Mineralogy introduces students to the crystalline components found in rocks. Students successfully completing the course will be able to identify common minerals by their macroscopic and microscopic properties. Moreover, students completing the course will understand natural crystallization processes and products, their relationship to rock-forming processes, and how minerals record the environments of formation and subsequent alteration.
The course is divided into two components: lecture and laboratory.
Lecture will be evaluated through the following means:
Laboratory will be evaluated through the following means:
Grades will be posted regularly.
The class uses a simple (non-progressive) grading structure:
In terms of credit percentage: 90-100: A, 80-89: B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D. Accumulated scores below 60 result in an F.
Assignments may be remitted in class to the professor, in person or to his mailbox in Bolin 102. You may also scan and submit your work through email. Some assignmetns may require submission through 2DL.
Late papers are the bane of our mutual existence: they are disadvantageous to you, because you fall behind the class, they are detrimental to the class, because they hold up grading, and they are disconcerting to me, because they require me to return to a previously graded assignment. In an attempt to prevent tardy assignments, you will receive 10% points on the assignment for handing it in at the due time. Any late submission will result not receive this 10%. In effect, you lose a letter grade if your assignment is late.
Needless to say, this will not be an issue if you complete your assignments well ahead of the due date.
Required. You may miss up to 3 of the lecture periods and 2 of the lab periods without penalty. For every period missed beyond the limit, I will subtract two percentage points from your final numerical score.
Note: you are still responsible for missed assignments and quizzes (most labs will include an assignment or quiz).
The MSU Counseling Center is pleased to offer fall workshops designed to help students meet their academic goals. Attend one for 3 points added to your final grade for this course. All students attending Counseling Center events will be given an attendance verification slip. – turn that in to your professor for the credit.
All workshops are held in the third floor meeting room Sundance Court Apartments. Open to all enrolled MSU students.
Monday, September 21 or November 9 3:30-4:30 pm Time Management and Organization
Tuesday, September 22 or November 10 3:30-4:30 pm Four Steps to a 4.0
Wednesday, September 23 or November 11 3:30-4:30 pm Taming Test Anxiety
Thursday, September 24 or November 12 3:30-4:30 pm Choosing a Career and a Major
Please call 940-397-4618 for any additional information.
Enhancing Undergraduate Research Endeavors and Creative Activities (EURECA) is a program that provides opportunities for undergraduates to engage in high-quality research and creative activities with faculty. EURECA provides incentives and funding through a system that supports faculty and students in a cooperative research process. For more information contact the Office of Undergraduate Research, (940) 397-6275 or by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or better yet, stop by the UGR office located in the atrium of the Clark Student Center, room 161. Information and resources are available at www.mwsu.edu/eureca.
Like EURECA, UGROW provides opportunities for students to conduct research with faculty. However, the research occurs in the summer. For five weeks UGROW students experience the authenticity of scientific research in faculty’s laboratories, in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Students work on projects of their choice and present their findings at the end of program and the MSU Undergraduate Research Forum. Faculty members publicize research projects in the spring. The application deadline for UGROW 2016 is has not been established yet; however, it will be in the spring. Information and resources are available at www.mwsu.edu/ugrow
To support undergraduate research and creative activities, Midwestern State University holds an enhanced institutional membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). This institutional membership includes unlimited memberships for any interested faculty, staff, and students. Students may find information on benefits and resources at www.cur.org/resources/for_students and may sign up at members.cur.org/members_online/members/newmember.asp.
Mineralogy ranks is one of the most challenging classes within the undergraduate geoscience curriculum. It covers a number of abstract concepts. It incorporates attributes of inorganic chemistry, solid-state physics, and Euclidean geometry. It relies heavily on largely non-intuitive, frequently arcane, and always cumbersome nomenclature. In short, plan on spending a good portion of each week on this class.