Introduction to the physical earth; its nature, structure, and the processes that shape it. Laboratory: minerals, rocks, topographic and geologic maps, aerial photographs. Not open to students with prior credit a 16X course. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR. Lab fee.
Geology of National Parks/Monuments
An investigation of geological features, processes, and history through a study of selected national parks and monuments in the United States. Laboratories emphasize hands-on learning through the classification of minerals, rocks, and fossils; the interpretation of topographic and geologic maps and remotely- sensed imagery; and will culminate with an extended field trip to describe and interpret the geology of one or more national parks and/or monuments. Not open to students with prior credit in a 16X course. Offered Spring Term alternate years. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Partially satisfies the SM/SL CCR.
Examines how the earth affects humans and how humans affect the earth. Not open to students with prior credit in a 16X course. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR. Lab fee.
Description, identification, and classification of naturally occurring crystalline solids. Includes crystallography and crystal chemistry. Application of crystallography and crystal chemistry to an understanding of the occurrence, origin, and physical characteristics of minerals. Laboratory: symmetry, stereograms, structure analysis, mineral identification. Prerequisite: a 16X course. Offered Fall Term. Lab fee.
Intro. to Geographic Info. Science
Lectures will introduce fundamental concepts of spatial data, data management, data analysis, modeling, map design and map projections and coordinate systems. A series of laboratory case studies will present real- world applications of GIScience while offering students opportunities to apply the fundamental concepts discussed in lectures. A working knowledge of computers is necessary. Lab fee.
A survey of earth history throughout geologic time with emphasis on the development of North America. Laboratory: fossils, geologic maps, cross- sections, field trips. Prerequisite: a 16X course and consent of instructor. Offered Spring Term alternate years.
Field Study - Geology
Geologic principles, processes, and features as seen on field trips to selected areas of geologic interest. Geologic mapping, aerial photograph interpretation, description and interpretation of stratigraphy and geologic structures. Designed for majors and non-majors. Prerequisites: a 16X course and consent of instructor. Offered Spring Term alternate years.
Issues in Environmental Geology
An in-depth examination of special topics in environmental geology such as natural hazards, pollution, water, energy or mineral resources. Will analyze real cases in the chosen topic. Labs. Field trips. May be team-taught. Offered Spring Term. Not open to students with prior credit in Geo 163. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR.
History of Life
Introduction to the scientific study of fossils (paleontology) and survey of major developments in the co-evolution of life and the physical environment. Laboratory exercises emphasize the identification and illustration of fossil specimens, mainly invertebrates, and the interpretation of their morphology. Field trips to local fossil collecting localities. Introductory biology or physical geology recommended. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR.
Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology
The description, identification, and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. The origins and occurrences of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory: hand-specimen and thin-section study of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Prerequisite: 220. Offered Winter Term alternate years.
A study of the mechanical behavior of earth materials. Description, identification, and mechanical analysis of folds, faults and other geologic structures. Laboratory: geometric analysis of structures. Prerequisite: a 16X course. Offered Winter Term alternate years. Lab fee.
The study, classification, and interpretation of ancient and modern sediments and sedimentary rock sequences. Laboratory: handspecimenand thin-section study of sedimentary rocks, mechanical and compositional analysis of sediments, and preparation of stratigraphic maps. Field study of modern sediments and sedimentary rocks. Prerequisite: a Geo 16X course and permission of the instructor. Offered Winter Term alternate years. Lab fee.
Introduction to groundwater chemistry and the physical principles governing groundwater flow. Integration of geomorphic, stratigraphic, geochemical, and hydraulic date concepts in building mathematical models of groundwater systems. Heavy emphasis on analysis of numerical problems and, in laboratory, use of physical and computer models. Prerequisite: a Geo 16X course and permission of the instructor. Offered Fall Term. Lab fee.
The study of the forces and processes that shape the earth's surface as a means of understanding how the earth's features develop. Laboratory: interpretation and analysis of the earth's surficial features as seen on maps and photographs, field trips. Prerequisite: a 16X course. Offered Fall Term alternate years. Lab fee.