GEOP - Geophysics (GEOP)

GEOP 291 Research

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in geophysics. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

GEOP 341 Global Geophysics

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Introduction to the structure, composition and evolution of the Earth as inferred by geophysical methods; seismology, gravity and geodesy, magnetics, heat flow and concepts of plate tectonics.
Prerequisites: GEOL 101 or GEOL 104; MATH 131 or MATH 151; or approval of instructor.

GEOP 413 Near-surface Geophysics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Fundamentals of traditional and emergent surface and borehole geophysical methods, as they are applied to shallow (less than 100 meters) subsurface investigations; emphasis on electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic methods; seismic reflection and crosswell tomography.
Prerequisites: GEOL 101 or GEOL 104; MATH 251; or approval of instructor.

GEOP 421 Petroleum Seismology I

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Physical principles behind seismic acquisition; acoustic/elastic, homogeneous/heterogeneous, onshore/offshore/transition zones; description of seismic data, pre- and post-critical reflections, multiples, ground roll; signal processing for seismic data analysis; Fourier transforms, wavelet transform, correlation and smoothness; least squares optimization; forward and inverse problems fitting a Fourier series, deconvolution.
Prerequisites: MATH 151 and MATH 152 or approval of instructor.

GEOP 435 Methods of Geophysical Exploration

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Introduction to theory of gravity, magnetic, electrical and seismic exploration methods; physical properties of earth materials and their influence on geophysical measurements; limitations of geophysical data in the interpretation of subsurface structure.
Prerequisites: GEOL 309; MATH 251.*

GEOP 470 Computational Geophysics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Techniques used in the study of geophysical processes, including heat and chemical transport in the Earth, rock deformation and viscous fluid flow; development of conservation laws, relevant boundary conditions and analytical solutions; introduction to numerical solutions.
Prerequisites: GEOL 101 or GEOL 104; MATH 308; or approval of instructor.

GEOP 475 Interpretation of Gravity and Magnetic Fields

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Applications of potential theory in the interpretation of gravity and magnetic fields; analysis of geophysical anomalies produced by geologic structures and by variation in the physical properties of rocks; use of regional gradients, residual anomalies, higher derivatives and surfaces, line integrals and two and three dimensional models.
Prerequisites: GEOL 312; MATH 311 or approval of instructor.

GEOP 484 Internship

Credits 0. 0 Other Hours.

Directed internship in a private firm, government agency or non-governmental organization to provide work experience related to the student’s degree program and career objectives. May be taken two times.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of internship agency and approval of instructor.

GEOP 485 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 12. 1 to 12 Other Hours.

Advanced problems in geophysics.

GEOP 491 Research

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in geophysics. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.