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MSCI-350 Gold,glass and Granite: the Origins of Materials

3 Credits

This course explores the sources and processing of materials that artists, architects, and designers employ to do their work. Because all materials have their fundamental origin in the solid Earth, the course employs basic concepts of geology to learn how rocks and minerals are generated and what technologies are required to convert them to raw materials for industry. The course will also examine issues of sustainability, including carbon emissions associated with mining and other material processing activities.