- Petrology of igneous and metamorphic rocks (GEOS 3464): Introduction to the petrographic microscope and its use for study of igneous and metamorphic minerals and rocks. Identification and classification of volcanic and plutonic igneous rocks and metamorphic rocks and their identification in thin sections. Introduction to igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis. The class also discusses magma genesis at subduction zones and mid-ocean ridges; introduction to geochemistry (major elements, fractionation, melting, …); phase diagrams; collision zones.
- Rocks and minerals (GEOS 2409): Introduction to crystallography, mineralogy and petrography; identification and description of sedimentary, volcanic and metamorphic rocks and minerals.
- Structural geology (GEOS 3470): Modern tectonic concepts, survey of major structural provinces, examination of material behavior, stress-strain concepts, failure criteria, soil mechanics, fault analysis, rheology, fold analysis and applications of structural concepts to neotectonics and environmental problems. Training in graphical techniques, use of stereographic projections, and geological map interpretation. Students also learn about mapping; making cross sections; interpreting seismic profiles; brittle deformation of the lithosphere; rifting.
- Physical geology (GEOS 1303, online class): Introduction to the Earth as a unique planet. The course investigates minerals and rocks which make up the Earth. The structure of the Earth and dynamics of its internal mechanisms are explored. Plate tectonics and surface processes which sculpt the Earth are the topics of the second half of the course.