This course is focused on metamorphic processes and the interpretation of metamorphic rocks. Topics will include: phase equilibrium (and disequilibrium) in mineral systems, metamorphic reactions, calculation of P-T conditions and P-T-time paths, the tectonic context of metamorphic rocks, metamorphic fluids, and deformation-metamorphism interactions. The course is intended for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates.
Systematic discussion of volcanic phenomena, types of eruptions, generation and emplacement of magma, products of volcanism, volcanic impact on humans, and the monitoring and forecasting of volcanic events. Case studies of individual volcanoes illustrate principles of volcanology; particular attention to Hawaiian, ocean-floor, and Cascade volcanism.
With lab. Basic principles of theoretical and practical hydrogeology. Topics include the hydrologic cycle, principles of groundwater flow, groundwater hydraulics, occurrence of groundwater in geologic materials, aquifer analysis, field methods, introduction to groundwater modeling, and chemistry of groundwater. Prerequisite: one year of geology; introductory calculus course recommended.
Processes that govern the movement of sediment, the shaping of coastal landforms, and the geologic evolution of coastlines. Course topics include basic principles for water waves, tidal and estuarine processes, and the geomorphic development of beach and barrier systems. Prerequisite: GEO-SCI 445 or permission from instructor; introductory calculus course recommended.
With lab. Chemical processes affecting the distribution and circulation of chemical compounds in natural waters. Geochemistry of precipitation, rivers, lakes, groundwater, and oceans; applications of thermodynamic equilibria to predicting composition of aqueous systems. Behavior of trace metals and radionuclides in near surface environments. Prerequisite: Chem 111, 112.
The field of Hydrology has long separated the study of surface water (streams, lakes, etc.) from groundwater, despite the clear connection of these systems. Over the last two decades, surface water and groundwater have increasingly been viewed as a single resource, producing a myriad of new and exciting scientific work on the subject. The quantity and quality of surface water can affect the volume and chemistry of groundwater, and vice versa. Interactions between these are crucial to understanding the ecosystems that depend on them, the processes governing hydrologic systems, and effective resource assessment and management practices. In this course you will learn in-class and field-based techniques for the quantification of surface water - groundwater interactions, explore the scientific literature investigating the interfaces between disciplines encapsulated by hydrologic and geologic systems and ecosystems. The class will examine a current issue related to surface water - groundwater interactions, and collectively, will provide concrete recommendations for addressing the issue in a final report.
Physics of the earth and the gravitational, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods of geophysical exploration. Laboratory problems and computations. Prerequisites: Geo-Sci 321 and 331.
This seminar will review domain literature concerning best practices in diversity, inclusion, and pedagogy, while connecting these topics to workplace and classroom experiences. Starting with core literature and examples from geosciences, geology, geography and elsewhere, students will engage in critical discussion of how race, gender, class and other identities have been marginalized in these fields. Through conversations, reflections, and participatory actions, this course will explore current issues and consider how to create an equitable landscape moving forward.
This course will help you understand mathematics and physics, those courses you took but now don't remember, so that you can fulfill your dreams of being a scientist. We will learn the art and style of quantitative analysis using geologic processes as examples. We will re-learn calculus, probability and statistics, and linear algebra. We will learn the Python computing language to write computer code to apply, use, and learn these concepts. After this course, you should feel more comfortable understanding math and physics and their applications to Geosciences.
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