This 5-week course provides an introduction to almost everything you ever
wanted to know about gems: Physical Properties; Optical Properties and
Gem Identification; Carats, Cuts, Clarity, Color, Flaws; Gem Minerals
(What, Where, Why and How Much $?). No Prerequisites. 1 hour.
Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry and crystal structures.
Systematic study of mineral groups. Includes identification of Minerals
by physical, chemical and optical properties. Prerequisite: Chemistry
1310 or concurrently. 5 hours.
Geochemistry of ore deposits. Introduction to types of mineral deposits,
genesis of ore, and current areas of research. Laboratory emphasizes hand-specimen
and polished-section studies of a wide variety of ore deposit types. Prerequisites:
GEOL 3900 or instructor's consent. 4 hours.
Mechanisms and fundamental concepts of fractionation of light stable isotopes
in nature. Emphasizes application of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and sulfur
isotopes to igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, metallic ore deposits,
and to natural waters. Prerequisites: Instructor's consent. 3 hours.