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.

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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
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Instructor: Stanley, Sabine
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/50

Planets, Life and the Universe
AS.360.671 (01)

This multidisciplinary course explores the origins of life, planet formation, Earth's evolution, extrasolar planets, habitable zones, life in extreme environments, the search for life in the Universe, space missions, and planetary protection. Recommended Course Background: Three upper level courses in sciences and buy textbooks

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Diruggiero, Jocelyne, Norman, Colin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/5

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
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Gomes, Maya L, Smith, Emily
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10

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. Recommended pre-requisites: General Calculus and Physics I and/or Oceans and Atmospheres.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Waugh, Darryn
  • Room: Clark 110
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/10

Physics and Chemistry of Aerosols
AS.270.630 (01)

This course will cover fundamentals of aerosol physics and chemistry. Topics covered will include aerodynamics and diffusion of aerosol particles, condensation and evaporation, particle size distributions, optics of small particles, characterization of particle composition, and the diversity of aerosols found in planetary atmospheres. Recommended Course Background: Basic Physics and Chemistry. Calculus.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Horst, Sarah
  • Room:  
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 6/6

Seminar in Planetary Science
AS.270.662 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Horst, Sarah
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/20

Geochemical modeling of water-rock interactions in the deep Earth
AS.270.656 (01)

Thermodynamic basis for the modeling of irreversible chemical mass transfer involving minerals and aqueous species at elevated temperatures and pressures. Reading will start with classic papers by Helgeson and co-workers and proceed to applications in the literature involving hydrothermal ore deposits, subduction zones, and diamond formation in the upper mantle. The course focusses on developing specific projects of research interest to individual participants. Recommended Course Background: AS.030.101 and AS.030.102 or equivalent, AND AS.270.220 AND AS.270.221 or equivalent, AND AS.270.302 or equivalent.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Sverjensky, Dimitri
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5

Remote Sensing of the Environment
AS.270.618 (01)

Also offered as 270.318

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Lewis, Kevin, Zaitchik, Benjamin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/14

Seminar in Virtual Field Experiences: Accessibility, Exploration, and Development
AS.270.685 (01)

The Earth Sciences traditionally rely heavily on outdoor field education – the purposeful use of an outdoor environment to achieve educational objectives – in higher education. Observations made at the surface of the Earth are fundamental to understanding the processes that have shaped it, and outdoor field education is often considered an essential way to connect classroom theory with actual data and observations. However, despite the demonstrated benefits of outdoor field education, there are persistent, deep-rooted problems with it in higher education, two of which include accessibility issues and financial barriers. There is overwhelming and demonstrated need to make outdoor field education and research more accepting of all who want to participate. This course aims to explore some of these accessibility issues by: 1) reading and discussing peer-reviewed literature on this topic, 2) participating in and learning about already established virtual field trips and tools, and 3) developing our own virtual educational tools and experiences.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Smith, Emily
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15

Research
AS.270.807 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Gnanadesikan, Anand
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/45

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room Info
AS.270.605 (01)EPS ColloquiumTTh 12:00PM - 1:00PMStanley, Sabine 
AS.360.671 (01)Planets, Life and the UniverseMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMDiruggiero, Jocelyne, Norman, Colin 
AS.270.668 (01)Geobiology SeminarGomes, Maya L, Smith, Emily 
AS.270.679 (01)Atmospheric ScienceTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMWaugh, DarrynClark 110
AS.270.630 (01)Physics and Chemistry of AerosolsTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMHorst, Sarah 
AS.270.662 (01)Seminar in Planetary ScienceF 4:00PM - 4:50PMHorst, Sarah 
AS.270.656 (01)Geochemical modeling of water-rock interactions in the deep EarthSverjensky, Dimitri 
AS.270.618 (01)Remote Sensing of the EnvironmentMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMLewis, Kevin, Zaitchik, Benjamin 
AS.270.685 (01)Seminar in Virtual Field Experiences: Accessibility, Exploration, and DevelopmentSmith, Emily 
AS.270.807 (01)ResearchGnanadesikan, Anand