Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes

100–Level General Introductory Classes

  • G103 Earth Science Materials and Processes 3 credits – Introduction to origin and classification of minerals and rocks. Class #6086. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:25-2:15p.m., GY210. Laboratory: GY 214 (5 lab sections).
  • G104 Evolution of the Earth 3 credits – The Evolution of the Earth is an introductory science course focused on the 5-billion years of Earth history. Class #8266. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m.-12;05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (3 lab sections).
  • G105 Earth Our Habitable Planet 3 credits – Introduction to Planet Earth as a dynamic and complex global system. Class #6093. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 2:30-3:20 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 220 (4 lab sections).
  • G114 Dinosaurs and Their Relatives 3 credits – Origin and evolution of vertebrates including dinosaurs and their distant relatives such as fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Course will focus on dinosaur evolution, paleobiology, paleoecology, and extinction. Class #15200. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15-12:05 p.m., GY 126. Laboratory: GY 522 (4 lab sections).

100–Level Focused Introductory Classes

  • G122 Introduction to Atmospheric Science: Weather and Climate 3 credits - Geological processes and products on Earth-like planetary bodies and asteroids; evidence from current meteorite, lunar, Martian, and space research. Weekly quizzes/examinations (open book, open notes) on inferences from available evidence. Class #30342. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 10:10 – 11:00 a.m., GY 142. Laboratory: GY 214 (3 lab sections).
  • G131 Oceans and Our Global Environment 3 credits – An introduction to oceanography integrating exploration of ocean basins and plate tectonics, seawater and seafloor sediments, ocean-atmospheric interactions and global climate, and coastal/marine ecology to build understanding of oceanographic processes complemented by on-line assignments that explore and interpret web-based data sets emphasizing ocean dynamics and the climatic and environmental importance of Earth’s oceans. Class #12561. Lecture 100% online course taught by IU Bloomington. No on-campus meetings are required.
  • G144 Extreme Weather and Its Impacts. 3 credits – Introduces a range of natural disasters and extreme weather phenomena that span regions, seasons, and origins. Emphasizes the ingredients and causes of each phenomenon, as well as their physical and societal impacts. Types of disasters include floods, droughts and wildfires, thunderstorms and tornadoes, and hurricanes. Class #15344. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 - 2:15 p.m., GY143. No Laboratory.
  • G188/190 The Evolving Earth: Volcano Seminar CASE This is a 2–week field course in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California followed by a 2–week independent study research period. | Course website

200–300–Level Intermediate Classes for Science Majors

  • G222 Introduction to Petrology 3 credits - Study of the principal representatives of the major chemical groups of minerals. Emphasis on rock–forming and useful minerals, their crystal structure, chemistry, physical properties, association, and occurrence. Study of major rock types. . Class #6098. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:05-9:55 a.m., GY 214. Laboratory: GY 245 (2 Lab sections).
  • G225 Earth Materials 4 credits - This course sequentially considers minerals, rocks, sediments, and soils; the materials that comprise the solid earth. The distribution and environmental significance of these materials are studied, as are their chemical and physical interactions with groundwater and plants. Class #8272. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., GY 214. Laboratory: GY 245 (2 lab sections). | Course website
  • G323 Structural Geology 3 credits - Geometry and origin of folds, faults, joints, and cleavage. Modes and principles of rock deformation. Regional tectonics of selected fold-mountain systems. Class #6101. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m., GY 522. Laboratory: GY 416 (1 lab section).
  • G332 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3 credits - Earth’s weather and climate are controlled by how heat and moisture move in the atmosphere. In this course, students learn and apply the basic physical laws that govern those processes. Class #32768. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., BH 149.
  • G341 The Natural History of Coral Reefs 3 credits - Introduction to principles of Biology, Ecology, and Geology of coral reef ecosystems. The course will address the evolutionary history of reef ecosystems through geologic time inclusive of reef composition and global distribution, modern reef development, conservation and management practices, and the persistence of the reef ecosystem through climate change scenarios. We will cover biologic, ecologic, and geologic principles as they pertain to coral reef ecosystems. . Class #11762. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m., GY 522. No laboratory. | Course website

400–Level Advanced Classes for Geology Majors

  • G412 Introduction to Vertebrate Paleontology 3 credits - Fossil record, comparative morphology, phylogeny, biogeography, and paleoecology of the major vertebrate groups. Functional modifications of the vertebrate skeleton for existence in various aquatic and terrestrial environments. Laboratory study of recent and fossil osteological specimens. Field trip to a museum with a major vertebrate paleontology collection. Class #32546. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m., GY 522. No laboratory.
  • G420 Regional Geology Field Trip 1-2 Credits - Field investigation of selected regions of North America for study of mineralogic, lithologic, stratigraphic, structural, paleontologic, geomorphologic, or other geological relationships. Six to 15 days in the field. Class #9525. Class requires permission of instructor. Contact instructor for details.
  • G423 Methods in Applied Geophysics 4 credits - Application of geophysical principles to field and laboratory experiments, with emphasis on data acquisition, analysis, and geologic interpretation. Experiments include earthquake seismology, electrical resistivity, magnetic and gravity surveys, and reflection and refraction seismology. . Class #15665. Lecture Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:10-11:00 a.m., GY 416. No laboratory.
  • G454 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics 3 credits - Synthesis of observations from diverse disciplines of geology leading to the development of modern plate tectonic theory. Applications of plate tectonic principles to fundamental problems of continental and marine geology. . Class #13216. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. GY 522. No Laboratory.
  • G474 Topics in Micro and Boundary Layer Meteorology (3 cr.) N&M CASE Prerequisites: G470 or GEOG–G 470, MATH–M 211–M212, PHYS–P 201 or P221 (P221 recommended); or consent of instructor. Topics may include surface–vegetation–atmosphere interaction, dynamics of turbulent transport, boundary layer dynamics, turbulent kinetic energy and stability, dimensional analysis and similarity theory, effects of surface inhomogeneity on boundary layer dynamics, patchiness, urbanization, regional aggregation of surface atmosphere exchange, applications to mesoscale modeling, and air pollution dispersion modeling. Class #30356. Lecture Tuesday/Thursday 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. GY 210. No laboratory.
  • G476 Climate Change Science 3 credits - Evidence for and theories of climate change over a range of time scales. Sources of natural climate forcing are presented, historical evolution of climate change is quantified, and model tools and climate projections are presented along with analyses of climate change impacts. Class #15667. Lecture Monday/Wednesday 1:00-2:15 p.m., GY 220. No laboratory.