Fall 2014 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 #8573. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 5:45–6:35 p.m., WH 101. Laboratory: GY 214 (6 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 #12196. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:25–2:15 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 210 (5 lab sections).
- G105 Earth Our Habitable Planet 3 credits – Introduction to Planet Earth as a dynamic and complex global system. Class #8580. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 2:30–3:20 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (4 lab sections to choose from).
- 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 #8583. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 2:30–3:20 p.m., GY 447. Laboratory: Thursday 3:35–5:30 p.m., GY 447 (2 labs sections to choose from).
- 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 #12204. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (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 #8585. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 1:00–2:15 p.m., GY 126 No laboratory.
- G122 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences 3 credits – Specialized and general students are introduced to atmosphere science through climate–change science, atmospheric physics, atmosphere-ocean interactions, forecasting, and severe weather. Tools and techniques for analyzing atmospheric environments and assessing human impact are covered. Students will gain understanding of basic atmospheric properties and processes through rigorous critical thinking and problem solving. Credit given for only one of G122 or GEOG–G 109. Where do clouds come from? Why does the wind blow? What causes thunderstorms in spring? What are "global warming" and "climate change," and do they really matter? What we’ll study: the basic concepts of the atmosphere (temperature, humidity, wind, pressure, clouds and precipitation) and how these all fit together as elements of a place’s weather and climate. Weekly hands–on lab sessions are required. Students will collect data, conduct hands–on experiments, perform calculations, and use the same instruments that scientists use to study weather and climate. Class #19602. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15–12:05 p.m. GY 143. Laboratory GY210 (Three lab sections to choose from).
- G131 Oceans and Our Global Environment 3 credits – NMNS An introduction to oceanography integrating exploration of ocean basins and plate tectonics, seawater and seafloor sediments, ocean-atmospheric interactions and global climate, and coastal/marine ecology to build understanding of oceanographic processes complemented by on-line assignments that explore and interpret web-based data sets emphasizing ocean dynamics and the climatic and environmental importance of Earth’s oceans. Class #19884. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m. GY 126 No laboratory.
- G138 Geology of State and National Parks 3 credits - This course introduces principles of historical, physical, and environmental geology by examining select state and national parklands that showcase the many dynamic Earth processes that help shape the Earth’s surface. Class #34945. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:20-1:10 p.m. GY522.
- G141 Earthquakes and Volcanoes 3 credits – Examination of the causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanic activity. Class #8586. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 10:10–11:00 a.m., GY 143. Laboratory: GY 214 (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 #8590. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:05–9:55 a.m., GY 214. 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 #8593. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:10–11:00 a.m., GY 522. Laboratory: GY 522 (2 lab sections to choose from).
- G339 Reading for Honors 1–6 credits Class #17926.
400–Level Advanced Classes for Geology Majors
- G406 Introduction to Geochemistry 3 Credits – Chemistry in the study of the earth, employing elementary chemical thermodynamics, the phase rule, chemical equilibria, redox reactions, the radioactive decay law, and organic chemistry. Prerequisites: G222, M212, M216, and C106, or consent of instructor. Class #19609. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:15–12:05 p.m., GY 522. No laboratory.
- G411 Invertebrate Paleontology 3 credits - Field and laboratory research in selected problems in geology. Class #30981. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:25-3:20 p.m., GY 522. No Laboratory
- G415 Principles of Geomorphology 3 Credits – Natural processes that form landscapes, surficial geologic materials and soils. Class #8597. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 2:30–3:20p.m. GY 447. Laboratory Friday, 1:25–4:25 p.m. GY 338
- G417 Optical Mineralogy 3 Credits – Use of crystal optics and the petrographic microscope to identify minerals, textures, rocks, and mineral reactions in thin sections of rock. Class #30982. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m., GY 341. No lab.
- G420 Regional Geology Field Trip 2 credits (8 weeks) – Regional Field Trip TBA Class #15784. 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 #17049. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:05–9:55 a.m., GY 416. Class includes five all–day Saturday field trips to be announced.
- G444 Methods in 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 #15183. Lecture Monday 12:20–2:15 p.m. GY214.