Spring 2013 GeoSci Schedule of Undergrad Classes
100-Level General Introductory Classes
- G103 Earth Science Materials and Processes Processes 3 credits - Introduction to origin and classification of minerals and rocks. Class #17429. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-6:35 p.m., GY126. Laboratory: Wednesday 11:15-1:10 p.m. GY 214.
- G104 Evolution of the Earth 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 #20790. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:25-2:15 p.m., GY 126.
Laboratory: GY 214 (3 lab sections).
- G105 Earth Our Habitable Planet 3 credits - Introduction to Planet Earth as a dynamic and complex global system.
Class #17441. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 2:30-3:20 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (4 lab sections to choose from).
- G116 Our Planet and Its Future 3 credits - The interaction between geologic and environmental processes in the Earth. Class #20204. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15-12:05 p.m., GY 126.
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 #26287. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 1:00-2:15 p.m., GY 126 No laboratory.
- G131 Oceans and Our Global Environment 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 #32644. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m., GY 143 No laboratory.
- G141 Earthquakes and Volcanoes 3 credits - Examination of the causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanic activity. Class #17447. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 3:35-4:25 p.m., GY 416. Laboratory: GY 210 (5 lab sections to choose from).
- G190 The Evolving Earth 1 credit – Volcanoes Seminar Class #17456. Second eight weeks, open to those students interested in participating in the 2-week (3 Credit) field course, Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra Nevada during Summer I. Consent of instructor is required in advance. Students must apply online at http://wee.indiana.edu/~sierra. Class meets with CLIC-L 100. Tuesday 7:30-8:45 p.m., GY 214.
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).
- G225 Earth Materials 4 Credits - This course sequentially considers minerals, rocks, sediments, and soils; the materials that comprise the solid earth. The distribution and environmental significance of these materials are studied, as are their chemical and physical interactions with groundwater and plants. Three 50-minute lectures and one 2-hour laboratory per week. Laboratory attendance is required. Credit given for only one of GEOL G225 or G221. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m., GY 447. 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).
- G308 Paleontology and Geology of Indiana 3 Credits - Class #31089. Paleontology and geology with a regional focus, emphasizing life, the sedimentary record, changing paleo-environments, and the origin of Indiana's modern landscape, biota, and natural resources. Includes fossil identification and analyses of paleontological data. Lecture Wednesday/Friday 1:25-2:15 p.m., GY 447. Laboratory: Friday 2:30-4:25 p.m. GY 518.
- G323 Structural Geology 4 credits Class #17460. Geometry and origin of folds, faults, joints, and cleavage. Modes and principles of rock deformation. Regional tectonics of selected fold-mountain systems. Laboratory and field trip. II Sem.Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:15-12:05 p.m., GY447. Laboratory GY447 (2 lab sections to choose from).
- G341 Natural History of Coral Reefs 3 Credits – Class #26482. Introduction to principles of Biology, Ecology, and Geology of coral reef ecosystems. Lecture Tuesday 5:45-8:45 p.m., GY 210.
- G339 Reading for Honors 1-6 credits Class #17463.
400-Level Advanced Classes for Geology Majors
- G406 Introduction to Geochemistry 3 Credits – Class #30360. 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. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:10 – 11:00 a.m., GY 220.
- G410 Undergraduate Research in Geology 1-6 Credits – Class #17464. Arranged hours.
- G420 Regional Geology Field Trip 2 credits (8 weeks) - Regional Field Trip TBA Class #26806. Lecture Arranged.
- G427 Introduction to X-Ray Minernalogy3 credits - Class #29880. Advanced topic in mineralogy, including non-ideal solid solutions, order-disorder, exsolution, and strain. Theory and practice of X-ray power diffraction. Measurement and analysis of digital diffraction data, including profile fitting and Rietveld refinement. Two lectures and one 2-hour laboratory per week. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-8:50 a.m., GY 245. Laboratory Wednesday 1:30-3:20 p.m. GY 241.
- G451 Principles of Hydrogeology 3 Credits - Class #25977. Physical and chemical properties of water; chemical equilibria and stable isotopes in groundwaters; acid drainage, landfills, and agricultural pollution; Darcy’s Law, fluid potential, unsaturated flow; fluid and aquifer properties affecting groundwater flow; fluid mass-balance equation and its application; contaminant transport. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
- G490 Undergraduate Seminar: Petrology 1 credit - Class #25384. Lecture Arranged.
- G490 Undergraduate Seminar: Paleobotany 3 credits - Class #28801. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:20-1:10 p.m. GY518.
- G490 Undergraduate Seminar: Volcanology 1 credit - Class #29004. Lecture Wednesday 5:30-6:45 p.m. GY416.
- G490 Undergraduate Seminar: Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems 1-6 credits - Class #31091. Evolution of African Vertebrate Landscapes. This interdisciplinary seminar focuses on the Plio-Pleistocene African vertebrate paleo-communities associated with the evolution of early hominins. We will review various hypotheses and techniques that have been advanced to explain the timing and nature of human origins. Climate Change Hypotheses and Tectonic Hypotheses (such as global cooling, variability selection, savanna and aridity expansion, turnover pulse, tectonics and volcanism, formation of natural barriers etc.) will be discussed and reassessed during the semester. The class we will explore a wealth of published record from sedimentary rocks of the late Cenozoic of African rift (e.g., pollen, phytoliths and macrobotanical remains, vertebrate body fossils, pedogenic carbonate isotopes, marine core sediments, terrestrial sediments, faulting, stone artifacts etc.) to investigate how global climate transitions, tectonic changes and local variations in orbital forcing were critical component for understanding human origin. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 2:30-3:20 p.m. GY221.
- G490 Honors Research in Geology 1-6 Credits - Class #17466. Arranged hours.