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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The composition, structure, and dynamics of the earth’s core, mantle, and crust inferred from observations of seismology, geomagnetism, and heat flow.
Evolution of the solar system, celestial mechanics, tidal friction, internal composition of planets, black-body radiation, planetary atmospheres.
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.
Transport processes in groundwater systems. Mathematical methods in groundwater hydrology. Water quality and resource evaluation.
Numerical techniques for modeling flow and contaminant transport in groundwater systems. Model design, calibration, visualization, verification and sensitivity analysis. Application to field sites.
Variable (1-6) credits. May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Field methods associated with ground water and contamination assessments.
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.
Readings and discussion of recent advances in structural geology.
Readings and discussions of recent advances in tectonics.
Theory of elasticity applied to wave propagation; quations of motion; reflection and refraction of elastic waves; wave propagation in homogeneous media; surface waves.
Elastic wave propagation in plane layered media; eismogram synthesis by ray parameter integration, ray approximations, and mode summation; earthquake source representations.
Fitting geophysical model parameters to data. Topics include model uniqueness, resolution, and error estimation.
Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.
Readings and discussions of recent advances in geophysics.
Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.