Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Science - Office SI2014
Campus Box 22 - P.O.Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362

Phone: (303)556-3070 - Fax: (303) 556-4436

kackstae@msudenver.edu

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GEL1010 Physical Geology (Fall & Spring)

Course Website: http://college.earthscienceeducation.net/GEOL/geolindex.html

Introductory geology course with laboratory covering the concepts of geology from mineral / rock identification, volcanoes, earthquakes, stratigraphy, formations, plate tectonics and much more. Students must obtain a hands-on professional mineral rock identification kit. One class and several self-guided fieldtrips are required.  

GEL3050 Mineralogy & Optical Min. (Fall & Spring)

Course Website: http://college.earthscienceeducation.net/MIN/index.html

Prerequisites (Required &/or Recommended): GEL1010; CHE1100 or higher; MTH1120 or higher

Lab intensive mineralogy course covering concepts of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry and mineral associations. Additional training in thin-sectioning, optical microscopy, qualitative chemical analysis, mineral testing, and x-ray identification (XRD) is provided. Purchase of a hands-on professional mineral rock identification & chemical ID kits is necessary. One overnight fieldtrip and a professional client project is required.

GEL3150 Hydrogeology (Groundwater) (Fall & Spring)

Course Website: http://college.earthscienceeducation.net/GW/index.html

Prerequisites (Required &/or Recommended): GEL1010; CHE1100 or higher; MTH1120 or higher

Intense course about the geology and chemistry of groundwater. Includes hands-on training for common analytical methods. Students will develop skills in percolation testing and hydrochemical analysis. Requires a large degree of mathematical modeling and problem solving. Self-guided fieldtrips to Manitou Springs, CO for water sampling and testing are required.

SUMMER 2014 (incl. Maymester)

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GEL3530 Advanced Geology of the Colorado Plateau - variable topics

FIELDCOURSE - 7 day fieldtrip through the breathtaking geological beauty of Western Colorado & South Central Utah. 2 Credits NOTE: Addl. field trip fee required (~$500).

GEL490E Applied Geology & Mining History of Germany

HYBRID LECTURE / FIELDCOURSE

5 credit upper division course offered during Summer 2014. 8-week lecture component followed by an the international excursion from 7/21 until 8/2/2014.

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GEL2530 Geologic Field Methods

FIELDCOURSE - 7 day fieldtrip first exposure to geologic field work in Western Colorado, South Central Utah & Arizona. 2 Credits NOTE: Addl. field trip fee required (~$500).

New prerequisite course!

GEL1010 Physical Geology (Summer, Fall & Spring)

Course Website: http://college.earthscienceeducation.net/GEOL/geolindex.html

INTERNATIONAL FIELD COURSE

Includes a Field Trip to Germany

GEL490E Applied Geology & Mining History of Germany

INTERNATIONAL FIELD COURSE - Includes a Field Trip to Germany


GEL4050 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (Fall)

Course Website: http://college.earthscienceeducation.net/IMP/index.html

Prerequisites (Required &/or Recommended): GEL1010; GEL3050; CHE1800 or equivalent

This course involves the study of the nature, composition, origin, and history of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Students will be introduced to the principles that govern the mineralogical and textural diagenesis of these systems and their unique mineral assemblages. Lab exercises in optical microscopy, geochemical data interpretation, graphical analysis and classification modalities are essential components. Prior working knowledge of polarized optical microscopy, mineralogy, and chemistry is prerequisite. Familiarity with programming simple electronic spreadsheet algorithms is highly recommended. A fieldtrip is required.