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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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


GEOSCI 420. Introductory Earth Physics.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Peter E 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 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: GEOSCI 231, 305, 310 and CHEM 125/130. (3).

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: Permission of instructor. (3).

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

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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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: One term of elementary chemistry and physics. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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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: MATH 116, CHEM 210, and PHYSICS 240 (or 260). (3).

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: 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.

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 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 Geological Sciences 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 Geological Sciences 498.

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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: A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is required; Permission of permission. (4).

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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GEOSCI 531. Seminar in Geologic Problems.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 002 Topic? (1 credit).

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

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

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001 Volcanic Eruptions.

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

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

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/geosci/535/001.nsf

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 013 Topic? credits?

Instructor(s): Van Keken

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

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 580. Isotope Geology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kyger C Lohmann (kacey@umich.edu), Samuel B Mukasa (mukasa@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 mid-term and final exams.

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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.

Laboratory research, readings, and investigations in geology and mineralogy (other than thesis research).

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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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