Mineralogy / Optical Mineralogy

Either online, hybrid or in-person, this course examines minerals and rocks that make up the Earth’s crust, including their origin, occurrence, and identification. In addition to the recognition of hand specimens, this course utilizes microchemical testing & simple assays, the petrographic microscope and X-ray crystallography to identify minerals and rocks. Furthermore, students will engage in assignments showing their application of acquired mineralogical skills. One or more self guided fieldtrips are essential for this course.

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Next to a solid background in mineralogy and optical mineralogy, this course teaches practical, hands-on geoscience skills, some of which are proprietary and only taught at MSU Denver. Next to state-of-art physical mineral identification with professional geoscience tools owned by the students, this course teaches also the rare skill of field wet chromatography testing for rapid elemental analysis as well as the hands-on making of petrographic thin sections.

Welcome to GEL3050 - Mineralogy & Optical Mineralogy


Practical Applied Lab Skills

As part of our public outreach and training of future geoscientists in this course, the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver offers


to the public.

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FREE Mineral ID