Geophysics (GEOPH) Courses
GEOPH 501 PROPERTIES AND PROCESSES IN GEOPHYSICS I (3-2-4)(F). Study of the physical processes that operate within the solid Earth and the subsurface properties that govern those processes. Emphasis on mechanical deformation and seismic and electromagnetic wave propagation. Required core class for all geophysics graduate students. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOPH 502 PROPERTIES AND PROCESSES IN GEOPHYSICS II (3-2-4)(S). Study of the physical processes that operate within the solid Earth and the subsurface properties that govern those processes. Emphasis on thermal processes and the dynamics of fluids. Required core class for all geophysics graduate students. PREREQ: GEOPH 501 and GEOS 412, or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 510 BOREHOLE GEOPHYSICS (2-3-3)(Offered as Justified). Principles of geophysical, geological, and hydrological measurements in boreholes with emphasis on applications to hydrogeology and petroleum geology. Geological interpretation and formation evaluation of conventional petroleum industry well logs. Integration of borehole geophysics, seismic reflection data, and geology for water resource studies and petroleum exploration. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOPH 511 INTEGRATED RESERVOIR ANALYSIS (3-1-3)(S). Integration of fundamentals and applications from geology, geophysics, and reservoir engineering to characterize petroleum and geothermal reservoirs. Students will work with real data and computer software to develop a reservoir. PREREQ: MATH 170, GEOS 220 or GEOS 315, or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 513 HYDROGEOPHYSICS (2-2-3)(S)(odd years). Application of geophysical methods to problems in groundwater hydrology including in situ estimation of aquifer parameters, evaluation of groundwater resources, delineation of thermal and chemical pollution of groundwater, and mapping of saltwater intrusion. PREREQ: GEOS 343, GEOS 512, or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 515 STRATIGRAPHIC INTERPRETATION OF SEISMIC DATA (3-0-3)(S). Seismic sequence and seismic facies analysis, isochronous reflections, seismic stratigraphy of depositional systems, sea level cycles, seismic modeling, hydrocarbon indicators, lithology from velocity and seismic amplitude variation with offset, use of shear waves and vertical seismic profiling. Interpretation project involving seismic modeling. PREREQ: GEOS 465 or GEOPH 565.
GEOPH 520 GEOPHYSICAL APPLICATIONS OF DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING (2-3-3)(F/S). Review of digital linear system theory. Digital representation of geophysical data. Geophysical applications of convolution, fast-Fourier transform (FFT), correlations, least squares filters, deconvolution, multi-channel, and two-dimensional operations. Emphasis on processing of seismic reflection data, potential field maps, and earthquake seismograms. Computer laboratory exercises. PREREQ: MATH 333.
GEOPH 522 DATA ANALYSIS AND GEOSTATISTICS (3-0-3)(F). Review of basic statistics to cover traditional and recent data analysis techniques, with focus on spatial datasets. Parametric and non-parametric probability density functions, monte-carlo and bootstrap resampling, and principal component analysis. GIS software with focus on using quantitative geostatistical techniques for spatial interpolation and analysis, such as variogram modeling, kriging, and co-kriging. Some experience with programming recommended. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOPH 555 GRAVIMETRIC AND MAGNETIC METHODS (2-2-3)(F/S). Comprehensive discussion of modern gravimetric and magnetic methods of subsurface investigation. Applications to exploration geology (mining and petroleum), engineering geology, hydrogeology, and crustal geology. PREREQ: GEOS 101 or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 560 ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC METHODS (2-2-3) (F/S). Comprehensive discussion of modern electrical and electromagnetic methods of subsurface investigation, including ground penetrating radar. Applications to exploration geology (mining and petroleum), engineering geology, hydrogeology, and crustal geology. PREREQ: GEOS 101 or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 565 SEISMIC METHODS (2-2-3)(F/S). Comprehensive discussion of modern seismic methods of subsurface investigation. Applications to exploration geology (mining and petroleum), engineering geology, hydrogeology, and crustal geology. PREREQ: GEOS 101 or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 566 SNOW AND ICE PHYSICS (3-0-3)(S)(Even years). Physics of water in its solid form at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Micro-scale processes including formation of solid precipitation, deposition, metamorphism, sublimation, melt, transition to firn, and ice deformation. Medium-scale processes including snow redistribution, energy balance, stratigraphy, slope stability, and avalanche dynamics. Large-scale processes including snowmelt, regional avalanche forecasting, glacier/ice sheet hydrology, ice cores, permafrost and sea ice. PREREQ: MATH 175.
GEOPH 567 SNOW SCIENCE FIELD METHODS (0-3-2)(S). Introduction to traditional and cutting-edge methods for measuring snow properties for snow hydrology and avalanche applications. Weekly hands-on measurements in nearby Dry Creek and Reynolds Creek Experimental Watersheds to monitor snow conditions during the winter and spring. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOPH 575 GEOPHYSICAL APPLICATIONS OF DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING (2-2-3)(F/S). Review of digital linear system theory. Digital representation of geophysical data. Geophysical applications of convolution, fast-Fourier transform (FFT), correlations, least squares filters, deconvolution, multi-channel and two-dimensional operations. Emphasis is on processing of seismic reflection data, potential field maps, and earthquake seismograms. Computer laboratory exercises. PREREQ: GEOPH 301 or GEOS 343, or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 601 (GEOS 601) INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (1-0-1)(F). Overview of requirements for research and development of technical writing skills through the preparation of abstracts, proposals for research funding, and thesis proposals. May be taken for GEOPH or GEOS credit, but not both. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOPH 605 INVERSION THEORY AND GEOPHYSICAL APPLICATIONS (3-0-3)(F). Application of the concepts of inverse theory to problems in geophysics and geophysical imaging. Continuous (integral) and discrete methods, with emphasis on latter. Review of linear algebra, eigenvalue decomposition, basis functions, basis vectors, metrics, objective functions, transformation and representation, error analysis, linear and nonlinear inverse methods, gradient descent methods, grid searches, simulated annealing. Computer laboratory exercises. PREREQ: MATH 301.
GEOPH 610 GEOPHYSICAL METHODS IN GEOTHECHNICAL ENGINEERING (3-0-3)(F)(Odd years). Application of geophysical methods to earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, and vibrations due to construction. Methods for the geophysical assessment of soil profiles with emphasis on the amplification and propagation of stress waves. Response of soils, foundations, and structures built on or out of soils to waves and vibrations created by earthquakes or heavy construction and pile driving. Estimation of seismic hazards, characterization of strong ground motion, wave propagation, local site effects, and different representations of soil dynamics.
GEOPH 623 (CE 623)(GEOS 623) ADVANCED HYDROGEOLOGY (3-0-3)(F). Treatment of groundwater occurrence and flow, theory fundamental mechanisms, hydrologic parameters, flow regimes and systems, geologic controls. May be taken for CE, GEOPH, or GEOS credit, but not for more than one department. PREREQ: MATH 275, MATH 333, and GEOS 412 or GEOS 512 or CE 412 or CE 512, or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 624 (CE 624)(GEOS 624) APPLIED HYDROGEOLOGY (3-0-3)(S). Quantitative determination of hydrologic parameter values and groundwater flow conditions. Conceptual models and geologic context, boundary condition, analytical and numerical solution techniques, measurement methods, applications to engineering and environmental problems. May be taken for CE, GEOPH, or GEOS credit, but not for more than one department. PREREQ: CE 623 or GEOPH 623 or GEOS 623 or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 630 ESTIMATION OF EARTHQUAKE GROUND MOTION (2-2-3)(F/S). Procedures for estimation of earthquake ground motion for applications such as the siting and design of critical facilities, city and land use planning, building codes, and evaluation of insurance needs. Topics include seismicity, seismotectonic features, regional seismic attenuation, ground motion parameters, response spectra, local amplification, and estimation of uncertainty. Students interested in earthquake ground motion are also encouraged to consider GEOPH 610 as a related course. Scheduled offering based on student interest. PREREQ: GEOPH 677; GEOS 314, or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 640 ELECTROMAGNETIC AND SEISMIC WAVE PROPAGATION (3-0-3)(S)(Odd years). Derivation of wave equations and solutions in idealized media including layered media. Source effects. Attenuation in earth materials. Numerical computation of wave fields including finite-element and finite-difference methods. Computer laboratory exercises. PRE/COREQ: GEOPH 502 or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 641 (GEOS 641) GEODYNAMICS (3-0-3)(F/S). Identifies and quantitatively analyzes the processes governing the dynamic behavior of Earth at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Offered upon sufficient student interest. May be taken for GEOPH or GEOS credit, but not both. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOPH 653 DESIGN OF GEOPHYSICAL MONITORING SYSTEMS FOR SURFACE OR SUBSURFACE PROCESSES (2-2-3)(F/S). Application of design principles to in situ geophysical monitoring systems for time-dependent surface or subsurface processes such as slope instabilities and migration of contaminants in groundwater. Scheduled offering based on student interest. PREREQ: GEOS 343, GEOPH 502, GEOPH 605; or PERM/INST.
GEOPH 660 VOLCANO GEOPHYSICS (1-6 credits)(Offered as Justified). Focus on multi-parametric observations and interpretation of geophysical data collected at active volcanoes. Studies grounded in broadband seismology. Acquisition, signal processing, interpretation, and presentation of volcano data in written and oral format. Preparation should include advanced math and computer skills. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOPH 667 SOIL AND ROCK PHYSICS (3-1-3)(Offered as Justified). Fundamentals of rock and soil mechanics, from elastic rock deformation to rock failure. Rock physics concepts integrated into geophysical applications for the understanding of rock types, pore fluids, and pressures acting on the rocks. Lab experiments and/or modeling. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOPH 677 EARTHQUAKE SEISMOLOGY (3-0-3)(F)(Even years). Physics of the earthquake source, with special emphasis on earthquakes at volcanoes, tectonic earthquakes, volcano-tectonic earthquakes, long-period earthquakes, volcanic tremor, seismometry, earthquake location, fault-plane solutions, earthquake source mechanism, interpretation of seismograms, earthquake magnitude, surface waves, waveform modeling, Earth structure, mainshock- aftershock sequences, earthquake swarms, and b-values. PREREQ: MATH 333 or PERM/INST.
Refer to the University-wide Graduate Courses section in this catalog for additional course offerings.