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Mineralogy & Petrology
MIN & PET
CLASS CODE: GEOL 350 CREDITS:  4 FEE:  $35.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The constitution, origin, and identification of minerals. The genesis, interpretation, and identification of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to (1) the basic principles of crystallography and crystal chemistry, (2) identification & field relations of minerals and igneous & metamorphic rocks, and (3) the principles and processes that lead to the formation of minerals and igneous and metamorphic rocks.
TOPICS: 1. Introduction to the Crystal Chemistry & Structure of Minerals
2. Physical Properties of Minerals & Mineral Identification
3. Introduction to Optical Mineralogy and Thin Section Petrography
4. Occurrence & Use of Minerals
5. Phase Diagrams
6. The use of Major Elments, Trace Elements, Radiometric Isotopes & Stable Isotopes in the Study of Minerals, Igneous Rocks, and Metamorphic Rocks
7. The Basic Nature of Magma, Magma Generation, Magma Movement, Magma Differentiation, & Magma Emplacement/Eruption
8. Petrotectonic Associations
9. Hand Sample and Thin Section Identification of common Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks
10. Metamorphic Facies & P-T-t paths
11. Introduction to Metamorphic Fluids
12. Metamorphic Environments & Metamorphism of Pelitic, Calcareous, & Mafic/Ultramafic Rocks
OBJECTIVES: Help students learn to identify, understand, and interpret minerals, igneous rocks, and metamorphic rocks.
REQUIREMENTS: This class requires significant preparation for and participation in class. Field trips are also required.
PREREQUISITES: Geol 111 & 112; Chem 105 or 111
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002