Tectonic Geomorphology and Landscape Evolution (GEOL 410/510) Lecture and laboratory course exploring landscape evolution and interactions between tectonic, climatic, and geomorphic processes. Includes field-trip based projects and report writing as well as laboratory exercises using geographical information system (GIS) analyses and computer simulations.
Hillslope Geomorphology (GEOL 441/541) Lecture and laboratory course exploring hillslope processes, including hillslope hydrology, mechanics of mass movements, weathering and soil formation, and overland flow erosion. Includes field-based projects for which students write scientific reports summarizing their field data, analyses, and interpretations and a series of laboratory exercises involving air photos, maps, and computer simulations.
Earth and Environmental Data Analysis (GEOL 418/518) Lecture and computer lab introduction to descriptive statistics, error propagation, hypothesis testing, linear and multiple regression, serial correlation, discriminant function analysis, directional data analysis, and other topics. Weekly computer-based laboratory exercises and problem sets use a tools-based approach to statistical analysis.
Fluvial Geomorphology (GEOG 427/527) Hydraulics and hydrology of stream channels; channel morphology and processes; drainage network development; fluvial deposits and landforms; field and analytical methods.
Environmental Geomechanics (GEOL 462/562) Application of fluid and solid mechanics to understanding processes in the earth and environmental sciences.
Neotectonics and Quaternary Geology (GEOL 452/552) Interpretation of active structures from deformed Quaternary sediments and surfaces using case histories. Field project uses air photos and field techniques.
Long-Term Environmental Change (GEOG 430/530) Evolution of the physical landscape during the Quaternary period. Elements of paleoclimatology, paleoecology, and geomorphology.
Hydrology and Water Resources (GEOG 425/525) Emphasis on surface water including precipitation, evapotranspiration, surface runoff, and stream flow. Understanding and analysis of processes.
Crustal Deformation (GEOL 460/560) Deformation of the earth’s lithosphere from seismic, volcanic, and hydrologic processes; geodetic and seismic techniques; models of elastic and visco-elastic deformation.
Isotope Geochemistry (GEOL 473/573) Introduction to nuclear physics and isotopic systematics; techniques of isotopic analysis; applications of stable (nonradiogenic and radiogenic) and radioactive isotopes in geochronology and as tracers for geological processes.
Mechanical Earth (GEOL 455/555) Introduction to continuum mechanics. Includes stress and strain, friction, elasticity, viscous fluids, constitutive laws, equations of motion, and deformation of the earth.
MATLAB for Earth Scientists (GEOL 363) Introduction to MATLAB (Matrix Laboratory) software package, providing data analysis, mathematical modeling, and computer visualization tools and techniques vital to the work of Earth scientists.
Hydrogeology (GEOL 451/551) Study of the origin, motion, and physical and chemical properties of ground water. Emphasizes quantitative analysis of flow and interaction with geologic materials.