Graduate Courses

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.  
Number of Credits: 1
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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