Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5000. Geoscience Core Course

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5050. Special Problems in Geology

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 36 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced study and research in geology.

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5110. Sediment Transport

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5150. Applied Data Analysis in Earth Sciences

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: STAT 1000Q or 1100Q, GEOG 3500Q. Not open for credit to students who have passed GEOG 4150 or GSCI 4150.

Grading Basis: Graded

Multivariate spatial analysis methods and statistical inference in earth science, emphasizing how to translate conceptual understanding into computer code.

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5210. Glacial Processes and Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: GSCI 3020. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 4210.

Grading Basis: Graded

The climates and dynamics of glaciers, the geologic processes responsible for the materials and landforms of glaciated regions, and the applications of glacial geology to paleoclimatology, paleoecology, land use history, hydrology, engineering, and natural resources. Includes two weekend days of field trips to be scheduled, and tutorial meetings.

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5230. Advanced GIS for Remote Sensing for Geoscience Applications

Also offered as: GEOG 5230

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who took GSCI 4230

Grading Basis: Graded

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. (CLAS C&C 4/26/11)

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5310. Advanced Structural Geology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5320. Advanced Plate Tectonics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5510. Applied Geophysics for Geologists and Engineers

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5520. Exploring and Engineering Seismology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5530. Applied and Environmental Geophysics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5550. Physics of the Earth

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5560. Fundamentals of Planetary Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5710. Advanced Hydrogeology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5720. Groundwater Modeling

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5790. Field Methods in Hydrogeology

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Field methods associated with ground water and contamination assessments.

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5850. Paleoclimatology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed GSCI 4850.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the geological evidence, research methods, and hypotheses associated with major climatic events in Earth's history through a combination of lectures, paper discussions, and a climate modeling project.

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6130. Seminar in Paleontology

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Readings and discussions on recent advances in paleontology and paleobiology.

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6340. Seminar in Tectonics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Readings and discussions of recent advances in tectonics.

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6520. Advanced Seismology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 5410 and MATH 5411, which may be taken concurrently (RG355).

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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6530. Geophysical Inverse Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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6540. Seminar in Geophysics

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Readings and discussions of recent advances in geophysics.

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6550. Special Topics in Geophysics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 24 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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