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Geology - Spring 2017


5 credits
Zaleha, Michael
Prerequisite: Geology 150B, 160B or 170B, or one course from the Geology 110B-116N Series.
This course is a process-based approach to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The first part of the course will investigate the physical processes of sediment erosion, transport, and deposition. These principles will then be applied to the study of modern depositional environments and processes as they relate to the interpretation of ancient deposits. Emphasis will be on siliciclastic and carbonate depositional environments and rocks. Labs include flume work, identification of important sedimentary structures, lab and field methods, and field trips.

Junior Seminar
1 semester hour

Zaleha, Michael
Prerequisites: Open only to Geology majors with junior standing.
Required of all Geology majors during the spring semester of their junior year. The purpose of this course is to prepare students in the skills necessary for them to conduct their senior research and to produce a written proposal for that research. Every year.

Sedimentary Petrography

3 credits
Zaleha, Michael
Prerequisites: GEOLOGY 230 (or concurrent enrollment) and GEOLOGY 260 (or concurrent enrollment). 
Detailed microscopic and hand sample study of sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on the identification and origin of features in siliciclastic and carbonate rocks. Alternate years.

Senior Seminar
1-4 Credits
Fortner, Sarah
Prerequisites: Open only to senior geology or earth science majors.

Required of all Geology majors during their senior year. Each student works on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The project culminates in a written thesis, a public poster presentation, and a public oral presentation. Each student registers for this course during both semesters, 0 credits in the fall and 1 credit in the spring. Taught every year.


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