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Winter '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Geological Sciences
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for GEOSCI

Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Geological Sciences.


GEOSCI 418. Paleontology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Daniel C Fisher (dcfisher@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: GS 117 or Biol. 162. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the principles, methods of analysis, and major controversies within paleontology. It will familiarize the student with the fossil record (primarily, but not exclusively, of multicellular organisms) and its use in dealing with problems in evolutionary biology, paleoecology, and general earth history. Three lectures weekly; midterm, final examination, and term paper. Required text: Raup and Stanley, Principles of Paleontology.

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GEOSCI 419. Paleontology Laboratory.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in GS 418. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introductory laboratory in paleontology. It will involve observation, analysis, and interpretation of fossil specimens (primarily invertebrates) and relevant material of living organisms. Its goal is to give the student experience in dealing with paleontological problems and to develop a familiarity with the systematics and morphology of important groups of fossil organisms. Students should be registered concurrently or previously in GS 418. One three-hour lab weekly; lab exercises, midterm, and final examination. Recommended text: Clarkson, Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution (3rd ed.).

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GEOSCI 425. Environmental Geochemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Philip A Meyers (pameyers@umich.edu) , Stephen E Kesler (skesler@umich.edu) , Joel D Blum (jdblum@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Introductory chemistry. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course deals with geochemistry as it relates to humans and their geologic environment. The intended audience for the course includes advanced undergraduates and graduate students in Geological Sciences, as well as students at a similar level in related divisions such as Chemistry, Natural Resources, Public Health, and Engineering. The course reviews the composition of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere and the ways that they are related to the composition of the biosphere. Special attention is given to naturally-occurring elements and compounds of environmental interest and to geochemical processes of environmental significance. Lecture material is supplemented by problem sets and discussions. Evaluation is based on these assignments, as well as a midterm and a final exam. Reading comes largely from a course pack, class handouts, and research papers.

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GEOSCI 439. Fossil Record and Evolution of Mammals.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Philip D Gingerich (gingeric@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course studies the contribution of fossil record to our understanding of the evolutionary process and the origin, radiation, and systematic relationships of mammals. Emphasis on functional morphology, rates of change, origin of modern mammalian orders in the Paleocene and Eocene, and the Eocene to Recent history of whales.

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GEOSCI 445/Biology 445. Biogeography.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gerald Ray Smith (grsmith@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Biol. 162. Historical Geology (or equivalent) is recommended. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grsmith/

See Biology 445.001.

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GEOSCI 449. Marine Geology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GS 222/223 or introductory physical geology. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an examination of the geology of the ocean basins and the adjacent continental margins. Topics covered include methods of marine data collection, geologic structure of the ocean floor and margins, sea-floor spreading and plate tectonics, the processes of terrigenous, biogenous and chemical sedimentation, and the interpretation of the sedimentary record in terms of past ocean circulation and global climate history.

Grades are based on a midterm, a term project on some aspect of the history of oceans, and final examination. REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: Global Tectonics by Kearey and Vine, (1996) and Earth's Climate (Past and Future) by Ruddiman, (2000).

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GEOSCI 451. Introductory Earth Structure.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): B van der Pluijm (vdpluijm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~vdpluijm/gs351.htm

This course offers description and interpretation of geological structures in the Earth's crust and an introduction to global plate tectonics. Topics covered are: mechanics, stress, strain and deformation; hand-specimen and field description of geological structures; the kinematics and dynamics of folding and faulting; flow of rocks (rheology); introduction to dislocation theory; microstructural analysis; principles of plate tectonics; tectonic evolution of selected regions. The course is aimed at those with an interest in geology beyond the introductory level, as well as students who want a basic understanding of the outer Earth's physical properties. Geology and oceanography concentrators should not enroll in GS451, but elect GS351. Geology graduate students may take this course for credit by permission only. The class meets for three weekly lectures, together with GS351; however, laboratory sessions are not included. Grading is based on three exams. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Earth Structure by B.A. van der Pluijm and S. Marshak, (1997).

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GEOSCI 477. Hydrogeology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Phys. 140/141, Chem. 125/130, and Math. 116; Math. 215/216 are recommended. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides an introduction to physical and chemical hydrogeology. Emphasis is on processes 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 will also be discussed. An introduction to groundwater modeling with simulation of groundwater flow and mass transport will be provided. RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK: Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology by Domenico and Schwartz, (1998).

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GEOSCI 498. Research or Special Work.

Primarily for Concentrators

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

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 507. Igneous Petrography and Petrogenesis.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Geol. Sci. 310 and 431. (4).

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 530. Sediment Diagenesis.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Carbonate Sedimentology examines not only the physical aspects of carbonate sediment deposition, but also the physical and chemical aspects of their alteration during processes of lithification. Topics covered in this course include: carbonate mineralogy and chemistry, biogenic and chemical components of carbonate sediments, distribution in time and space, depositional facies patterns, and the physical and chemical processes which lead to sediment alteration. The format of this course combines lectures to provide a conceptual framework and laboratory exercises to stress recognition of carbonate rock components and diagenetic features and fabrics.

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GEOSCI 553. Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Geol. Sci. 231 and 310; Chem. 468 recommended. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course emphasizes the connection between thermodynamics and phase equilibria. The student is introduced to the concepts of thermodynamics necessary for generation of phase equilibria. Emphasis will be placed on the roles of pressure, temperature mole fractions and fugacities of various gas species, activity composition relations in selected solids. An introduction to the common experimental techniques of determining phase equilibria. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Geochemical Thermodynamics by Nordstrom & Munoz, (2nd ed).

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GEOSCI 582. Advanced Mineral Deposits.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Geol. Sci. 415 and 461. Graduate standing. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The first half of the term includes lectures and seminars on fluid inclusion petrography and phase chemistry, and on gases, gangue and ore minerals. The second half of the term is devoted to individual research projects involving fluid inclusion thermometry and content analysis, and on reaction progress modeling of hydrothermal systems.

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GEOSCI 608. Advanced Isotopes.

For Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Geol. Sci. 580. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course complements Geological Sciences 580 where the basic principles of stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry are presented and is aimed at those students and staff who desire a more thorough treatment of theories and models and of isotopic systems not covered in the introductory course.

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GEOSCI 622. Principles of Paleontology.

For Graduate Students

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Daniel C Fisher (dcfisher@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Geol. Sci. 418 or 437, or Botany 456. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is a lecture/seminar course that addresses advanced topics within paleontology. Readings are drawn from current literature on the chosen subject.

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GEOSCI 663. Seismology: Advanced Topics.

For Graduate Students

Section 001 Topic?

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

Prerequisites: "Geol. Sci. 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 664. Gravitational and Magnetic Fields: Advanced Topics.

For Graduate Students

Section 001 Topic?

Instructor(s): Josep M Pares (jmpares@umich.edu) , B Van Der Pluijm (vdpluijm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Geol. Sci. 484, Math. 450, Phys. 405; Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Satellite gravimetry and geodesy, the earth-moon system, solid earth tides, rock magnetism, potential field analysis, and electromagnetic theories of the origin of the magnetic field. Emphasis varies from year to year.

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

For Graduate Students

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

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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GEOSCI 929. Investigations in Geology and Mineralogy.

For Graduate Students

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

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

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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