Fall 2012 GeoSci Schedule of Classes
100-Level General Introductory Classes
- G103 Earth Science Materials and Processes 3 credits - Introduction to origin and classification of minerals and rocks. Class #17869. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-6:35 p.m., RH 100. Laboratory: GY 214 (11 lab sections to choose from).
- G104 Evolution of the Earth 3 credits - The Evolution of the Earth is an introductory science course focused on the 5-billion years of Earth history. Class #22240. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:25-2:15 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 214 (5 lab sections).
- G105 Earth Our Habitable Planet 3 credits - Introduction to Planet Earth as a dynamic and complex global system. Class #17908. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:20 p.m., GY 143. Laboratory: GY 220 (5 lab sections to choose from).
- COLL-C 105 Earth Processes and Planets 3 credits - Processes that operate and have operated on, in and around the Earth, Mercury, Venus, the Moon, and Mars contributing to their evolution through approximately 4.56 billion years; evaluate the evidence using principles of geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, geography and mathematics. Critical approach course for non-science majors. Class #27570. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., GY 143.
- G111 Physical Geology 3 credits – Basic concepts of geology. Formation of rocks, erosion and landscape evolution, plate tectonics, interpretation of earth processes from geological data. Class #17911. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:20 p.m., GY 447. Laboratory: Thursday 3:35-5:30 p.m., GY 447.
- G114 Dinosaurs and Their Relatives 3 credits – Origin and evolution of vertebrates including dinosaurs and their distant relatives such as fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Course will focus on dinosaur evolution, paleobiology, paleoecology, and extinction. Class #22249. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15-12:05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (5 lab sections to choose from).
- G116 Our Planet and Its Future 3 credits - The interaction between geologic and environmental processes in the Earth. Class #21231. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15-12:05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY210 (5 lab sections to choose from.
100-Level Focused Introductory Classes
- G121 Meteorites and Planets 3 credits - Geological processes and products on Earth-like planetary bodies and asteroids; evidence from current meteorite, lunar, Martian, and space research. Weekly quizzes/examinations (open book, open notes) on inferences from available evidence. Class #17913. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 1:25-2:40 p.m., GY 126 No laboratory.
- G131 Oceanography 3 credits - Introduction to oceanography, with emphasis on ocean-atmospheric interaction and global climate, plate tectonics and morphology of the ocean basins, marine geology, energy resources, environmental problems due to sea-level rise, coastal erosion, oil spills, and life in the sea. Class #29875. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m., GY 126 No laboratory.
- G141 Earthquakes and Volcanoes 3 credits - Examination of the causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanic activity. Class #17974. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 3:35-4:25 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 210 (5 lab sections to choose from).
- G171 Environmental Geology 3 credits - Examination of natural and man-induced geologic hazards. Class #17920. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 4:40-5:30 p.m., GY 143. Laboratory: GY 210 (2 lab sections to choose from).
200-300-Level Intermediate Classes for Science Majors
- G221 Introduction to Mineralogy 4 Credits - The importance of minerals, the basic building blocks of rocks and the Earth. Class #17921. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:05-9:55 a.m., GY 143. Laboratory: GY245 (2 lab sections to choose from).
- G334 Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4 Credits - Interrelationship of sedimentation and stratigraphy; processes and factors influencing genesis of sedimentary strata. Class #17924. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:00-8:50 a.m., GY 143. Laboratory: GY 518 (2 lab sections to choose from).
- G339 Reading for Honors 1-6 credits Class #17926.
400-Level Advanced Classes for Geology Majors
- G411 Invertebrate Paleontology 3 credits – Structure, classification, habitats, and geological history and significance of the invertebrate phyla. Laboratory study of fossils. Class #27650. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:25-3:20 p.m., GY 518. No laboratory.
- G415 Principles of Geomorphology 3 credits – Class #17928. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 2:30-3:20p.m. GY 447. Laboratory Friday, 1:25-4:25 p.m. GY 447.
- G417 Optical Mineralogy 3 credits - Theory and use of optics in the identification and classification of rock-forming minerals in fragments and thin sections. Class #32564. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 3:35-5:30 p.m., GY 341. No laboratory.
- G420 Regional Geology Field Trip 2 credits (8 weeks) - Regional Field Trip TBA Class #26806. Lecture Arranged.
- G423 Methods in Applied Geophysics 4 credits - Application of geophysical principles to field and laboratory experiments, with emphasis on data acquisition, analysis, and geologic interpretation. Class #29880. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:05-9:55 a.m., GY 507. Class includes five all-day Saturday field trips to be anounced.
- G444 Analytical Geochemistry 2 Credits - Methods in Analytical Geochemistry is designed as an overview of basic collection and preparation of water, soil and rock samples for elemental analysis. Class #25977. Lecture Monday 12:20-2:15 p.m.
- G454 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics 3 credits – Synthesis of observations from diverse disciplines of geology leading to the development of modern plate tectonic theory. Applications of plate tectonic principles to fundamental problems of continental and marine geology. Class #32565. Lecture Arranged.
- G490 Undergraduate SEM Landscape Paleoecology 1-2 Credits - This interdisciplinary seminar focuses on the paleoecology of terrestrial vertebrates with regional emphasis on the evolution of African Cenozoic landscapes. How early hominids evolved in response to climate change and tectonic activities in African rift basins is the core subject of the class. The course develops an understanding of vertebrate fossils and interrelationship between geomorphology, stratigraphic history and paleobiology. It explores the causal relationship between paleoclimatic fluctuation and development of active rifting in Africa, and their influence to the evolution of vertebrates and early humans. Class #28768. Lecture Wednesday 12:20-2:15 p.m., Friday 12:20-1:30 p.m., GY 518.