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Spring/Summer Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences

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Spring Half-Term Courses

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Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

GEOSCI 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. GEOSCI 100-115 are offered on the graded pattern (optional pass/fail).


GEOSCI 105. Continents Adrift.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 101 — CLASS MEETS APRIL 29 THRU JUNE 16. FINAL EXAM ON JUNE 16 UNLESS OTHERWISE ARRANGED.

Instructor(s): Josep M Pares (jmpares@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 205 or 146. (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/geosci/105/101.nsf

This one-credit course will explore the mobility of the continents and oceans in geological times. Conceptual and factual material will be combined with the principles of plate tectonics and the processes that drive the plates. No special background is recommended, and evaluation will be based on a final exam (with a practice take-home exam mid-way through the course). The goals of this mini course are to familiarize students with one of the more exciting recent developments in earth sciences, a unifying concept that explains ocean evolution, mountain building, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

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GEOSCI 411. Geology of Michigan.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Instructor(s): Stephen E Kesler (skesler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 155. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/geosci/411/101.nsf

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 with examples from Michigan and the Great Lakes region. This approach permits the course to deal with problems that are of present research interest to geoscientists, such as formation of the early continents, evolution of important continental features such as the Michigan Basin and Mid-Continent Rift, as well geologically more recent continental glaciation. Throughout the course, attention is given to the important mineral resources of the region, such as copper, iron, oil and gas, and salt. 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.

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GEOSCI 490. Geological Sciences Honors.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of GEOSCI 490, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Readings, discussions, and special work in geological sciences for undergraduate Honors students. May be taken as a one-term or two-term sequence with Geological Sciences 489.

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GEOSCI 499. Research or Special Work.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (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 Geological Sciences 498.

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Spring/Summer Term Courses

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GEOSCI 499. Research or Special Work.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (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 Geological Sciences 498.

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Summer Half-Term Courses

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Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

GEOSCI 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. GEOSCI 100-115 are offered on the graded pattern (optional pass/fail).


GEOSCI 116. Introductory Geology in the Field.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 721 — FIELD COURSE IN JACKSON HOLE, WY JUN 19 TO JUL 25.

Instructor(s): Robert M Owen (rowen@umich.edu) , Rebecca Lange (becky@umich.edu) , Todd Ehlers (tehlers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Reduced credit is granted for GEOSCI 116 to those with credit for an introductory course in geology on campus (GEOSCI 117, 118, 119, 120, 205, or 206). Contact the department undergraduate advisor for details about reduced credit. (6). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (6).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/teaching/davis/davis116.html

Students may earn six credits for studying Introductory Geology in the Rocky Mountains, including: Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons, Dinosaur National Monument, and Craters of the Moon. This field course is taught at Camp Davis, a permanent facility built by the University in 1929. Camp Davis is located on the Hoback River near its junction with the Snake River, about 20 miles south of Jackson, Wyoming (the trout fishing is great!). This ideal outdoor classroom offers some of the most scenic and interesting geology in the entire rocky mountain region. Mountain uplifts and deep erosion have exposed a variety of Earth structures and rocks of diverse age and origin. The effects of alpine glaciation, landslides, stream erosion, and a host of other geologic phenomena are clearly evident in this region and provide an excellent introduction to geology. The geological history of the Teton, Gros Ventre, and Wind River mountain ranges is fully recorded in a sequence of fossiliferous rocks, which in many cases can be interpreted in terms of processes still at work today.

GEOSCI 116 is a fast-paced, comprehensive course that covers all aspects of modern earth sciences. Students learn about rocks and minerals, both in the classroom and in a variety of natural settings, which leads to discussion of and understanding of topics such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, geoenvironmental problems, paleoceanography, and tectonic processes. About two weeks of the course involve field trips to other parts of Wyoming as well as Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. You will have the opportunity to examine rocks, minerals and fossils in their natural settings, many of which are considered "world-class" locations by professional geologists. In the first week of classroom lectures are a key part of the course, but later most of your time will be spent in the field. This is an in-depth course covering all aspects of geology.

Costs, including lodging, meals, tuition, health fee, textbook, and transportation to and from Camp Davis are $2847 for resident lower division students and $2610 for resident upper division students. The non-resident fees are $3610 and $3847 for lower and upper division students, respectively. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis contingent upon receipt of a $50 application fee (which is included in the above fees). All class-related equipment and field vehicles connected with the course are supplied by the University.

For an application form, write or email

Chris Malvica (cmalvica@umich.edu),
the Department of Geological Sciences,
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1063.

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GEOSCI 116. Introductory Geology in the Field.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 722 — FIELD COURSE IN JACKSON HOLE, WY JUL 7 TO AUG 12.

Instructor(s): Robert M Owen (rowen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Reduced credit is granted for GEOSCI 116 to those with credit for an introductory course in geology on campus (GEOSCI 117, 118, 119, 120, 205, or 206). Contact the department undergraduate advisor for details about reduced credit. (6). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (6).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/teaching/davis/davis116.html

See Geological Sciences 116.721.

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GEOSCI 341(441). / ENVIRON 341. Environmental Sciences in the Rockies.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 721 — FIELD COURSE IN JACKSON HOLE, WY JUNE 19 TO JULY 18.

Instructor(s): Joel D Blum (jdblum@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Introductory course in geology, ecology, or global change. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/teaching/davis/davis341.html

GEOSCI 341 is a four week field course suitable for students with a concentration in Environmental Geology or General Geology. It is held at Camp Davis near Jackson, Wyoming. The course begins with a seven day, regional field trip (through Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) in which students learn about the tectonic evolution of the North American continent and are trained to recognize sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks in the field. Back at Camp Davis, the course proceeds to introduce students to the basics of geologic mapping with two small projects and culminates in a final project that is focused on surficial geological processes that have environmental and ecological importance. This field course provides a type of training and direct observation not paralleled by any course work offered by the department during the regular academic year.

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GEOSCI 440. Field Course in Geology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 721 — FIELD COURSE IN JACKSON HOLE, WY, JUN 22 TO AUG 12.

Instructor(s): Rebecca Ann Lange (becky@umich.edu) , John W Geissman

Prerequisites & Distribution: Elementary trigonometry, GEOSCI 310 and 351. (8). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/teaching/davis/davis440.html

Field Course in Geology is co-taught by:

GEOSCI 440 is a broad, in-depth course covering all aspects of field geology (structure, sedimentology, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geophysics, and surficial processes). The principal goal of the course is to train students to recognize distinct lithological units and their 3-D relations. Field projects include mapping and interpretation of deformed and faulted sedimentary, regional metamorphic, plutonic, and volcanic complexes. The course includes a field project that utilizes modern geophysical tools to supplement traditional field observations and another project that focuses on surficial processes (geologically-relevant processes occurring on the short time scale), which are environmentally and ecologically important.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of courses in two or more of the following: mineralogy, sedimentary geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology. The dates for the 2003 summer course will be from June 22, when the caravan leaves from Ann Arbor, until August 12, the day that the caravan arrives back in Ann Arbor.

Costs, including lodging, meals, tuition, health fee, textbook, and transportation to and from Camp Davis are $2354 for resident lower division students and $2561 for resident upper division students. The non-resident fees are $3454 and $3661 for lower and upper division students, respectively. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis contingent upon receipt of a $50 application fee (which is included in the above fees). All class-related equipment and field vehicles connected with the course are supplied by the University. For an application form, write or email Norma Crowley (ncrowley@umich.edu), the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1063.

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GEOSCI 499. Research or Special Work.

Primarily for Concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (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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