GEL Graduate Courses
Geology Graduate Courses by Academic Year (pdfs)
2020-2021 | 2019-2020 | 2018-2019 | 2017-2018 | 2016-2017
NOTE: Courses are subject to change. Last updated September 2020
- GEL 232: Oceans and Climate Change | Gold, Vriesman, Fish and Livsey
This course is focused on the theme of biogenic calcite. Each week will cover a different sub-topic central to this theme: calcification, geochemistry, sclerochronology, morphology, microstructure, the evolution of biomineralization, and culturing. The course features a mix of student-led discussions, student-led activities, and talks from guest speakers who have expertise in each sub-topic. Students will be able to apply techniques and skills gained from this course to their own research disciplines and projects.
- GEL 298: Foundational Topics in Paleobiology | Gold | CRN 35433
This course covers basic principles of paleontology, evolution, ecology, and microbiology in order to provide graduate students with a common background. Students will learn how to recognize various modes of bias in the fossil record and develop testable hypotheses that account for these biases. An emphasis will be placed on computational tools, databases, and methodologies.
Note: This course is one of several regular 'core classes' being developed to strengthenour graduate curriculum.
- GEL 298: Coastal Ecogeomorphology | Pinter | Application required for enrollment
Coastal Ecogeo is an interdisciplinary graduate seminar that will integrate the geology, ecology, and marine biology of Baja California Sur and the Sea of Cortez. The Sea of Cortez/Gulf of California is marginal sea that opened when the Baja California Peninsula was rifted off the western Mexican mainland at about 6 Ma. The Baja California margin of the Gulf of California makes an ideal natural laboratory for studying continental rifting and associated volcanic activity. The Gulf of California is also one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, thanks to upwelling of deep water from the Pacific into warm waters of the Gulf. This includes abundant fish, shrimp, sharks, sea lion and sea elephants, sea turtles, rays, and a wide variety of types of whales, as well as intertidal to shallow subtidal benthic marine invertebrates. The course will be followed by an optional, private kayaking trip along the eastern coast of Baja California in the vicinity of Loreto, Baja California Sur. Trip participants will be expected to help organize logistics for the field trip, including food, gear, transportation and field itineraries.
- GEL 214: Active Tectonics | Oskin
Active Tectonics. This course examines tectonic processes through the lens of active orogens and surface processes. The course builds on foundational concepts in structural geology and geophysics, and introduces quantitative geomorphology as a means to characterize and measure tectonic deformation. The course is lecture and probemset based, culminating in a field trip and mapping exercises.
- GEL 240: Foundations of Geophysics | Rudolph and Stewart
This course presents foundational concepts in geophysics at a level accessible to all graduate students in the EPS department. Topics to be covered include the geophysical constraints on the large-scale structure and dynamics of Earth and planetary interiors such as seismology, gravity, heat flow, magnetic field, and geodesy. We will explore the physics of the processes that shape planetary surfaces and interiors including impact events, differentiation, mantle convection, and tectonics. The course will include a computer laboratory with hands-on programming activities in Python that reinforce the concepts covered in lecture.
Format: Lectures, weekly problem sets/labs, midterm, final
Note: This course is one of several regular 'core classes' being developed to strengthen our graduate curriculum.
- GEL 260: Paleontology | Vermeij
This course will explore a broad topic of interest (still to be decided). We will read and discuss relevant papers and there will be a short final presentation and paper.
- GEL 281N: Instrumental Techniques | Yin
This course is designed to familiarize students with analytical facilities available in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and in other campus and regional facilities. Each week there will be a lecture providing background on one or more instruments, followed by hands-on demonstrations and instruction in the lab. Students are expected to attend all lectures and labs, and all participants must register for the course. In addition to the scheduled lectures and labs, each student will be required to participate in one of group research projects using a particular instrument suite. Project results will be presented to the class and instructors by each group at the end of the quarter.