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Core Courses

Atmospheric Science

Students seeking M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences are required to take at least one course from the three Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Core Categories: 1) Atmospheric Dynamics and Physics, 2) Atmospheric Chemistry, and 3) Atmospheric Measurement and Modeling. Most Core courses are offered every other year, either in the Fall or Spring Semester.

Category 1 (Atmospheric Dynamics and Physics)

GEOL 6337 Atmospheric Physics

GEOL 6336 Boundary Layer & Turbulence

GEOL 6330 Dynamic Meteorology

GEOL 6327 Atmospheric Radiation

GEOL 6397 Mesoscale Meterology

Category 2 (Atmospheric Chemistry)

GEOL 6321 Aerosols and Climate

GEOL 6332 Air Pollution Meteorology

GEOL 6334 Atmospheric Chemistry

GEOL 6370 Integrated Biogeochemical Studies

Category 3 (Atmospheric Measurement and Modeling)

GEOL 6325 Remote Sensing

GEOL 6326 Remote Sensing for Atmospheric Sciences

GEOL 6335 Atmospheric Numerical Modeling

GEOL 6329 Atmospheric Instrumentation & Measurements

GEOL 6328 Atmospheric Data Analysis & Statistics

GEOL 6397 Deep Learning Big Data Analytics


Students seeking M.S. degree in geophysics are required to take the following four core courses. Students seeking Ph.D. in geophysics will be tested on these core courses and three other topics (Reflection Seismology, Earth Structure, and General Geology) on the placement exam given at one week before each Fall and Spring semester. These core courses are usually offered once each year in Fall or Spring.

GEOL 7324 Rock Physics

GEOL 7330 Potential Field Methods

GEOL 7333 Seismic Wave and Ray Theory               

GEOL 7341 Geophysical Data Processing      


Courses listen in categories 1 through 4 will satisfy core requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology. Students seeking these degrees must satisfactorily complete a minimum of one course from three of the four categories below. These three courses must be included within the minimum of 30 approved degree hours for a Masters degree and the 60 approved degree hours for a Ph.D. Most of these courses are offered in Fall or Spring semesters in alternate years.

Category 1 (Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology/Geochemistry)

GEOL 6339: Igneous Petrology

GEOL 6340: Metamorphic Petrology

GEOL 6341: Geochemistry I

GEOL 6374: Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry

GEOL 6386: Igneous Petrogenesis and Plate Tectonics

Category 2 (Sedimentary Geology/Stratigraphy)

GEOL 6358: Terrigeneous Depositional Systems

GEOL 6363: Carbonate Sedimentology

GEOL 6366: Hydrogeology

GEOL 6376: Adv Tect and Sedimentation

GEOL 6380: Sequence Stratigraphy

Category 3 (Structure/Tectonics)

GEOL 6349: Geodynamics

GEOL 6350: Advanced Structural Geology

GEOL 6378: Basin Analysis for Petroleum Exploration

GEOL 6352: Microtectonics

GEOL 6382: Plate Tectonics

Category 4 (Applied/Analytical)

GEOL 6325: Remote Sensing

GEOL 6347: Sandstone Petrography

GEOL 6372: Intro to Petroleum Geochemistry

GEOL 6381: Petroleum Geology

GEOL 6388: Geospatial Analysis and Applications