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 313 Geophysical Field Methods

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Planning, safe execution and analysis of applied geophysical surveying including magnetics, gravity, resistivity, induced polarization, seismic reflection, seismic refraction, ground-penetrating radar, frequency-domain and time-domain electromagnetic induction; experimental design, precise navigation, quality assurance and control, data management, elementary processing, error analysis and estimation, visualization and interpretation procedures.
Prerequisites: GEOP 341, PHYS 208, PHYS 218, MATH 308 and GEOL 250.

GEOP 341 Fundamentals of Geophysics

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

The structure, composition and evolution of the earth; the concepts and application of various geophysical methods to infer earth structure, including seismology, gravity and geodesy, magnetics; generation of internal heat and heat loss; quantification of the driving forces of plate tectonics and isostatic topography.
Prerequisites: PHYS 208, PHYS 218, MATH 308, GEOL 210 and GEOL 150 or equivalent.

GEOP 361 Geophysical Signal Processing

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Fundamental concepts in digital signal processing for geophysicists; practical applications of sampling theory, Fourier analysis, filter design, spectral decomposition, instrument deconvolution, and methods of finding hidden signals within geophysical data; Matlab-based laboratory exercises involve analysis of various types of real geophysical/geological data.
Prerequisites: GEOP 341, PHYS 221 and MATH 311 or equivalent.

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: GEOP 313 and GEOP 361, or approval of instructor.

GEOP 421 Seismology

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Mathematical theory of elasticity and seismic wave propagation; properties of body and surface waves and applications to inference of earth structure; introduction to source theory; use of seismic data to determine major earth structures; characteristics of seismic noise fields; influence seismic anisotropy.
Prerequisites: GEOP 361, MATH 311 and PHYS 221, 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 489 Special Topics In...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.

Selected topics in geophysics. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

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.