Courses for Spring 2017

  • Face of the Earth

    Study of Earth's surface (e.g., mountains, rivers, shorelines) and processes which have created and modify it (e.g., glaciation, floods, volcanism, plate tectonics, earthquakes). The goals are to increase appreciation and enjoyment of our natural surroundings and provide a better understanding of environmental problems, natural resources, land use, and geologic hazards. Four labs, plus a field trip. For nonscience concentrators (science concentrators should take GEOL 0220). Students MUST register for both components of this course (the lecture and one of the labs) during the SAME registration session. Enrollment limited to 100.
    GEOL 0010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cooper
  • Introduction to Oceanography

    Examines the ocean's role in global (and local) change, emphasizing the ocean as an evolving, dynamically balanced ecosystem. Focus on physical/chemical/biological systems' interconnections needed to understand the natural variability of the ocean on various time and space scales, from El Niño to global warming. Three lectures, one section meeting weekly; written exercises on oceanographic problems; two field trips to study estuarine and coastal processes.
    GEOL 0070 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clemens
  • Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes

    Introduction to the chemical and mineralogical nature of the Earth, Moon, and meteorites, and the role of chemical processes in their evolution. Topics include: composition of rock-forming minerals; origin of crustal and mantle rocks; stable and radiogenic isotopes; models of nucleosynthesis, planet formation and differentiation. Weekly laboratory and two field trips. Intended for science concentrators. Prerequisites: basic chemistry and GEOL 0010 or 0050 or 0220, or instructor permission.

    Labs will meet Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
    GEOL 0230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Parman
  • Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet

    Introduces Earth's surface environment evolution - climate, chemistry, and physical makeup. Uses Earth's carbon cycle to understand solar, tectonic, and biological cycles' interactions. Examines the origin of the sedimentary record, dating of the geological record, chemistry and life on early Earth, and the nature of feedbacks that maintain the "habitable" range on Earth. Two field trips; five laboratories arranged. Prerequisite: GEOL 0220 or 0230, or instructor permission. WRIT
    GEOL 0240 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Herbert
  • Planetary Geology

    This introductory level course will examine the evolution of our Solar System and the geology of planetary bodies, including Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We will discuss the origin of the Solar System from a geological perspective and explore how scientists combine observations from extraterrestrial samples such as meteorites with data returned by satellites and rovers to develop and test hypotheses related to planetary evolution. Emphasis will be on comparing geologic processes on these bodies to well-understood processes on Earth, results from past, current, and upcoming planetary missions, and the future of human and robotic exploration of space.
    GEOL 0810 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Milliken
  • Limnology: The Study of Lakes

    This course will provide an interdisciplinary overview of the physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of lakes. Areas of emphasis will include the origin of lake basins, water circulation patterns, heat and water budgets, biogeochemical processes, lake ecosystems, and the stratigraphic record of lakes. We will also discuss human and climatic impacts on lakes. Prerequisites: GEOL 0220 and 0240, or instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 20. WRIT
    GEOL 1150 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Russell
  • Global Water Cycle

    The goal of this class is to understand the physical principles and processes of the global water cycle. Topics include the climatic importance of water, circulation of atmospheric water vapor, formation of rain and snow, availability of soil water, plant-water relations, mass balance of glaciers, and ongoing and expected changes in the water cycle. Additional goals: become familiar with the current research literature, practice clear and concise science writing, and to use simple programming in Python to plot and analyze actual data sets.

    Students are expected to have taken at least one geology-related course. Programming experience recommended, but not necessary.
    GEOL 1310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
  • Global Environmental Remote Sensing

    Introduction to physical principles of remote sensing across electromagnetic spectrum and application to the study of Earth's systems (oceans, atmosphere, and land). Topics: interaction of light with materials, imaging principles and interpretation, methods of data analysis. Laboratory work in digital image analysis, classification, and multi-temporal studies. One field trip to Block Island. Recommended preparation courses: MATH 0090, 0100; PHYS 0060; and background courses in natural sciences.
    GEOL 1330 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
  • Weather and Climate

    Weather phenomena occur on short time scales, and form the basis for understanding climate, the study of changes over longer time scales. This course aims to provide an understanding of the processes that drive weather patterns, the general circulation of the atmosphere, and climate on Earth. Topics include: structure and composition of the atmosphere; sources of energy driving atmospheric processes; weather forecasting; the hydrological cycle; the forces that create severe weather; the influence of humans on the atmosphere; and factors that influence climate, climate variability and climate change. MATH 0090, 0100; PHYS 0050, or equivalent recommended. Enrollment limited to 30. WRIT
    GEOL 1350 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lynch
  • Petrology

    Introduction to the origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Emphasis on principles and understanding rather than facts and memorization. Principles are used to extract information concealed in the rocks about their formation, processes, sources and evolution with time. Laboratory work focuses on rock hand samples and microscopic textures. Field trips, laboratory arranged. Prerequisites: GEOL 1410, or instructor permission.
    GEOL 1420 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Liang
  • Structural Geology

    Introduction to the geometry, kinematics and mechanics of rocks deformed by brittle fracture or faulting and ductile solid state flow, on scales from microscopic to mountain ranges. The emphasis is on using concepts to interpret the formation, strain history and rheology of deformed rocks in terms of the operative grain-scale processes, material properties and environmental conditions. Weekly 2 hour lab involving hands-on experience closely related to class topics. Two field trips. Prerequisites: GEOL 0220 or instructor permission. WRIT
    GEOL 1450 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tullis
  • Ocean Circulation and Climate

    Examines physical characteristics, processes, and dynamics of the global ocean to understand circulation patterns and how they relate to ocean biology, chemistry, climate change. Assignments address ocean's role in the climate system; ocean observations and models; the origin, distribution, and dynamics of large-scale ocean circulation and water masses; energy and freshwater budgets; and variability of the coupled system on seasonal to centennial timescales e.g. El Niño. Intended for geological and physical sciences undergraduate and graduate students with quantitative skills and an interest in oceans, climate, paleoclimate. Pre-requisites: GEOL0350 or PHYS0720 or APMA 0340. Offered alternate years, previously offered as GEOL1100. WRIT
    GEOL 1520 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fox-Kemper
  • Earthquake Seismology

    Topics include: location of earthquakes in space and time; measures of size and intensity of shaking; body waves, surface waves, and free oscillations; structure of the interior of the Earth from wave propagation; earthquake faulting and relationship to tectonic processes. Recommended course: GEOL 0161. Offered in alternate years.
    GEOL 1650 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fischer
  • Physical Volcanology

    Physical Volcanology blends aspects of petrology, geochemistry with mechanics and geophysics with the goal of revealing the dynamics that governs the production of magmas, their transport through the crust, evolution in shallow reservoirs and ultimately their eruption to the surface. Monday and Wednesday lectures will provide the background related to magmatic processes, while Fridays will be open to group discussions and reflection on the topics discussed earlier in the week as well as frontier topics. Over the first few weeks, we may use some Friday time slots to move ahead with fundamental concepts, or, review mathematical and physical background material. A semester of calculus (or comparable course) and a semester of college level mechanics are requested. Some basic concepts of petrology and mineralogy are recommended but not required. This is a new course and interested students are encouraged to come and discuss with the instructor for clarifications and additional details.
    GEOL 1960Z S01
    Primary Instructor
    Huber
  • Individual Study of Geologic Problems

    One semester is required for seniors in Sc.B. and honors program. Course work includes preparation of a thesis. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Enrollment is restricted to undergraduates only.
    GEOL 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clemens
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    GEOL 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cooper
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    GEOL 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dalton
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    GEOL 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Fischer
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    GEOL 1970 S05
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    Forsyth
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    GEOL 1970 S06
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    Gromet
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    GEOL 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Head
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    GEOL 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Herbert
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    GEOL 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Hermance
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    GEOL 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Huang
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    GEOL 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Liang
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    GEOL 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    GEOL 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Parmentier
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    GEOL 1970 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Pieters
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    GEOL 1970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Prell
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    GEOL 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Russell
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    GEOL 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Saal
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    GEOL 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
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    GEOL 1970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Tullis
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    GEOL 1970 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
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    GEOL 1970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Milliken
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    GEOL 1970 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Murray
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    GEOL 1970 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Lynch
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    GEOL 1970 S24
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    GEOL 1970 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Hirth
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    GEOL 1970 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Hastings
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    GEOL 1970 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Parman
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    GEOL 1970 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Fox-Kemper
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  • Interpretation Theory in Geophysics

    Use basic statistical theory and its matrix algebra representation and modern approaches for the optimum design of experiments, constructing model solutions to measurements, and describing nonuniqueness in models, with particular emphasis on generalized linear-inverse techniques. Introduction to stochastic processes and prediction. Recommended courses: GEOL 1610; MATH 0290, 0520, or APMA 0330, 0340, and computer programming skills. Offered alternate years.
    GEOL 2630 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Forsyth
  • Asteroids and Meteorites

    Compositional and petrographic characteristics of meteorites are examined along with the physical and compositional diversity of asteroids and other small bodies of the solar system. Possible links between specific types of asteroids and meteorite groups will be evaluated in the context of early solar system evolution. Data from spacecraft encounters with asteroids will be critically reviewed.
    GEOL 2840 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Milliken
  • Special Topics: Ocean Worlds

    The goal of this course is to introduce students to the ocean worlds of the Solar System (excluding Earth). We will focus on the physical processes that shape the exteriors and interiors of these bodies. We will discuss the various geophysical and remote sensing observations that allow us to determine that oceans underlie the outer icy shells of these bodies. The class will also discuss the possible habitability of these bodies and how we can better constrain the thermo-mechanical state of their interiors.
    GEOL 2920B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Johnson
  • Introduction to Organic Geochemistry

    Mainly literature critiques and seminars, supplemented by introductory lectures. Topics include organic biomarkers, analytical methodologies, natural macromolecules, stable isotope ratios of biomarkers, application of organic geochemistry in studies of climatic and environmental change, fossil fuel exploration, and applied environmental research.
    GEOL 2920E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Huang
  • The Source of Liquid Water in the Nochian History of Mars

    Fluvial valley networks, open-basin lakes and closed basin lakes are all testimony to the presence of abundant liquid water during earliest Mars history, but current climate models predict a “cold and icy” early Mars. What does the presence of these distinctive geomorphic features imply about the nature and duration of liquid water flow, and how might it test existing end-member climate models?

    In this seminar course, valley network systems will be examined individually and assessed for their relevance to testing these climate models.
    GEOL 2920J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Head
  • Seminar on Melting and Melt Distribution in the Mantle

    The focus of this course is melting and melt distribution in the Earth’s mantle. The seminar will address the following topics: melt generation and migration, flow in porous media, geochemical constraints on the melting process, and geophysical constraints on melt distribution. We will consider the evidence for and processes of melt generation, distribution, transport, and extraction at various tectonic settings including, but not limited to, mid-ocean ridges, subduction zones, and hotspots.
    GEOL 2920Y S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dalton
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    GEOL 2970 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Research in Geological Sciences

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only.
    GEOL 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Clemens
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    GEOL 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cooper
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    GEOL 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Lynch
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    GEOL 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Fischer
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    GEOL 2980 S05
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    Forsyth
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    GEOL 2980 S06
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    Gromet
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    GEOL 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Head
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    GEOL 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Herbert
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    GEOL 2980 S09
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    Hermance
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    GEOL 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Huang
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    GEOL 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Liang
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    GEOL 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    GEOL 2980 S13
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    Parmentier
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    GEOL 2980 S14
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    Pieters
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    GEOL 2980 S15
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    Prell
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    GEOL 2980 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Russell
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    GEOL 2980 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Saal
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    GEOL 2980 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Schultz
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    GEOL 2980 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Tullis
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    GEOL 2980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Dalton
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    GEOL 2980 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Milliken
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    GEOL 2980 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Carlson
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    GEOL 2980 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Tang
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    GEOL 2980 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
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    GEOL 2980 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Hirth
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    GEOL 2980 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Hastings
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    GEOL 2980 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Parman
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    GEOL 2980 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Johnson
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    GEOL 2980 S29
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    Fox-Kemper
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    GEOL 2980 S30
    Primary Instructor
    Amaral Zettler
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  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirements and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    GEOL 2990 S01
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