Geoscience (GSCI)

5000. Geoscience Core Course

Three credits. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Exposes students to a solid background in a variety of topics related to integrative geosciences, emphasizing interdisciplinarity. Development of speaking skills through oral presentations, and writing skills through preparation and defense of large, interdisciplinary grant proposals. Required of all first year graduate students in Geosciences.

5050. Special Problems in Geology

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: department consent. May be repeated for credit up to six times with a change of content.

Advanced study and research in geology.

5110. Sediment Transport

Three credits.

The mechanics of sediment transport with particular emphasis on the processes governing transport in coastal and estuarine areas. Initiation of motion for cohesive and noncohesive materials, bed and suspended load transport, bed forms, sediment-flow interactions modeling considerations.

5210. Glacial Processes and Materials

Three credits.

Reconstruction of former glaciers and the interactive processes leading to the character and distribution of unconsolidated surface materials in glaciated regions. Techniques for interpreting subsurface unconsolidated materials.

5230. Advanced GIS for Remote Sensing for Geoscience Applications

(Also offered as GEOG 5230.) Three credits. Not open to students who have passed GEOG 4520.

Research methods for using Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and image interpretation to investigate problems in geoscience. Includes research techniques for data acquisition, processing and analysis of Digital Elevation Models and satellite imagery. Geologic materials, processes, landforms and landscapes.

5310. Advanced Structural Geology

Three credits.

Application of finite and incremental strain analyses using advanced geometric techniques. This course integrates field studies of deformed rocks with theoretical understanding and quantitative analysis.

5320. Advanced Plate Tectonics

Three credits.

Introduces students to techniques used in analyzing plate motions on a sphere, including poles of rotation and instantaneous and finite motions. The course integrates geologic data and analytical techniques with a rigorous understanding of plate motions and provides students with a global understanding and appreciation of the Earth.

5410. Igneous Petrology

Four credits.

Introduction to igneous rocks, physical and chemical principles governing their formation. Fluid mechanics of magmas, heat transfer, thermodynamics, phase equilibria, isotope geochemistry, and the relation of magmatism to plate tectonics. Optical microscopy, x-ray fluorescence, and electron microprobe analysis. Prepare a paper suitable for publication in a scientific journal.

5420. Metamorphic Petrology

Three credits.

Interpretation of mineralogical, chemical, and textural features of metamorphic rocks in terms of the physical conditions and dynamic processes operating in the Earth’s crust. Thermodynamic description of phase equilibria in fluid-rock systems. Kinetics, mass and energy transport in metamorphic processes. Petrographic and x-ray analytical techniques.

5510. Applied Geophysics for Geologists and Engineers

Three credits.

Introductory survey of surface and borehole geophysical methods and their application to hydrogeologic, environmental monitoring, and geotechnical engineering studies. Laboratory involves geophysical field measurement, data reduction and geologic interpretation.

5520. Exploring and Engineering Seismology

Three credits.

Theory of elasticity applied to wave propagation: quations of motion; reflection and refraction of elastic waves; velocity analysis and fundamental petrophysics; and principles of detecting subsurface interfaces and structures.

5530. Applied and Environmental Geophysics

Three credits. Perquisite: Instructor consent.

Potential theory (gravity, static electricity and magnetic fields), electromagnetic coupling, Maxwell’s equations; lectromagnetic wave propagation; principles of detection of subsurface interface and structures by geophysical methods.

5550. Physics of the Earth

Three credits.

The composition, structure, and dynamics of the earth’s core, mantle, and crust inferred from observations of seismology, geomagnetism, and heat flow.

5560. Fundamentals of Planetary Science

Three credits.

Evolution of the solar system, celestial mechanics, tidal friction, internal composition of planets, black-body radiation, planetary atmospheres.

5680. Applied Geologic Mapping

Six credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Advanced surveying and techniques of 3D mapping using electronic total stations, GPS and Geodetic-grade GPS instrumentation. Environmental field geophysics; GPR, resistivity, seismic, magnetic and microgravity surveys. Petrologic, geochemical and geophysical core logging for geotechnical and exploration applications. Field sampling for assay and environmental geochemistry. Detailed geological outcrop mapping. Mine and subsurface geologic mapping.

5710. Advanced Hydrogeology

Three credits.

Transport processes in groundwater systems. Mathematical methods in groundwater hydrology. Water quality and resource evaluation.

5720. Groundwater Modeling

Three credits.

Numerical techniques for modeling flow and contaminant transport in groundwater systems. Model design, calibration, visualization, verification and sensitivity analysis. Application to field sites.

5790. Field Methods in Hydrogeology

Variable (1-6) credits. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Field methods associated with ground water and contamination assessments.

6130. Seminar in Paleontology

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: department consent. May be repeated for a total of six credits with change of content.

Readings and discussions on recent advances in paleontology and paleobiology.

6330. Seminar in Structural Geology

Three credits.

Readings and discussion of recent advances in structural geology.

6340. Seminar in Tectonics

Three credits.

Readings and discussions of recent advances in tectonics.

6510. Fundamentals of Seismology

Three credits.

Theory of elasticity applied to wave propagation; quations of motion; reflection and refraction of elastic waves; wave propagation in homogeneous media; surface waves.

6520. Advanced Seismology

Three credits. Prerequisite: MATH 5410; MATH 5411, which may be taken concurrently.

Elastic wave propagation in plane layered media; eismogram synthesis by ray parameter integration, ray approximations, and mode summation; earthquake source representations.

6530. Geophysical Inverse Theory

Three credits.

Fitting geophysical model parameters to data. Topics include model uniqueness, resolution, and error estimation.

6540. Seminar in Geophysics

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Readings and discussions of recent advances in geophysics.

6550. Special Topics in Geophysics

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.