Graduate Courses

This course will provide students with a review of recent advances in the field of paleoenvironmental analysis. Scheduled course meetings will consist of brief lectures and/or student presentations addressing specific paleoenvironmental indicators and discussion of significant developments in the use of the environmental archive. The pace and depth of material covered will be determined by... Read More
Number of Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None. Department Consent Required.
A collaborative seminar for the Professional M.S. (Pro-M.S.) student that concentrates on advanced topics and methodologies in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. Topics will be selected that are immediately useful for success in the Pro-M.S. degree, the internship, and future career choices. Weekly meetings will feature guest speakers, advanced methods in software and technology... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
The goal of this course is to gain expertise in programming methods using Environmental Systems Research Incorporated ArcObjects and the Visual Studio .NET programming environment of Microsoft. ArcObjects is a software technology based on the COM protocol and can be used within any COM-compliant programming language. Our goal in this class is to gain fundamental skills in Visual Basic Programming... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 2449
This is a course designed to permit the teaching of new and significant development in the field of GIS. It permits maximum flexibility enabling presentation of subject matter not normally treated in formal geology courses.Offered upon student demand. Variable hours.1-3 Credits
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
This specialized course provides students with a basic introduction to isotope ratio mass spectrometry and sample preparation techniques for light stable isotopes. Scheduled course meetings consist of brief lectures addressing the fundamental operation of gas source mass spectrometers (vacuum and ion source systematics, cryogenics, etc.) and hands-on, technical training in the use of isotope... Read More
Number of Credits: 2
Prerequisites: GEOL 2525
An informal course for those interested in catchment science, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. The format of the course will vary each semester dependent on interests of those enrolled in the course and current research directions. The course will generally include critical reading and discussion of journal articles, presentation of laboratory and field results, group editing of manuscript... Read More
Number of Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
This is a course designed to permit the teaching of new and significant developments in the field of geochemistry. It permits maximum flexibility enabling presentation of subject matter not normally treated in formal geology courses.
This course will focus on the application of novel techniques, including isotopic tracers, to characterize water-rock interactions and identify and quantify natural and anthropogenic inputs to soil, surface waters and groundwater. Examples of topics that may be covered include interactions of subsurface sedimentary rocks with brine, AMD and CO2-enriched groundwater, and in situ weathering vs.... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
This is a course designed to permit the teaching of new and significant developments in the field of geochemistry. It permits maximum flexibility enabling presentation of subject matter not formally treated in formal geology courses. Offered Occasionally. Lecture, 3 hours.
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
This is a course designed to permit the teaching of new and significant developments in the field of hydrology. It permits Maximum flexibility enabling presentation of subject matter not formally treated in formal geology courses.Offered upon student demand. Lecture, 3 hours.
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
This course will provide students with a basic introduction to light stable isotope systems and, more importantly, their application to paleoclimatological, paleoecological, and archaeological problems. Specifically, the course will examine stable isotope variations within the hydrosphere, stable isotope fractionation within carbonates, and oxygen isotope paleothermometry. In addition, the course... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 2525
This is a course designed to permit the teaching of new and significant developments in the field of nitrogen biogeochemistry. It permits maximum flexibility enabling presentation of subject matter not normally treated in formal geology courses.
Number of Credits: 2
This course is a graduate level course which explores the geology and geologic history of the planet Venus, including the history of its exploration and comparisons of geologic processes on the Earth and Venus. For all students, there will be 2 regularly scheduled meetings each week, including one formal lecture and one seminar addressing a specific aspect of the course. Students who enroll for 3... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None. Department Consent Required.
This course focuses on the theory, technology and science of the recent and upcoming remote sensing data sets of Mars. NASA's current Mars Exploration Program has the overarching goal of collecting surface and atmospheric data in order to better understand where water was and may still be on the planet as well as looking for evidence of life. This has led to numerous missions from rovers to... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None. Department Consent Required.
This course will provide a firm grounding in the critical study of pyroclastic rocks, deposits (unconsolidated) and pyroclasts erupted in various subaerial, subaqueous and subvolcanic settings on Earth. The course content assumes that the student is familiar with the basics of pyroclast eruption and emplacement. The course will focus on interpreting eruption mechanisms, transport processes and... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 2750
This course will focus on the most important volcanological aspects of the interaction of volcanoes with surrounding ice, including lava flows, pyroclastic rocks, and associated resedimented clastic rocks. We will discuss how such rocks record evidence of the former ice and how they differ from similar shallow submarine rocks. The class will include lectures, study of samples and discussion... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 2750
This course will focus on the physics of natural and man-made explosions, and in particular on how they relate to our understanding of volcanic explosions and jets. There will be some math in the course, but much of the material is conceptual. The class will include lectures, study of samples and discussion time.Offered upon student demand. Lecture, 3 hours.Prerequisites: GEOL 2750. Department... Read More
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GEOL 2750
This course is designed to permit the teaching of new and significant developments in the field of geophysics. It permits maximum flexibility enabling presentation of subject matter not normally treated in formal geology courses.
Number of Credits: 2

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