Graduate Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found on the SIS website.

Please consult the online course catalog for full course information.

Additional Courses of Interest

  • 270.326 – Cosmoschemistry

    Students in this course will gain an understanding of the origin of various forms of matter in our Solar System and beyond, along with its evolution through geologic processes. Beginning with the concepts of nucleosynthesis and stellar evolution, this course will then cover the condensation of matter, meteoritics, and petrogenetic evolution of differentiated, rocky bodies (i.e. asteroids, the Moon, Mars). Evolution of matter in extra-Solar planetary systems (i.e. exoplanets) will also be broached. In lab we will examine thin sections of meteorites, lunar material, and terrestrial analogs – a field trip to the Smithsonian Meteorite Collection is planned. Graduate and advanced undergraduate-level students are encouraged, as are interdisciplinary students with an interest in planetary science.

    Credits: 4.00
    Instructor: Beck, Andrew, Wicks, June K
    Term: Fall 2018
    Meetings: MW 3:00PM – 4:15PM, F 1:30PM – 4:00PM

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another pogram, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Remote Sensing of the Environment
AS.270.618 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Geobiology Seminar
AS.270.668 (01)

Geobiology is the study of interactions between life and rocks. In this class we will explore how organisms impact sedimentary records both directly, by leaving behind biosignatures, or indirectly, by affecting their surroundings in a way that promotes formation of certain types of minerals. This will serve as a guide for interpreting geological records during the early evolution of life on Earth, the rise of animals, and major mass extinctions.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Geochemistry Seminar
AS.270.603 (01)

A variety of topics of current interest involving mineral-fluid interactions will be reviewed.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research
AS.270.807 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar in Soil Ecology
AS.270.667 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Atmospheric Science
AS.270.679 (01)

A survey of core topics in atmospheric science, including dynamics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, and chemistry. The course addresses both basic principles and applications to weather and climate.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar in Planetary Science
AS.270.662 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar in Regional Field Geology
AS.270.680 (01)

Introduction to the regional geology and geological history of the Appalachian system (from Alabama to Newfoundland). Key papers on regional bedrock geology and Mesoproterozoic through Phanerozoic tectonics are reviewed in weekly seminar classes. Two three-day field trips are made on weekends negotiated at the beginning of the semester. Fieldwork will be designed with student input to test ideas and models from the literature. Techniques in sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous and structural field geology are introduced and developed in the field. Recommended course background: AS.270.220 and AS.270.221, or instructor permission.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

EPS Colloquium
AS.270.605 (01)

A weekly seminar series in which graduate students present their latest research results and attend Departmental seminars. This course is required for all graduate students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/50
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.270.618 (01)Remote Sensing of the EnvironmentMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMLewis, Kevin, Zaitchik, BenjaminKrieger 108
AS.270.668 (01)Geobiology SeminarWF 4:00PM - 5:00PMGomes, Maya L, Smith, EmmyOlin 346
AS.270.603 (01)Geochemistry SeminarSverjensky, Dimitri 
AS.270.807 (01)ResearchGnanadesikan, Anand 
AS.270.667 (01)Seminar in Soil EcologySzlavecz, Katalin 
AS.270.679 (01)Atmospheric ScienceTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMWaugh, Darryn, Zaitchik, BenjaminOlin 304
AS.270.662 (01)Seminar in Planetary ScienceF 4:00PM - 4:50PMIzenberg, NoamOlin 145
AS.270.680 (01)Seminar in Regional Field GeologyM 4:00PM - 5:00PMSmith, Emmy, Viete, Daniel ROlin 346
AS.270.605 (01)EPS ColloquiumTTh 12:00PM - 1:00PMStanley, SabineOlin 305