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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


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):

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. Recommended text: Clarkson, Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution (3rd ed.).

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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: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/geosci/425/001.nsf

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.

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GEOSCI 430. Depositional Environments.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

GEOSCI 430 (Depositional Environments) is an upper division course dealing with advanced concepts in the deposition of sedimentary rocks. It is intended for seniors and entering graduate students in the geological sciences with some background training in depositional processes such as a previous course in sedimentary geology or stratigraphy. Course material includes examination of important processes and products of sediment accumulation in the major terrigenous clastic, carbonate, and evaporite depositional systems including both continental and oceanic settings.

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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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/geosci/439/001.nsf

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 446. Principles of Paleoclimatology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Chris Poulsen (poulsen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: MATH 116. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Throughout its history, Earth's climate has varied tremendously on timescales ranging from millions to tens of years. This course deals with the fundamental physics and dynamics that have controlled these changes in climate. Many of the concepts will be explored through simple models.

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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 — Meets with GEOSCI 351.

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

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

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 497. Turner Lecture Seminar.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David K Rea

Prerequisites: Two required GeoScience concentration core courses. (1). May be elected twice for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

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 508. Metamorphic Petrology.

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 231 and 310 or GEOSCI 431; graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

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 Determination of Rock Forming Minerals, by Troger and Metamorphic Phase Equilibria and Pressure Temperature Time Paths, by Spear.

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

Primarily for Graduate Students

Section 018 — [1 credit].

Instructor(s): Ben A Van Der Pluijm

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 — Topic? Credits?

Instructor(s): Poulsen, Hendy

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

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

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

Credits: (1-2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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GEOSCI 608. Advanced Isotopes.

For Graduate Students

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Samuel B Mukasa (mukasa@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: GEOSCI 580. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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 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. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

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 (Prerequisites enforced at registration). Permission of instructor required. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

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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