GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth (each semester, I teach Spring semesters, alternate years)
4 credits, for entry-level undergraduate students, required for undergraduate majors in Geological Sciences and Environmental Geoscience, fulfills science distribution requirement
- How does the Earth work: describe the dynamic processes that formed and govern the Earth system
- How do we know what we know: explain methods for observing the Earth
- Why does the Earth work that way: apply physics, chemistry, and other disciplines to Earth and environmental problems
- Why should we care: describe and quantify how humans and other life change and are changed by the Earth
- What do geologists and environmental geoscientists do: explore what is Earth science about, what more can you learn, and what careers are available?
GLG 321: Mineralogy and Geochemistry (every Fall semester)
4 credits, required for undergraduate majors in Geological Sciences and Environmental Geosciences
- What are the chemical compositions and crystallographic properties of major rock-forming minerals?
- How can we identify minerals in hand specimen, in thin section, and with other analytical techniques?
- How does atomic-scale structure affect macro-scale properties?
- How do the formation and stability of minerals relate to their geologic environment?
- What is the role of minerals as host phases for chemical elements of interest?
- What is the relationship between mineralogy and physics, chemistry and other fields?
GLG 864 Mineral and Rock Physics (Spring semesters, alternate years)
4 credits, for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students, requires GLG 321 or permission of instructor
- Relate atomic- and grain-scale structures to macro- to planet-scale processes and phenomena.
- Explain and interpret geophysical observations in terms of physical properties of Earth materials.
- Quantify uncertainty in measurements and observations of physical properties of Earth materials.
- Interpret and explain data and literature on mineral and rock behavior.
- Evaluate strengths and limitations of observational and modeling methods for understanding planetary interiors.