Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Science - Office SI2025
Campus Box 22 - P.O.Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362

Phone: (303)615-0789

kackstae@msudenver.edu

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GEL1010 Physical Geology (Fall & Spring)

Course Website: http://college.earthscienceeducation.net/GEOL/index.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; CHE1800; MTH1110 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 fieldtrip and a professional client project is required.

GEL4250 Hydrogeology (Groundwater) (Fall & Spring)

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

Prerequisites (Required &/or Recommended): GEL1010; CHE1800; MTH1110

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 2018 (incl. Maymester)

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GEL3530 Advanced Geology of the Colorado Plateau - variable topics

FIELDCOURSE - 10 day fieldtrip through the breathtaking geological beauty of Western Colorado & South Central Utah. 2 Credits NOTE: Addl. field trip fee required (~$550).

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GEL2530 Geologic Field Methods

FIELDCOURSE - 10 day fieldtrip first exposure to geologic field work in Western Colorado, South Central Utah & Arizona. 2 Credits NOTE: Addl. field trip fee required (~$550).

GEL4050 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (Spring)

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.

GEL3050 Mineralogy & Optical Min. (Fall & Spring)

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

Prerequisites (Required &/or Recommended): GEL1010; CHE1800; MTH1110 or higher

GEL 4970 Undergraduate Research in Geology (Spring)

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

Prerequisites (Required &/or Recommended): MTH 1210, GEL 3050, senior standing

This course is a senior-level capstone course for geoscience majors that focuses on independent research to investigate a selected geological problem involving field and/or laboratory observations. Preparation of a paper or poster suitable for professional presentation is required.

GEL1010 Physical Geology (Fall & Spring)

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

2018 INTERNATIONAL FIELDCOURSES

GEL4400 Applied Volcanology

14 day adventure fieldtrip to some of the most active volcanoes in the world. Eruptions guaranteed! Click Here!

GEL490F NS Transect through the Alps

4 day fieldtrip traversing the Alps from S to N. Click Here!