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

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Research
AS.270.807 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available:
  • 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

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

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

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

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

Seminar in Soil Ecology
AS.270.667 (01)

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

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.270.807 (01)ResearchGnanadesikan, Anand 
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.270.618 (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.270.605 (01)EPS ColloquiumTTh 12:00PM - 1:00PMStanley, SabineOlin 305
AS.270.603 (01)Geochemistry SeminarSverjensky, Dimitri 
AS.270.680 (01)Seminar in Regional Field GeologyM 4:00PM - 5:00PMSmith, Emmy, Viete, Daniel ROlin 346
AS.270.667 (01)Seminar in Soil EcologySzlavecz, Katalin 

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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
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 36/50
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar in Planetary Science
AS.270.662 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Field Seminar
AS.270.628 (01)

Weekend field trip to learn biogeochemical field methods in a local coastal setting. Students are required to prepare short presentations on field methods in advance of weekend trip. Attendance at organizational meetings is required. Open to E & PS graduate students and upper level E & PS undergraduate majors and minors. Two meetings to be scheduled prior to trip. Consult instructors for details

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Mineralogy Seminar
AS.270.669 (01)

Students in the course will learn about the development, evolution, measurement, and consequences of crystal texture, with emphasis placed on minerals under extreme conditions relevant to the deep earth and materials experiencing large deformations and plasticity. Topics covered will include a historical overview of relevant developments in mineral physics and plasticity, crystal and continuum anisotropy, and X-ray diffraction techniques for measuring deformation mechanisms and orientation relationships during phase transition.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research
AS.270.808 (01)

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

Seminar in Field Geology
AS.270.681 (01)

Field experience is an integral part of a geology student’s education. During this course, students will spend over a week outdoors, learning to make observations that can be used to interpret the geologic history and structure of natural environments. This course is a spring break field course that will focus on different topics each year. For Spring 2019, the focus of the trip will be on applying concepts and techniques covered in Dynamic Earth (AS.270.220/1), Sedimentary Geology (AS.270.350), and Earth History (AS.270.303). Students will also learn about the different tectonic events that have shaped the landscape that we see today in the western United States. The class is designed for upper level E&PS majors and first or second year E&PS graduate students. For logistical reasons, this class is capped at 10 students. Preference will be given to E&PS majors. Students will be camping during the field course and should be prepared to be hiking outside all day. In the case that obtaining personal field supplies (e.g., hiking boots, sleeping bags) is not possible through Homewood student affairs gear rentals and/or is a financial hardship, please contact the instructor. Any communication about this will be kept confidential. Mandatory class field trip: 9-day field trip to Esmeralda County, NV over spring break (3/16/18-3/24/18).

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/4
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) 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.270.628 (01)Field SeminarW 3:00PM - 5:00PMGomes, Maya LOlin 202
AS.270.669 (01)Advanced Mineralogy SeminarW 11:00AM - 12:00PMHurley, Ryan C, Wicks, June K 
AS.270.808 (01)ResearchGnanadesikan, Anand 
AS.270.603 (01)Geochemistry SeminarSverjensky, Dimitri 
AS.270.681 (01)Seminar in Field GeologyT 4:00PM - 5:00PMSmith, Emmy