Spring 2018 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. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:25-2:15p.m., GY143. Laboratory: GY 220 (3 lab sections).
  • 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. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 210 (3 lab sections).
  • G105 Earth Our Habitable Planet 3 credits – Introduction to Planet Earth as a dynamic and complex global system. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 2:30-3:20 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (4 lab sections).
  • G114 Dinosaurs and Their Relatives 3 credits – The origin and evolution of life over the past three billion years. The paleoecological and evolutionary development of plants and animals. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 522 (4 lab sections).
  • G116 Our Planet and Its Future 3 credits – Introduction to Planet Earth as a dynamic and complex global system. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m., GY 126.

100–Level Focused Introductory Classes

  • G122 Introduction to Atmospheric Science: Weather and Climate 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. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 10:10 – 11:00 a.m., GY 143. Laboratory: GY 214 (2 lab sections).
  • G131 Oceans and Our Global Environment 3 credits – An introduction to oceanography integrating exploration of ocean basins and plate tectonics, seawater and seafloor sediments, ocean-atmospheric interactions and global climate, and coastal/marine ecology to build understanding of oceanographic processes complemented by on-line assignments that explore and interpret web-based data sets emphasizing ocean dynamics and the climatic and environmental importance of Earth’s oceans. Lecture 100% online course taught by IU Bloomington. No on-campus meetings are required.
  • G138 Geology of State and National Parks 3 credits - This course introduces principles of physical, chemical, and biological processes that together influence the geologic evolution of the Earth’s landscapes and composition as told through National and State parklands. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m., GY 214.
  • G141 Earthquakes and Volcanoes 3 credits - Examination of the causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanic activity. Impacts of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, including secondary effects such as landslides, mudflows, and tsunamis; climatic effects; energy/mineral resources; and social disruption. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 10:10 – 11:00 a.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 214 (3 lab sections).
  • G171 Environmental Geology in the Twenty First Century. 3 credits – Examination of natural and man-induced geologic hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and land subsidence; environmental issues, disposal and management of solid, chemical, and radioactive waste, acid mine drainage as well as the environmental impact of mineral extraction and water resource utilization. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 - 2:15 p.m., GY522. No Laboratory.
  • G190 The Evolving Earth: Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains CASE This is a 2–week field course in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California followed by a 2–week independent study research period. Lecture: GY210 Tueaday 5:45-7:00 p.m. | Course website

200–300–Level Intermediate Classes for Science Majors

  • G222 Introduction to Petrology 3 credits - Study of the principal representatives of the major chemical groups of minerals. Emphasis on rock–forming and useful minerals, their crystal structure, chemistry, physical properties, association, and occurrence. Study of major rock types. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:05-9:55 a.m., GY 210. Laboratory: GY 245 (2 Lab sections).
  • G226 Earth Processes 3 credits Introduction to the processes that shape our planet, the composition and structure of Earth, and the erosion and deposition of sediments at the surface. Study of processes ranging from forces driving plate motion, fluid flow in and on the earth, crustal deformation and mountain building, erosion of source terrain, the transport system, and the depositional record. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:20 - 1:10 p.m., GY 210. No laboratory.
  • H241 Earth Beautiful: Why So? 3 credits - Natural beauty of the mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, patterned edifices, crystals, and gemstones. Processes of their genesis, sustenance, and demise. Plate tectonics, magmatism, uplift, glaciation, weathering, burial, crystal growth. In-class presentations and open-book open-notes examinations. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., GY 220.
  • G323 Structural Geology 3 credits - Geometry and origin of folds, faults, joints, and cleavage. Modes and principles of rock deformation. Regional tectonics of selected fold-mountain systems. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m., GY 522. Laboratory: GY 416 (1 lab section).
  • G341 The Natural History of Coral Reefs 3 credits - Introduction to principles of Biology, Ecology, and Geology of coral reef ecosystems. The course will address the evolutionary history of reef ecosystems through geologic time inclusive of reef composition and global distribution, modern reef development, conservation and management practices, and the persistence of the reef ecosystem through climate change scenarios. We will cover biologic, ecologic, and geologic principles as they pertain to coral reef ecosystems. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m., GY 522. No laboratory. | Course website
  • G364 Dynamic Meteorology 3 credits - Equations of motion and their approximation, scale analysis for the atmosphere and the ocean. Conservation properties. Fluid motion in the atmosphere and oceans. Circulation and vorticity, geostrophic motion and the gradient wind balance. Turbulence and Ekman Layers. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 - 3:45 p.m., GY 522. No Laboratory.

400–Level Advanced Classes for Geology Majors

  • G417 Optical Mineralogy 3 credits - Use of crystal optics and the petrographic microscope to identify minerals, textures, rocks, and mineral reactions in thin sections of rock. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 - 5:15 p.m., GY 341. No laboratory.
  • G420 Regional Geology Field Trip 1-2 Credits - Field investigation of selected regions of North America for study of mineralogic, lithologic, stratigraphic, structural, paleontologic, geomorphologic, or other geological relationships. Six to 15 days in the field. Class requires permission of instructor. Contact instructor for details.
  • 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. Experiments include earthquake seismology, electrical resistivity, magnetic and gravity surveys, and reflection and refraction seismology. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:10-11:00 a.m., GY 416. No laboratory.
  • G437 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology 3 credits - Analysis and prediction of synoptic scale weather systems, emphasizing the mid-latitudes. Other topics include severe weather and atmospheric/oceanic teleconnections. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:30 - 3:20 p.m., GY 220. No laboratory.
  • G451 Principles of Hydrogeology 3 credits - 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 1:00 - 2:15 p.m., GY 338. No laboratory.
  • G454 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics 3 credits - Synthesis of observations from diverse disciplines of geology leading to the development of modern plate tectonic theory. Applications of plate tectonic principles to fundamental problems of continental and marine geology. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. GY 522. No Laboratory.
  • G476 Climate Change Science 3 credits - Evidence for and theories of climate change over a range of time scales. Sources of natural climate forcing are presented, historical evolution of climate change is quantified, and model tools and climate projections are presented along with analyses of climate change impacts. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. GY 220. No Laboratory.