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Rocks and Minerals
RKS & MINS
CLASS CODE: GEOL 250 CREDITS:  4 FEE:  $35.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Hand specimen study of common rocks and minerals, including their identification, classification, and interpretation. Recommended for Secondary Earth Science Education majors,and Geology Minors as well as, any other students interested in rocks and minerals. Not for Geology Majors.
DESCRIPTION: Study of physical properties and methods of classification of common minerals, as well as, their economic and aesthetic value to society. Indentification techniques and classification systems for important igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks with major emphasis on understanding their origins. Laboratory includes hand specimen identification and study of common rocks and minerals.
TOPICS: 1. Physical properties of minerals
2. Crystals, crystal symmetry and crystal systems
3. Mineral chemistry and chemical classes
4. Important minerals in igneous rocks
5. Important minerals in sedimentary rocks
6. Important minerals in metamorphic rocks
7. Ore minerals and ore deposits
8. Gem minerals
9. Igneous rock fabrics
10. Igneous rocks classification.
11. Silicic and intermediate volcanic rocks, features, and processes
12. Basalts and mafic eruptive processes and features
13. Silicic and intermediate intrusive rocks and plutons
14. Magmatic systems - melting, diversification, and crystallization
15. Clastic sedimentary rocks - classification, environments and genesis
16. Carbonate sedimentary rocks - classification, environments, and genesis
17. Evaporites - classification, enviroments and genesis
18. Organic sedimentary rocks
19. Metamorphic fabrics - description and origin
20. Metamorphic classification
21. Physical and chemical principals of metamorphism
22. Metamorphic zones and facies
23. Global petrology/plate tectonics
OBJECTIVES: 1. Give students the tools necessary to identify common rocks and minerals; interpret their origins; and understand their significance to the interpretation of geologic history and their economic value to our society.
2. Give Earth Science Education Majors the background to teach these concepts and skills to high school and junior high school students.
REQUIREMENTS: One or more field trips required. Purchase of hand lense required.
PREREQUISITES: Geol 101 & 102, Geol 110 & 102, or Geol 111 & 111L or instructor's consent.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001