Courses

GEOC-0000 INDUCTION
CREDITS: 1

The induction course is intended to promote the student’s autonomy and to encourage their integration into the University of los Andes Community. Throughout this course, a variety of counseling sessions are offered on subjects such as the structure of scientific texts, bibliographical data bases and use of the library, academic exchanges, etc.. Also, this course helps develop abilities in oral and written communication in a critic, clear and concise manner as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
GEOC-1002 GEOSCIENCES

CREDITS: 3

  • Introduction.
  • The Universe. The Big Bang Theory. Galaxies and stars formation. Planets formation.
  • Stratification, from nucleus to the magnetosphere.
  • Geology, geological time and radiometric dating methods.
  • Plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Minerals and crystallography.
  • Processes and igneous rocks. Sedimentary rocks.
  • Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks. Structure of rock bodies.
  • Meteorization and erosion.
  • Eolic systems and deserts. Mass transport.
  • Rivers and surface run-off. Groundwater and aquifers. Glaciers. Oceans and coasts.
  • Atmosphere, precipitations and hurricanes. Climate and weather.
  • Paleoclimate.
  • Reservoirs and mineral deposits.
  • Paleontology.
  • Paleobiology and astrobiology.
  • Astrogeology.
  • Compared planetary geology
GEOC-1003 GEOSCIENCES COLOQUIUM 1

The main objective of these colloquiums is to get the students to attend some conferences hosted by experts coming from the industry and academia on a variety of subjects related to Geosciences. Every effort will be made to offer an appropriate variety of subjects. This will allow students to thoroughly evaluate different approaches as to the results, lines of research and figure out how to stay up to date with the latest results on different related disciplines.



GEOC-1005 COLOQUIUM 2 IN GEOSCIENCES

The main objective of these colloquiums is to get the students to attend some conferences hosted by experts coming from the industry and academia on a variety of subjects related to Geosciences. Every effort will be made to offer variety in both, subjects and sites. This will allow students to thoroughly evaluate different approaches as to the results, lines of research and figure out how to stay up to date with the latest results on different related disciplines.



GEOC-1022 GEOLOGY

CREDITS: 3

  • Introduction.
  • Geologic time.
  • Topographical and geological maps and structures. Exercises.
  • Plate Tectonics.
  • Minerals.
  • Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
  • Preparation for field trips.
  • Paleontology.
  • Sedimentology.
  • Stratigraphy.
  • Colombian Geology.
  • Extinción de los dinosaurios.
  • Petroleum geology.
  • Geochemistry and provenance analysis
GEOC-1023 LABORATORY GEOLOGY

CREDITS: 1

  • Manuals and Laboratory techniques.
  • Laboratory practices in: Minerals, Sedimentary rocks, igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks, fossils, field techniques, walking stick, polygonals, visuals.
  • Field trip (cartography, stratigraphy, navigation, use of the compass).
  • Google Earth laboratory.
  • Topography digital-QGIS.
  • Workshop on geological sections.
GEOC-1416B DINOSAURS

CREDITS: ¿?

  • Introduction to the dinosaurs.
  • Dinosaurs and the geosciences.
  • Dinosaurs - Naming and classification.
  • Evolution, before the dinosaurs.
  • Evolution of the dinosaurs.
  • Armored dinosaurs.
  • Horned, frilled and bone-headed dinosaurs.
  • Duckbilled dinosaurs.
  • Gigantic plant-eating dinosaurs.
  • Meat-eating dinosaurs and the evolution of birds.
  • Dinosaurs - Geography.
  • Dinosaurs - Feeding habits.
  • Dinosaur - Physiology.
  • Reproduction and growth.
GEOC-1015B OIL, GAS, COAL – CBU

CREDITS: 3

  • Introduction.
  • C02 consumption and footprint.
  • Basic concepts in geology.
  • Sedimentary basins.
  • Colombian geology with emphasis on sedimentary basins.
  • Coal, formation, basins, resources.

Associated methane.

  • Oil, formation, basins, resources. Conventional and non-conventional.
  • Gas, formation, basins, resources. Exploration techniques. Measuring resources and reserves.
  • Reports.
  • Electric cars and the future of non-renewable resources: coal, oil-shale.
  • Lithium, production and exploitation.
  • New technologies.
  • Climate, climate changes, CO2 sequestration.
  • Green energy balance. Germany, El Salvador, Iceland.
  • Unbalanced energy. Japan, Colombia. El Niño´s impact.
  • Nuclear energy balance. France and the new Islamic State.
  • Dependent balance and foreign policy: United States and the Gulf War.
GEOC-1611B NATURAL DISASTERS

CREDITOS: ¿?

Desde un enfoque en las Geociencias se presentarán las características de los distintos desastres naturales que podemos sufrir.

  • Terremotos: Definición, Escalas, Tectónica de placas, Medidas de prevención y emergencia, Predicciones, Los peores (dañinos) de la historia en el mundo.
  • Tsunamis: Definición, Medidas de prevención y emergencia, Tsunamis en el mundo, con ejemplos Sumatra, Chile, etc.
  • Volcanes: Tipos y características, Origen del magma, Volcanes del mundo, Volcanes Colombianos.
  • Huracanes: Definición y origen, Escalas y Nombres, Medidas de prevención y emergencia.
  • Tornados: Definición y origen, Escalas, Medidas de prevención y emergencia.
GEOC-2018 GEOCHEMISTRY

CREDITOS: 3

  • Introducción a la geoquímica.
  • Abundancia cósmica y origen de los elementos químicos.
  • Meteoritos.
  • La Tierra. Composición global. Diferenciación. Capas. Comparación con otros cuerpos celestes.
  • Clasificación geoquímica de los elementos. Control estructural de los elementos. Coeficientes de partición. Control termodinámico y cinético de la distribución de los elementos.
  • Métodos de análisis geoquímico (Técnicas analíticas).
  • Procesos de evolución magmática y comportamiento geoquímico de los elementos.
  • Geoquímica de soluciones hidrotermales. Comportamiento geoquímico y alteración durante el metamorfismo
  • Metasomatismo
  • La sedimentación y los sistemas sedimentarios.
  • Geoquímica de sistemas acuosos.
  • Sistema roca-agua.
  • Cortezas de meteorización, suelos.
  • Diagénesis.
  • Prospección geoquímica.
  • Geo-cronología. Mecanismo de desintegración.
  • Aplicaciones Geoquímicas de isotopos radiogénicos.
  • Geoquímica de isotopos estables.
  • Geoquímica de la atmosfera.
  • Geoquímica ambiental.
GEOC-2028 ROCKS FORMING MINERALS

CREDITOS: 3

  • Clasificación y química mineral.
  • Separación e identificación mineral.
  • Propiedades físicas.
  • Cristalografía.
  • Secciones delgado-pulidas.
  • Propiedades ópticas de los cristales y minerales.
  • Formación de cristales.
  • Sustituciones iónicas.
  • Soluciones sólidas.
  • Rocas ígneas. Rocas sedimentarias.
  • Rocas metamórficas y sus protolitos.
  • Elementos nativos, sulfuros y sulfosales.
  • Óxidos e hidróxidos.
  • Haluros, carbonatos, sulfatos y demás grupos aniónicos.
  • Silicatos: Nesosilicatos, sorosilicatos y ciclosilicatos.
  • Métodos de estudio mineral.
  • Mineralogía y desarrollo humano.
  • Minería y medio ambiente.
GEOC-2029 ROCKS FORMING MINERAlS - LABORATORY

CREDITS: 1

  • Ideal and real crystals.
  • Crystalline systems, types of symmetry.
  • Physical properties and visual identification.
  • Polarizing microscope.
  • Optical properties of minerals.
  • Thin layer characterization of minerals and hand samples.
  • Classification and textures of rocks.

GEOC-2040 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY AND TECTONICS

CREDITS: 3

  • Earth´s structure.
  • Isostasy.
  • Flexural delamination and climate.
  • Tectonic wedges and climate.
  • Mohr´s Circle strain.
  • Over thrusting systems.
  • Euler poles.
  • Subduction, dynamic topography and Euler poles.
  • Faults, Diaclasic fractures. Dipping. Alignment.
  • Faults and folds construction.
  • Stereonet, poles, rotational planes.
  • Structural sections, projections, apparent dips.
GEOC-2041 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY AND TECTONICS – LABORATORY

CREDITS: 1

  • Organismos a lo largo del tiempo: diversificación, evolución y extinción.
  • Análisis morfométrico.


GEOC-2048 PALEONTOLOGY

CREDITS: 3

  • Paleontology and the major fossil groups.
  • Fossils, fossilization and biostratigraphy.
  • Biominerals, morphology, biomechanics and functional morphology.
  • Taphonomy: biostratinomy, diagenesis, completeness and time averaging.
  • Paleo biology, paleoecology and paleo environment.
  • Paleoclimate and paleobiogeography.
  • Evolution. Evolution, speciation and dispersal.
  • Extinction, mass extinction, phylogeny and cladistics.
  • Cladistics and paleontological data analysis.
  • Precambrian and early Cambrian life.
  • Invasion of the land: plants and animals.
  • Life on land: dinosaurs and the cycle of life.
  • Fossils and economics, summary and overview.

GEOC-2048

PALEONTOLOGY - LABORATORY

CREDITS: 1


  • Introduction to fossils.
  • Modes of preservation.
  • Recording data and reconstruction of 3D morphology.
  • Biominerals and taphonomy.
  • Functional morphology.
  • Paleo environmental reconstruction.
  • Reconstructing ancient ecologies.
  • Trace fossils and determination of water depth.
  • Cladistics: data collection.
  • Cladistics: data analysis.
  • Plants, wood and ancient ecologies.
  • Stratigraphic palaeontology.
GEOC-2048 PALEONTOLOGY - LABORATORY

CREDITS: 1

  • Introduction to fossils.
  • Modes of preservation.
  • Recording data and reconstruction of 3D morphology.
  • Biominerals and taphonomy.
  • Functional morphology.
  • Paleo environmental reconstruction.
  • Reconstructing ancient ecologies.
  • Trace fossils and determination of water depth.
  • Cladistics: data collection.
  • Cladistics: data analysis.
  • Plants, wood and ancient ecologies.
  • Stratigraphic palaeontology.


GEOC-2057 CONTINUUM MECHANICS
CREDITOS: ¿?
• Introducción a los dinosaurios.
• Dinosaurios y las Geociencias.
• Nomenclatura y clasificación de los dinosaurios.
• Evolución, antes de los dinosaurios.
• Evolución de los dinosaurios.
• Dinosaurios blindados.
• Dinosaurios con cuernos y volados.
• Dinosaurios ornitorrinco.
• Dinosaurios herbívoros gigantes.
• Dinosaurios carnívoros y la evolución de las aves.
• Geografía de los dinosaurios.
• Alimentación de los dinosaurios.
• Fisiología de los dinosaurios.
• Reproducción y crecimiento.
• Extinción de los dinosaurios y los dinosaurios hoy.


GEOC-3018 GEOPHYSICS OF EXPLORATION

CREDITS: 3

  • Introduction: basic concepts.
  • Potential methods, gravimetric analysis, Bouguer anomaly.
  • Electric methods: Electric properties of rocks, resistivity and current, electric methods of exploration.
  • Magnetic methods: geomagnetism, magnetic properties of rocks and materials, instrumentation, data collection techniques and analysis
GEOC-3019 GEOPHYSICS OF EXPLORATION LABORATORY

CREDITS: 1

This course is intended to provide computational fundamentals to undergraduate senior students to be able to perform geophysical prospections: gravimetric and geo-electric data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation. The first part of the course covers Matlab fundamentals followed by prospection-specific studies. The last part of the course covers data analysis and interpretation gathered during the field trip.

GEOC-3028 PETROLOGY

CREDITOS: 3

  • Introduction to petrology.
  • Igneous rocks. Igneous rocks petrographic nomenclature. Textures. Structure of igneous bodies.
  • Field relationships.
  • Geochemical nomenclature. Major elements.
  • Geochemical nomenclature. Trace elements and isotopes.
  • Introduction to thermodynamics.
  • Components systems.
  • Generation of basaltic magmas.
  • Chemical variation of magmas.
  • Ocean ridges volcanism. Other types of volcanism.
  • Igneous activity related to subduction zones.
  • Granite rocks.
  • Alkaline magmatism and anorthosites.
  • Magmatism in Colombia.
  • Introduction to metamorphic petrology: Definition, variables and conditions of the metamorphism. Types of metamorphism. Protoliths and composition groups of metamorphic rocks. Classification and nomenclature. Textures.

Mineral associations and mineral paragenesis.
Metamorphic processes.
Phase diagrams. Pelitic and gneiss rocks metamorphism. Mafic rocks metamorphism. Carbonate rocks metamorphism. Ultramafic rocks metamorphism. Metamorphic events dating and reconstruction of P-T-t trajectories.
Evolution of metamorphism and geodynamic contexts.
Metamorphism in Colombia.

GEOC-3028 PETROLOGY LABORATORY

CREDITS: 1

Students will be exposed to hand samples and thin layers. All kinds of typologies of rocks will be available, both igneous and metamorphic. The collection includes Colombian samples (Complejo Cajamarca, Macizo Floresta, Zona Mercaderes, etc.) as well as world class samples (Macizo de Ronda, Sierra Nevada, Zona Del Motagua, Macizo de Cabo Ortegal, etc.). Igneous rocks (intrusive and effusive), ultrabasic, basic, middle point, acid, alkaline. Metamorphic rocks (various degrees), meta-ultramafic, meta-carbonated, meta-pelitic and gneiss, meta-basics.
GEOC-3038 STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY
CREDITS: 3
  • Stratigraphy and sedimentology.
  • Earth’s surface systems.
  • Facies and the sequence of events.
  • Sedimentary rock classification and nomenclature.
  • Sources of sediments, weathering and erosion, fluid flows transport and deposition.
  • Sedimentary grains and sedimentary structures.
  • Sedimentary facies and environments: glacial, fluvioglacial, fluvial and lacustrine.
  • Aeolian environments and palaeosols.
  • Shallow marine environments: shores, coasts, deltas and estuaries.
  • Carbonate environments.
  • Deep ocean environments.
  • Correlation: lithostratightrapy, biostratigraphy, magnitostratigraphy.
  • Sea-level change and sequence stratigraphy.
  • Provenance.
  • Diagenesis: siliclastics and carbonates.
  • Sedimentary basins.
  • Petroleum systems
GEOC-3039 STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY LABORATORY
CREDITS: 1

The induction course is intended to promote the student’s autonomy and to encourage their integration into the University of los Andes Community. Throughout this course, a variety of counseling sessions are offered on subjects such as the structure of scientific texts, bibliographical data bases and use of the library, academic exchanges, etc.. Also, this course helps develop abilities in oral and written communication in a critic, clear and concise manner as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
GEOC-3048 SEISMICS AND SEISMOLOGY
CREDITS: 1

The induction course is intended to promote the student’s autonomy and to encourage their integration into the University of los Andes Community. Throughout this course, a variety of counseling sessions are offered on subjects such as the structure of scientific texts, bibliographical data bases and use of the library, academic exchanges, etc.. Also, this course helps develop abilities in oral and written communication in a critic, clear and concise manner as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
GEOC-3049 SEISMICS AND SEISMOLOGY LABORATORY
CREDITS: 1

  • Real data processing collected during hydrocarbons prospection.
  • Most used Software packages.
  • Reports
GEOC-3057 GEODYNAMICS

CREDITS: 3

  • Introduction to geodynamics and plate tectonics.
  • Plate tectonics.
  • Review on stress and strain in solids.
  • Elastic deformation.
  • Flexure of the lithosphere.
  • Review on heat transfer and Fourier's law.
  • Surface heat flow and the continental geotherms.
  • Cooling of the oceanic lithosphere.
  • Mantle heat flow.
  • Gravity.
  • Fluid mechanics.
  • Rock rheology
GEOC-3068 SIG, GPS AND REMOTE SENSING
CREDITS: 1

CREDITS: 3

  • Introduction to remote sensing.
  • Nature and properties of electromagnetic waves.
  • Remote sensing of solid surfaces in visible and near-infrared ranges.
  • Remote sensing of solid surfaces in thermal wavelengths.
  • Multispectral remote sensing
GEOC-3069 SIG, GPS AND REMOTE SENSING LABORATORY

CREDITS: 1

  • SIG: Introduction, concepts and components.
  • ArcGIS work: data acquisition, display and edition.
  • Spatial data analysis and modeling.
  • Maps and cartography.
  • Geocoding.
  • Satellite images processing. Supervised and non-supervised classifications.
  • GPS data display and processing
GEOC-3098 INTERNSHIP
CREDITS: 1

The induction course is intended to promote the student’s autonomy and to encourage their integration into the University of los Andes Community. Throughout this course, a variety of counseling sessions are offered on subjects such as the structure of scientific texts, bibliographical data bases and use of the library, academic exchanges, etc.. Also, this course helps develop abilities in oral and written communication in a critic, clear and concise manner as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
GEOC-3099 FINAL PROJECT
CREDITS: 1

The induction course is intended to promote the student’s autonomy and to encourage their integration into the University of los Andes Community. Throughout this course, a variety of counseling sessions are offered on subjects such as the structure of scientific texts, bibliographical data bases and use of the library, academic exchanges, etc.. Also, this course helps develop abilities in oral and written communication in a critic, clear and concise manner as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
GEOC-3101 MINERAL DEPOSITS– OPTIONAL
CREDITS: 1

The induction course is intended to promote the student’s autonomy and to encourage their integration into the University of los Andes Community. Throughout this course, a variety of counseling sessions are offered on subjects such as the structure of scientific texts, bibliographical data bases and use of the library, academic exchanges, etc.. Also, this course helps develop abilities in oral and written communication in a critic, clear and concise manner as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
GEOC-3102 MINERAL DEPOSITS LABORATORY – OPTIONAL

CREDITS: 3

This lab practice offers contact with the main typologies of mineral metal deposits. Along with the specimens, students will get in close contact with the original material where the specimen was obtained from. Many of these samples come from world class mineral deposits such as Bushveld in South Africa, Sudbury in Russia, Iberian Piritic Belt in Spain, Moa in Cuba, etc. The series of samples would be: Cr-EPG deposits associated to big stratified igneous complexes, Cr in ophiolites, magmatic of Ni-Cu-EGP, Skarn type, porphyritic, (Cu, Mo, Au, Sn), epithermal of precious metals (Au-Ag), epithermals of precious metals (Au, Ag), massive sulfurs

GEOC-3103 FIELD GEOLOGY – OPTIONAL
CREDITS: 1

The induction course is intended to promote the student’s autonomy and to encourage their integration into the University of los Andes Community. Throughout this course, a variety of counseling sessions are offered on subjects such as the structure of scientific texts, bibliographical data bases and use of the library, academic exchanges, etc.. Also, this course helps develop abilities in oral and written communication in a critic, clear and concise manner as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
GEOC-3104 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN GEOSICIENCES
CREDITS: 1

The induction course is intended to promote the student’s autonomy and to encourage their integration into the University of los Andes Community. Throughout this course, a variety of counseling sessions are offered on subjects such as the structure of scientific texts, bibliographical data bases and use of the library, academic exchanges, etc.. Also, this course helps develop abilities in oral and written communication in a critic, clear and concise manner as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
GEOC-3201 SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY

CREDITS: 3

  • The Lowstand Systems Tract. Types and distribution of reservoir, source, and seal rocks.
  • The Transgressive Systems Tract. Types and distribution of reservoir, source, and seal rocks.
  • The Highstand Systems Tract. Types and distribution of reservoir, source, and seal rocks.
  • A workflow for building an integrated sequence stratigraphic framework.
  • Integration of rocks, fossils, well logs, geochemistry, seismic, and well tests.
  • Application of sequence stratigraphy workflow to common clastic rocks (non-marine, shallow and deep marine).
  • Carbonate sequence stratigraphy.
  • Example case studies from: U.S. and Mexico, Gulf of Mexico, Onshore North America, Australia, Indonesia, and elsewhere.

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