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GEOLOGY COURSES 2015-2016

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 2015-2016 Course Schedule

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GY 100 - 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.) Prerequisite: No credit if taken after 130 or 140. 1 unit - Siddoway.

GY 101 - Catastrophic Geology: Causes and Consequences of Natural Disasters

An examination of the nature and causes of earthquakes, volcanos, and floods through in-depth study of several seminal hazardous events and regions. Unique and occasionally conflicting perspectives from historic/pre-historic records, modern science and present/future economics and politics underscore 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. .5 or 1.0 unit. The 1.0 unit course provides one block toward the Critical Perspective: Scientific Inquiry requirement.  .5 to 1 unit - Anderson.

GY 115 - Oceanography

Basic principles of physical and chemical oceanography. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2015-16). 1 unit.

GY 130 - 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 2015-16). 1 to 2 units.

GY 135 - Geology of the Pikes Peak Region

GY 135 is an introductory physical geology course with a strong emphasis on conceptual understanding of the geologic sciences though mainly outdoor observation and inquiry. During this course students learn to identify minerals and rocks in outcrops, to make observations and interpretations of the history of the rocks, to understand the processes that cause folding, faulting and erosion of the rocks, and to solidify this knowledge through lab work and field observation. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their ability to observe, analyze and interpret geologic phenomena, as well as with a traditional test on classroom-based material. The course is designed build practical skills in practice of the scientific method, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis. Schedule: Several field trips (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.) (Not offered 2015-16). 1 unit.

GY 140 - 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 - Anderson, Fricke, Myrow, Noblett, Siddoway, Spector.

GY 150 - 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.) 1 unit - Noblett.

GY 205 - 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.

GY 207 - 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 140, consent of instructor and registration at least 1 block prior. .5 to 1 unit - Department.

GY 210 - 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 2015-16). 1 to 2 units.

GY 211 - Earth as a Chemical System

Study of the earth as a chemical system where a limited number of elements react over a range of geologic conditions to form igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks characterized by unique mineral assemblages. Topics covered include processes driving rock-forming reactions, where they take place, and why certain minerals are associated with each rock type. Also included is a study of the chemistry, crystallography and identification of silicate and other common minerals based on their physical, optical and diffractive properties. Field and lab projects enable students to build upon their knowledge of Rocky Mountain geology. Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140; Chemistry 107. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit - Noblett.

GY 212 - Investigating Earth as a Physical System

Studies of rock deformation, landscape formation and earth structure are used as a framework for developing skills in hypothesis formation, project design, data analysis and scientific writing. These skills serve as a foundation for work in higher-level Geology courses and on independent research projects 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 - Anderson.

GY 230 - Volcanology

Volcanic types, processes and products. Volcanic hazards and prediction. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Geology 210 or Geology 211. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2015-16). 1 unit.

GY 240 - 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 GY course. (Not offered 2015-16). 1 unit.

GY 250 - 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.) Prerequisite: Geology 130 or 140. (Also listed as Environmental Science 260.) 1 unit – Siddoway/Reed, Spector.

                    Block 3 – GeoDesign – Siddoway/Reed

                    Blocks 6 & 7 – Titles TBD – Spector

GY 300 - Invertebrate Paleontology

Microscopic and megascopic study of the significant fossil invertebrate phyla with emphasis on taxonomy, morphology, ecology and evolution. Prerequisite: Geology 130 or Geology 140 and Geology 210 or Geology 212. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Not offered 2015-16). 1 unit.

GY 305 - 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 Geology 211. 1 unit - Myrow.

GY 307 - Independent Study in Geology

Independent research projects based on laboratory, field or library investigations. May be taught in extended format or regular course. Prerequisite: One prior course in the discipline of study, consent of instructor and registration at least one block prior. 1 unit - Department.

GY 308 - 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: Mathematics 125 or Mathematics 126, Physics 141 or Physics 241, and Geology 210 or Geology 212 or consent of instructor. 1 unit - Anderson.

GY 310 - Igneous Petrology

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

GY 313 - Metamorphic Petrology

Classification, modes of occurrence and origin of metamorphic rocks. Emphasis is on field relations and thin section work. Prerequisite: Chemistry 107 and Geology 210 or Geology 211. (Not offered 2015-16). 1 unit.

GY 315 - 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 or Geology 212 and Physics 141 or Physics 241. 1 unit - Siddoway.

GY 316 - 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 2015-16). 1 unit.

GY 320 - 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 Geology 212 and Physics 141 or Physics 241. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit - Spector.

GY 321 - Glacial Geology

An introduction to glaciology and glacial geomorphology. Course also examines the nature, history, and causes of Quaternary glaciation. Prerequisite: Geology 260 or 320 or consent of instructor.  (Not offered 2015-16).  1 unit.

GY 335 - 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 summary papers and research proposals. Prerequisite: Geology 210 or Geology 211 and Chemistry 107. 1 unit - Fricke.

GY 370 - 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. Prerequisite: depending on topic. 1 unit.

             Block 6 – Seismology. Prerequisite: MA129: Calculus II; GY308: Introductory Geophysics or COI; additional mathematics recommended: MA220 or MA316 – Anderson.

GY 400 - 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 - Fricke.

GY 405 - 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.) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. .5 unit - Anderson, Fricke, Myrow, Noblett, Siddoway.

GY 445 - 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 – Myrow, Department.