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Winter Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Geological Sciences
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Winter Academic Term '02 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: Prothero, Bringing Fossils to Life.

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GEOSCI 419. Paleontology Laboratory.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

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 GEOSCI 418. One three-hour lab weekly; lab exercises, midterm, and final examination.

Required text: Prothero, Bringing Fossils to Life.

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GEOSCI 425. Environmental Geochemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Philip A Meyers (pameyers@umich.edu) , Stephen Kesler (skesler@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.

REQUIRED TEXT: Course Pack.

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GEOSCI 427. Environmental and Technological Applications of Mineralogy.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001 Envir proc/Nucl Waste Dispos. Meets with NERS 590.001.

Instructor(s): Rodney C Ewing (rodewing@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: GS 231/232, comparable courses in the solid-state, or the approval of the instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed to attract those students with an interest and background in solid-state sciences. The emphasis will be on the combination of fundamental principles with application to environmental and technological problems.

Major topics include:

  • Fundamental Principles:
    • Classification and description of structure types
    • Interpretation of crystal structures
    • Phase transitions
    • Trace elements
    • Mineral surfaces
    • Amorphous solids
  • Review of selected analytical techniques

  • Application (examples of selected topics):
    • Clays: Structure, sorption, and retardation
    • Soils: Near-surface geochemistry
    • Cement: Degradation processes
    • Zeolites: Ion exchange and molecular sieves
    • Actinides (U, Th, Pu, and Np)
    • Toxic metals (Pb, Se, Te, Hg)
    • Design and testing of waste forms for high level nuclear waste
    • Design of opto-electronic devices: Strain across boundaries
    • Acid mine tailings
    • Hazardous mineral dusts: silica and asbestos
    • Colloids
  • Science applied to society:
    • Epidemiological studies as a research tool in mineralogy
    • The analysis of risk

Upper-level undergraduates and first year graduate students in Geological Sciences, Materials Science, and Engineering. Lecture. The lecture will be supplemented by readings from current scientific journals. Grades will be based on homework assignments, a term paper, and an oral presentation of the paper.

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

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001 Topic?

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 437. Evolution of Vertebrates.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey A Wilson

Prerequisites: A course in general biology or historical geology. (4).

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 451. Introductory Earth Structure.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001 Meets with Geology 351.001.

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

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 351. (3). Geology and oceanography concentrators should not enroll in GS451, but elect GS 351.

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; and 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 GEOSCI 451, but elect GEOSCI 351. Geology graduate students may take this course for credit by permission only. The course meets for three weekly lectures, together with GEOSCI 351; 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): Maria Clara Castro (mccastro@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Phys. 140 (or 160)/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.

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GEOSCI 483. Geophysics: Seismology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent election of Math. 215 and Phys. 240 (or 260). (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/~ruff/courses.html

This course studies physics of earthquakes and the Earth's interior. Various seismological techniques to infer those from seismic waves are presented. Most treatments are application of physics to the real Earth and basic knowledge of math and physics is required. Geological background is not required. The outline of the course is:

  • basic seismological information including spatial and temporal distribution of earthquakes, magnitude and intensity scales, locating earthquakes, and seismometry;
  • elastic wave theory including stress and strain, seismic wave equations, body and surface waves, refraction and reflection, and free oscillations of the Earth;
  • the Earth's structure; and
  • earthquake source models.

Lecture and laboratory.

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GEOSCI 486. Geodynamics.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GS 420 and prior or concurrent election of Math. 215 and Phys. 240 (or 260). (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course introduces the student to the analysis of dynamic problems in geology and to the mathematical and physical tools by which they are solved. The basic principles of continuum and thermal physics are derived and applied to both small and large scale geological processes with principal emphasis on global processes. Four major topics in continuum physics will be considered in geological context: stress, strain, and elasticity; heat conduction; fluid flow; and advection of heat. The results of simple physical models allow us to explain a range of geophysical observations, including oceanic bathymetry and heat flow, plate kinematics, and the stress within plates. The student should take from the class an understanding of the physical causes of plate tectonics.

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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 508. Metamorphic Petrology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GS 231 and 310 or Geol. Sci. 431 or equivalent. Graduate standing. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed to introduce the student to research topics in metamorphic petrology. The laboratory emphasizes petrographic observation, and the lectures focus on the relation between rock systems and phase equilibria. A term paper on a research topic of the student's choosing is a central element of this course, and a field trip is required.

REQUIRED TEXTS: Optical Determinants of Rock Forming Minerals, by Troger and Metamorphic Phase Equilibria and Pressure Temperature Time Paths, by Spear.

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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.

This course examines the nature of the biogenic and abiotic sedimentary record to evaluate the nature of chemical and physical processes that act to modify its primary mineralogy, structure, and chemistry. This includes an evaluation of fluid-mineral reaction models with an emphasis on minor and trace elemental and radiogenic and stable isotope chemistries. The objectives of this course strive to develop an understanding of processes active in the Earth's crust to decipher both the environmental conditions during sediment formation and the conditions of its subsequent alteration.

REQUIRED TEXT: Diagenesis, by Mallreath and Morrow, 1990, Reprint Series #4, Geoscience Canada.

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001, 002 Topic? (1 credit).

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

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

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Topical or current research presentations by graduate students.

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mukasa

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.

Instructor(s): Walter , Blum

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.

Instructor(s): Tomasz K Baumiller (tomaszb@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Topics in paleontology for graduate students.

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GEOSCI 622. Principles of Paleontology.

For Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course addresses advanced topics within paleontology. Recent offerings have focused on "Paleobiological perspectives on late Pleistocene extinctions" and "Use of stratigraphic data in phylogenetic analysis." Lectures present background material and new developments. Readings from current literature and completion of student projects provide first-hand experience with the chosen subject.

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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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