Fall 2013 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 #3035. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 5:45–6:35 p.m., ED 1120. 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 #6905. 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 #3065. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 2:30–3:20 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (4 lab sections to choose from).
- COLL–C 105 Earth Processes and Planets 3 credits – Processes that operate and have operated on, in and around the Earth, Mercury, Venus, the Moon, and Mars contributing to their evolution through approximately 4.56 billion years; evaluate the evidence using principles of geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, geography and mathematics. Critical approach course for non–science majors. Class #11661. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., BH 340.
- 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 #3068. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 2:30–3:20 p.m., GY 447. Laboratory: Thursday 3:35–5:30 p.m., GY 447.
- 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 #6913. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15–12:05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (5 lab sections to choose from).
- G116 Our Planet and Its Future 3 credits – The interaction between geologic and environmental processes in the Earth.Class #6005. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15–12:05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY210 (6 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 #3070. 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 #32962. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15–12:05 p.m. GY 143. (Three lab sections to choose from).
- G131 Oceanography 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 #33296. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 4:00–5:15 p.m., GY 126 No laboratory.
- G141 Earthquakes and Volcanoes 3 credits – Examination of the causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanic activity. Class #3071. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 10:10–11:00 a.m., GY 143. Laboratory: GY 214 (2 lab sections to choose from).
- G171 Environmental Geology 3 credits – Examination of natural and man-induced geologic hazards. Class #32966. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 9:05–9:55 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 #3078. 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 #3081. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:10–11:00 a.m., GY 220. Laboratory: GY 518 (2 lab sections to choose from).
- G339 Reading for Honors 1–6 credits Class #17926.
400–Level Advanced Classes for Geology Majors
- G404 Geobiology 3 Credits – Application of biological principles and use of fossils in the study of earth history. Class #32958. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:25–3:20 p.m., GY 447. Laboratory Wednesday 12:20–2:15 p.m. GY518. Course Website
- 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. Class #32969. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:15–12:05 p.m., GY 220. No laboratory.
- G415 Principles of Geomorphology 3 Credits – Natural processes that form landscapes, surficial geologic materials and soils. Class #3085. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 2:30–3:20p.m. GY 447. Laboratory Friday, 1:25–4:25 p.m. GY 522
- G416 Economic Geology 3 Credits – Geologic occurrence and genesis of economic mineral deposits, including petroleum and coal. Class #29314. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15–12:30 p.m., GY 338. No lab.
- G418 Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology 3 credits – The petrogenesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Both the lecture and laboratory portions of the course stress the application of modern petrographic, mineralogic, geochemical, and phase equilibria techniques to the solution of relevant petrologic problems. Two lectures and one 2-hour laboratory meeting per week. Class #29938. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:20–1:10 p.m., GY 341. Laboratory 1:25–3:20 p.m. GY341.
- G420 Regional Geology Field Trip 2 credits (8 weeks) – Regional Field Trip TBA Class #10907. 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 #12671. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:05–9:55 a.m., GY 416. Class includes five all–day Saturday field trips to be announced.
- G434 Dynamic Meteorology 3 credits – Introduction to dynamical processes at the synoptic to global scales. Principles of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics and their application to the atmosphere. Basic conservation laws and equations of motion. Topics covered also include planetary waves and blocking mechanisms, teleconnections, and the global general circulation. In this course, it is my goal to provide students with a foundation in the processes that govern atmospheric phenomena at the mesoscale. The course will include a treatment of both dynamic and thermodynamic forcings for selected phenomena. Through application of this knowledge, students will be expected to demonstrate the critical thinking and problem-solving skills expected of graduate students and seniors at IU. Course outcome for students: Students who participate in the course fully will be able to describe a variety of mesoscale phenomena in both qualitative and quantitative terms, including their causes, development, and effects, imparting an appreciation for nature and its impact on our lives. Class #32970. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:00–2:15 p.m., GY 436. No lab.
- 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 #10189. Lecture Monday 1:25–3:20 p.m. GY220.
- G448 Sustainable Energy Systems 3 credits – Examination of current energy use and the role of renewable energy resources in meeting future demand. Covers the physical and technological basis for geothermal, wind, solar, hydro and marine energy, in addition to the environmental, economic, and social impacts of developing and utilizing these sustainable resources. Class #32971. Lecture Tuesday 4:00–5:15 p.m. GY436. Laboratory 5:15–6:30 p.m. GY548