216. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The origins and fates of organic matter in geological settings form the basis of this course. Distributions of various types of carbon compounds in lakes and oceans, recent and ancient sediments, and soils are discussed. Molecular and isotopic indicators are used as tracers of organic matter sources and of alteration and exchange processes within and between these compartments. The special circumstances required for formation of coal, oil, and gas are explored as an important part of the alteration process discussions. The course format consists of lectures, discussions, and readings from the scientific literature. A midterm and final examination, plus a term paper, are required.

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GEOSCI 478. Geochemistry of Natural Waters.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: College chemistry. (4).

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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GEOSCI 498. Research or Special Work.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (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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GEOSCI 499. Research or Special Work.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (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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GEOSCI 515. Tectonics of Oceans and Continents.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GS 351. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Geology 515 is a course in general tectonics intended for entering graduate students in geology. It considers modern tectonic processes at plate boundaries and the geologic signatures of past large-scale tectonic events. Most of the present day plate boundaries lie beneath the sea, but ocean basins are relatively young features so it is the continents that preserve the long geologic record of past events. The course will be subdivided into five segments:

  1. Introduction and theory development;
  2. processes at modern plate boundaries;
  3. evolution of new and old ocean basins;
  4. modern tectonic systems of the continents; and
  5. the geologic history of those systems.

Students will be required to read and understand the geological literature, present oral reports, and write papers and research proposals.

Intended Audience: The primary audience for GS 515 will be the entering graduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences, along with occasional seniors.

Writing Requirements: Students will be required to produce a written scientific report or a research proposal as a term project. Exams will be in essay format.

Student participation: Students will be expected to participate in discussion during the lecture portion of the class. The seminar portion of the class, one hour per week, will be devoted to student presentations. Experience with student presentations in AOSS shows that learning to speak cogently on any given topic takes practice, this course will provide a more comfortable venue for that practice than a student's first major scientific meeting with scores of strangers in the conference hall.

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GEOSCI 531. Seminar in Geologic Problems.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001 Topic? (Credits?)

Instructor(s): Wilkinson

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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GEOSCI 531. Seminar in Geologic Problems.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Kesler

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 533. Seminar in Economic Geology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001 Topic? (Credits?)

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

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2).

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 535. Seminar in Mineralogy, Petrology, or Geochemistry.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001 Topic? (Credits?)

Instructor(s): Joel D Blum (jdblum@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 535. Seminar in Mineralogy, Petrology, or Geochemistry.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 002 Topic? (Credits?)

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

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 535. Seminar in Mineralogy, Petrology, or Geochemistry.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 003 Topic? (Credits?)

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

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 536. Seminar in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, or Sedimentology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001 Topic? (Credits?)

Instructor(s): Tomaz Baumiller

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2).

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 580. Isotope Geology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Samuel B Mukasa (mukasa@umich.edu) , Joel D Blum (jdblum@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explains from first principles the main radioactive and stable isotopic techniques used in geochemistry and geology. The course also demonstrates the manner in which isotope geochemistry has been utilized to solve some of the major problems in the earth sciences. The Rb-Sr, U-Th-Pb, Sm-Nd, K-Ar radioactive systems, and oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and sulfur stable isotope systems are discussed in detail. It is shown how these methods can be applied to bulk Earth geochemistry, dating of a wide variety of rock types and common geological processes, the age and origin of the Moon and meteorites, crustal evolution, mantle reservoirs, the origins of igneous rocks, crustal thermal histories, sedimentary diagenesis, sedimentary provenance, palaeotemperatures, ore petrology and water-rock interaction. Performance is generally evaluated using continuous assessment, and midterm and final exams.

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GEOSCI 663. Seismology: Advanced Topics.

For Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GS 483, Math. 450; Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Elastic wave propagation in layered media, free oscillations, equations of state, source characteristics of earthquakes and explosions, earthquake prediction and advanced instrumentation. Emphasis varies from year to year.

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GEOSCI 709. Thesis Research-A.M., M.S.

For Graduate Students

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Master of Science degree in Geology or the Master of Science degree in Mineralogy. A thesis, a report on a research project, or a publishable scientific paper must be presented to and judged acceptable by two faculty members who form the Candidate's M.Sc. Committee. The chair of the Committee will be the faculty member under whose direction the work is done. The subject of the research project, scientific paper, or thesis, whichever the Candidate elects, must be chosen no later than the first week of the second term in residence. Four copies of the hardbound thesis (or the report or manuscript in lieu of thesis) must be presented to the Department Chair no later than the last day of classes of the term in which the degree is expected. Copies will be put on permanent reserve at the Science Library and in the Department. If the Candidate elects to submit a scientific paper, it will be read and judged acceptable for submission as a publication by his/her faculty committee.

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GEOSCI 929. Investigations in Geology and Mineralogy.

For Graduate Students

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

For Graduate Students

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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GEOSCI 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

For Graduate Students

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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