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Winter Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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GEOSCI 418. Paleontology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 117 or BIOLOGY 162. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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 GEOSCI 418. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

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): Udo Becker (ubecker@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Introductory chemistry. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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, a midterm exam, and a final paper and oral presentation.

REQUIRED TEXT: Global Environment, by Berner and Berner.

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GEOSCI 427. Environmental and Technological Applications of Mineralogy.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rodney C Ewing (rodewing@umich.edu), Udo Becker (ubecker@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 231/232, comparable courses in the solid-state, or the approval of the instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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. 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? [credits?].

Instructor(s): Kyger C Lohmann (kacey@umich.edu) , Bruce Wilkinson (eustasy@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 438. Evolution of the Primates.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Introductory geology and biology are recommended as background. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Anatomical and behavioral characteristics of living primates are reviewed and the fossil record of primates is covered in detail, illustrating how fossils document the history of primates and the tempo and mode of primate evolution. This course includes three lectures and a laboratory each week, one midterm exam, a research paper, and a final exam.

REQUIRED TEXT: Primate Adaptation and Evolution, by Fleagle.

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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 449. Marine Geology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 222/223 or introductory physical geology. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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 TEXTBOOK: Marine Geology by James P. Kennett, Prentice Hall.

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GEOSCI 451. Introductory Earth Structure.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 351. (3). Geology and oceanography concentrators should not enroll in GEOSCI 451, but elect GEOSCI 351. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/Ben/gs351/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) and Structural Analysis and Synthesis, (2nd ed), by Rowland & Duebendorfer.

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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 125/130, 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 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 497. Turner Lecture Seminar.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001 [Drop/Add deadline=January 24].

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

Prerequisites: Two required GeoScience concentration core courses. (1). May be elected twice for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Focuses on current earth science research presented in the Geological Sciences Department's Turner Lecture Series. Students attend a group seminar and the Turner Lecture each week and read a paper by the week's speaker. The seminar group also critically evaluates the substance and style of each presentation.

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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 531. Seminar in Geologic Problems.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 035 Topic? Credits?

Instructor(s):

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 533. Seminar in Economic Geology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 012 Topic? Credits?

Instructor(s): Kesler

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

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 018 Topic? Credits?

Instructor(s): Lithgow-Bertelloni

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 536. Seminar in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, or Sedimentology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 005 Topics? Credits?

Instructor(s): Rea

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-2). May not 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 010 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 553. Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 231 and 310; CHEM 468 recommended. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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.

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GEOSCI 555. Kinetics of Geochemical Processes.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Math through differential equations and GEOSCI 553. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/geosci/555/001.nsf

"Kinetics of Geochemical Processes" will cover kinetics of chemical reactions in water or magma or mineral, mass transfer, and kinetics of heterogeneous and phrase transformations.

Topics will include:

  • kinetics and equilibrium;
  • chemical reactions and rate laws;
  • diffusions and convection;
  • apparent equilibrium temperature and closure temperature;
  • closure age and true formation age;
  • nucleation, crystal growth, and dissolution in magma and in water;
  • buble growth and dissolution in magma and in water;
  • surface reaction mechanisms;
  • inference of cooling rates (geospeedometry); and
  • current research topics.

Examples will be from volcanology, igneous petrology, metamorphism and metasomatism, weathering, aqueous solutions, sedimentary processes, diagenesis, hydrothermal processes, and behavior of isotopic systems and elemental partitioning.

REQUIRED TEXT: Kinetic Theory in the Earth Sciences, by Lasaga.

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GEOSCI 650. Quaternary Stratigraphy.

For Graduate Students

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ingrid L Hendy (ihendy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 448; Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course deals in depth with the geological foundations of stratigraphy fundamental to chronological and environmental reconstructions from principles of stratigraphy through dating methods and paleoenvironmental techniques, especially those peculiar to Quaternary geology, geomorphology and archaeology, in various climatic zones and the ocean basins.

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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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