Fall 2021


Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-271

Formerly listed as: GEOL-30

Moodle site: Course


Victor E. Guevara (Section 01)


Minerals are the fundamental building blocks of planetary materials, are essential natural resources for human society, and they modulate earth and environmental systems. This course explores the origin, distribution, and scientific and societal relevance of minerals. Through project-based inquiry, students will investigate the chemical and physical properties of minerals across a range of spatial scales, from the scale of individual atoms, to that of a hand specimen. We will use physical and chemical observations of minerals to infer the processes and environments that lead to their formation, and how minerals exert a first-order control on large scale geologic processes, from earth’s core to the human environment.

Requisite: GEOL 111 or 112. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Professor Guevara.


Lab Science Course


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2020, Fall 2021