Graduate Course Offerings in Geophysics


6101. Introduction to Global Geophysics. (3). (GEOP 6101). Covers the origin, evolution, and structure of planet earth from the geophysical perspective; accretion and composition of the earth, isotopic determination of ages, differentiation of oceanic and continental crust, mechanism of plate tectonics, seismic structure, gravity and magnetic fields of the earth. PREREQUISITES: Permission of the instructor.

6203. Environmental Geophysics. (4). (GEOP 6201). Survey of shallow geophysical prospecting methods, seismic reflection and refraction techniques, and electrical, magnetic and gravity field measurements; emphasis on practical measurements and fundamental principles governing acquisition and interpretation of geophysical data for shallow subsurface investigation. Three lectures, two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor.

6220. Geology and the Hazards of Earthquakes. (3). (GEOP 6220). Estimation of geological aspects and hazards associated with individual earthquakes and earthquakes on specific faults; covers earthquake rupture patterns, topographic expressions, estimating ages of prehistoric earthquakes, triggering, and associated landslide and debris flows. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor.

6401. Introduction to Seismology. (4). (GEOP 6401). Lays the groundwork for understanding seismic wave propagation within the earth, explores the historical context of earthquakes and the earthquake source, and gives an overview of common seismological techniques used to understand earth structure and source parameters. Three lectures and two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: Calculus through vector calculus, or permission of instructor.

7112. Regional Geophysical Synthesis. (3). (GEOP 7112). Theoretical and practical aspects of geophysics applied to determining earth structure and investigating tectonic processes at a regional scale; major topics include gravity, magnetism, heat flow, geoelectric, and seismic methods, and their implications for lithospheric structure and deformational processes. PREREQUISITE: ESCI (GEOP) 6101 or permission of instructor.

7204. Probability and Earthquake Hazard Analysis. (3). Fundamentals of basic probability, seismicity analysis, ground motion attenuation and site effects, seismic hazard analysis, and uncertainty analysis; students will perform a probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for a region of their interest. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

7205. Data Analysis in Geophysics. (3). Overview of data analysis techniques and common tools in geophysics; includes working with the UNIX/LINUX environment; understanding shells; basic programming using Fortran, C, C++, and Perl; generating publishable graphics; emphasis on seismic data analysis using Matlab and Seismic Analysis Code. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

7353. Geodynamics. (3). (GEOP 7353). Physical processes necessary for understanding plate tectonics and geological phenomena such as solidification of magmas, mechanical behavior of faults, and subsidence of sedimentary basins; topics include stress and strain in earth's crust, bending of lithosphere, heat conduction in lithosphere, and mantel convection. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

7401. Global Seismology. (3). Provides foundation for advanced graduate research, including fundamentals of continuum mechanics, vector calculus, and solutions of the vector wave equation in homogeneous and inhomogeneous media; understanding of current theories of earthquake occurrence and wave propagation within the earth. PREREQUISITE: Differential equations.

7402. Intermediate Seismology. (3). (GEOP 7402). Provides foundation in seismic wave propagation based on thorough understanding of point source radiation, plane wave theory, optic ray theory, and point sources in plane-layered media. PREREQUISITE: A couse in partial differential equations.

7403-8403. Advanced Topics in Geophysics. (3). (GEOP 7403). Topics may include aspects of theoretical seismology, rock rheology and convection, faulting mechanics, advanced potential field techniques, or advanced field methods. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor.

7404-8404. Exploration Seismology. (4). Examines the reflective seismic approach to mineral exporation, and environmental and tectonic imaging; covers seismic data processing, data visualization, and acquisition procedures, including field equipment; hands-on experience analyzing seismic reflection records. Three lecture, two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: ESCI 6101, ESCI 6401, and permission of instructor.

7405-8405. Structural Interpretation of Seismic Reflection Data. (3). Practical application of reflection seismic method used in tectonic analysis of deformed belts and sedimentary basins, including case studies from around the world that emphasize integration of seismic reflection data with other surface and subsurface geological/ geophysical information, as well as use of restorable structural sections; basics of seismic processing are introduced in the framework of interpretation problems. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

7602. Signal Processing for the Earth Sciences. (3). (GEOP 7602; GEOL 7358). Fundamentals of digital processing of geophysical data, both purely mathematical and applied aspects with attention to digital seismograms and gravity and magnetic data.

7603. Inverse Methods in Geophysics. (3). (GEOP 7603). Methods for parameter estimation in earth sciences, including review of linear algebra and vector spaces, introduction to probability and statistics, and solution of inverse linear and nonlinear problems; students will solve an inverse problem in their field of interest. PREREQUISITE: Mathematics in earth sciences.

7701. Seminar in Geophysics. (3). (GEOL 7641, GEOP 7701).

7702-8702. Seminar in Seismology. (3). (GEOP 7702-8702).

†7996. Thesis. (1-6). Student must research, write, and defend a thesis on a topic approved by major professor and advisory committee.

†9000. Dissertation (1-9).