Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
https://earthscience.rice.edu/
105 Keith Wiess Geological Labs
713-348-4880

Cin-Ty Lee
Department Chair
ctlee@rice.edu

Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences encompass a range of interrelated disciplines focused on understanding the origin of Earth and planetary systems, the processes that operate within them, and their evolution through time. Topics represented in our field include the physics and chemistry of the solid Earth and its planetary neighbors, the causes and consequences of plate tectonics, and the origin and importance of the oceans and atmosphere. The study of past and present-day environmental processes is integral to understanding the impacts of Earth's climate, land surface evolution, natural resources, and natural hazards on the biosphere, including humans.

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs for a wide range of interests. All undergraduate majors take a five-course core sequence, typically in the freshman through junior years, gaining a fundamental understanding of Earth and planetary systems, processes, materials, history, and interactions. Majors also take a course in applied laboratory, field, and computational techniques, and introductory courses in  mathematics, chemistry, and possibly, physics and biology. The BS degree provides three areas of specialization:

  • Geoscience - focused on Earth systems and processes, including upper-level courses in solid Earth geophysics, geochemistry, tectonics, and a range of elective options.
  • Environmental Earth Science* - emphasizing interactions between Earth processes and Earth's biosphere, enhanced by upper-level electives selected from BioSciences, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and more.
  • Planetary Science - designed to apply our knowledge of the Earth to other planetary systems in our solar system, enhanced by upper-level electives in Physics and Astronomy and beyond. 

The BS degree with a major in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences should be chosen by students planning a career or further study in Earth, Environmental, or Planetary Sciences, or a related field. The BA degree is a more flexible program that still provides a comprehensive overview of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, but can be combined easily with other majors or professional career paths. Many undergraduate students engage in research projects during their careers, gaining the opportunity to work with complex and highly interconnected problems, gaining skills to become leaders and entrepreneurs in the real world - field and laboratory opportunities abound! Future career opportunities include academia, working in industry, business or government, or working with and for societal issues. Many students present their own research projects at national and international professional conferences.

The department also offers an undergraduate minor providing a solid introduction to the broad field of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences*, and allowing students to gain exposure to additional advanced topics, while pursuing their major in another field.

The department offers two graduate degrees, a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Students select research projects in concert with their research advisors, and have the opportunity to work on a wide-range of open-ended, complex, and highly interconnected problems.

Faculty members have joint research projects with scientists at over 100 institutions worldwide, giving an international scope to the department with research programs on all the continents, in all of the oceans, and on four planets. Faculty research interests span a wide range of topics; see https://earthscience.rice.edu for more information. Many departmental research programs involve substantial field activities, both on land and at sea. Several courses also include field trips to a variety of destinations and geologic settings.

*Students interested in an undergraduate major with an environmental emphasis have multiple options at Rice University, spanning the Schools of Natural Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, and Social Sciences, including:

  • Environmental Earth Science Area of Specialization under the BS degree with a major in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, described above. This major is built upon a strong foundation in Earth Science, and focuses on the interface between the Earth and life.
  • Environmental Science (BS and BA degrees) is a broad and interdisciplinary program that incorporates humanities and social sciences perspectives of environmental issues, in addition to natural sciences. This major is jointly administered by the BioSciences and Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences departments, and offers two corresponding Major Concentrations: Earth Science and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
  • Environmental Engineering Area of Specialization within the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) degree.
  • Environmental Engineering Major Concentration within the BA degree with a major in Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Similarly, students interested in an undergraduate minor with an environmental emphasis have three options at Rice University:

  • Minor in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences offered by the Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences department, with a strong Earth Science basis.
  • Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability offered through the Civil and Environmental Engineering department, highlighting engineering and economic considerations.
  • Minor in Environmental Studies, an interdisciplinary minor drawing broadly from the Schools of Natural Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Chair

Cin-Ty Lee

Professors

Rajdeep Dasgupta
Gerald R. Dickens
André W. Droxler
Richard G. Gordon
Cin-Ty Lee
Adrian Lenardic
Alan R. Levander
Caroline A. Masiello
Julia K. Morgan
Fenglin Niu
Dale S. Sawyer
Colin A. Zelt

Associate Professor

Helge Gonnermann

Assistant Professors

Sylvia Dee
Melodie French
Jeffrey Nittrouer
Kirsten Siebach
Mark Torres
Laurence Yeung

Professors Emeriti

John B. Anderson
Albert W. Bally
Dieter Heymann
William P. Leeman
Andreas Lüttge
Manik Talwani
Peter R. Vail

Lecturers

Kenneth Abdulah
Vitor dos Santos Abreu
Gary G. Gray
Eric Scott
Robert R. Stewart
John R. Sumner

Wiess Visiting Scholars

Francis Albarede
Yehuda Ben-Zion
Janne Blichert-Toft

Adjunct Faculty

Kevin Biddle
K. K. Bissada
Christian Davies
Jeffrey J. Dravis
Brandon Dugan
Paul M. "Mitch" Harris
N. Ross Hill
Stephen J. Mackwell
Patrick J. McGovern
Chin Man William Mok
David L. Olgaard
James Pindell
Malcolm Ross
Kurt Rudolph
Stephanie S. Shipp
Lori Summa
Robert Wegner

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Earth Science (ESCI)

ESCI 101 - THE EARTH

Short Title: THE EARTH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Study of the nature of the Earth and its processes. Cross-list: ENST 101. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 101 if student has credit for ESCI 115/ESCI 301.

ESCI 102 - HISTORY OF THE EARTH AND LIFE

Short Title: HISTORY OF THE EARTH & LIFE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Study of Earth's systems over the past 4.6 billion years. Topics include evolution of life, continents, ocean basins and climate. Cross-list: ENST 102.

ESCI 103 - FIELD TRIPS FOR THE EARTH

Short Title: FIELD TRIPS FOR THE EARTH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: In this course, students will gain a better appreciation of our planet, from how it formed and evolved through millions of years to how its surface environment has been shaped by life, including by humans. These concepts will be introduced through one or more field trips in Texas. Through this course, students will become better stewards of our planet.

ESCI 106 - INVESTIGATING EARTH'S SURFACE

Short Title: INVESTIGATING EARTH'S SURFACE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course will be investigation-based course covering processes on Earth's surface, such as carbon cycling, ocean and atmospheric circulation, and climate change. Lectures will be minimal. Most work will be in-class assignments.

ESCI 108 - NATURAL DISASTERS

Short Title: NATURAL DISASTERS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: In this course students will learn about the science behind natural disasters. The topics that will be discussed include earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, and tornadoes. We will cover the fundamental Earth Science concepts and processes required to understand these phenomena.

ESCI 109 - OCEANOGRAPHY

Short Title: OCEANOGRAPHY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to the oceans, with an emphasis on how the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the oceans are linked.

ESCI 110 - THE EARTH SYSTEM, ENVIRONMENT, AND SOCIETY

Short Title: EARTH, ENVIRONMENT, & SOCIETY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course introduces the Earth system, and explores how the environment has changed over time, and the physical, chemical and biological processes responsible for these changes. The course places special emphasis on human-Earth interactions, in the past, present, and future. Topics will include Earth’s ecosystems, oceans, and atmosphere, natural resources, natural hazards including catastrophic events, as well as climate change and the role of humans in modifying Earth’s environment.

ESCI 111 - INHABITING PLANET EARTH

Short Title: INHABITING PLANET EARTH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Why is Earth habitable? How do we sustain our existence on this unique planet? This course will introduce students to our species’ interactions with Planet Earth. We will explore how Earth formed and what systems through time have made the planet habitable, how we use the rock record to investigate past surface environments and climate changes, and how humans are altering Earth's future. The first segment covers the building of Planet Earth and geologic factors that control habitability. The second segment covers rocks of the American Southwest as a case study for how we read the rock record to understand ancient surface environments and climate changes. The final segment of the course will focus on human impacts on our planet, environmental policy and reading the recently published National Climate Assessment.

ESCI 113 - ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS SEMINAR

Short Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS SEMINAR

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Discussion of environmental crises. Topics vary annually. Distribution Credit for ESCI/ENST/EBIO 113 no longer eligible beginning Fall 2019. Cross-list: ENST 113. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 114 - DISCOVERIES IN EARTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND PLANETARY SCIENCES SEMINAR

Short Title: DISCOVERIES IN EEPS SEMINAR

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Overview of exciting discoveries, research and recent advances in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, facilitated through discussions with graduate students and faculty, as well as laboratory visits and demonstrations. Topics may vary. Distribution Credit for ESCI/ENST 114 no longer eligible beginning Fall 2019. Cross-list: ENST 114.

ESCI 115 - INTRODUCTION TO THE EARTH

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO THE EARTH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Earth, its origins and composition, and the processes that change it, covering rock and mineral identification, geologic maps, plate tectonics and its causes, Earth structure and geophysics, sedimentology and stratigraphy, and surface processes. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 115 if student has credit for ESCI 101/ESCI 301.

ESCI 201 - THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Short Title: SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This undergraduate course will introduce students to the fundamentals of natural and anthropogenic climate change. After briefly reviewing Earth’s composition and its fluid envelopes, we will cover the basic physics of the climate system, providing tools to understand weather and climate phenomena (e.g. monsoons, El Niño), the greenhouse effect, and climate feedbacks. Building on this understanding, a succinct tour of geologic history will help us paint a more complete picture of Earth’s climate variations and how they affected human evolution and history. With this context, we will be able to judge the anomalous character of recent climate change, establish its anthropogenic nature, and discuss solutions to the current climate crisis. Students from any major are encouraged to enroll and engage on important topic. Cross-list: ENST 201.

ESCI 214 - THE PLANETS

Short Title: THE PLANETS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: The physical, chemical, and geological development of the solar system from 4.6 billion years ago until today. All planets, their major satellites, comets, and asteroids will be discussed.

ESCI 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory, Lecture, Seminar, Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 299 - EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION IN EARTH, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND PLANETARY SCIENCES

Short Title: EXPERIENTIAL ED IN EARTH SCI

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course is designed to allow currently enrolled undergraduate students to gain experience in a department/faculty-approved internship/practicum with the goal of further developing their professional skills. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 307 - ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Short Title: ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course explores the physical principles of energy use and its impact on Earth's environment and climate. Topics will include energy mechanics, climate change, and the environmental impacts and future prospects of various fossil fuel and alternative energy sources. Cross-list: CEVE 307, ENST 307.

ESCI 321 - EARTH AND PLANETARY SURFACE ENVIRONMENTS

Short Title: EARTH AND PLANETARY SURFACES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 107 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 108 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 110 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 111 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 115 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 201 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 301 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: This course introduces the processes that shape Earth and other planetary surfaces as well as how records of these processes are preserved on landscapes and in sediment deposits. This course will cover a range of topics including surface hydrology, erosion, sediment transport, and chemical weathering and connect them to the development and interpretation of the stratigraphic record. All topics will be treated using descriptive (qualitative) approaches as well as a range of quantitative methods. This course requires a once-a-week 3-hour lab. Prerequisites ESCI 101 or ESCI 107 or ESCI 108 or ESCI 110 or ESCI 111 or ESCI 115 or ESCI 201 or ESCI 301 can be taken concurrently or with permission of instructor. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 101, 102, PHYS 101 or 111, CHEM 121 or 151. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 101, 102, PHYS 101 or 111, CHEM 121 or 151.

ESCI 322 - EARTH AND PLANETARY CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS

Short Title: EARTH AND PLANETARY MATERIALS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 107 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 108 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 110 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 111 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 115 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 301 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: This course introduces chemistry of the Solar System materials and geochemical cycles in Earth and rocky planets through whole planet scale cycles. Specific topics include rock-forming processes related to the chemical and physical differentiation of the solid Earth and terrestrial planets into their main reservoirs, e.g., continental crust, oceanic crust, mantle, and core. Beginning with the bulk composition of planetary bodies, and an overview of the chemical and petrologic properties of the rocks that make up each of these reservoirs, the basic principles of petrology and geochemistry will be presented in the context of the rock cycle, plate tectonics, as well as the origin of economically and societally important ore deposits. Some basic concepts as to how the whole planet scale processes influence the chemistry of surface environment of Earth will be also be introduced. A laboratory and field trip, where students will see petrologic and geochemical principles applied, will be required. Recommended prerequisite(s): MATH 101 and MATH 102, PHYS 101 or 111, and CHEM 121 or CHEM 151

ESCI 323 - EARTH AND PLANETARY STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS

Short Title: EARTH AND PLANETARY STRUCTURE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 107 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 108 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 110 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 111 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 115 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 301 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: This course covers the formation and differentiation of Earth and planetary bodies, the resulting structure and composition of planetary interiors, and the geophysical tools that reveal these details. The mechanics and deformation of the Earth's crust and lithosphere are presented, emphasizing rock strength and rheology, earthquakes and faulting, brittle and ductile deformation mechanisms and processes, and an introduction to tectonic systems. A required 3-hour lab and field trip will further develop skills for recognition, interpretation, and analysis of Earth structures and deformation processes. Prerequisites ESCI 101 or ESCI 107 or ESCI 108 or ESCI 110 or ESCI 111 or ESCI 115 or ESCI 301 can be taken concurrently or with permission of instructor. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 101 and (PHYS 101 or PHYS 111). These may be taken concurrently. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 323 if student has credit for ESCI 333.

ESCI 324 - EARTH'S INTERIOR

Short Title: EARTH'S INTERIOR

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 or ESCI 115

Description: Formation of Earth and solar system, Earth differentiation and geochronology. Structural seismology and the composition of Earth's interior. Density, Earth's gravity, and the geoid. Heat flow and Earth energetics. Earth's core and magnetic field. Mantle convection and plate tectonics. Oceanic and continental crust. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 212 and (PHYS 101 or PHYS 111 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 141) or (PHYS 102 or PHYS 112 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 142).

ESCI 325 - OCEANS, ATMOSPHERES AND CLIMATE

Short Title: OCEANS, ATMOSPHERES & CLIMATE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 or ESCI 107 or ESCI 109 or ESCI 110 or ESCI 111 or ESCI 201

Description: Earth’s climate system is characterized by complex interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, and land surfaces that are constantly evolving. This course will cover the physics and chemistry of the ocean and atmosphere to explore the mechanisms that control global and regional climate. Topics include: Earth’s energy balance, atmosphere and ocean circulation, and biogeochemical climate feedbacks. We will also explore records of past climate (historical and pre-historical) and projections of future climate. Students will engage in lab-based activities to understand fluid flow in the atmosphere and ocean and complete problem sets including programming assignments.

ESCI 330 - GEOARCHAEOLOGY

Short Title: GEOARCHAEOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Anthropology or Earth Science. Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Overview of the basics of the analysis of soils and sediments as related to archaeological deposits, and introducing the key concepts of surficial geology, site formation, landscape evolution, and the scope of depositional environments. Includes practical methods for describing stratigraphy, sediments and soil profiles in the field. Cross-list: ANTH 330.

ESCI 334 - THE EARTH LABORATORY

Short Title: EARTH LABORATORY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 322 and ESCI 323 (may be taken concurrently) and (ESCI 101 or ESCI 107 or ESCI 108 or ESCI 110 or ESCI 111 or ESCI 115 or ESCI 301)

Description: A capstone course aimed at the interpretation of the Earth’s history through the integration of geological observations in the field. Includes the introduction to the basic methods of description, recording, and interpretation of geologic features in the field, including rock and outcrop description, geologic mapping and cross-section construction. The course includes a required seven-day excursion during Spring Break. Taught every Spring. ESCI 323 may be taken concurrently with ESCI 334.

ESCI 340 - GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES

Short Title: GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course introduces students to the coupled nature of the biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere using as focal points elemental cycles such as those of carbon and nitrogen. This is a writing-intensive class, and will include 3 required Saturday field trips. Cross-list: ENST 340.

ESCI 380 - VISUALIZING NATURE

Short Title: VISUALIZING NATURE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: An experimental course combining the scientific disciplines of the earth sciences with the artistic disciplines of creative photography to study the natural landscape and related ecosystems. The course will combine classroom lectures and laboratory demonstrations in geoscience with classes in the use of digital and film-based cameras and illustrated lectures on recognized achievements in landscape photography. Extensive field trips will be scheduled. Students will travel frequently, at times in pairs, other times in larger groups and as a full class, accompanied by one or both professors. The budget for the course includes funding both for travel and for photography expenses. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: FOTO 390.

ESCI 390 - GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP

Short Title: GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Field course typically involving geologic mapping in one or more of sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous rocks and structures. Not offered by Rice University. Students must take an approved field camp from another university and transfer credit to Rice University. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 334.

ESCI 391 - EARTH SCIENCE FIELD EXPERIENCE

Short Title: EARTH SCIENCE FIELD EXPERIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Comprises participating in an earth science expedition or research experience, follow-up analysis of some aspect of the data acquired, and a written report. Must be approved in advance by one of the department undergraduate advisors. Instructor Permission Required.

ESCI 401 - SEMINAR: UNDERGRADUATE HONORS THESIS

Short Title: SEM: UG HONORS THESIS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to and presentation of original undergraduate research for Earth Science Undergraduate Honors Thesis candidates. Students will be introduced to basic research protocols and approaches, and will learn how to give presentations on their research, and gain experience presenting their research. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 403 - SEMINAR: DEPARTMENT RESEARCH

Short Title: SEMINAR: DEPARTMENT RESEARCH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to current research in the Earth Science department. Students will learn how to give a presentation and will get experience presenting their research. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 603. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 404 - SEMINAR: DEPARTMENT RESEARCH

Short Title: SEM: DEPARTMENT RESEARCH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to current research in the Earth Science department. Students will learn how to give a presentation and will get experience presenting their research. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 604. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 405 - SEMINAR: CURRENT RESEARCH IN EARTH SCIENCE

Short Title: SEM:CURR RESRCH EARTH SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A series of lectures and paper discussions in various areas of Earth science. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 605. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 406 - SEMINAR: CURRENT RESEARCH IN EARTH SCIENCE

Short Title: SEM:CURR RESRCH EARTH SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A series of lectures and paper discussions in various areas of Earth science. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 606. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 407 - GEOCHEMISTRY OF EARTH’S SURFACE

Short Title: GEOCHEM EARTH'S SURFACE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will cover concepts in aqueous geochemistry in the context of chemical weathering and Earth's major biogeochemical cycles. Central to this course will be weekly student-led discussions of scientific literature. Students will also learn basic numerical modeling and data analysis techniques using MATLAB, field methods, and basic analytical chemistry. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 607. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 407 if student has credit for ESCI 607.

ESCI 410 - OPTICAL MINERALOGY AND PETROGRAPHY

Short Title: OPTICAL MINERALOGY & PETROGRPH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 322

Description: This is a lab course focused on the identification of minerals with petrographic microscopy. Principles of crystallography, mineral optics, and mineral chemistry will be covered in the first third of the course. The second third of the course will focus on the identification of minerals in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks with emphasis on petrogenetic interpretation. The last third of the course will involve each student working on specific petrologic themes in the context of regional tectonics or magmatic processes. Taught every other Fall. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 610. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 410 if student has credit for ESCI 610.

ESCI 411 - ADVANCED PETROLOGY II

Short Title: ADVANCED PETROLOGY II

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will bring together constraints from field geology, petrography, petrology, geochemistry, and geodynamics to tackle advanced A87 research questions of whole Earth processes that are relevant in the 21st century. The topics that may be covered include, but are not limited to, interplay between magmatic and tectonic processes, magma generation, migration, extraction, and dynamic stability in various settings, magmatic differentiation, volatiles and fluids exchange between various reservoirs and effects on long-term climate, ore genesis, and formation and modification of continents. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 611. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 411 if student has credit for ESCI 611.

ESCI 412 - ADVANCED PETROLOGY

Short Title: ADVANCED PETROLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 322

Description: Evaluation of the evolution of igneous rocks in the Earth's crust and mantle. Topics will include phase equilibria, experimental studies, and geochemistry. Labs will stress thin section petrography. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 612. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 412 if student has credit for ESCI 612. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 415 - DECISION MAKING AND ECONOMICS IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

Short Title: DECISION MAKING AND ECONOMICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will provide students with an understanding of how energy projects are evaluated. Topics include resource-size determination, geologic and economic risk, discounted cash-flow economics, and other common methods used in decision making. Emphasis will be placed on working in teams to understand basic concepts and sensitivities. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 615. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321 and ESCI 323. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 415 if student has credit for ESCI 615.

ESCI 416 - ECONOMIC GEOLOGY MINERAL DEPOSITS

Short Title: ECON GEOL MINERAL DEPOSITS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: An overview of metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits, theories of their origin, and classification. The impact of government regulation, economics, production practices, and exploration will be considered. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 616. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 416 if student has credit for ESCI 616.

ESCI 417 - PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT

Short Title: PETROLEUM IND ECONOMICS MGMT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics covered include resource size determination; geologic risk analysis; establishing minimum economic thresholds; economic chance factors; the concepts of present worth, investment efficiency, rates of return. Price forecasting, cost inflation are discussed. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 617. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 415. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 417 if student has credit for ESCI 617.

ESCI 418 - QUANTITATIVE HYDROGEOLOGY

Short Title: QUANTITATIVE HYDROGEOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Advanced course that will provide a quantitative overview of groundwater hydrology. Emphasis will be placed on mastering concepts in fluid mechanics and applying these concepts to water supply, environmental, and geological problems. Cross-list: CEVE 418. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 618. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 418 if student has credit for ESCI 618.

ESCI 419 - CHARACTERIZATION OF EARTH, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND PLANETARY MATERIALS

Short Title: EARTH MATERIALS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 111 or CHEM 121 or CHEM 151

Description: This course will provide an overview of various characterization methods used in geological, chemical, material science and other natural science and engineering research. The techniques that will be discussed include but not limited to electron beam methods (imaging and spectroscopy), X-ray methods, ion-beam analysis, vibrational spectroscopies, and Synchrotron-based techniques. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 619. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 419 if student has credit for ESCI 619.

ESCI 421 - PALEOCEANOGRAPHY

Short Title: PALEOCEANOGRAPHY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321

Description: The evolution of the ocean, climate and the global carbon cycle over the last 100 million years as recorded by the biology, chemistry and composition of deep-sea sediment. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 621. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 109. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 421 if student has credit for ESCI 621.

ESCI 422 - CLIMATE DYNAMICS

Short Title: CLIMATE DYNAMICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 or ESCI 107 or ESCI 109 or ESCI 115 or ESCI 201 or ESCI 301 or ESCI 321 or ESCI 340

Description: Earth’s climate is a chaotic system, characterized by nonlinear interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, and land surfaces. This course will focus on the dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere, including the drivers of large-scale circulation, heat transport, and modes of natural variability. We will also explore projections of future climate change scenarios and records of historical climate change. Students will learn to post-process climate model output, analyze, and map these data using Python. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 622. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 422 if student has credit for ESCI 622.

ESCI 423 - ANTARCTIC MARINE GEOLOGY

Short Title: ANTARCTIC MARINE GEOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The study of marine geologic principles and processes using examples from the Southern Oceans. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 623. Recommended prerequisite(s): ESCI 321. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 423 if student has credit for ESCI 623.

ESCI 425 - ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY

Short Title: ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course covers the organic geochemistry of the natural environment. Topics include: production, transport, decomposition, and storage of organic matter in the marine and terrestrial environments, use of isotopes to track biogeochemical processes and natural and perturbed carbon cycle issues, including past and recent climate shifts. Cross-list: CHEM 425, ENST 425. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 625. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 425 if student has credit for ESCI 625.

ESCI 426 - INTRODUCTION TO SEISMIC INTERPRETATION: STRUCTURAL STYLES AND SEISMIC STRATIGRAPHY

Short Title: 2D SEISMIC STRUCTURE AND STRAT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 442 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: This course will introduce students to analysis of sub-regional structural and stratigraphic frameworks. We will utilize the interpretation of 2D seismic profiles to reconstruct basin history and discuss implications for petroleum systems. Students will gain an understanding of a variety of structural and stratigraphic styles, as expressed on seismic data. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 626. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 426 if student has credit for ESCI 626.

ESCI 427 - SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY

Short Title: SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321

Description: This course will introduce students to the concepts of sequence stratigraphy and the power behind this correlation technique. The course is divided between classic sequence stratigraphy using cores, well-logs, and outcrop examples and seismic sequence stratigraphy. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 627. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 427 if student has credit for ESCI 627.

ESCI 429 - VOLCANOES

Short Title: VOLCANOES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to volcanoes and associated physical processes. Conceptual and quantitative discussion of topics related to magma transport, magma storage, and volcanic eruptions. The course includes a 4-6 day field trip to California and Oregon. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 629. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 429 if student has credit for ESCI 629.

ESCI 430 - TRACE-ELEMENT AND ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Short Title: TRACE-ELEMENT& ISOTOPE GEOCHEM

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to the principles of trace-element and isotope geochemistry and their applications to high and low temperature processes in the earth. Topics to be covered are trace-element partitioning, basic quantum physics, radiogenic isotopic systems and stable isotope fractionation. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 630. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 322. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 430 if student has credit for ESCI 630.

ESCI 431 - GEOMORPHOLOGY

Short Title: GEOMORPHOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321

Description: This course will investigate physical, chemical, and biological processes that contribute to the development and shaping of Earth's surface across a continuum of subaerial and subaqueous environments. Mandatory 4-day field trip is associated with this class. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 631. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 433 - ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

Short Title: ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: An introduction to the principles and techniques of stable and radiogenic geochemistry in the geosciences. The course will begin by examining the fundamental physics relevant to isotope partitioning and decay, followed by a survey of different isotope systems and how they are used to study surface processes, element cycling, climate, and planetary science. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 633. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 322 Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 433 if student has credit for ESCI 633.

ESCI 435 - MECHANICS OF SEDIMENT TRANSPORT

Short Title: MECHANICS-SEDIMENT TRANSPORT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Evaluation of sedimentary transport dynamics: physical interaction between fluid flow and sediment mobility, from grain to bedform scale; exploration of environments including rivers, estuaries, deltas, coastlines, and deserts. Examination of sediment transport for geology, environmental, and engineering applications; formation of diagnostic sedimentary features recognized in the stratigraphic record. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 635. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 435 if student has credit for ESCI 635.

ESCI 436 - WELL LOGGING AND PETROPHYSICS

Short Title: WELL LOGGING AND PETROPHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Basics of wireline logging and logging while drilling including borehole environment, resistivity, radiation, thermal, and elastic wave measurements and measuring tools. Building from this introduction, basic interpretation of logging data and formation evaluation will be studied. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 636. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 436 if student has credit for ESCI 636.

ESCI 440 - GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS: DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING

Short Title: GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MATH 101 and MATH 102

Description: Data sampling, aliasing, discrete Fourier transform, digital filter design techniques, z-transform, and discrete Hilbert transform are introduced. Deconvolution, velocity filters, polarization filter, stacking, beam forming and migration techniques will be taught together with their application in geophysical studies. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 640. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 440 if student has credit for ESCI 640.

ESCI 441 - GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS: INVERSE METHODS

Short Title: GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MATH 211

Description: Review of linear algebra and probability. Data fitting, model parameter estimation, inverse theory, linear and nonlinear methods, and global optimization. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 641. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 441 if student has credit for ESCI 641.

ESCI 442 - EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS

Short Title: EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MATH 101 and (PHYS 101 or PHYS 102 or PHYS 111 or PHYS 112)

Description: Study of the principles and procedures involved in geophysical exploration. Includes acquisition, processing, and interpretation of seismic, ground-penetrating radar, gravity, magnetic, and electrical data. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 642. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 442 if student has credit for ESCI 642.

ESCI 444 - REFLECTION SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING

Short Title: REFLEC SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 442

Description: Experience with processing reflection seismic data. Includes seismic data organization, velocity analysis, stacking, filtering, deconvolution, migration, and display, using the Center for Computational Geophysics facility's seismic processing system(s). Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 442. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 444 if student has credit for ESCI 564.

ESCI 450 - REMOTE SENSING

Short Title: REMOTE SENSING

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to electromagnetic remote sensing of the earth and other planets using passive and active methods. The course includes a computer lab component involving processing and interpretation of remote sensing imagery, and an individual project. Cross-list: CEVE 450. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 650. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 450 if student has credit for ESCI 650.

ESCI 452 - GIS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

Short Title: GIS FOR SCIENTISTS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Basic principles of Geographic Information Systems, with a focus on effectively applying the technology to the geosciences. Main platform of the class will be ESRI's ArcGIS, but a wide array of other tools will also be introduced. Material will be delivered via a blend of lecture and hands-on exercises. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 652. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 452 if student has credit for ESCI 652.

ESCI 454 - EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS

Short Title: EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (ESCI 101 or ESCI 107 or ESCI 108 or ESCI 110 or ESCI 111 or ESCI 115 or ESCI 301) and ESCI 323 and MATH 211 and (PHYS 101 or PHYS 111 or PHYS 102 or PHYS 112)

Description: Formation and differentiation of Earth and Planetary systems. Structural seismology and the composition of the Earth and our solar system’s planetary interiors. Earth's gravity, geoid, density, and moment of inertia. Heat flow and Earth energetics. Earth's core and magnetic field. Mantle convection and plate tectonics. Oceanic and continental lithosphere. Cross-list: CEVE 453. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 654. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 212 Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 454 if student has credit for ESCI 654.

ESCI 456 - PLANETARY VOLCANISM

Short Title: PLANETARY VOLCANISM

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This seminar will cover the broad range of volcanic phenomena in the solar system, via weekly readings of, and student presentations on, classic and recent papers. Topics include: Composition (basaltic, silicic, unusual, carbonatite), cryovolcanism, structure (caldera, rift zones, volcanic spreading radiating dike systems, magma chambers, and sill complexes), and dynamics (eruption mechanism, effusive vs. explosive, volatiles and atmospheres/oceans). The planetary settings to be considered include Earth, Venu, Mars, Mercury, Moon, large asteroids and outer planet satellites. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 656. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 456 if student has credit for ESCI 656.

ESCI 460 - GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL FLUID DYNAMICS

Short Title: GEOL & GEOPHYS FLUID DYNAMICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MATH 211 and MATH 212

Description: Advanced course in the foundations of fluid mechanics and its application to Earth science. Aspects of continuum mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and the rheologic behavior of materials will be covered in developing the fundamental laws that describe fluid motion. Applications include atmospheric dynamics, mantle and lithospheric dynamics, and hydrogeology. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 660. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 460 if student has credit for ESCI 660.

ESCI 461 - SEISMOLOGY I

Short Title: SEISMOLOGY I

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Principles of elastic wave propagation, the determination of Earth structure, and the understanding of earthquake physics. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 661. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 461 if student has credit for ESCI 661.

ESCI 462 - TECTONOPHYSICS

Short Title: TECTONOPHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MATH 102 or MATH 106 or PHYS 102 or PHYS 112

Description: Applications of continuum physics to the deformation, flexure, heat transfer, and gravity field of the lithosphere. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 662. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 212. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 462 if student has credit for ESCI 662.

ESCI 463 - STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION OF TECTONIC SYSTEMS

Short Title: TECTONIC SYSTEMS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 323

Description: The distribution, origin, and evolution of various tectonic systems, and characterization of their structural and geophysical signatures, emphasizing crustal and lithospheric processes associated with tectonic deformation. Review of representative global examples of convergent and collisional margins, divergent and passive margins, and transform margins. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 663. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 463 if student has credit for ESCI 663.

ESCI 464 - GLOBAL TECTONICS

Short Title: GLOBAL TECTONICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Geometrical aspects of plate tectonics, the 3 traditional types of plate boundaries, instantaneous plate motions, earthquakes and faulting, space geodesy, geomagnetic reversals, paleomagnetic poles, hotspots, "absolute" plate motion, true polar wander, driving forces, diffuse plate boundaries, plate nonrigidity, and rheology of the lithosphere. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 664. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 464 if student has credit for ESCI 664.

ESCI 465 - ENVIRONMENTAL & APPLIED ROCK PHYSICS

Short Title: APPLIED ROCK PHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 101 or MATH 102) and (PHYS 101 or PHYS 102 or PHYS 111) and CAAM 210

Description: Rock physics, the study of the impact of rock microstructure, mineralogy, fluids, stress state, and diagenetic features on wave propagation in porous media. Understanding the use of such relationships for quantitative analysis of seismic datasets. Applications to geologic carbon storage, permafrost characterization, geothermal systems, and hydrogeology. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 665. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Knowledge of applied geophysics, seismology, continuum mechanics, differential equations, and petrology will expand the value of the material. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 465 if student has credit for ESCI 665.

ESCI 467 - GEOMECHANICS

Short Title: GEOMECHANICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: An examination of deformation and failure processes within the Earth's shallow crust, with a focus on rock and sediment mechanics, and associated fluid processes. Emphasis will be on geologic applications, including sediment consolidation, slope stability, fault mechanics, and earthquake nucleation and rupture. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 667. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 467 if student has credit for ESCI 667.

ESCI 471 - EARTH SYSTEMS MODELING I: PHILOSOPHY AND FUNDAMENTALS

Short Title: EARTH SYSTEMS MODELING I

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 111 or CHEM 121 or PHYS 101 or PHYS 102

Description: A model is a simplified representation of something. Scientific models range from conceptual to physical to mathematical. In Earth and planetary science, one is often concerned with modeling interactions between physical, chemical, and biological components, i.e., with modeling systems. This class will cover the fundamentals of scientific modeling with a focus on Earth systems. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 671. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 211. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 471 if student has credit for ESCI 671. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 472 - EARTH SYSTEMS MODELING: NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS

Short Title: NUMERICAL METHODS EARTH SYSTEM

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 111 or CHEM 121 or PHYS 101 or PHYS 102

Description: Introduction to numerical methods with applications in Earth Science using Matlab and COMSOL. Much of the class is spent in the computer lab learning Matlab and COMSOL, followed by hands-on exercises. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 672. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 211.

ESCI 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Seminar, Laboratory, Lecture, Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 481 - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN EARTH SCIENCE

Short Title: UNDERGR RESEARCH EARTH SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Advanced work adapted to the needs of the individual undergraduate student reading. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 491 - SPECIAL STUDIES FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Short Title: SPECIAL STUDY FOR UNDERGRADS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Work in Earth Science adapted to the needs of individual undergraduate research. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 495 - SEMINAR: TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Short Title: TOPICS: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students with a class of Senior. Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course provides an integration of interdisciplinary topics that span environmental sciences. Topics will vary depending upon the interests and needs of both students and faculty. Only Seniors may register for this course without instructor permission.

ESCI 499 - GRAPHIC AND VISUAL DESIGN FOR SCIENTISTS

Short Title: VISUAL DESIGN FOR SCIENTISTS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A significant portion of a scientists time is spent solving visual design problems (graphics for papers, visual layouts for seminars, posters, teaching). Effective communication of scientific information is part of a scientists skill set. This class is designed to enhance that skill set in terms of presenting visual information clearly, simply, and effectively. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 699. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 499 if student has credit for ESCI 699. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 501 - SPECIAL STUDIES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Short Title: SPECIAL STUDIES GRAD STUDENTS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-15

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Advanced work in Earth science adapted to the needs of individual graduate students. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 502 - FIELD TRIP FOR ADVANCED GEOLOGY AND PETROLOGY

Short Title: FIELD TRIP-ADV GEOL & PETROL

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 322 and ESCI 334

Description: A field trip course centered on weekly readings and several mapping projects carried out over the course of 1 week. The course will focus on western North American geology with emphasis on igneous and metamorphic petrology and structural geology in the context of regional tectonics. Field studies will be accompanied by quantitative data collection and analysis. Each student will be responsible for a small field-based project. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 503 - CRYOSPHERE

Short Title: CRYOSPHERE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321

Description: The growth and decay of glaciers play a large role in modulating Earth's climate system. This course focuses on physical glaciology, glacial geomorphology, the geologic record of glaciation, and glacier-climate interactions in the past, present, and future.

ESCI 504 - SILICICLASTIC DEPOSITIONAL SYSTEMS

Short Title: SILICICLASTIC DEPOSITION SYST

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Study of modern and ancient sedimentary environments with emphasis on field work. Depositional models examined in relation to climatic, oceanographic, and tectonic influences.

ESCI 506 - CARBONATE DEPOSITIONAL SYSTEMS

Short Title: CARBONATE DEPOSITIONAL SYSTEMS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321

Description: Characterization of modern and ancient, shallow and deep sedimentary environments and facies. Includes examination of different depositional models in relation both to climate and to hydrographic and geographic settings, as well as three field trips. Meeting times will be determined after registration.

ESCI 507 - APPLIED SEDIMENTOLOGY II

Short Title: APPLIED SEDIMENTOLOGY II

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 505

Description: Advanced field studies in sedimentary geology. This course is intended to provide graduate students with experience working in sedimentary rocks by working on projects of their own design.

ESCI 508 - SEMINAR: GLOBAL SEISMOLOGY

Short Title: SEM:GLOBAL SEISMOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 509 - SEMINAR: DEPARTMENT TYPE-LOCALE FIELD TRIPS

Short Title: SEM:DEPT-LOCALE-FIELD TRIPS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 511 - PUTTING EARTH SCIENCE INTO ACTION

Short Title: SEM: EARTH SCIENCE INTO ACTION

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 512 - SEMINAR: CARIBBEAN

Short Title: SEM: CARIBBEAN

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 514 - ADVANCED BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

Short Title: ADVANCED BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will explore carbon, nitrogen, and water cycling at the advanced level. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 515 - GEOPHYSICAL FIELD WORK FOR EDUCATORS

Short Title: GEOPHYS FLD WK FOR EDUCATORS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course consists of 2 weeks of geophysical field work and is designated for in-service K-12 teachers. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 516 - TOPICS ON CARBONATES

Short Title: TOPICS ON CARBONATES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics may vary. 7-day field trip to Belize is required. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 211. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 519 - SEMINAR: SEISMOLOGY

Short Title: SEM: SEISMOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 520 - SEMINAR: SEISMOLOGY

Short Title: SEM: SEISMOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 521 - SEMINAR: TECTONICS OF CONTINENTAL MARGINS

Short Title: SEM:TECTONICS-CONTINEN-MARGINS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 522 - SEMINAR: ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOFLUIDS, GEOTHERMICS, AND PLANETARY EVOLUTION

Short Title: SEM:GEOFLUIDS/THERMICS, PLANET

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary.

ESCI 523 - SEMINAR: SEISMIC MODELING AND INVERSE METHODS

Short Title: SEM:SEISMICMODEL&INVERSEMETHOD

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 524 - SEMINAR: ADVANCED TOPICS IN EARTH STRUCTURE AND DEFORMATION

Short Title: SEM:ADV TOPICS EARTH STRUCTURE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Please contact the department for more details. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 526 - SEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTS IN STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

Short Title: SEM:DEVELOPSTRUCTURALGEOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 527 - SEMINAR: QUANTITATIVE PETROLEUM SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Short Title: QUANT PETROLEUM SYS ANALYSIS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Course taught at the University of Houston. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 528 - SEMINAR: ADVANCED TOPICS IN HYDROGEOLOGY

Short Title: SEM:ADV TOPICS HYDROGEOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 529 - THE MOON: ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF EARTH'S COMPANION

Short Title: THE MOON: ORIGIN & EVOLUTION

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This seminar course addresses fundamental issues in the origin and evolution of the Moon, spanning the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry and petrology. Sources range from classic studies to recent results from orbiting spacecraft and laboratory analysis. Readings will be supplemented by guest presentations from active researchers in the field. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 530 - DATA SCIENCE ENVIRONMENTAL AND GEOSCIENCES

Short Title: DATA SCIENCE GEO-HYDRO-ENV APP

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course focuses on practical applications of common data science techniques to extract information from environmental, hydrologic and geological data. Lectures cover theories and examples with biweekly course work assignments. Students are required to complete a group project and presentation at the end of the course.

ESCI 531 - ADVANCED TECTONOPHYSICS/GLOBAL TECTONICS

Short Title: ADV TECTONOPHY/GLOBL TECTONICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 532 - SEMINAR: TOPICS IN SEDIMENTOLOGY

Short Title: SEM:TOPICS-SEDIMENTOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 534 - CLASTIC DEPOSITIONAL SYSTEMS FIELD TRIP

Short Title: FIELD TRIP CLASTIC DEP SYSTEMS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 504

Description: This is a five day trip that takes place in northwestern New Mexico. The trip is intended for students with strong interests in sedimentology and stratigraphy and focuses on field methods in interpretation of clastic sedimentary deposits in terms of their depositional environment, sequence stratigraphic occurrence and reservoir and source rock potential. The field area includes four different basins, which provides further opportunity for discussion of sedimentary basin evolution. The course also includes reading assignments and class presentations on topics related to the trip. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 536 - SEMINAR: DEPARTMENT TYPE - LOCALE FIELD TRIP

Short Title: SEM: LOCALE FIELD TRIP

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): (ESCI 321 (may be taken concurrently) and ESCI 322 (may be taken concurrently) and ESCI 323 (may be taken concurrently) and ESCI 324 (may be taken concurrently))

Description: Seminar topics vary depending on location of field trip. This is a Seminar/Trip type course combination. Undergraduates are required to take prerequisites to register for this course. Prerequisites do not apply for graduate students. Prerequisites may be taken concurrently. Additional fee may be required for this course. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 537 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN THE SOLID EARTH I

Short Title: ADV TOPICS - SOLID EARTH I

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary.

ESCI 538 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN THE SOLID EARTH II

Short Title: ADV TOPICS - SOLID EARTH II

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 539 - SEMINAR: TOPICS IN VOLCANOLOGY, MAGMATIC, AND HYDROTHERMAL PROCESSES

Short Title: SEM: PHYSICAL VOLCANOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Reading and discussions about current topics related to magma generation, migration, accumulation and eruption, as well as hydrothermal systems. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 540 - EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE

Short Title: EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: How and why has Earth’s atmosphere evolved over time? We will begin with an understanding of the atmosphere today - its physics, chemistry, and dynamics - work backwards in time to frontiers that are comparatively data-poor. We focus on empirical/observational constraints that drive theories of atmospheric evolution on Earth and other planets. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 211 Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 540 if student has credit for ESCI 414. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 541 - THE PLANET MARS: FORMATION, DIFFERENTIATION, STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION

Short Title: PLANET MARS: FORM, STRUCT, EVO

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This seminar addresses fundamental issues in Mars science, spanning the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry and petrology. Sources range over six decades of data from flybys and orbiting spacecraft, landed stations and rovers, and laboratory analysis of meteorites and experiments. Readings will be supplemented by presentations from active Mars researchers. Instructor Permission Required.

ESCI 542 - SEISMOLOGY II

Short Title: SEISMOLOGY II

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Review of elastodynamics. Calculation of synthetic seismograms using asymptotic and finite-difference methods, wave propagation in layered and random media. Seismic migration and inversion using finite-difference. Kirchoff, and frequency-wave number methods.

ESCI 543 - INTRODUCTION TO THE DYNAMICS AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF THE EARTH'S INTERIOR

Short Title: DYNAMICS OF EARTH'S INTERIOR

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Overview of the Earth's deep interior with an emphasis on dynamical processes and physical properties of the Earth's mantle. Topics include: global energy budget; convective heat transfer; thermal evolution of the Earth; constitutive laws; rheology; seismic velocities; composition, density structure; thermal expansion; thermal conductivity. Taught every other Fall.

ESCI 544 - HYDROCARBON EXPLORATION

Short Title: HYDROCARBON EXPLORATION

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: A student team will analyze and assess petroleum prospects in a sedimentary basin. Using a dataset of industry well/seismic data, the team will analyze data, identify/prioritize exploration targets, and prepare a formal presentation. Team will review their findings to industry judges for AAPG Imperial Barrel Award competition. Instructor Permission Required.

ESCI 545 - HYDROCARBON SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Short Title: HYDROCARBON SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course has lecture, lab, and field components. Students will learn about the components of the hydrocarbon system and how to rank areas of a basin for prospectively. Activities will be organized on a class and small group basis. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 323 or ESCI 427/627.

ESCI 546 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN BASIN SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY

Short Title: ADV TOPICS:BASIN SEDIM & STRAT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will investigate the processes that lead to the development of sedimentary stratigraphy across a continuum of depositional environments, including: fluvial, deltaic, coastal near-shore, continental shelf and slope and abyssal settings. Material will include transport linkages based on studies from modern settings, and will also cover the unique stratigraphic signatures preserved in ancient depositional systems. Instructor Permission Required.

ESCI 547 - INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Short Title: INTRO TO SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will introduce students to the methods of communicating science to the public, by exposing them to professionals and researchers from various communication careers. It will teach students to convey science to the lay audience through several methods, such as media reporting, museum programming, and general public outreach.

ESCI 548 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN FLUVIAL-DELTAIC SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY

Short Title: ADV TOPICS FLUVIAL-DELTAIC

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will investigate physical and biological processes that contribute to the development of fluvial-deltaic environments. Materials will include deriving physical erosion, transport, and deposition laws, in order to evaluate modern processes that shape deltas and coastlines. The course will also focus on sedimentary deposits of fluvial-deltaic systems and preservation potential of the stratigraphy, by examining ancient depositional systems that are preserved in the rock record. The course will explore these topics by reviewing science literature that utilizes numerical, experimental, and field studies, to further theory on the development of fluvial-deltaic systems. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 549 - DATA MANAGEMENT AND DATA GOVERNANCE

Short Title: DATA MANAGEMENT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: An organization’s data is recognized as the most vital asset of an enterprise, yet far too many fail to appreciate the legal and fiscal responsibilities and liabilities associated with it. This course covers the foundations, principles and methodology of data management and data governance to ensure such high quality data.

ESCI 550 - MODERN EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGY

Short Title: MODERN EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 442 or ESCI 642

Corequisite: ESCI 564

Description: Modern petroleum exploration techniques using geology, geophysics, and information technology methods. As new techniques emerge, the course will change to ensure that the course material mirrors the exploration industry. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 550 if student has credit for ESCI 420.

ESCI 552 - MARINE GEOLOGY SYSTEMS

Short Title: MARINE GEOLOGY SYSTEMS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course examines areas of the seafloor recently targeted by large-scale science projects, such as the ocean drilling program. The purpose is to understand current ocean geoscience problems, the research being conducted to address these problems, and preliminary results. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 552 if student has credit for ESCI 432.

ESCI 555 - MOUNTAINS, CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CARBON CYCLING

Short Title: CARBON CYCLE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: The purpose of this course is to discuss the origins of high elevations, such as mountains and epeirogenic uplifts, and their impacts of climate, global carbon cycling, and sedimentary processes. We will discuss the physics and chemistry of building mountains by magmatism and tectonic thickening as well as destroying them by erosion, chemical weathering, and delamination. We will explore perspectives from the deep Earth to the atmosphere. The seminar will meet once a week for two hours with the first hour being a thematic overview given by faculty or students and the second hour devoted to discussion of assigned papers. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321 and ESCI 322. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 557 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN EARTH SCIENCE

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS - EARTH SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics will vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 558 - 3D SEISMIC REFLECTION DATA INTERPRETATION

Short Title: 3D SEISMIC REFLECTION DATA

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 442 or ESCI 642 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: Workstation-based geologic interpretation of 3D seismic reflection data. The course will focus on interpreting horizons and faults tying interpretation to well data, analyzing seismic attributes, and other relevant topics. Emphasis will be placed on workflows utilized in hydrocarbon exploration. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 558 if student has credit for ESCI 428.

ESCI 559 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN EARTH, ENVIRONMENTAL & PLANETARY SCIENCES

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS IN EEPS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course deals with miscellaneous special topics not covered in other courses. Please contact the Earth Science department for the specific topics. Topics change each semester. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 562 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS

Short Title: ADV TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 564 - SEISMIC REFLECTION DATA PROCESS

Short Title: SEISMIC REFLECTN DATA PROCESS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 442 or ESCI 642

Description: Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 564 if student has credit for ESCI 444.

ESCI 565 - JOINT INVERSION OF EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICAL DATA

Short Title: JNT INVERSN OF EXPLOR GEO DATA

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: By jointly inverting several different kinds of exploration geophysical measurements at a site we avoid some of the ambiguity inherent in the individual methods. *Students review papers (one-half of course) Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 442 and (ESCI 444 or 564) and ESCI 436. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 565 if student has credit for ESCI 445.

ESCI 566 - ROCK DEFORMATION AND RHEOLOGY

Short Title: ROCK DEFORMATION AND RHEOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: The mechanisms of deformation and rheology of Earth's crust and mantle. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 566 if student has credit for ESCI 466.

ESCI 567 - UNCONVENTIONAL ENERGY EXPLORATION

Short Title: UNCONV ENERGY EXPLORATION

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topical presentations on the exploration and production of unconventional energy resources, including sources, techniques, and prospects. Intent is to cover all non-traditional energy targets, including shale oil/gas, oil sands/heavy oil, geothermal, coalbed methane, methane clathrates (seafloor hydrates) and more. Instructor Permission Required. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 567 if student has credit for ESCI 447.

ESCI 568 - THEORETICAL GLOBAL SEISMOLOGY I

Short Title: THEORETICAL GLBL SEISMOLOGY I

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: The course provides a path through theoretical seismology from a comprehensive analysis perspective. It consists of five parts: (i) The introduction of Earth's elastic-gravitational deformations through the calculus of variations, and the introduction of fluid-solid boundaries involving Earth's core using an action integral. (ii) The variational linearized or weak formulation of Earth's elastic-gravitational deformations. (iii) Energy estimates and well-posedness under appropriate conditions (that, for example, constrain the shapes of the major boundaries) of the system of elastic-gravitational equations describing the oscillations of the earth, and a Volterra equation justifying the extraction of the system describing acousto-elastic waves. (iv) The characterization of the spectrum of the earth, seismic normal modes and the essential spectrum associated with internal or gravity modes and embedded eigenfrequencies. The ``asympotic’' resolution of the identity or seismic normal mode summation. In radial models such as PREM, a discussion of the Einstein-Brioullin-Keller quantization, trace formula and length spectrum. (v) Incorporation of dynamic ruptures, using rate- and state-dependent friction laws, generating seismic waves through an iterative coupling scheme and viscosity solutions. All parts will be illustrated with computational simulations using numerical formulations closely related to the analysis.

ESCI 570 - COMPUTATIONAL AND DATA SCIENCE IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

Short Title: COMP&DATA SCI ENERGY INDUSTRY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will be dedicated to problems and topics occurring in the energy industry, both in R&D and in operations. It has three main components: 1. Computational Geophysics 2. Reservoir Simulation Fundamentals 3. Machine Learning The first two components will be taught together in the first 10 weeks by dedicating half of the class-time to each subject. The Machine Learning component will, in part, build on the first two fundamental components and will be taught using the full class time. Computational Geophysics The participants in this geophysics part of the course are expected to be interested into learn how to use modern seismic data to image the subsurface with awareness of the computational costs of the techniques involved. The main focus will be given to current seismic imaging tools including cutting-edge Machine Learning (ML) applications. As the result of the successful completion of this course part, the course participants should be able to: (1) Understand the context and value of imaging tools for the hydrocarbon exploration business. (2) Relate the imaging tools with their computational costs for modern computer resources. (3) Properly use wave-based geophysical imaging and ML-based tools and (4) Understand main seismic processing and interpretation decisions. Applied Reservoir Simulation This component of the course will introduce participants to the practice of reservoir simulation. This class will be an applied course on reservoir simulation. Theoretical descriptions will be provided as warranted but will be kept to minimum. Class participants will learn about the fundamentals of applied reservoir simulation, use of a reservoir simulator, and how to select the proper model for a simulation study. This course will also cover data preparation, grid design, calibration of the reservoir model, forecasting of future performance, and interpretation of simulation results. Participants will also be introduced to the role of simulation in reservoir management, limitations of reservoir simulation, and the structural aspects of the models. Upscaling and recent advances simulation techniques will also be discussed. A realistic open-source reservoir simulation software will be used during the tutorials and computer projects. Machine Learning for Oil & Gas This part of the course will introduce the fundamentals of statistical learning, present a few of the popular learning paradigms and algorithms, and culminate in a small student project applying them to an oil reservoir data set using the R programming language (solutions to class problems will be accepted in any programming language or system). Much of the material presented here is also known under the names “Big Data”, “Data Analytics”, “Artificial Intelligence”, “Data Mining”, “Petroleum Data Driven Analytics” and other terms. Weeks 11 and 12 are theory only, weeks 13-15 will have small hands-on exercises incorporated and week 16 and 17 are dedicated to solving a simple oil reservoir problem using machine learning.

ESCI 571 - DATA SCIENCE METHODS AND DATA MANAGEMENT

Short Title: METHODS DATA SCIENCE/MGMT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Data has become a critical asset for enabling organizations to be competitive, make better decisions and support diverse stakeholders. In recent years, new methods, tools and techniques for data management and processing have been developed. In this vein, ensuring that users have the knowledge and skills to profit from this wealth of information is critical. In this course, participants will learn a holistic overview about infrastructure, data life cycles, metadata standards, policies and techniques for successfully managing and using data for decision-making. The emphasis of the course will be from the perspective of the Oil & Gas and Energy Industries. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Basic programming, introductory statistics

ESCI 580 - PITCHING YOUR SCIENCE

Short Title: PITCHING YOUR SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course is designed for senior level graduate students who will be facing high-stakes professional speaking opportunities, such as impromptu job conversations, formal academic and professional presentations, conversations with journalists, and/or industrial job interviews. Students will construct and practice 90-second, 5-minute, and 15-minute presentations. Most assignments will take place in-class, with limited work occurring outside of the classroom. Requirement: Participation in the Rice University 90-second thesis competition. Instructor Permission Required.

ESCI 581 - TOPICS IN PLANETARY DYNAMICS AND MAGMATIC PROCESSES

Short Title: TOPICS IN PLANETARY DYNAMICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 590 - FIELD COURSE: APPLIED STRATIGRAPHY AND STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

Short Title: FIELD COURSE: APPLIED STRAT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Focus on how to interpret stratigraphy and structure from outcrop and subsurface data using a field transect from the orogenic belt to the foreland basin. By the end of the class, students should be able to measure/describe stratigraphic sections, construct a structural-stratigraphic framework, interpret structural profiles and integrate paleontology.

ESCI 603 - SEMINAR: DEPARTMENT RESEARCH

Short Title: SEMINAR: DEPARTMENT RESEARCH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to current research in the Earth Science department. Students will learn how to give a presentation and will get experience presenting their research. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 403. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 604 - SEMINAR: DEPARTMENT RESEARCH

Short Title: SEM: DEPARTMENT RESEARCH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to current research in the Earth Science department. Students will learn how to give a presentation and will get experience presenting their research. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 404. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 605 - SEMINAR: CURRENT RESEARCH IN EARTH SCIENCE

Short Title: SEM:CURR RESRCH EARTH SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: A series of lectures and paper discussions in various areas of Earth science. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 405. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 606 - SEMINAR: CURRENT RESEARCH IN EARTH SCIENCE

Short Title: SEM:CURR RESRCH EARTH SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: A series of lectures and paper discussions in various areas of Earth science. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 406. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 607 - GEOCHEMISTRY OF EARTH'S SURFACE

Short Title: GEOCHEM EARTH'S SURFACE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will cover concepts in aqueous geochemistry in the context of chemical weathering and Earth's major biogeochemical cycles. Central to this course will be weekly student-led discussions of scientific literature. Students will also learn basic numerical modeling and data analysis techniques using MATLAB, field methods, and basic analytical chemistry. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 407. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 607 if student has credit for ESCI 407.

ESCI 610 - OPTICAL MINERALOGY AND PETROGRAPHY

Short Title: OPTICAL MINERALOGY & PETROGRPH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This is a lab course focused on the identification of minerals with petrographic microscopy. Principles of crystallography, mineral optics, and mineral chemistry will be covered in the first third of the course. The second third of the course will focus on the identification of minerals in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks with emphasis on petrogenetic interpretation. The last third of the course will involve each student working on specific petrologic themes in the context of regional tectonics or magmatic processes. Taught every other Fall. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 410. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 610 if student has credit for ESCI 410.

ESCI 611 - ADVANCED PETROLOGY II

Short Title: ADVANCED PETROLOGY II

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will bring together constraints from field geology, petrography, petrology, geochemistry, and geodynamics to tackle advanced A87 research questions of whole Earth processes that are relevant in the 21st century. The topics that may be covered include, but are not limited to, interplay between magmatic and tectonic processes, magma generation, migration, extraction, and dynamic stability in various settings, magmatic differentiation, volatiles and fluids exchange between various reservoirs and effects on long-term climate, ore genesis, and formation and modification of continents. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 411. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 611 if student has credit for ESCI 411.

ESCI 612 - ADVANCED PETROLOGY

Short Title: ADVANCED PETROLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Evaluation of the evolution of igneous rocks in the Earth's crust and mantle. Topics will include phase equilibria, experimental studies, and geochemistry. Labs will stress thin section petrography. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 412. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 612 if student has credit for ESCI 412. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 613 - INTRODUCTION TO THE HEAT AND MASS TRANSPORT PROCESSES OF PLANETARY INTERIORS

Short Title: GEODYNAMICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to the use of continuum mechanics to solve fundamental problems related to mass and energy transport problems arising in the study of solid Earth, planets and moons. Topics include; heat conduction, convective heat transfer, planetary thermal evolution, geological fluid dynamics, flow through porous media, rheology of planetary materials.

ESCI 615 - DECISION MAKING AND ECONOMICS IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

Short Title: DECISION MAKING AND ECONOMICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will provide students with an understanding of how energy projects are evaluated. Topics include resource-size determination, geologic and economic risk, discounted cash-flow economics, and other common methods used in decision making. Emphasis will be placed on working in teams to understand basic concepts and sensitivities. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 415. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321 and ESCI 323. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 615 if student has credit for ESCI 415.

ESCI 616 - ECONOMIC GEOLOGY MINERAL DEPOSITS

Short Title: ECON GEOL MINERAL DEPOSITS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: An overview of metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits, theories of their origin, and classification. The impact of government regulation, economics, production practices, and exploration will be considered. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 416. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 616 if student has credit for ESCI 416.

ESCI 617 - PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT

Short Title: PETROLEUM IND ECONOMICS MGMT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics covered include resource size determination; geologic risk analysis; establishing minimum economic thresholds; economic chance factors; the concepts of present worth, investment efficiency, rates of return. Price forecasting, cost inflation are discussed. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 417. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 617 if student has credit for ESCI 417.

ESCI 618 - QUANTITATIVE HYDROGEOLOGY

Short Title: QUANTITATIVE HYDROGEOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Advanced course that will provide a quantitative overview of groundwater hydrology. Emphasis will be placed on mastering concepts in fluid mechanics and applying these concepts to water supply, environmental, and geological problems. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 418. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 618 if student has credit for ESCI 418.

ESCI 619 - MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION

Short Title: MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will provide an overview of various characterization methods used in geological, chemical, material science and other natural science and engineering research. The techniques that will be discussed include but not limited to electron beam methods (imaging and spectroscopy), X-ray methods, ion-beam analysis, vibrational spectroscopies, and Synchrotron-based techniques. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 419. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 619 if student has credit for ESCI 419.

ESCI 621 - PALEOCEANOGRAPHY

Short Title: PALEOCEANOGRAPHY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: The evolution of the ocean, climate and the global carbon cycle over the last 100 million years as recorded by the biology, chemistry and composition of deep-sea sediment. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 421. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 621 if student has credit for ESCI 421.

ESCI 622 - CLIMATE DYNAMICS

Short Title: CLIMATE DYNAMICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Earth’s climate is a chaotic system, characterized by nonlinear interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, and land surfaces. This course will focus on the dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere, including the drivers of large-scale circulation, heat transport, and modes of natural variability. We will also explore projections of future climate change scenarios and records of historical climate change. Students will learn to post-process climate model output, analyze, and map these data using Python. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 422. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 622 if student has credit for ESCI 422.

ESCI 623 - ANTARCTIC MARINE GEOLOGY

Short Title: ANTARCTIC MARINE GEOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: The study of marine geologic principles and processes using examples from the Southern Oceans. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 423. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 623 if student has credit for ESCI 423.

ESCI 625 - ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY

Short Title: ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course covers the organic geochemistry of the natural environment. Topics include: production, transport, decomposition, and storage of organic matter in the marine and terrestrial environments, use of isotopes to track biogeochemical processes and natural and perturbed carbon cycle issues, including past and recent climate shifts. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 425. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 625 if student has credit for ESCI 425.

ESCI 626 - INTRODUCTION TO SEISMIC INTERPRETATION: STRUCTURAL STYLES AND SEISMIC STRATIGRAPHY

Short Title: 2D SEISMIC STRUCTURE AND STRAT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 642 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: This course will introduce students to analysis of sub-regional structural and stratigraphic frameworks. We will utilize the interpretation of 2D seismic profiles to reconstruct basin history and discuss implications for petroleum systems. Students will gain an understanding of a variety of structural and stratigraphic styles, as expressed on seismic data. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 426. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 626 if student has credit for ESCI 426.

ESCI 627 - SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY

Short Title: SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will introduce students to the concepts of sequence stratigraphy and the power behind this correlation technique. The course is divided between classic sequence stratigraphy using cores, well-logs, and outcrop examples and seismic sequence stratigraphy. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 427. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 627 if student has credit for ESCI 427.

ESCI 629 - VOLCANOES

Short Title: VOLCANOES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to volcanoes and associated physical processes. Conceptual and quantitative discussion of topics related to magma transport, magma storage, and volcanic eruptions. The course includes a 4-6 day field trip to California and Oregon. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 429. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 629 if student has credit for ESCI 429.

ESCI 630 - TRACE-ELEMENT AND ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Short Title: TRACE-ELEMENT& ISOTOPE GEOCHEM

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: . Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 430. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 630 if student has credit for ESCI 430.

ESCI 631 - GEOMORPHOLOGY

Short Title: GEOMORPHOLOGY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course will investigate physical, chemical, and biological processes that contribute to the development and shaping of Earth's surface across a continuum of subaerial and subaqueous environments. Mandatory 4-day field trip is associated with this class. Graduate students will be assigned exercises more challenging than those assigned to undergraduate students. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 431. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 633 - ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

Short Title: ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: An introduction to the principles and techniques of stable and radiogenic geochemistry in the geosciences. The course will begin by examining the fundamental physics relevant to isotope partitioning and decay, followed by a survey of different isotope systems and how they are used to study surface processes, element cycling, climate, and planetary science. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 433. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 322 Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 633 if student has credit for ESCI 433.

ESCI 634 - PLANETARY SURFACE PROCESSES

Short Title: PLANETARY SURFACE PROCESSES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course is designed to expand understanding of geologic processes by considering how common or distinctive different geologic processes are on Earth compared to other bodies throughout the solar system. Students will leave the course with an appreciation for the types of surface processes that dominate different bodies throughout the solar system. How does the surface of Earth compare to the surfaces of other bodies in our solar system? How can we best extrapolate our understanding of Earth to other bodies? What do we learn about Earth from such comparisons?

ESCI 635 - MECHANICS OF SEDIMENT TRANSPORT

Short Title: MECHANICS-SEDIMENT TRANSPORT

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Evaluation of sedimentary transport dynamics: physical interaction between fluid flow and sediment mobility, from grain to bedform scale; exploration of environments including rivers, estuaries, deltas, coastlines, and deserts. Examination of sediment transport for geology, environmental, and engineering applications; formation of diagnostic sedimentary features recognized in the stratigraphic record. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 435. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 635 if student has credit for ESCI 435.

ESCI 636 - WELL LOGGING AND PETROPHYSICS

Short Title: WELL LOGGING AND PETROPHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Basics of wireline logging and logging while drilling including borehole environment, resistivity, radiation, thermal, and elastic wave measurements and measuring tools. Building from this introduction, basic interpretation of logging data and formation evaluation will be studied. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 436. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 636 if student has credit for ESCI 436.

ESCI 640 - GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS: DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING

Short Title: GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Data sampling, aliasing, discrete Fourier transform, digital filter design techniques, z-transform, and discrete Hilbert transform are introduced. Deconvolution, velocity filters, polarization filter, stacking, beam forming and migration techniques will be taught together with their application in geophysical studies. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 440. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 640 if student has credit for ESCI 440.

ESCI 641 - GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS: INVERSE METHODS

Short Title: GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Review of linear algebra and probability. Data fitting, model parameter estimation, inverse theory, linear and nonlinear methods, and global optimization. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 441. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 641 if student has credit for ESCI 441.

ESCI 642 - EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS

Short Title: EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Study of the principles and procedures involved in geophysical exploration. Includes acquisition, processing, and interpretation of seismic, ground-penetrating radar, gravity, magnetic, and electrical data. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 442. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 642 if student has credit for ESCI 442.

ESCI 643 - TOPICS IN GEOMATHEMATICS

Short Title: TOPICS IN GEOMATHEMATICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Content varies from year to year. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: CAAM 643. Recommended Prerequisite(s): CAAM 335 and CAAM 336 Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 650 - REMOTE SENSING

Short Title: REMOTE SENSING

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to electromagnetic remote sensing of the Earth and other planets using passive and active methods. The course includes a computer lab component involving processing and interpretation of remote sensing imagery, and an individual project. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 450. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 650 if student has credit for ESCI 450.

ESCI 652 - GIS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

Short Title: GIS FOR SCIENTISTS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Basic principles of Geographic Information Systems, with a focus on effectively applying the technology to the geosciences. Main platform of the class will be ESRI's ArcGIS, but a wide array of other tools will also be introduced. Material will be delivered via a blend of lecture and hands-on exercises. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 452. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 652 if student has credit for ESCI 452.

ESCI 654 - EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS

Short Title: EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Formation and differentiation of Earth and Planetary systems. Structural seismology and the composition of the Earth and our solar system’s planetary interiors. Earth's gravity, geoid, density, and moment of inertia. Heat flow and Earth energetics. Earth's core and magnetic field. Mantle convection and plate tectonics. Oceanic and continental lithosphere. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 454. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 654 if student has credit for ESCI 454.

ESCI 656 - PLANETARY VOLCANISM

Short Title: PLANETARY VOLCANISM

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This seminar will cover the broad range of volcanic phenomena in the solar system, via weekly readings of, and student presentations on, classic and recent papers. Topics include: Composition (basaltic, silicic, unusual, carbonatite), cryovolcanism, structure (caldera, rift zones, volcanic spreading radiating dike systems, magma chambers, and sill complexes), and dynamics (eruption mechanism, effusive vs. explosive, volatiles and atmospheres/oceans). The planetary settings to be considered include Earth, Venu, Mars, Mercury, Moon, large asteroids and outer planet satellites. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 456. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 656 if student has credit for ESCI 456.

ESCI 660 - GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL FLUID DYNAMICS

Short Title: GEOL & GEOPHYS FLUID DYNAMICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Advanced course in the foundations of fluid mechanics and its application to Earth science. Aspects of continuum mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and the rheologic behavior of materials will be covered in developing the fundamental laws that describe fluid motion. Applications include atmospheric dynamics, mantle and lithospheric dynamics, and hydrogeology. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 460. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 660 if student has credit for ESCI 460.

ESCI 661 - SEISMOLOGY I

Short Title: SEISMOLOGY I

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Principles of elastic wave propagation, the determination of Earth structure, and the understanding of earthquake physics. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 461. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 661 if student has credit for ESCI 461.

ESCI 662 - TECTONOPHYSICS

Short Title: TECTONOPHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Applications of continuum physics to the deformation, flexure, heat transfer, and gravity field of the lithosphere. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 462. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 662 if student has credit for ESCI 462.

ESCI 663 - STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION OF TECTONIC SYSTEMS

Short Title: TECTONIC SYSTEMS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: The distribution, origin, and evolution of various tectonic systems, and characterization of their structural and geophysical signatures, emphasizing crustal and lithospheric processes associated with tectonic deformation. Review of representative global examples of convergent and collisional margins, divergent and passive margins, and transform margins. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 463. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 663 if student has credit for ESCI 463.

ESCI 664 - GLOBAL TECTONICS

Short Title: GLOBAL TECTONICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Geometrical aspects of plate tectonics, the 3 traditional types of plate boundaries, instantaneous plate motions, earthquakes and faulting, space geodesy, geomagnetic reversals, paleomagnetic poles, hotspots, "absolute" plate motion, true polar wander, driving forces, diffuse plate boundaries, plate nonrigidity, and rheology of the lithosphere. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 464. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 664 if student has credit for ESCI 464.

ESCI 665 - ENVIRONMENTAL & APPLIED ROCK PHYSICS

Short Title: APPLIED ROCK PHYSICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Rock physics, the study of the impact of rock microstructure, mineralogy, fluids, stress state, and diagenetic features on wave propagation in porous media. Understanding the use of such relationships for quantitative analysis of seismic datasets. Applications to geologic carbon storage, permafrost characterization, geothermal systems, and hydrogeology. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 465. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 665 if student has credit for ESCI 465.

ESCI 667 - GEOMECHANICS

Short Title: GEOMECHANICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: An examination of deformation and failure processes within the Earth's shallow crust, with a focus on rock and sediment mechanics, and associated fluid processes. Emphasis will be on geologic applications, including sediment consolidation, slope stability, fault mechanics, and earthquake nucleation and rupture. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 467. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 667 if student has credit for ESCI 467.

ESCI 671 - EARTH SYSTEMS MODELING I: PHILOSOPHY AND FUNDAMENTALS

Short Title: EARTH SYSTEMS MODELING I

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: A model is a simplified representation of something. Scientific models range from conceptual to physical to mathematical. In Earth and planetary science, one is often concerned with modeling interactions between physical, chemical, and biological components, i.e., with modeling systems. This class will cover the fundamentals of scientific modeling with a focus on Earth systems. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 471. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 671 if student has credit for ESCI 471. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 672 - EARTH SYSTEMS MODELING: NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS

Short Title: NUMERICAL METHODS EARTH SYSTEM

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to numerical methods with applications in Earth Science using Matlab and COMSOL. Much of the class is spent in the computer lab learning Matlab and COMSOL, followed by hands-on exercises. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 472. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 677 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory, Lecture, Seminar, Internship/Practicum, Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 699 - GRAPHIC AND VISUAL DESIGN FOR SCIENTISTS

Short Title: VISUAL DESIGN FOR SCIENTISTS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: A significant portion of a scientists time is spent solving visual design problems (graphics for papers, visual layouts for seminars, posters, teaching). Effective communication of scientific information is part of a scientist's skill set. This class is designed to enhance that skill set in terms of presenting visual information clearly, simply, and effectively. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 499. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ESCI 699 if student has credit for ESCI 499. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 800 - THESIS RESEARCH

Short Title: THESIS RESEARCH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 1-15

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Recommended Prerequisite(s): Students must pass the preliminary exam before taking this course. Repeatable for Credit.

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule 

  • Course offerings/subject code: ESCI 

Department Description and Code

  • Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences: EEPS

Undergraduate Degree Description and Code

  • Bachelor of Arts degree: BA
  • Bachelor of Science degree: BS 

Undergraduate Major Description and Code

  • Major in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (for both the BA and BS degrees): EEPS  

Undergraduate Minor Description and Code

  • Minor in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences: EEPM

Graduate Degree Descriptions and Codes

  • Master of Science degree: MS
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree: PhD

Graduate Degree Program Description and Code

  • Degree Program in Earth Science: ESCI 

CIP Code and Description1

  • EEPS Major/Program: CIP Code/Title: 40.0601 - Geology/Earth Science, General
  • ESCI Major/Program: CIP Code/Title: 40.0601 - Geology/Earth Science, General
  • EEPM Minor: CIP Code/Title: 40.0601 - Geology/Earth Science, General