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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Geological Sciences


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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).


GEOSCI 102. Energy from the Earth.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002 MEETS MAR 4 TO APR 15. FINAL EXAM ON APR 15 UNLESS OTHERWISE ARRANGED. [Drop/Add deadline=March 10].

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A survey of the principal energy resources of the earth: oil (petroleum), natural gas, coal, tar sands, oil shale, geothermal, nuclear. Includes discussions of the geology of these materials, their composition and/or mineralogy, types of deposits, recovery, utilization and technology, and environmental problems. No prerequisites, except that a course in elementary chemistry (high-school or university) is highly desirable. Lectures only. Final examination.

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GEOSCI 104. Ice Ages, Past and Future.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 MEETS JAN 7 TO FEB 20. FINAL EXAM ON FEB 20 UNLESS OTHERWISE ARRANGED. [Drop/Add deadline=January 24].

Instructor(s): Jeffrey C Alt (jalt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 151. (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course looks at the effects of present and past glaciations on the landscape and on life, humans in particular. Glaciers are examined as dynamic, climatically controlled systems of moving ice. Climatic and environmental changes concurrent with glaciation, in both continental and oceanic realms, are reviewed. The causes of the ice ages that have dominated the Earth for the past two million years and predictions of future ice ages are examined in the light of current geological and climatic research. The course consists of lectures, one hour exam, and one final exam. Reading materials are on electronic reserve.

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GEOSCI 105. Continents Adrift.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 MEETS FROM JAN 7 TO FEB 20. FINAL EXAM ON FEB 20 UNLESS OTHERWISE ARRANGED. [Drop/Add deadline=January 24].

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.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/geosci/105/001.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 106. Fossils, Primates, and Human Evolution.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002 MEETS MAR 4 TO APR 15. FINAL EXAM ON APR 15 UNLESS OTHERWISE ARRANGED. [Drop/Add deadline=March 10].

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 125. (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Anatomical and behavioral characteristics of living primates are reviewed, and the fossil record is used to document the course of human evolution through the past 60 million years. No special background is required. Students seeking a more detailed course with laboratory exercises may follow this with GEOSCI 438 (Evolution of the Primates). Course consists of 12 lectures, and a one-hour final examination.

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GEOSCI 107. Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 Meets Jan 8 to Feb 21. Final Exam on Feb 21 or arranged. [Drop/Add deadline=January 24].

Instructor(s): Lithgow-Bertelloni

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 205, 146, or 147. (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course is a study of the earth in action and includes the following topics:

  • geography of earthquakes and volcanoes;
  • catastrophic events in historic times;
  • size and frequency of occurrence of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions;
  • the products of volcanism;
  • volcanic rocks;
  • volcanic activity through geologic time;
  • volcanic exhalations and the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans;
  • relationship of earthquakes and volcanoes to plate tectonics and the internal dynamics of the Earth;
  • volcanism and geothermal energy; manmade earthquakes; and earthquake prediction and control.

Instruction by lecture, evaluation on basis of quizzes and final exam.

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Earthquakes, by Bolt; and Volcanoes, by Decker.

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GEOSCI 107. Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002 MEETS MAR 4 TO APR 15. FINAL EXAM ON APR 16 OR ARRANGED. [Drop/Add deadline=March 10].

Instructor(s): Lithgow-Bertelloni

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 205, 146, or 147. (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Geological Sciences 107.001.

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GEOSCI 111. Climate and Mankind.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001 MEETS JAN 7 TO FEB 20. FINAL EXAM ON FEB 20 UNLESS OTHERWISE ARRANGED. [Drop/Add deadline=January 24].

Instructor(s): David K Rea (davidrea@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 201 or 151. (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The intent of GEOSCI 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 we think will happen to the planet when the long expected "Greenhouse Effect-Global Warming" finally arrives.

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GEOSCI 113. Planets and Moons.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002 MEETS MAR 4 TO APR 15. FINAL EXAM ON APR 15 OR ARRANGED. [Drop/Add deadline=March 10].

Instructor(s): Stixrude

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 204 or 153. (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 115. Geologic Time.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 002 MEETS MAR 4 TO APR 15. FINAL EXAM ON APR 15 OR ARRANGED. [Drop/Add deadline=March 10].

Instructor(s): Stixrude

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 135 or 145. (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 117. Introduction to Geology.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rob Van Der Voo (voo@umich.edu) , Josep M Pares (jmpares@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 116, 119, or 120. Those with credit for GEOSCI 205 may only elect GEOSCI 117 for 4 credits. (5). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Introduction to Geology is a single term course structured to provide students from all backgrounds with an understanding of the history of Earth and of the natural processes which have given rise to its landscapes, oceans, and continents. This includes examination of: the physical processes which give rise to plate tectonics and the formation of earthquakes, volcanoes, and the uplift of major mountain ranges; and the chemical and biological phenomena which modify the character of the atmosphere-hydrosphere-biosphere at the Earth's surface. This course includes a laboratory to provide hands-on experience in identifying common rocks and minerals and in understanding geological and topographical maps. The course includes lectures and weekly laboratory and discussion sections. Topics covered in class lecture are reviewed weekly in a one hour discussion section.

REQUIRED TEXTS: Earth: Portrait of a Planet, by Marshak; and Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology, by Jones and Norris.

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GEOSCI 118. Introductory Geology Laboratory.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior or concurrent enrollment in GEOSCI 119, or 205 and 206, or 135. Credit is not granted for GEOSCI 118 to those with credit for an introductory course in geology (GEOSCI 116, 117, or 218). (1). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The laboratory provides hands-on experience with minerals, rocks, and maps. Participants will learn to identify common minerals and rocks, use topographic and geologic maps, and draw and interpret geologic cross sections. Examples will be drawn from areas of recent glaciation, volcanism, and earthquakes to show how these features are depicted in maps.

REQUIRED TEXT: Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology, by Jones and Norris.

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GEOSCI 119. Introductory Geology Lectures.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rob Van Der Voo (voo@umich.edu) , Josep M Pares (jmpares@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 116, 117, 120. No credit granted to those who have completed both GEOSCI 205 and 206. Those with credit for GEOSCI 205 may only elect GEOSCI 119 for 3 credits. (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course consists of lectures shared with GEOSCI 117 but does not include the laboratory section. A separate discussion section is also scheduled to insure continuity with class material and student-teacher contact. Students interested in a ONE-TERM laboratory introductory science course should elect GEOSCI 117. Lectures and discussion.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Earth: Portrait of a Planet, by Marshak.

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GEOSCI 120. Geology of National Parks and Monuments.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bruce H Wilkinson (eustasy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Credit is not granted for GEOSCI 120 to those with credit for an introductory course in geology (GEOSCI 116, 117, 119). No credit granted to those who have completed both GEOSCI 205 and 206. (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course approaches Earth history by examining the geology of places rather than by taking a process approach. It is designed for all interested undergraduates at the University of Michigan. The course format consists of three lectures each week and one two-hour demonstration-laboratory period, for four credits. Lecture material deals with the geologic history of selected national parks and monuments, which are chosen and scheduled so that those in which the oldest rocks are exposed (thus relating to the earliest portions of Earth history) are covered first. In so doing, we cover Earth history in a temporal progression, but do so by discussing different geographic areas. The demonstration-laboratory portion of the course will give you first-hand experience with rocks, minerals, and fossils; and an opportunity to discuss these in small groups.

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GEOSCI 145. Evolution of the Earth.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Chris Michael Hall (cmhall@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students (including first-year students with sophomore standing) may pre-register for this course. All others need permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 135. Those with credit for GEOSCI 115 may only elect GEOSCI 145 for 2 credits. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar course is intended for first-year students with no previous knowledge of, or experience in, the earth sciences. The material will introduce students to the history of the Earth from its formation in the solar nebula, through the development of the continents, oceans, atmosphere, and life to its present state as an active planet. The course will explain how various features of the earth "work," including continental drift, volcanoes, and the formation of most rocks; how theories are developed in geology; and how the magnitude of time has been determined. The course will be divided into two halves. In the first half, the basic concepts will be explained. In the second half, students will each make a presentation covering a relevant subject which will be followed by discussion. Assessment will be by two one-hour examinations and an oral presentation that will form the basis for a term paper. Regular assigned readings from the course text book are essential.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Earth: Then and Now by Montgomery, (1997).

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GEOSCI 147. Natural Hazards.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Larry John Ruff (ruff@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students (including first-year students with sophomore standing) may pre-register for this course. All others need permission of instructor. Those with credit for GEOSCI 107 or 205 may only elect GEOSCI 147 for 2 credits. Those who have credit for both GEOSCI 107 and 205 may only elect 147 for 1 credit. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This first-/second-year seminar examines various types of natural hazard such as earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. We make case studies, explore geological and geophysical background, and discuss the social aspects of natural hazards. Each student is given a project, which will be presented in a class and reported as an essay. Evaluation is based on an exam, the presentation and essay. No science background is required, but active participation of students is expected.

Book: main text, Natural Disasters, by Patrick Abbott

Grading: based on a combination of quizzes, exercises, class presentations, and most important your final project presentation and paper.

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GEOSCI 154. Ocean Resources.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey C Alt (jalt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school science and math recommended. Only first-year students (including first-year students with sophomore standing) may pre-register for this course. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

First-year seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The oceans provide many resources to humans, including food, recreation, energy, and minerals. This course examines the scientific principles behind these resources, and addresses the conflicts that arise because of their utilization. Examples include the oceans as a food source vs. overfishing, the development of beaches and marinas vs. protection of wetlands, and exploitation of minerals vs. marine preservation. The course will also consider the oceans as a climate resource: e.g., the effects of El Niño on weather and human resources. Students will lead class discussions in the second half of the course. There will be two written exams and one written paper. Required textbook: An Introduction to the World's Ocean, by Sverdrup, Duxbury and Duxbury.

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GEOSCI 172 / ENVIRON 111 / SOC 111 / NRE 111 / AOSS 172. Introduction to Global Change: Human Impacts.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Allan (dallan@umich.edu), Mary Anne Carroll (mcarroll@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange2/

See Environment 111.001.

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GEOSCI 201 / GEOG 201. Introductory Geography: Earth Systems Science.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Brian P Kennedy (bpkenned@umich.edu), James D Gleason (jdgleaso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 144. Those with credit for GEOSCI 111 may only elect GEOSCI 201 for 3 credits. (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/geog/201/001.nsf

This basic introduction to physical geography emphasizes the nature and dynamics of the earth system including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and solid earth, and their interactions. Topics include seasons, heat balance, global warming, ozone destruction and circulation, moisture, precipitation, clouds, groundwater, ocean circulation, waves and tides, plate tectonics, landform evolution, soil development, the biosphere, climate evolution, and global change. Students in this lecture-lab course are evaluated by hourly and final examinations, with satisfactory completion of the lab work a prerequisite to the final course evaluation.

REQUIRED TEXT: Physical Geography: Science and Systems of the Human Environment, 2nd Ed., by Strahler.

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GEOSCI 206. How the Earth Works: the Water Cycle and Environment.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lynn Walter (lmwalter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Those with credit for GEOSCI 109 may only elect GEOSCI 206 for 1 credit. (2). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course describes behavior of earth materials in the surficial environment. Water is the main transport agent in the geological cycle; its unique properties and exchange rates among oceans, lakes, rivers, and groundwater are one focus. Interaction between water reservoirs and physical and chemical weathering of soils, sediments, and rocks also are discussed. Impact of humans on the surficial environment is a unifying theme because we can affect hydrologic and geochemical cycles. No special background required. Two lectures per week. Evaluation based on exams and participation.

REQUIRED TEXT:The Blue Planet, by Skinner, Porter & Botkin.

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GEOSCI 222. Introductory Oceanography.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Theodore C Moore Jr (tedmoore@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AOSS 203. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course introduces students to the scientific study of the oceans. Contents include the shape, structure, and origin of the ocean basins; the sedimentary record of oceanic life and conditions in the past; the composition of seawater and its influence on life and climate; waves and currents; the life of the oceans and how it depends upon the marine environment; and the resources of the ocean and their wise use by society. The course format consists of lectures and readings from an assigned textbook. The course grade will be based on three one-hour exams and a two-hour final exam.

REQUIRED TEXT: Introduction to the World's Oceans by Duxbury.

MARINE GEOLOGY MAJORS MUST ALSO ELECT GEOSCI 223. OPTIONAL FOR OTHERS.

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GEOSCI 223. Introductory Oceanography, Laboratory.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent enrollment in GEOSCI 222. (1). (NS). (BS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit.

Half QR

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is an optional laboratory intended to provide students with opportunities to explore further various oceanography topics presented in the GEOSCI 222 lectures. Laboratory sessions will include sampling procedures, use of equipment, discussions, and demonstrations of how data are generated. The course grade will be based on written laboratory exercises and a final exam.

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GEOSCI 232. Earth Materials.

Introductory Courses and Courses for Non-concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lars P Stixrude (stixrude@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 125/130 or 210/211. Those with credit for GEOSCI 231 may elect GEOSCI 232 for only 2 credits. (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/~stixrude/GS232/index.html

This course is a required part of the Environmental Geology concentration program. It comprises an introduction to the inorganic materials that occur near the earth's surface and their role in environmental processes. The course consists of:

  • an introduction to matter and review of the elements and the structure of the atoms;
  • the nature of gases and molecules in the earth's atmosphere and their role in precipitation, sunlight filtration, and other processes;
  • geological fluids and the hydrosphere;
  • solid earth materials including minerals, their systematics, relationships between structure, bonding and behavior, and their combination in composites (rocks); and
  • processes and concepts such as diagenesis, the evolution of soils, and global geochemical cycles, in which all geospheres participate in essential ways.

In our study of the materials science of nature, we will explore such questions as: How do the physical and chemical nature of earth materials govern our environment? How do bonding and structure determine the properties of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, solid earth, and biosphere? How do transformation and change of earth materials mediate interactions among geospheres? Laboratory will explore the properties and characteristics of gaseous, fluid, and solid earth materials. There will be a midterm, final exam, and a term paper.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Manual of Mineral Science, 22nd edition, by Klein (2002).

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GEOSCI 310. Petrology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rebecca Ann Lange (becky@umich.edu) , Eric J Essene (essene@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: GEOSCI 231 and either an introductory geological sciences course or GEOSCI 351 to be elected prior to or concurrently with GEOSCI 310. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Petrology is the study of the origins of rocks. Emphasis is placed on igneous and metamorphic rocks in this course. The evidence for the deep crustal and upper mantle sources of igneous rocks is traced using petrographic, geochemical, and phase diagrammatic observations. In metamorphic petrology the response of metamorphites to changes in pressure, temperature, and fluid composition will be evaluated, primarily using petrographic and phase equilibrium data. Plate tectonic processes will be tied in to the origin and evolution of many igneous and metamorphic rocks. Some comparisons with extra-terrestrial igneous petrology will be made. The lectures are coordinated with microscopic laboratories using optical techniques to identify and evaluate mineral assemblages. The grade is determined through a combination of midterms, laboratory exams, and a final.

REQUIRED TEXT: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology by Best.

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GEOSCI 351. Structural Geology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ben A van der Pluijm (vdpluijm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: GEOSCI 117 or 119. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 451. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/Ben/gs351/gs351.htm

This course includes the description and analysis of geological structures in the Earth's crust and an introduction to global tectonics. There wil be three lectures and one laboratory session weekly. The following topics are covered: the description of geological structures; the kinematics and dynamics of folding and faulting; stress, strain, deformation, and rheology; introduction to dislocation theory; micro-structural analysis; principles of plate tectonics; and selected orogenic systems of the world. This is a core course for concentrators, but is open to all who want to have a basic knowledge of geology. Evaluation is based on graded lab assignments, a lab test, and three exams.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: Earth Structure An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics, 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 418. Paleontology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Daniel C Fisher (dcfisher@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: GEOSCI 117 or BIOLOGY 162. (3). (Excl). (BS). 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): Daniel C Fisher (dcfisher@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior or concurrent enrollment in GEOSCI 418. (1). (Excl). (BS). 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.

Required text: Prothero, Bringing Fossils to Life.

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GEOSCI 425. Environmental Geochemistry.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Udo Becker (ubecker@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Introductory chemistry. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

REQUIRED TEXT: Global Environment, by Berner and Berner.

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GEOSCI 427. Environmental and Technological Applications of Mineralogy.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rodney C Ewing (rodewing@umich.edu), Udo Becker (ubecker@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: GEOSCI 231/232, comparable courses in the solid-state, or the approval of the instructor. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is designed to attract those students with an interest and background in solid-state sciences. The emphasis will be on the combination of fundamental principles with application to environmental and technological problems.

Major topics include:

  • Fundamental Principles:
    • Classification and description of structure types
    • Interpretation of crystal structures
    • Phase transitions
    • Trace elements
    • Mineral surfaces
    • Amorphous solids

  • Review of selected analytical techniques

  • Application (examples of selected topics):
    • Clays: Structure, sorption, and retardation
    • Soils: Near-surface geochemistry
    • Cement: Degradation processes
    • Zeolites: Ion exchange and molecular sieves
    • Actinides (U, Th, Pu, and Np)
    • Toxic metals (Pb, Se, Te, Hg)
    • Design and testing of waste forms for high level nuclear waste
    • Design of opto-electronic devices: Strain across boundaries
    • Acid mine tailings
    • Hazardous mineral dusts: silica and asbestos
    • Colloids

  • Science applied to society:
    • Epidemiological studies as a research tool in mineralogy
    • The analysis of risk.

Upper-level undergraduates and first year graduate students in Geological Sciences, Materials Science, and Engineering. The lecture will be supplemented by readings from current scientific journals. Grades will be based on homework assignments, a term paper, and an oral presentation of the paper.

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GEOSCI 436. Field Studies in Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and Sedimentology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001 Topic? [credits?].

Instructor(s): Kyger C Lohmann (kacey@umich.edu) , Bruce Wilkinson (eustasy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (BS). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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GEOSCI 438. Evolution of the Primates.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. Introductory geology and biology are recommended as background. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Anatomical and behavioral characteristics of living primates are reviewed and the fossil record of primates is covered in detail, illustrating how fossils document the history of primates and the tempo and mode of primate evolution. This course includes three lectures and a laboratory each week, one midterm exam, a research paper, and a final exam.

REQUIRED TEXT: Primate Adaptation and Evolution, by Fleagle.

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GEOSCI 442. Earth Surface Processes and Soils.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joel D Blum (jdblum@umich.edu), Todd A Ehlers

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing; an introductory course in physical geology is recommended but not required. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Study of processes resulting in landforms on the Earth's solid surface and the formation of soils on these landforms. Emphasis includes present-day processes as well as the evolution of landforms over geologic time. GEOSCI 442 is intended for a wide, but professional audience: geologists, archaeologists, ecologists, resource managers, civil engineers, at a level appropriate for seniors and first-year graduate students. A previous course in geology is not required, but would be helpful. Lectures, map exercises, and several required field trips to examine landforms and processes in southern Michigan. Grading: a midterm and final exam, and exercises.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: Process Geomorphology, 4th Ed., by Ritter, Kochel and Miller; and Interpretation of Landforms from Topographic Maps & Air Photographs: A Laboratory Manual, by Easterbrook and Kovanen.

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GEOSCI 449. Marine Geology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David K Rea (davidrea@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: GEOSCI 222/223 or introductory physical geology. (3). (Excl). (BS). 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.

Instructor(s): Ben A van der Pluijm (vdpluijm@umich.edu)

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

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 477. Hydrogeology.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maria C Cruz Da Silva Castro (mccastro@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 140 (or 160)/141, CHEM 125/130, and MATH 116; MATH 215/216 are recommended. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides an introduction to physical and chemical hydrogeology. Emphasis is on processes and direct applications to geological settings. Problem solving is an important course component. The hydrologic cycle, physical rock framework, and properties of aquifer systems will be described and quantified. Groundwater flow and mass transport equations will be covered, as well as pump test design and analysis. Natural tracers and groundwater dating will also be discussed. An introduction to groundwater modeling with simulation of groundwater flow and mass transport will be provided.

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GEOSCI 489. 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 (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 GEOSCI 490.

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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 GEOSCI 489.

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GEOSCI 497. Turner Lecture Seminar.

Primarily for Concentrators

Section 001 [Drop/Add deadline=January 24].

Instructor(s): Lynn M Walter (lmwalter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two required GeoScience concentration core courses. (1). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

Mini/Short course

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 & 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 499.

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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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