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GEOL B101 How the Earth WorksLast Taught: Fall 2013An introduction to the study of planet Earth--the materials of which it is made, the forces that shape its surface and interior, the relationship of geological processes to people, and the application of geological knowledge to the search for useful materials. Laboratory and fieldwork focus on learning the tools for geological investigations and applying them to the local area and selected areas around the world. Three lectures and one afternoon of laboratory or fieldwork a week. One required one-day field trip on a weekend. Division II with Lab Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Environmental Studies

GEOL B202 Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry Every Fall The crystal chemistry of representative minerals, descriptive and determinative mineralogy, as well as the relation between the physical properties of minerals and their structures and chemical compositions. The occurrence and petrography of typical mineral associations and rocks is also covered. Lecture three hours, laboratory at least three hours a week. One required field trip on a weekend. Prerequisite: introductory course in geology or chemistry (both recommended).

GEOL B302 Low-Temperature Geochemistry

Every Other Spring (Last Taught Spring 2012)The geochemistry of Earth surface processes. Emphasis is on the chemistry of surface waters, atmosphere-water environmental chemistry, chemical evolution of natural waters, and pollution issues. Fundamental princi¬ples are applied to natural systems with particular focus on environmental chemistry. One required field trip on a weekend. Prerequisites: CHEM 103, 104 and GEOL 202 or two 200-level chemistry courses, or permission of instructor

GEOL B305 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Last Taught Spring 2013The origin, mode of occurrence, and distribution of igneous and metamorphic rocks. The focus is on the experimental and field evidence for interpreting rock associations and the interplay between igneous and metamorphic rock genesis and tectonics. Three lecture hours weekly. Occasional weekend field trips. Prerequisites: GEOL 202.

GEOL B350 Advanced Topics in Geology: Planetary Science

Every Other Spring (Last Taught Spring 2012)Principles geologic histories of the solid bodies in the Solar System: rocky planets, icy moons, asteroids, and comets. How and why these bodies vary in volcanism, tectonics, atmospheric dynamics, aqueous environments, and other planetary processes. Students will read and discuss primary literature, and examine data from on-going NASA planetary missions. Prerequisites: advanced standing in geology, astronomy, or physics, or permission of the instructor.

GEOL B350Praxis: Acid Mine Draiange

Last Taught Fall 2012

Students will partner with scientists and environmental activists from the Schuylkill Headwaters Association, a citizen watch group dedicated to cleaning up water quality in the headwaters region of the Schuylkill River.   Together, the students will design and execute a semester -long research project, addressing some aspect of geochemistry and environmental remediation of Acid Mine Drainage systems in the Schuylkill headwaters region.  The area, about 2 hours northwest of Bryn Mawr, is the source of most of the drinking water for the greater Philadelphia area, and suffers from significant acidification and heavy metal contamination of waters due to local abandoned coal mines.  This hands-on class will involve significant amounts of field and laboratory work.  prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing in Geology or Chemistry, or permission of the instructor.

GEOL B399 Senior Capstone Seminar

Last Taught Spring 2013

A capstone seminar course required for all Geology majors. All Geology seniors will be required to participate in this two-semester seminar that meets weekly for 1.5 hours for a total of 1.0 credit (0.5 credits per semester). Enrollment required in two half-credit courses, one in the fall and one in the spring semester of the senior year. The focus of the seminar will be to integrate the student's major curriculum into open peer-led discussions on cutting edge research in the many diverse fields of Geology, to discuss the impact and relevance of Geology to modern society, and to work on oral and written communication skills.

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