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.

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 program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Present and Future Climate
AS.270.641 (01)

Meets with AS.270.378.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Zaitchik, Benjamin
  • Room: Olin 204
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/14

Topics in Mineral Physics
AS.270.683 (01)

Mineral Physics is the study of mineralogical problems through the application of condensed matter physics and solid-state chemistry. In this course, students will learn about the foundational and developing research capabilities in Mineral Physics, with an emphasis this year on shock compression and experiments at High Energy Density. Topics will include experimental investigation of equation of states, phase transitions, changes in optical and transport properties and other strain-rate dependent phenomena. Topics in Mineral Physics is a special topics course that rotates in subject and may be taken multiple times for credit .

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:00PM - 3:00PM, W 4:30PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Wicks, June K
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15

Seminar in Planetary Science
AS.270.662 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Horst, Sarah
  • Room: Olin 145
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/20

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: Olin 305
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/50

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: W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Gomes, Maya L, Smith, Emmy
  • Room: Olin 346
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/12

Research
AS.270.807 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Gnanadesikan, Anand
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/45

Ocean General Circulation
AS.270.626 (01)

The aim of this course is to achieve conceptual understanding of the large scale low frequency ocean general circulation. The role of the ocean circulation in earth's climate is emphasized throughout.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
  • Instructor: Haine, Thomas
  • Room: Olin 145
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10

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: Mudd 100
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10

Seminar in regional field geology
AS.270.628 (01)

Weekend field trip to explore regional geology. Students are required to prepare short presentations on field trip topics in advance of weekend trip. Attendance at two organizational meetings (to be scheduled) is required. Open to E&PS graduate students and upper level E&PS undergraduate majors and minors. Trip date is 11/9/2019. Consult instructors for details.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Lewis, Kevin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/15

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room Info
AS.270.641 (01)Present and Future ClimateMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMZaitchik, BenjaminOlin 204
AS.270.683 (01)Topics in Mineral PhysicsW 1:00PM - 3:00PM, W 4:30PM - 5:30PMWicks, June K 
AS.270.662 (01)Seminar in Planetary ScienceF 4:00PM - 4:50PMHorst, SarahOlin 145
AS.270.605 (01)EPS ColloquiumTTh 12:00PM - 1:00PMStanley, SabineOlin 305
AS.270.668 (01)Geobiology SeminarW 3:00PM - 5:00PMGomes, Maya L, Smith, EmmyOlin 346
AS.270.807 (01)ResearchGnanadesikan, Anand 
AS.270.626 (01)Ocean General CirculationTTh 8:30AM - 10:00AMHaine, ThomasOlin 145
AS.360.671 (01)Planets, Life and the UniverseMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMDiruggiero, Jocelyne, Norman, ColinMudd 100
AS.270.628 (01)Seminar in regional field geologyLewis, Kevin 

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 program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

EPS Colloquium
AS.270.606 (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 - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Stanley, Sabine
  • Room: Olin 305
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 34/50

Seminar in Planetary Science
AS.270.662 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Horst, Sarah
  • Room: Olin 145
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/20

Special Topics in Dynamo Theory
AS.270.693 (01)

Current research literature in planetary magnetic fields and dynamo theory will be studied. Topics will vary year-to-year. Students will be responsible for leading discussions on relevant papers from the literature. Open to graduate students and senior undergraduate EPS majors with permission of instructor. Recommended preparation includes knowledge of fluid dynamics, electromagnetism and planetary science.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Stanley, Sabine
  • Room:  
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 8/8

Mathematical Methods in Earth and Planetary Sciences
AS.270.684 (01)

A range of standard mathematical methods used in earth and planetary science applications will be studied. A core set of topics will include back-of-the-envelope estimates, differential equations, linear algebra, special functions, and transforms. In addition, students will tailor the course to their needs by choosing from a range of extended topics to explore further. Potential topics include perturbation theory, tensors, probability theory and complex analysis. Open to graduate students and senior undergraduate EPS majors with permission of instructor. Recommended preparation includes knowledge of single and multivariable calculus and linear algebra.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Stanley, Sabine
  • Room: Olin 145
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15

Topics in Mineral Physics
AS.270.683 (01)

Mineral Physics is the study of mineralogical problems through the application of condensed matter physics and solid-state chemistry. In this course, students will learn about the foundational and developing research capabilities in Mineral Physics, with an emphasis this year on shock compression and experiments at High Energy Density. Topics will include experimental investigation of equation of states, phase transitions, changes in optical and transport properties and other strain-rate dependent phenomena. Topics in Mineral Physics is a special topics course that rotates in subject and may be taken multiple times for credit .

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Wicks, June K
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15

Research
AS.270.808 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Gnanadesikan, Anand
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 34/50

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room Info
AS.270.606 (01)EPS ColloquiumTTh 12:00PM - 12:50PMStanley, SabineOlin 305
AS.270.662 (01)Seminar in Planetary ScienceF 4:00PM - 4:50PMHorst, SarahOlin 145
AS.270.693 (01)Special Topics in Dynamo TheoryStanley, Sabine 
AS.270.684 (01)Mathematical Methods in Earth and Planetary SciencesTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMStanley, SabineOlin 145
AS.270.683 (01)Topics in Mineral PhysicsWicks, June K 
AS.270.808 (01)ResearchGnanadesikan, Anand