Courses

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Geology 101 The Dynamic Earth

Physical processes within and upon the Earth’s surface, including the formation of rocks, plate tectonics and earthquakes, and landscapes. 3 lecture hours and one 2-hour lab or field period.

Geology 310 Mineralogy

Mineralogy is the study of the crystalline solids that make up the rocks in the Earth and planets. It is the application of materials science to Earth materials. Mineralogy forms the basis for the study of all rock types and rock-forming processes. Thus, the study of mineralogy is a prerequisite for most other geology courses and should be taken as early as possible in the sequence of courses for the major. Lecture topics include mineral classification, crystal symmetry, bonding and coordination, crystal structure and composition, and the physical and optical properties of minerals. Applications of mineralogy to current research in Earth science are discussed. Laboratory exercises closely follow the lecture material, examining crystallography, crystal chemistry, microscopy, and hand sample identification. Four Hours. Prerequisites: Chemistry 130 and Geology 101.

Geology 330 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Classification and properties of igneous and metamorphic rocks, the processes that produce them, and the tectonic environments in which they form. Prereq: 310. 2 lecture hours and one 2-hour lab.

Geology 530 Petrogenesis of Crystalline Rocks

Origin and properties of igneous and metamorphic rocks, magmatic and subsolidus processes and physical conditions. Laboratory involves petrographic study of crystalline rocks in thin section. Prereq: 410. 3 hrs and 1 lab.

Geology 565 Chemical Petrology

Application of thermodynamics to geologic materials. Thermodynamics of condensed phases, solutions, thermodynamic stability, heterogeneous multicomponent phase equilibria, and conduction of heat through Earth. Prereq: Chemistry 120–130, Mathematics 141–142. Recommended: Physical Chemistry.

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