Courses in Geological Sciences (Division 377)

Spring 1997

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. (1). (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)

B. Primarily for Concentrators

450/Biol. 485. Aquatic Science Field Studies. Junior science or engineering concentrators. Those with credit for GS 223 may only elect GS 450 for 5 credits. (6). (NS). (BS).

Aquatic Sciences Field Studies is a 4-week, full-time field course (May 5-May 31) covering physical, chemical, biological, and geological sciences as they apply to the aquatic environment, with emphasis on river runoff, nearshore spring biological and chemical changes, shoreline erosion, thermal fronts, and environmental impacts of pollutant and sediment transport in and around the Great Lakes. It is open to junior and senior science and engineering majors. It will be taught at UM using lectures and laboratory instruction and at field sites for specimen sampling and experiments aboard the UM research vessel Laurentian and other watercraft in nearby lakes and streams. Students will be evaluated based on written reports of individual and group research, and exams. In addition to regular tuition and fees of $1,757, there will be a course fee of approximately $700, which covers transportation to field sites, ship expenses, lab fees, and meals and lodging during field trips. Contact JoAnne Reuss at 763-0488, Norah Daugherty at 763-3515, or David Jude at 763-3183 for further information. (Jude)

Summer 1997

Summer Courses at Camp Davis, Wyoming

Copies of the brochures for GS116 and GS440 courses for the summer of 1997 are available in PDF format:


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