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Geoscience

Course Code
GEOS 415  Credits
Title Reading Geochemical Fingerprints 
Prerequisite GEOS 115 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course addresses the geochemical processes by which the Earth has become chemically differentiated, the impact of that differentiation on humans past and present, and the ways by which chemical fingerprints can be used to understand past human activities. Students can expect to learn about ore and soil-forming processes, processes for chemical and isotopic differentiation in the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, statistical methodologies for studying chemical differences, analytical methods for measuring chemical and isotopic properties of earth materials, influence of geographic distribution of resources on human occupation, and the use of chemical information in archaeological studies. Students will participate in solving geochemical and archaeological puzzles using chemical, mineralogical and textural information. 



Course Code
GEOS 416  Credits
Title Paleontology 
Prerequisite GEOS 102 OR GEOS 115 OR GEOS 116 OR BIOL 111 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An introduction to the history of life on Earth. Lectures focus on concepts in paleontology including origin of life; evolution; ecology; and use of fossils in the solution of geologic problems. Characteristics of common fossils will be the focus of the laboratory. Two lectures and one one-hour lab per week. One field trip is required; up to two optional field trips possible (fee will be required to cover travel cost of trips). 



Course Code
GEOS 455  Credits
Title Field Methods in Geoarchaeology 
Prerequisite ANTH 115 
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Description Provides field experience with a variety of geoarchaeological techniques applied within the context of an interdisciplinary research program. Research design and the research process will also be emphasized. In addition to the listed pre-requisite, students must have taken at least one entry level geology course. Same as ANTH 455



Course Code
GEOS 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A supervised, practical experience in the field, with report, journal, or other synthesis done in consultation with an MSUM advisor. A maximum of 12 internship credits may be applied to the degree. 



Course Code
GEOS 490  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Geosciences 
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Description This is a topical course and may be repeated when the course topic changes. 



Course Code
GEOS 492  Credits
Title Senior Seminar 
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Description Student and faculty participants will give oral presentations of their own independent research and/or critical evaluation of professional literature. The course will review methods of library research and Geoscience research. Students must have taken at least one introductory course in Geosciences and must have attained junior status in a Geoscience major. 



Course Code
GEOS 497  Credits 1-3 
Title Research in Geosciences 
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Description Individual research in collaboration with instructor. Product may be a written report, publication, or report at a professional meeting. Project and its format must be accepted by research advisor before registration. May be repeated for different research projects. 



Course Code
GEOS 499  Credits 1-3 
Title Continuing Studies Workshop 
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Description Continuing Studies Workshop