Courses in Geological Sciences (Division 377)

A. Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

G.S. 100-115 are short (half-term) courses. They consist of detailed examinations of restricted geologic topics. The department lists the specific courses from this series in the Time Schedule for the terms they are offered (fall and winter terms only). Each course, when offered, meets twice weekly for half of the term (first half or second half), and the specific dates for each course are printed in the Time Schedule. These courses are designed primarily for students with no prior geologic training and they are open to all interested persons. G.S. 100-115 are offered on the graded pattern (optional pass/fail).

111. Climate and Mankind. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 201 or 275. (1). (NS).

The intent of GS 111 is to give a heightened awareness to students of the nature and fragility of the Earth's climate, and how changes in climate have affected past civilizations and may affect our future. Course topics will include: a description of the climate systems of the Earth, the atmosphere, oceans and polar ice caps; the information we gather to understand the history of those systems; how changes in climate have affected past civilizations, and what may happen to the planet if the predicted "Greenhouse Effect - Global Warming" finally arrives. Cost:1 WL:4 (Drummond)

411. Geology of Michigan. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 283. (3). (Excl).

This course surveys the geologic evolution of Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes region in the context of modern geologic theory. The course can be taken by students with no background in geology. It begins with a review of important basic geologic principles and uses this foundation to illustrate more advanced geologic concepts in the context of the geologic evolution of the Great Lakes region. This approach permits the course to deal with problems that are of present research interest to geoscientists, such as processes of formation of the early crust, evolution of important crustal features such as the Michigan Basin and its oil reserves, and the Mid-Continent Rift and its copper deposits, as well as preservation of evidence of glaciation in the recent and distant past. The course consists of lectures and a weekly, take-home exercise involving map interpretation that is designed to illustrate the points being made in class. A discussion section is available for those needing help with the exercises. A book is recommended for the course and a course pack is required. Cost:2 WL:4 (Kesler)


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