Spring 2024

Structural Geology

Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-291


Rachel E. Bernard (Sections 01 and 01L)


Ours is a restless planet where plates drift, and continents rift apart and collide. The record of this is written in the deformation of the crust – manifested as faults, folds, and rock fabric. In this class we will learn to recognize and assess these and other structures, to quantify the deformation that occurred as the structures were made, and to infer the forces that were at work. To do this, we will develop skills essential to all geology: the ability to think across a broad range of spatial scales -- from the microscopic to an outcrop to a mountain range – and to draw valuable parallels from one scale to another; the skills of visualization in three dimensions and of understanding earth evolution across the fourth dimension of time; and the capacity to infer this three dimensional geology from what is exposed on the earth’s two dimensional surface and to represent three dimensional geology with maps and cross sections.

In addition to hands on classroom laboratory assignments and local in-person field trips, lab activities will take advantage of a range of innovative digital technologies- gigapan images, animations, Google Earth visuals -to achieve the learning goals of Structural Geology.

Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week.

Requisite: GEOL 111. Spring semester. Professor Bernard.

How to handle overenrollment: permission from Professor(s)

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: lab work, field trips

GEOL 291 - LEC

Section 01
M 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
W 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

GEOL 291 - LAB

Section 01L
W 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All Structural Geology Cambridge Univ. Press Fossen, Haakon TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2023