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3000 Level Courses

3300. [GEOL 2310] Geophysics (3). PPrerequisites: C or better in MATH 1451 and either GEOL 1303 and 1101 or GEOL 3324. An overview of geophysical principles and methods with case studies in the use of geophysics to understand the three-dimensional structures of Earth.

3310. Introduction to Geophysical Data Processing (3). Prerequisites: GPH 3300 and MATH 1451. Emphasis is on geophysical data analysis and modeling using Matlab.

4000 Level Courses

4300. Independent Studies in Geophysics (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Independent studies in geophysics. May be repeated for credit.

4321. Seismic Exploration Methods (3). Prerequisites: MATH 1451, PHYS 1403 or 1408, and a C or better in GEOL 3401. Methods to collect, process, and interpret seismic data are discussed.

4323. Potential Field and Electromagnetic Methods in Geophysics (3). Prerequisites: GEOL 3401, MATH 1451, PHYS 1403 or 1408. Covers methods of exploring Earth’s subsurface using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and electromagnetic methods.

5000 Level Courses

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

5303. Seismic Data Analysis (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Principles and methods for analyzing digital seismic date, including sampling, Fourier analysis, filtering, deconvolution, and introduction to seismic migration and tomography.

5305. Velocity Model Building (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Principles and usage of major seismic velocity model building approaches, including seismic refraction, semblance, migration, and tomographic velocity model building methods.

5307. Seismic Migration (3). Prerequisites: GPH 5303 and consent of instructor. Theory and practicality of Kirchhoff, f-k, FD, and reverse-time migrations for subsurface imaging.

5310. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (3). 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.

5321. Advanced Seismic Exploration Methods (3). Prerequisites: MATH 1451 and GEOL 2303 or consent of instructor. Discusses methods to collect, process, and interpret seismic reflection data.

5323. Advanced Potential Field and Electromagnetic Methods in Geophysics (3). Prerequisites: GEOL 2303 and MATH 1350 or 1451 or consent of instructor. Covers methods to explore Earth’s subsurface using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and electromagnetic methods.

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

5330. Geophysical Data Processing (3). Prerequisites MATH 1451 or GPH 2333. Emphasizes geophysical data analysis and modeling using Matlab.Back to Top