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Fall Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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Fall Academic Term 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


GEOSCI 417. Geology of the Great Lakes.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: An introductory course in geology, biology, or oceanography, and permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

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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GEOSCI 420. Introductory Earth Physics.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: MATH 116. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/~keken/420.html

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 421. Principles of Physical Oceanography.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Rea (davidrea@umich.edu), Theodore C Moore (tedmoore@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 222 and 223; MATH 115 and 116. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the fundamentals of physical oceanography; the physical properties of the ocean and water masses; circulation of the atmosphere, sea surface and deep waters; the behavior of light and sound in the ocean; surface and internal waves; tides; and coastal oceanography including the circulation of estuaries and lagoons.

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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 125/126/130. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/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 428. Mineral Surface Chemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Udo Becker (ubecker@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One course in mineralogy, petrology, solid state chemistry, solid state physics, or materials science. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/geosci/428/001.nsf

This course will introduce the surface sensitive techniques to determine the composition, atomic and electronic structure of material surfaces. Examples will be studied on fundamental processes such as surface stability and reactivity in environmental mineralogy or in catalytic processes in the atmosphere, in soils, in sediments, and in technical applications.

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GEOSCI 437. Evolution of Vertebrates.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: A course in general biology or historical geology. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides students with a detailed interaction with the facts and hypotheses regarding the origin and evolution of all the groups of vertebrate animals (except mammals — see GEOSCI 438). Lectures and labs explore the fossil record and history through time of sharks, bony fishes, ancient armored fishes, amphibians, turtles, dinosaurs, pterodactyls, crocodilians, lizards, and birds. Adaptations and extinctions are studied in the context of earth history, paleoecology, and evolution. Three lectures and one lab per week. Graded on the basis of two exams and one term paper.

REQUIRED TEXT: Course Pack.

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GEOSCI 442. Earth Surface Processes and Soils.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joel D Blum (jdblum@umich.edu), Todd A Ehlers

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

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. GEOSCI 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.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: Process Geomorphology, 4th Ed., by Ritter, Kochel and Miller; and Interpretation of Landforms from Topographic Maps & Air Photographs: A Laboratory Manual, by Easterbrook and Kovanen.

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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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/aoss/467/001.nsf

See Chemistry 467.001.

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GEOSCI 467. Stratigraphy.

Primarily for Concentrators

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

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 305, 310, and 351. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/aoss/467/001.nsf

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 (GEOSCI 305). Recommended background: Structural Geology (GEOSCI 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 477. Hydrogeology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maria C Cruz Da Silva Castro (mccastro@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: PHYSICS 140 (or 160)/141, CHEM 125/126/130, and MATH 116; MATH 215/216 are recommended. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides an introduction to hydrogeology with particular emphasis to physical aspects. We will particularly focus on process and direct applications to geological settings. Problem solving is an important course component. The hydrologic cycle, physical rock framework, and properties of aquifer systems will be described and quantified. Groundwater flow and mass transport equations will be covered, as well as pump test design and analysis. Natural tracers and groundwater dating also will be discussed. An introduction to groundwater modeling with simulation of groundwater flow and mass transport will be provided.

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GEOSCI 486. Geodynamics.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 420 and prior or concurrent election of MATH 215 and PHYSICS 240 (or 260). (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://cronopio.geo.lsa.umich.edu/~crlb/COURSES/486-Geodynamics/

The main objective of this course is to learn how the Earth works and evolves. Geodynamics is the study of the forces that shape and have shaped our planet. Geodynamical processes range from the longest to the shortest length- and time-scales. Scale lengths that range from plate motions to microscopic crystal deformation and magma migration. Time scales from minutes to millions of years. Our primary goal is not only to learn about the observations that have given us the first-order understanding of the last 4.5 billion years of Earth's history, but also to learn to use and construct the theoretical framework that lends meaning to our observations. it is only within the latter context that a complete understanding of the forces acting on the Earth can take place.

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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 credit for a maximum of 6 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 GEOSCI 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 credit for a maximum of 6 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 GEOSCI 498.

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GEOSCI 507. Igneous Petrography and Petrogenesis.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 310 and 431. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The principal objective of this course is to familiarize the student with processes affecting initially homogeneous silicate melts in the Earth's crust and mantle to produce rocks of various compositions. The processes are evaluated from a number of standpoints including field evidence, thermodynamic calculations, phase equilibria, trace element partitioning, and isotopic signatures. Geochemical and petrologic features recognized in the various rock suites are tied to tectonic settings, and models explaining these compositional differences are discussed.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Origin of Igneous Rocks by Paul Hess, (1989).

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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: GEOSCI 351. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/geosci/515/001.nsf

GEOSCI 515 is a course in general tectonics intended for first- or second-year 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 GEOSCI 515 will be first- or second-year 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 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 — Graduate Student Research Seminar. [1 credit].

Instructor(s): Kesler

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-3). May be elected up to three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 532. Seminar in Quaternary Geology or Geomorphology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001 — Seminar in Climate, Tectonics, and Surface Processes. [Credits?]

Instructor(s): Ehlers

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 534. Seminar in Geophysics, Tectonics, or Structure.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 013 — Topic? Credits?

Instructor(s): Van Keken

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May be elected once for a maximum of 2 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001 — Topic? [Credits?]

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001 — Topic? [credits?]

Instructor(s): Gingerich

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 002 — Topic? Credits?

Instructor(s): Wilkinson, Ehlers, Blum

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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

For Graduate Students

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

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. Permission of instructor required. (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. Permission of instructor required. (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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