GEOL 210: GEOLOGICAL COMMUNICATION
GEOL 210 is an introduction to communicating as a scientist, particularly in geological settings. The couse focuses on 1) using precise language, 2) illuminating graphs and correct mathematical and chemical symbols to describe geological observations and concepts in writing, 3) using basic statistics to describe geological data and uncertainty, and 4) recognizing scientific ethical dilemmas and plagiarism.
GEOL 306: INTRODUCTION TO SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
GEOL 306 is an introduction to concepts in sedimentology and stratigraphy. The course emphasizes identification, classification, and quantitative interpretations of modern and ancient sedimentary systems and applied stratigraphic principles within the context of Earth's geologic and biologic history. A one-day field trip to a near location in a carbonate system is part of the course.
GEOL 311: PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGIC WRITING
GEOL 311 provides guidance and experience in communicating geosciences through writing. The learning outcome is to develop scientific writing skills emphasizing clear, concise, precise, accurate, direct, and original communication. Students learn to write abstracts, resumes, graduate school applications, and longer research papers relevant to their interests in geosciences, and to review each other's works.
GEOL 491: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN GEOLOGY
GEOL 491 is a course to introduce undergraduate students in Geology & Geophysics to research in any discipline. Students not only learn computational skills or experimental methods but also to formulate research questions, develop hypotheses, and design experiments or measurements to test these. A large emphasis is also on communicating their science in formal and informal settings. Often students get to present their research at internal meetings and possibly at national conferences.
GEOL 689: GEOFLUIDS
GEOL 689 provides the technical foundation and physical insight to explore quantitatively how fluids drive fundamental geologic processes in sedimentary basins. Students will characterize stresses and pressures in the subsurface, learn about different compression models and how hydrocarbons are trapped in the subsurface, and explore the origin of overpressure and the generation of submarine landslides and mud volcanoes.