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Spring 2023 Class Schedule

Spring 2023 class Schedule

Course Title Instructor Day/Time Lab(s)
201 Earth Systems Revealed Jacobson MWF 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM W 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM or Th 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
301 Petrology: Evolution of Crustal and Mantle Rocks Bina TTh 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM W 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM or W 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
330 Sedimentary Geology Sageman TTh 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
343 Earth System Modeling Horton TTh 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
370 Geobiology Osburn TTh 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM F 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM
450 Advanced Topics: Lake Michigan and Climate Change Axford F 1:00 PM - 3:50 PM
450 Advanced Topics: Nemmers Seminar Supercharged Mulyukova WF 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM


Spring 2023 course descriptions

201 – Earth Systems Revealed

Introduction to Physical Geology: The study of Earth systems and their interactions. This course will approach the study of Earth systems from two perspectives: 1) description and classification of Earth's features, including Earth materials, internal structure, and landforms and 2) description and explanation of the physical, chemical and biological processes that form and modify these features. Topics include minerals; sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks; the interior Earth, oceans, and atmosphere; solid Earth processes, such as volcanism, seismicity, and plate tectonics and their interactions with the atmosphere and hydrosphere to drive surface Earth processes, such as climate, weathering, and glaciation; geologic time; global change. Recommended Background: At least one credit in math, chemistry, biology or physics. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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301 – Petrology: Evolution of Crustal and Mantle Rocks

Origin, composition, and classification of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Application of laboratory characterization and basic thermodynamics to interpreting observed rock textures and mineral assemblages in terms of geological processes. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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330 – Sedimentary Geology

Sedimentary rocks; stratigraphy; local, regional, and global correlation. Ancient depositional systems; facies analysis in context of tectonic, eustatic, and climatic controls on deposition. Recommended Background: EARTH 201-0 or consent of instructor.

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343 – Earth System Modeling

Introduction to the art and science of reducing Earth's complex systems into simple numerical models to build a better understanding of how components interact and evolve. Recommended Background: At least one 200-level course in Earth or Environmental Science, one course in each of calculus and physics. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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370 – Geobiology

This course will evaluate the interplay between biological and physical processes in shaping the surface Earth. Major topics include: the role of microbes in major element cycling (C, N, S, P), historical geobiology (how has life changed the planet over time?), methodologies applied in geobiology, humans as agents of geobiology, and the related fields of astro/exobiology. Taught with CIV_ENV 317-0; may not receive credit for both courses. Natural Sciences Distro Area

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450 – Advanced Topics: Lake Michigan and Climate Change

The overarching goal of this seminar is for participants to develop an evidence-based understanding of diverse ways in which anthropogenic climate change will affect natural systems within and around Lake Michigan. Students will also consider how those shifting natural systems will impact people in Chicagoland and beyond.

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450 – Advanced Topics: Nemmers Seminar Supercharged

The departmental seminar series provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to explore topics beyond their immediate disciplinary focus, meet with scholars from around the country, and evaluate different styles of scientific communication. This seminar will enrich the student experience through readings from each scholar’s lexicon prior to their seminar and the opportunity to ask the speaker questions in an intimate group setting. The seminar is open to all graduate students and upper level undergraduates with instructor approval.