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GEOLOGY COURSES 2013-2014

Geological topics, such as environmental hazards, plate tectonics, and mineral resources and society, offered in different years. No prior knowledge of geology is assumed. (Only one Geology 100 course unit may be applied toward divisional credit in the natural sciences. 100 and 140 may be substituted for 130 as a prerequisite for other geology courses and may not be taken for credit after 130.) (May meet the laboratory/field requirement for natural sciences.) 1 unit – Department.

Geology Department 2013-2014 Course Schedule

GY100: Studies in Geology:
Geological topics, such as environmental hazards, plate tectonics, and mineral resources and society, offered in different years. No prior knowledge of geology is assumed. May not be taken for credit after 130. (Only one Geology 100 course unit may be applied toward divisional credit in the natural sciences.) (May meet the laboratory/field requirement for natural sciences.)  No credit if taken after GY130 or GY140.   1 unit - Block Visitor.

    Block 4: Science and Narratives of Cliamte Change. In this class you will learn how the climate system works and you will be introduced to current scientific thinking about climate change in the recent past and near future.  You will also be exposed to the challenges of communicating the results of climate science to the general public, and you will develop your own ways of addressing these challenges.  This class will involve several trips to national science laboratories and field stations in the Denver/Boulder area.  Visiting Professor Caroline Alden

GY101: Catastrophic Geology: Causes and Consequences of Natural Disasters
An examination of the nature and causes of earthquakes, volcanoes and floods through in-depth study of several seminal hazardous events & regions. Unique and occasionally conflicting perspectives from historic/pre-historic records, modern science and present/future economics and politics underscores the slow progress in our understanding of these catastrophes. The events will also be examined within the global framework of plate tectonic theory to enhance understanding of dynamic Earth processes. The 1.0 unit course provides one block toward the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Inquiry requirement.  (Not offered 2013-14) 1 unit

GY115: Oceanography
Basic principles of physical and chemical oceanography. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.)  (Not offered 2013-14) 1 unit

GY130: Introductory Geology
The materials of the earth, earth processes and interrelationships between these domains. History of the earth, with emphasis on how geologists accomplish their historical inquiries. (Meets the laboratory/field requirement for natural sciences.) Prerequisite: No credit after Geology 140. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.) (Not offered 2013-14) 2 units .

GY140: Physical Geology
The fundamentals of physical geology: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; basic mineralogy; structural geology; mapping; and examination of local stratigraphic units. (Meets the laboratory/field requirement for the natural sciences.) Prerequisite: No credit after Geology 130. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.) 1 unit — Department visitors Darren Larsen & Betsy Friedlander, Fricke, Myrow, Schrader, Siddoway.

GY150: Environmental Geology
A survey of environmental issues from the geologist's perspective, including such topics as: hazards from volcanoes, earthquakes, and floods, bio-geochemical cycles and atmospheric change, and energy and mineral resources. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2013-14.) 1 unit.

GY201: Mineralogy
Crystallography and crystal chemistry; optics; systematic mineralogy of the silicates and non-silicates. Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140, Chemistry 107 and Trigonometry. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2013-14.)1 unit.

GY202: Introduction to Petrology
Survey of processes in igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis; phase equilibria; microscope analysis of rocks. Prerequisite: Geology 201. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2013-14.) 1 unit.

GY205: Historical Geology
Historical development of the Earth and life history emphasizing the major tectonic and stratigraphic patterns and the feedback between the physical Earth and biological evolution. Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit — Myrow.

GY207: Independent Study in Geology
Independent research projects based on laboratory, field or library investigations. May be taught in extended or regular format. Prerequisite: Geology 140, consent of instructor and registration at least 1 block prior. 1 unit.

GY210: Fundamental Geological Methods and Rocky Mountain Evolution
Foundational methods in geology, taught through field studies that examine the regional geology and tectonic evolution of the Rocky Mountain Region. Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140, and Chemistry 107, Physics 141 or Physics 241 recommended. No credit if taken after Geology 211 or 212. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2013-14) 2 units

GY211: The Rocky Mountains as a Chemical System                                                                       Investigation of the chemical processes of formation of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary minerals and rocks in the Rocky Mountain region.  The project-based course examines links between the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.  Includes field and lab methods, data collection/analysis, and scientific writing as a foundation for higher-level Geology courses.  Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140; Chemistry 107. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requipement.)  1 unit - Fricke.

GY212: The Rocky Mountains as a Physical System
Investigation of the geophysical, deformational, and geomorphic processes that gave rise to the modern geology and landscape of the Rocky Mountain region. Introduces field, lab, and computer methods, data collection/analysis, and scientific writing as a foundation for work in higher-level Geology courses. Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140; Physics 141 or 241 No credit if taken after Geology 210. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.)  1 unit - Siddoway.

GY230: Volcanology
Volcanic types, processes and products. Volcanic hazards and prediction. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or Geology 210 and 211. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.)  (Not offered 2013-14) 1 unit.

GY240: Plate Tectonics
History of Plate Tectonics and its formulation, paleomagnetic record of ocean crust, geodynamics and tectonic theory, active tectonics, current frontiers. Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140 and one 200-level Geology course. (Not offered 2013-14) 1 unit

GY250: Studies in Geology
Geological topics, such as Advanced Environmental Geology, Hydrology, Mineral Resources Problems and Policies, and Colorado Alpine Environments, offered in different years. (May meet the laboratory/field requirement for natural sciences.)

Block 3: Studies in Geology: Economic Geology. 1 unit -- Schrader

Block 4: Studies in Geology: Hydrology. 1 unit -- Klos

Block 7: Studies in Geology: Planetary Geology. 1 unit -- Schrader

Block 8: Rocks, Ruins and Catastrophes: The Physical Geology of Natural Disasters      1 unit -- Siddoway.

GY300: Invertebrate Paleontology
Microscopic and megascopic study of the significant fossil invertebrate phyla with emphasis on taxonomy, morphology, ecology and evolution. Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140 and Geology 210 or 212. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2013-14.) 1 unit.

GY305: Stratigraphy & Sedimentation
Transport and deposition of sediment, modern and ancient depositional systems, basin analysis, and correlation of sedimentary rocks. Field work emphasizes analysis of sedimentary structures and facies models for paleoenvironmental interpretation. Prerequisite: Geology 210 or 211. 1 unit -- Myrow.

GY307: Independent Study in Geology
Independent research projects based on laboratory, field or library investigations. May be taught in extended format or regular course.  Prerequisite: Geology 210 or 211 or 212, consent of instructor and registration at least 1 block prior. 1 unit.

GY308: Introductory Geophysics
Applications of physics to the study of Earth structure from crust to core. Seismology, magnetics, gravity, and geodesy. Explores history of Earth's formation, current geologic and tectonic problems, and uniqueness of interpretation issues. Prerequisite: Math 125 or 126, Physics 141 or 241, and Geology 210 or Geology 212 or consent of instructor.  1 unit -- Block Visitor.

GY310: Igneous Petrology
Classification, modes of occurrence and origin of igneous rocks. Prerequisite: Geology 210 or Geology 211 and Chemistry 107.  1 unit -- Schrader.

GY313: Metamorphic Petrology
Classification, modes of occurrence and origin of metamorphic rocks. Emphasis is on field relations and thin section work. Prerequisite: Geology 210 and 211 and Chemistry 107. (Not offered 2013-14.) 1 unit.

GY315: Structural Geology
A study of the geometry and origin of rock structures from microscopic to continental scale. Mechanical behavior of rocks, stress and strain, plate tectonic context of rock deformation. Prerequisite: Geology 210 212 and Physics 141 or 241. 1 unit - Siddoway.

GY316: Field Analysis of Geological Structures
Techniques of field and laboratory analysis of deformed rocks. Geological mapping in metamorphic and sedimentary terrains. Prerequisite: Geology 315. (Not offered 2013-14) 1 unit

GY320 Surface Processes and Geomorphology. Mechanical and chemical processes involved in the development of landforms. Discussion of weathering and soils, mass movement, fluvial, and glacial/periglacial processes and landforms, tectonic geomorphology, and landscape evolution. Course involves significant components of laboratory and field work. Prerequisite: Geology 210 or 212 and Physics 141 or 241. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit - Leonard.

GY321: Glacial Geology
An introduction to glaciology and glacial geomorphology. Course also examines the nature, history, and causes of Quaternary glaciation. Prerequisite: Geology 320 or consent of instructor.  (Not offered 2013-14) 1 unit

GY335: Geochemistry of the Rock Cycle
Atomic-scale to lithospheric-scale investigation of geologic processes that occur as a result of chemical reactions, and the evidence of these reactions in the rock record. Includes study of chemical behavior of common and rare elements in the earth, and of isotopes of these elements. Theoretical concepts are reinforced by collection and analysis of geochemical data by students, critical reading of journal articles, and by scientific writing of summary papers and research proposals. Prerequisite: Geology 210 or Geology 211 and Chemistry 107.  1 unit - Fricke.

GY370: Adv Studies in Geology
Advanced geological topics. These courses are aimed at students with considerable background in geology and will generally involve critical reading of current literature. Topics will vary year-to-year. Prerequisites: depending on topic.  (Not offered 2013-14)

GY400: Senior Seminar in Geology:
Thematic capstone seminar designed to integrate aspects of several geologic disciplines. Emphasis will be placed on current topics in the geological literature, including their historical and philosophical contexts. Topics will vary year-to-year. Senior standing in geology is required. Class size limit is 15 students. Prerequisite: Senior Geology Major.  1 unit - Myrow

GY405: Research Topics in Geology
Student participation in original research. The particular topic, chosen in conjunction with a faculty member, to be included in the course title whenever offered. (May be taken either as a block course or as an extended format course with 1/2 unit of credit per semester.) 1 unit - Fricke, Leonard, Myrow, Siddoway.

GY445 Regional Studies in Geology.
An in-depth study of a geological region that requires students to apply fundamental knowledge and skills acquired through the course of their college education. Involves in-depth study of primary rock relationships in a field setting, critical reading of published geological literature, and interpretation and synthesis in oral/written formats. Prerequisite: Senior Geology major and consent of instructor. 1 unit — Fricke, Siddoway.