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. 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).

113. Planets and Moons. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GS 204 or 278. (NS). (BS).

This lecture course provides a current survey of the geology and climates of the various bodies of the solar system in light of the extraordinary advances in planetary exploration during the past two decades. Topics treated include historical development of geological ideas about the solar system, planetary evolution, variability of geological processes throughout the solar system, and individual portraits of the principal members of the solar system family. No previous geological background is required. Course grade will be determined from a single objective-type final examination. Cost:2 WL:3 (Van Keken)

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

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, although a background in high-school level science and math is necessary. 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 take-home exercises involving map interpretation that are designed to illustrate the points being made in class. A book is recommended for the course and a course pack is required. Cost:2 WL:4 (Kesler)


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