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Graduate Courses in Geosciences

Graduate courses in Geosciences are grouped in three categories, Geology (GEOL), Geophysics (GPH), and Geochemistry (GCH). Numbers in parentheses, e.g., (3:3:0), correspond to hours of semeseter credit eaerned, hours of lecture, and hours of laboratory per week.



5001. Problems in Geosciences (V1-6). Independent study under guidance of a faculty member.

5101. Seminar (1:1:0).

5300. Individual Studies in Geology (3:3:0). A structured independent graduate studies course under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

5303. Advanced Igneous Petrology (3:3:0). Phase relations, geochemistry, and tectonic setting of igneous rocks. Emphasis on modern concepts of magma origin and differentiation. May be repeated for credit. 5310. Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geology (3:3:0). This class will emphasize computer methods of error analysis, data processing, and modeling of geological data. Applications to current research problems will be included.

5311. Micropaleontology (3:2:3). Lectures and labs are designed to acquaint the student with basic lab techniques, morphology, and classification within the major microfossil groups, and to demonstrate the usefulness and importance of microfossils as biostratigraphic and paleoecologic tools.

5314. Problems in Stratigraphy (3:3:0). Analysis of selected stratigraphic units emphasizing geometry, paleogeography, environments of deposition, depositional models, and theoretical problems.

5322. Sedimentary Processes (3:3:0). Principles of fluid dynamics important in sedimentation, interpretation of primary sedimentary structures, and description of depositional environments.

5325. Petrophysics (3:3:0). Physical properties of reservoir rocks, including porosity, permeability, composition, and texture. Interrelationships between rock characteristics and electric log responses in geologic exploration and exploitation.

5327. Problems in Paleontology (3:2:3). Subjects include origin of life, Precambrian life, origin and relationships of fish, amphibians, reptiles, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, birds, and primates; mass extinction and impact cratering processes.

5340. Advances in Historical Geology (3:3:0). Survey of currently important topics in earth processes and history for science educators, with an emphasis on how geologists interpret modern and past geologic events.

5341. Digital Imagery in Geosciences (3:2:3). Introduction to digital image processing, visualization, and raster GIS modeling applied to geosciences. Involves computer lab exercises.

5342. Spatial Data Analysis and Modeling in Geosciences (3:2:3). Introduction to vector GIS data manipulation, geostatistics, and spatial modeling applied to geosciences. Involves computer lab exercises.

5361. Advanced Structural Geology (3:3:3). Prerequisite: GEOL 3302. Topics include deformation mechanisms and rheology, tectonic evolution of oceanic lithosphere, and evolution of arcs. May be repeated once for credit.

5362. Advanced Tectonics (3:3:0). Survey of the plate tectonics paradigm in terms of its historical development and modern application.

5399. Advanced Petrophysics (3:3:0). Analysis of complex reservoirs, such as shaly sands, carbonates with complex pore geometries, fractured reservoirs, and gas-bearing dolomites. The development and use of new logging tools is also covered.

5410. Vertebrate Paleontology (4:3:3). An introduction to the principles of paleontology governing evolution, morphology, and phylogeny of major groups of vertebrates.

5420. Geological Correlation (4:2:6). Principles and methods of correlation of stratigraphic units with the geological time scale including chronostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, ecostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, event stratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, and related techniques.

5422. Sedimentary Geology of Carbonates (4:3:3). Prerequisite: GEOL 4420 or equivalent, or permission. Classification and interpretation of carbonate rocks, processes that control their deposition and diagenesis, evolution of carbonate systems through times.

5424. Clastic Sedimentology (4:3:3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geosciences or permission. Origins, classification, petrology, diagenesis, and facies analysis of clastic sedimentary rocks. Survey of modern and ancient clastic depositional systems.

5426. Sequence Stratigraphy (4:4:0). Prerequisite: GEOL 4420 or permission. Fundamental concepts of sequence stratigraphy and application to interpretation of sedimentary basins across a range of depositional systems. Application to petroleum exploration and production.

5428. GIS in Natural Science and Engineering (4:3:3). Survey of the broad spectrum of geo-information science and technology applied to researches in natural science and engineering. Involves computer lab exercises. 6000 Level Courses 6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

7000. Research (V1-12).

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).


5221. Advanced Seismic Exploration Methods (2:1:3). Methods to collect, process, and interpret seismic data are discussed.

5223. Advanced Applied Electrical Methods (2:1:3). Electromagnetic, resistivity, and ground penetrating radar methods of geophysical investigation are discussed.

5231. Seismology (2:2:0). Seismic wave and ray theory is discussed.

5300. Individual Studies in Geophysics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A structured independent graduate studies course under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

5310. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (3:3:0). Survey of dominant modes of wave motion in the atmosphere. Scale analysis for problems in atmospheric dynamics with application to mid-latitude synoptic scale systems.

5324. Radiative Transfer (3:3:0). Principles of radiation, the radiative transfer equation. Applications to absorption, emission, and scattering processes. Determination of physical properties from satellite measurements.


5300. Individual Studies in Geochemistry (3:3:0). A structured independent graduate studies course under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

5303. Trace Element Geochemistry (3:3:0). Theoretical basis for trace element distribution and fractionation. Trace element “fingerprints,” use of stable and radioactive isotopes and rare-earth elements in petrology.

5305. Environmental and Aqueous Geochemistry (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Inorganic chemistry or equivalent. Theoretical and applied aspects of geochemistry occurring in the upper crust. May be repeated for credit.

5307. X-Ray Powder Diffraction Methods (3:2:3). Fundamental and practical aspects of X-ray diffraction on polycrystalline substances such as minerals, rocks, and other solids.

5309. Clay Mineralogy (3:2:3). Atomic structures of clay minerals in relation to physical, engineering, and colloid chemical properties of these materials. Instrumental methods of clay analysis such as X-ray diffraction and ion exchange methods.

5350. Isotope Geochemistry (3:3:0). Principles of isotope chemistry as applied to the earth and solar system. Radioactive and stable isotope systematics.

5405. Inorganic Geochemistry (4:4:0). Origin of elements and isotopes. Theory and application of isotopic systems, element mobility, thermodynamics, solution geochemistry, and geochemical cycles.