A study of the physical and chemical properties of Earth's minerals. Our study emphasizes mineral systems, the identification and classification of common rock forming and economically important minerals, and processes that influence mineral occurrence and composition. The fundamentals of crystallography, optical properties of minerals, and use of the polarizing microscope are included. Two credits, one laboratory period. This will be taught as a seven-week course. Prerequisite: GEO*110. Distribution Requirements: SP.