Igneous Petrology & Geochemistry

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Igneous Petrology & Geochemistry

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Earth Science Level 2

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    Short Description
    An introduction to the petrology and geochemistry of igneous rocks and the processes involved in thier formation.

    Course Aims
    To provide an introduction to various igneous rock associations found in different tectonic settings and describe the processes involved in their formation.
    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    On completion of this course students will be able:
    1 To explain how major- and trace-element geochemical data can be used in conjuction with petrological and structural data to determine the petrogenesis and emplacement of igneous rocks.
    2 To recall what physical and chemical processes cause differentiation and the products of this process as preserved in the volcanic and plutonic environment.
    3. To identify a range of igneous rocks in thin section and hand specimen.
    4. To compare and contrast models of caldera and sector collapse.
    5. To critcally assess modes of deposition in volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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