GO 324A Rocks and Minerals
Dr. Susan Ward Aber

www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go324/syllabus.htm

Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas USA
Earth Science Department



Fall 2009 Rock and Mineral class at Rose Dome
Left to right, front row: Jue, Susie, Jessica, April, Lynn
Megan; left to right, back row: Jeremy, Daniel, Bill, Alan,
David, Amanda, Thomas. Photo © by J.S. Aber, 11/2009

Course Introduction

General Enrollment Information

General Course Information

Schedule in Brief

References and Links

Course Introduction

This course is an introduction to rocks and minerals and the associated fields of study, petrology and mineralogy. Mineralogy is a branch of geology that involves the study of minerals including internal structure and composition; physical, chemical, and optical properties; classification; mode of formation; and occurrences and associations. Petrology is a branch of geology that involves the study of rocks including composition, texture, structure, occurrence, mode of formation, and history (Bates & Jackson, 1987, p. 497). Petrology is subdivided into petrography and petrogenesis. Petrography is the study of the description and systematic classification of rocks in thin sections, whereas petrogenesis covers the histories of formation and origins of rocks (Raymond, 1995, p. 2).

This course focuses on recognition, terminology, and classification of minerals, rocks, and sediments. The emphasis is on identification and description using only simple equipment. This three-credit hour course is intended primarily for students seeking earth science majors (B.S. or B.A.)and earth/space science teaching certification (B.S.E.); however, it could be of value to students seeking civil engineering or integrated studies majors. In fact, this course is for any student who wants to learn the basics of rocks and minerals! Delivery of the course is on-campus at present. Online webpages are meant to be complementary to all students in this course.

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General Enrollment Information

ESU has a general schedule of semester events at
www.emporia.edu/regist/enroll/syll.html

The ESU Undergraduate Catalog is online at www.emporia.edu/regist/catalog/, and review ESU policy at www.emporia.edu/esuclass/dishones.htm. Academic dishonesty, which includes cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated in this course and penalties will result. In addition,

Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services, http://www.emporia.edu/disability/, and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.

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General Course Information

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Classes begin January 17. If you are enrolled in this course, please email me at esu.abersusie@gmail.com and introduce yourself by January 31. Place the phrase I found the GO 324 syllabus online! in the subject line. In the body of the message, remind me to add one substitution point to your first test for participating and following instructions!

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References and Links

Course Lecture Links

Petrology Introduction
www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go324/intro.htm
Minerals
www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go324/mineral.htm
Rocks
www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go324/rock.htm
Igneous
www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go324/igneous.htm
Sedimentary Rock
www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go324/sediment.htm
Metamorphic Rock
academic.emporia.edu/abersusa/metamor.htm
Course Field Trip
www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/go324/field_trip.htm
Course Syllabus
academic.emporia.edu/abersusa/go324/syllabus.htm
Class and Field Trip Specimen Collection
acadmeic.emporia.edu/earthsci/abersusa/go324/collection.htm

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This page originates from the Earth Science department for the use and benefit of students enrolled at Emporia State University. The curriculum is © by the author, 2001-2013. Last update January 16, 2013. For more information contact the course instructor, Dr. S. W. Aber, e-mail: esu.abersusie@gmail.coml

To understand copyright, visit www.copyright.gov/. All rights reserved. Susan Ward Aber.