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.

Geoarchaeology: Applications of Earth Science to Archaeology
AS.131.678 (01)

Geoarchaeology is a multidisciplinary subfield that applies the tools and techniques of earth science to understand ancient humans and their interactions with environments. This course examines basic topics and concepts, including archaeological site formation, paleo-environmental reconstruction, raw materials and resources, soil science, deposition and erosion of wind and water-borne sediments in different environments such as along rivers, lakes and coastlines, radiocarbon and other chronometric dating methods, and ground-based remote sensing, including ground penetrating radar.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Harrower, Michael James
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/9
  • 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
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Instructor: Haine, Thomas
  • Room: Olin 305
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 49/49
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Atmosphere and Oceanic Vortices
AS.270.614 (01)

Vortices are observed in the Earth's atmosphere and oceans and in the atmospheres of other planets. Examples are polar vortices in Earth, Mars and Titan's atmospheres, Spots on Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune, Gulf Stream rings, and eddies throughout the oceans. These vortices are often the most dominant feature of the regional circulation, and understanding their structure and evolution dynamics is necessary to understand the dynamics and transport of atmospheres and oceans. In this course we focus on the structure and dynamics of long-lived vortices, i.e., vortices that exist for longer than typical wave periods. The first section of the course will consist of lectures examining the fundamental dynamics of vortices in rapidly rotating, stratified fluids, while the second section will be seminars discussing more detailed aspects of specific vortices occurring in nature. It is suggested that you have taken 270.425 Earth and Planetary Fluids or another similar introductory fluids class.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Waugh, Darryn
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Inversion Modeling & Data Assimilation
AS.270.615 (01)

This graduate class will introduce modern inverse modeling and data assimilation techniques. These powerful methods are used in atmospheric science, oceanography, and geophysics and are growing more widespread. Topics will include: singular value decomposition, Green’s function inversions, Kalman filtering, and variational data assimilation. The class will include lectures on concepts and theory, and practical experience in the computer laboratory. Permission of Instructor Required

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Haine, Thomas
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 20/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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: Waugh, Darryn, Zaitchik, Benjamin
  • Room: Olin 247
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/14
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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: 20/20
  • 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
  • Days/Times: W 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Gomes, Maya L
  • Room: Olin 145
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research
AS.270.807 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Gnanadesikan, Anand
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 45/45
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.131.678 (01)Geoarchaeology: Applications of Earth Science to ArchaeologyTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMHarrower, Michael James 
AS.270.605 (01)EPS ColloquiumTTh 12:00PM - 1:00PMHaine, ThomasOlin 305
AS.270.614 (01)Atmosphere and Oceanic VorticesWaugh, Darryn 
AS.270.615 (01)Inversion Modeling & Data AssimilationHaine, Thomas 
AS.270.641 (01)Present and Future ClimateMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMWaugh, Darryn, Zaitchik, BenjaminOlin 247
AS.270.662 (01)Seminar in Planetary ScienceF 4:00PM - 4:50PMHorst, SarahOlin 145
AS.270.668 (01)Geobiology SeminarW 4:00PM - 4:50PMGomes, Maya LOlin 145
AS.270.807 (01)ResearchGnanadesikan, Anand