Mineralogy and Crystallography

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This course is designed to help you develop four broad skills: 1) an understanding of the basic concepts of mineralogy and crystal chemistry, 2) an ability to recognize minerals in hand specimen and apply that knowledge toward deducing physiochemical conditions and processes in nature, 3) a sharply-honed ability to communicate both in writing and speech, and 4) a philosophy of professionalism that will set you apart both in school and in the job market.


We use D2L – a courseware system – for this class. So, to see a calendar with all assignment due-dates, you must register with D2L and go to the class web page. To do this, simply go to www.gsu.edu – and look for D2L, you will find simple instructions on how to register and access the class site.


In addition to the text for this course, the instructor will provide many handouts and supplemental information pertinent to specific class activities. You are expected to read them on your own. The instructor and TA will NOT give lectures that just repeat what is in the books. Instead, they will talk about things that you identify as being areas of confusion.








  • To familiarize you with the basic concepts, themes and tools of Mineralogy and the way mineralogists work.
  • To help you understand why mineralogy is important and how it relates to other sciences.
  • To help you develop scientific communication skills
  • To help you develop the ability to work with others on group projects. and, perhaps most importantly…….
  • To help you become ”intentional learners” by helping you understand what learning is and what you can do to improve learning outcomes.





This class is taught in a studio format. Studio classrooms may have many different manifestations but all share common elements. They involve class sessions with focused, intense, student activity. Lectures are de-emphasized or eliminated altogether so students can work on projects instead, generally in groups.


Many studies have shown that students learn best by doing things (active learning) instead of just listening (passive learning). Additionally, it is well known that most students learn best when they learn in groups (cooperative/collaborative learning). Studio classrooms are centered around active and group learning. The interactive classroom helps students learn the standard class content. Additionally, it promotes holistic skills, including thinking, inquiry, creativity and reflection.


This class also involves spiral learning. That means we will cover topics more than once, returning to them several times and in different contexts. The basic order of topics follows the textbook but we will discuss the key principles many times.


Most of the work you do this semester will be done in groups. The instructor and TA will assign the groups; they will change periodically. All members of a group are responsible for seeing that assignments get completed. For some assignments, a single group report will be adequate. For others, each person must write his or her own report.




There will be three in class exams. There will be many quizzes. There will be fundamental laboratory exercises. In the end, your grade depends more on completing all assignments than anything else. Individual and group activities/ projects/ exercises are just as important as exams.************************



Quantitative lab assignments: 20 %

Quizzes and Homework: 10 %

Presentation and report paper:  15%

two-hour Exams: 35%

Final Exam: 20%

Grade boundaries will be drawn as follows:

91.0 – 100 =A, 85.0-90.9=A-, 82-84.9=B+, 78.0 - 81.9=B, 75.0 - 77.9=B-, 70 -74.9 C+,   61.0 - 69.9=C, 60.0 - 60.9=C-, 50.0-59.9=D, <50=F