Area of Study
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewAn introduction to the nature and analysis of minerals, rocks and soils. Atomic structure, composition, properties and classification of minerals, with special reference to the rock-forming minerals and the clay minerals. Mineral analysis techniques including chemical methods and X-ray diffraction; application of isotope studies including an introduction to radiometric dating. Genesis, analysis and classification of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock types; chemical weathering and rock formation. Optical properties of minerals and rocks under the polarising microscope.
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.