Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

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

Cin-Ty Lee
Department Chair
ctlee@rice.edu

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences offers students the opportunity to work with open-ended, complex, and highly interconnected problems, giving them the skills to become leaders and entrepreneurs in the real world, whether that is in academia, running a business, or working with and for societal issues. Field and laboratory opportunities abound. Many students also present their own research projects at national and international professional conferences. 

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. Their research interests span a wide range of topics and fall broadly under two principal research themes: Earth Structure and Dynamics, and Earth Systems Science. Many departmental research programs involve substantial field activities, both on land and at sea. Similarly, several course offerings include field trips to a variety of destinations and geologic settings.

All undergraduate majors in earth science take a five-course core sequence, typically in the sophomore and junior years, on earth processes, materials, observations, and history. Majors also take a course in geological field techniques and introductory courses in mathematics, chemistry, and in many cases, physics and biology.

The selection of upper-division courses and additional science courses depends on which degree, BA or BS, and, for the BS degree, which of five tracks are chosen by the student: geology, geochemistry, geophysics, environmental earth science, or a track designed by the student subject to the approval of the department undergraduate advisor. The program of study typically includes experience with analytical equipment, computer systems, and fieldwork.

The BS degree should be chosen by students planning a career or further study in earth science or a related field. The BA degree has fewer requirements and might be a good choice for students planning a career or further study to which earth science is incidental.

Chair

Cin-Ty Lee

Professors

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

Associate Professor

Helge Gonnermann

Assistant Professors

Melodie French
Jeffrey Nittrouer
Mark Torres
Laurence Yeung

Professors Emeriti

Albert Bally
Dieter Heymann
William Leeman
Andreas Lüttge
Manik Talwani
Peter Vail

Lecturers

Ken Abdulah
Vitor Abreu
Gary G. Gray
Patrick J. McGovern
Jeffrey Nunn
Eric Scott
Robert R. Stewart

Wiess Visiting Scholars

Francis Albarede
Janne Blichert-Toft

Adjunct Faculty

Vitor Abreu
Kevin Biddle
K. K. Bissada
Christian Davies
Jeffrey J. Dravis
Brandon Dugan
Gary Gray
Paul M. Harris
N. Ross Hill
Thomas A. Jones
Stephen J. Mackwell
Patrick J. McGovern
Jeffrey Nunn
David L. Olgaard
James Pindell
W. C. Rusty Riese
Malcolm Ross
Eric Scott
Stephanie S. Shipp
Robert R. Stewart
John Sumner
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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Study of the nature of the Earth and its processes. Cross-list: ENST 101. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 101 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Three evening lectures of two hours each; one weekend long field trip.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 107 - OCEANS AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Short Title: OCEANS AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Overview of the impact of the ocean and ocean evolution on the Earth's climate. Includes geological, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of change.

ESCI 108 - CRISES OF THE EARTH

Short Title: CRISES OF THE EARTH

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Geological and environmental crises have affected Earth throughout history. Included are meteorite impacts, global extinctions, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, effect of humans on environment, as well as an overview of historical perspectives, scientific background, and development of these processes, the development of predictive scenarios, and society's adaptations to such hazards.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 - ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND SOCIETY

Short Title: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, & SOCIETY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Undergraduate seminar on current issues in energy used by industrial society, energy resources and their impact on the environment. Offered on demand.

ESCI 113 - ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS SEMINAR

Short Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS SEMINAR

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Discussion of environmental crises. Topics vary annually. Cross-list: EBIO 113, ENST 113. Repeatable for Credit.

ESCI 114 - NATURAL DISASTER SEMINAR

Short Title: NATURAL DISASTER SEMINAR

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Discussion of natural disasters. Topics vary annually. Cross-list: ENST 114. Repeatable for Credit.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 115 and ESCI 101/ESCI 301.

ESCI 201 - THE SCIENCE BEHIND EARTH GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Short Title: SCIENCE BEHIND GLOBAL WARMING

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: The course will introduce the students to the science behind last century Earth global warming in the context of the past records of global Earth climate variability and forecast of Earth climate in the next century. 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 SYSTEM EVOLUTION AND CYCLES

Short Title: EARTH SYSTEM EVOLUTION/CYCLES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 115 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 301 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: This course introduces the systems and processes that shape Earth's surface including weathering, sediment transport, ocean and atmosphere circulation, accumulation of sedimentary material and organisms, including man. This course requires a once-a-week 3-hour lab. Prerequisites ESCI 101 or ESCI 115 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.

ESCI 322 - EARTH CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS

Short Title: EARTH CHEMISTRY & MATERIALS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 115 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 301 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: This course introduces rock-forming processes related to the chemical and physical differentiation of the solid Earth into its main reservoirs: continental crust, oceanic crust, mantle, and core. Beginning with the bulk Earth and an overview of the chemical and petrologic properties of the rocks that make up each of these reservoirs. The basic principles of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary petrology will be presented in the context of the rock cycle, plate tectonics, as well as the origin of economically and societally important ore deposits. A laboratory and field trip, where students will see petrologic principles applied, will be required. Prerequisites ESCI 101, ESCI 115 or ESCI 301 can be taken concurrently or with permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite(s): MATH 101 and MATH 102, CHEM 121 or CHEM 151.

ESCI 323 - EARTH STRUCTURE AND DEFORMATION

Short Title: EARTH STRUCTURE & DEFORMATION

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 115 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 301 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: Introduction to the mechanics and deformation of the Earth's crust and lithosphere, emphasizing rock strength and rheology, earthquakes and faulting, brittle and ductile deformation mechanisms and processes, and an introduction to tectonic systems. Lab will develop skills for recognition, interpretation, and analysis of deformation structures and processes on maps, cross-sections and seismograms. Prerequisites ESCI 101 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 323 and 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

Distribution Group: Distribution Group III

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 115 (may be taken concurrently) or ESCI 301 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: Introduction to the mechanics and deformation of Earth's crust and lithosphere, emphasizing rock strength and rheology, earthquakes and faulting, brittle and ductile deformation mechanism and processes , and an introduction to tectonic systems. Lab will develop skills for recognition, interpretation and analysis of deformation structures and processes on maps, cross-sections and seismograms. Prerequisites ESCI 101 or ESCI 115 or ESCI 301 may be taken concurrently or with permission of instructor. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 211 and (PHYS 101 or PHYS 111 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 141) and (PHYS 102 or PHYS 112 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 142) and MATH 212 - may be taken concurrently.

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. Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 - GEOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES

Short Title: GEOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Earth Science. Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

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

Description: An 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 one or two required field trips during Saturdays, as well as a required seven day excursion either during Spring Break or during the semester. 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: EBIO 340, 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 - INTRODUCTION TO BIOGEOCHEMISTRY II

Short Title: INTRO TO BIOECHEM II

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The interaction between (micro) organisms, minerals, rocks, and aqueous solutions is an important new field of research that requires an interdisciplinary approach between (micro) biology, organic chemistry, and geochemistry. This course provides an introduction and insight into this exciting new field and puts an emphasis on quantitative strategies. Taught every other Fall. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 607. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 407 and ESCI 607.

ESCI 409 - INTRODUCTION TO MATLAB AND NUMERICAL METHODS FOR EARTH SCIENCE

Short Title: INTRO TO PROGRAMMING IN MATLAB

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MATH 102

Description: The course introduces students to the Matlab programming language and topics may include: importing and exporting data; working with vectors and matrices; curve fitting; data smoothing and filtering; data regression; data visualization; optimization; solving differential equations. The course is built around progressive programming assignments. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 609. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Undergrad math through calculus. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 409 and ESCI 609.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 410 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 411 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 412 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 Pre-requisite(s): ESCI 321 and ESCI 323. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 415 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 416 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 417 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 418 and ESCI 618.

ESCI 419 - MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION

Short Title: MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 419 and ESCI 619.

ESCI 421 - PALEOCEANOGRAPHY

Short Title: PALEOCEANOGRAPHY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 421 and ESCI 621.

ESCI 422 - PALEOCLIMATE AND MODERN CLIMATE CHANGE

Short Title: PALEOCLIMATE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 101 or ESCI 115 or ESCI 301 or ESCI 321

Description: Climate change is a widely discussed and, often, debated topic in society today. This course will focus on scientific observations of Earth's climate in the past, records of modern climate variability, and projections of future climate change as well as geologic and instrumental records of climate change and science communication. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 622. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 422 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 423 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 425 and ESCI 625.

ESCI 426 - INTERPRETATION OF REGIONAL 2-D SEISMIC DATA

Short Title: INTER REGIONAL 2D SEISMIC DATA

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 426 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 427 and ESCI 627.

ESCI 429 - MAGMATIC, VOLCANIC AND HYDROTHERMAL PROCESSES

Short Title: VOLCANIC PROCESSES

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to the physical processes governing magmatic hydrothermal and volcanic systems. Conceptual and quantitative discussion of topics such as magma generation, accumulation, dike propagation, magma chambers, volcano deformation, volcanic eruptions, magmatic gases, magma rheology and fragmentation, hydrothermal systems. A 3-6 day field trip may be required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 629. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 429 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 430 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 435 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 436 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 440 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 441 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 442 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 444 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 450 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (ESCI 321 or ESCI 322 or ESCI 323 or ESCI 324) and (ESCI 321 or ESCI 322 or ESCI 323 or ESCI 324)

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 452 and ESCI 652.

ESCI 454 - GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

Short Title: GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, mapping sciences, and spatial analysis. The course will include extensive computer use and the completion of a major individual project on a topic selected by the student. Cross-list: CEVE 453. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 654. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 454 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 456 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 460 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 461 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MATH 102 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 462 and 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: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 463 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 464 and ESCI 664.

ESCI 467 - GEOMECHANICS

Short Title: GEOMECHANICS

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 467 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 471 and 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): 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 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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 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: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 499 and 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: 2,3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Seminar topics may vary. Repeatable for credit. Please note there are two sections: Section 1 is a seminar with discussion for 2 credits. Section 2 is the seminar with discussion and a mandatory 1-week field trip for 3 credits. Instructor permission is required for Section 2. 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 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

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

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 540 and 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. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 543 and ESCI 413.

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 hydrocarbon prospective area. The team will be provided with a dataset including real industry 3D and 2D seismic data, well log data, etc. The team will have 8 weeks to analyze the data, identify and prioritize exploration targets, and prepare a formal presentation for exploration management in an imaginary oil company. 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 Pre-requisite(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 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 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 550 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 552 and 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: This course deals with miscellaneous special topics not covered in other courses. Please contact the Earth Science department for the specific topic. Topics change each semester. 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

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 558 and ESCI 428.

ESCI 559 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOCHEMISTRY

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOCHEMISTRY

Department: Earth/Environmnt/Planetary Sci

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 121 or CHEM 151

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. SPRING 2016 topic: X-Ray Based Characterization of Earth Materials. 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 564 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 565 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 566 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 567 and ESCI 447.

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 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 - INTRODUCTION TO BIOGEOCHEMISTRY II

Short Title: INTRO TO BIOECHEM 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: The interaction between (micro) organisms, minerals, rocks, and aqueous solutions is an important new field of research that requires an interdisciplinary approach between (micro) biology, organic chemistry, and geochemistry. This course provides an introduction and insight into this exciting new field and puts an emphasis on quantitative strategies. Taught every other Fall. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 407. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 607 and ESCI 407.

ESCI 609 - INTRODUCTION TO MATLAB AND NUMERICAL METHODS FOR EARTH SCIENCE

Short Title: INTRO TO PROGRAMMING IN MATLAB

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: The course introduces students to the Matlab programming language and topics may include: importing and exporting data; working with vectors and matrices; curve fitting; data smoothing and filtering; data regression; data visualization; optimization; solving differential equations. The course is built around progressive programming assignments. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 409. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 609 and ESCI 409.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 610 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 611 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 612 and ESCI 412. Repeatable for Credit.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 615 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 616 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 617 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 618 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 619 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 621 and ESCI 421.

ESCI 622 - PALEOCLIMATE AND MODERN CLIMATE CHANGE

Short Title: PALEOCLIMATE

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: Climate change is a widely discussed and, often, debated topic in society today. This course will focus on scientific observations of Earth's climate in the past, records of modern climate variability, and projections of future climate change as well as geologic and instrumental records of climate change and science communication. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 422. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 622 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 623 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 625 and ESCI 425.

ESCI 626 - INTERPRETATION OF REGIONAL 2-D SEISMIC DATA

Short Title: INTER REGIONAL 2D SEISMIC 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: 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 626 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 627 and ESCI 427.

ESCI 629 - VOLCANIC PROCESSES

Short Title: VOLCANIC PROCESSES

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 physical processes governing magmatic hydrothermal and volcanic systems. Conceptual and quantitative discussion of topics such as magma generation, accumulation, dike propagation, magma chambers, volcano deformation, volcanic eruptions, magmatic gases, magma rheology and fragmentation, hydrothermal systems. A 3-6 day field trip may be required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 429. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 629 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 630 and 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 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 635 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 636 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 640 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 641 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 642 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 650 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 652 and ESCI 452.

ESCI 654 - GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

Short Title: GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE

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 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, mapping sciences, and spatial analysis. The course will include extensive computer use and the completion of a major individual project on a topic selected by the student. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ESCI 454. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 654 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 656 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 660 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 661 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 662 and 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: 4

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 663 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 664 and ESCI 464.

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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 667 and 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 671 and 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 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: Credit cannot be earned for ESCI 699 and 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: 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 Science (for both the BA and BS degrees): ESCI  

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