G129 EARTH SCIENCES: MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
July 7-21, 2013 (3 credits)
Students will fly round trip from Indianapolis to Bozeman, with cost of flight included in fees.
None. This course is open to all University students as well as incoming freshman. Scholarship application is available on-line with course application.
Final grades will be based on: quizzes, homework (10%), and in-field exercises (50%) and two 50-minute lecture examinations (40%, 20% for each exam). All work in G129 must be conducted in adherence to the academic code of conduct, as stated in The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Copyright 1998, The Trustees of Indiana University.
TEXT AND COURSE MATERIALS
The text selected provides a well written, engaging presentation of the material. Additional reading and supporting maps, air photographs, and other materials will be supplied. These will be provided to the students while the course is taking place.
Required text: Grotzinger, John and Jordan, Tom, 2010. Understanding Earth, Sixth Edition, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, NY, 654pp.
Introductory Geology Taught in the Field is an introductory geological science course designed for university students with widely varying backgrounds and intended majors. G129 is intended to provide students with a broadly balanced approach to the fundamental concepts that are at the heart of any study of the Earth. Lectures and field work will focus on the interactive nature of chemical, physical, and biological processes that have shaped our planetary environment during the past 4.5 billion years. Topics will be presented in a manner that intertwines these fundamental principles with applications which serve to document that Earth is a complex system.
The study of geology can best be done in the field where direct observations of both the processes and the scale of these processes, can be made. This is one example of where, if a picture is worth a thousand words, being able to engage in hands-on investigation will result in an infinitely more rewarding experience than sitting through a lecture looking at images from 1000 miles away. It follows directly from the quality of the learning experience that the pace of learning can also be accelerated allowing both time to explore details of particularly interesting aspects of the subject matter and a greater range of topics than might be found in a typical semester long course based on a traditional campus.
The intensity of the experience, resulting from the total immersion environment created by living and working at the Indiana University Geologic Field Station will produce a coherent and lasting understanding of the fundamental principles that are at the heart of the geological sciences; this will provide the foundation that will allow this knowledge to be applied universally in whatever situations the person will later finds themselves in.