Geoscience Graduate Courses


Graduate Courses Offered by Geoscience

GSCI 5000 - Geoscience Core Course

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.

GSCI 5050 - Special Problems in Geology

Advanced study and research in geology. May be repeated for credit up to six times with a change of content.

GSCI 5110 - Sediment Transport

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.

GSCI 5210 - Glacial Processes and Materials

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.

GSCI 5230 - Advanced GIS for Remote Sensing for Geoscience Applications

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)

Prerequisite: Not open to GSC 4230

GSCI 5310 - Advanced Structural Geology

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.

GSCI 5320 - Advanced Plate Tectonics

The course 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. (successor to GEOL 333)

GSCI 5410 - Igneous Petrology

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 fluorescense, and electron microprobe analysis. Prepare a paper suitable for publication in a scientific journal. This course is not open for credit to students who have passed GEOL 214 or 335.

GSCI 5420 - Metamorphic Petrology

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. (successor to GEOL 336)

GSCI 5510 - Applied Geophysics for Geologists and Engineers

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.

GSCI 5520 - Exploring and Engineering Seismology

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.

GSCI 5530 - Applied and Environmental Geophysics

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.

GSCI 5550 - Physics of the Earth

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

GSCI 5560 - Fundamentals of Planetary Science

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

GSCI 5680 - Applied Geologic Mapping

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.

GSCI 5710 - Advanced Hydrogeology

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

GSCI 5720 - Groundwater Modeling

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

GSCI 5790 - Field Methods in Hydrogeology

Field methods associated with ground water and contamination assessments.

GSCI 6130 - Seminar in Paleontology

Readings and discussions on recent advances in paleontology and paleobiology. May be repeated twice to a maximum of 6 credits with change of content.

GSCI 6330 - Seminar in Structural Geology

Readings and discussion of recent advances in structural geology.

GSCI 6340 - Seminar in Tectonics

Readings and discussions of recent advances in tectonics.

GSCI 6510 - Fundamentals of Seismology

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

GSCI 6520 - Advanced Seismology

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

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

GSCI 6530 - Geophysical Inverse Theory

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

GSCI 6540 - Seminar in Geophysics

Readings and discussions of recent advances in geophysics.

GSCI 6550 - Special Topics in Geophysics