B.S. Subprogram in Geophysics

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Preparation for the major:

  • Chem 1210, General Chemistry 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1151, Calculus 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1152, Calculus 2, 5 credit hours
  • Biology 1113, Energy Transfer and Development, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1250, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, 5 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1121, The Dynamic Earth, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1122, Earth through Time, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 2245, Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1251, E&M, Optics, Modern Physicss, 5 credit hours

with a minimum of 2 additional courses (6-10 credit hours) in sciences and mathematics, chosen from:

  • Chem 1220 and above
  • Math 2153 and above
  • Physics 2300 and above
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate & Global Warming
  • Geog 5200, Cartography and Map Design

Other options require approval by an SES advisor.
Note: Where available, an Honors offering can be substituted for the equivalent non-Honors course listed in the Preparation for the Major.

Core requirements:

a) Complete the following courses (7 credit hours):

  • Earth Sciences 4421, Earth Materials, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chem 1210
  • Earth Sciences 4423, Introduction to Petrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 4421
  • Earth Sciences 4999.01(H), Undergraduate Research for Thesis in Earth Sciences,  1 graded credit hour, prereq:  Rank 4 in Earth Sciences & permission of instructor

b) Complete 2 of the following solid Earth geophysics and geomathematics courses (6 credit hours):

  • Earth Sciences 5641, Geostatistics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Stat 5301 and Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5642, Geomathematical Analysis, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5646, Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152, Physics 1250 & EARTHSC 4530, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5680, Deep Earth Geophysics ,3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 and Physics 1251
  • GEOSCIM 5781, Geodesy & Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, or Physics 1251, or permission of instructor

c) Complete 2 of the following applied geophysics courses (6 or 7 credit hours):

  • Earth Sciences 5310, Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250; Math 1151 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4560, Applied Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121, Math 1151 & Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5687, Energy Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5751, Quantitative Reservoir Modeling, 4 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 2245 & Math 1152, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5780, Reflection Seismology, 4 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5781, Gravity Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5782, Magnetic Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor

d) Complete at least 11 semester hours from the following courses that were not selected in parts b. or c.:

  • Earth Sciences 5310, Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250; Math 1151 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4450, Water, Ice, and Energy in the Earth System, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121, and Chem 1210 or Physics 1250, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 4501, Paleontology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1122 and 3 credit hours in biological sciences.
  • Earth Sciences 4502, Stratigraphy and Sedimentation. 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Earth Sciences 1122
  • Earth Sciences 4530, Structural Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4560, Applied Geophysics, 3 Earth Sciences 1121, Math 1151 & Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 4998(H), (Maximum of 3 credit hours of 4998(H) + 4999.02(H) + 5191 allowed) Research 1-3 Permission of instructor (Honors Program for 4998H)
  • Earth Sciences 4999.02(H), (Maximum of 3 credit hours of 4998(H) + 4999.02(H) + 5191 allowed) Research for Thesis 1-3 Permission of instructor (Honors Program for 4999.02(H)
  • Earth Sciences 5189.01, Field Geology I, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 4423; Earth Sciences 4530; and permission of instructor (learn more)
  • Earth Sciences 5189.02, Field Geology II, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 5189.01
  • Earth Sciences 5191, (Maximum of 3 credit hours of 4998(H) + 4999.02(H) + 5191 allowed) Internship 1-3 Permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5206, Advanced Oceanography, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 1100 or Earth Sciences 1105 or Earth Sciences 1121 or graduate student standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5550, Geomorphology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 1121; Earth Science 1122; or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5621 Introduction to Geochemistry, 3  credit hours, prereq: 4 in Earth Science or related fields; Chemistry 1220 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5629 Principles of Petrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: 4 or Grad standing in Earth Science or related fields, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5641, Geostatistics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Statistics 5301 and Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5642, Geomathematical Analysis, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5646, Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 and Physics 1250 & Earth Science 4530, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5650, Glaciology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 4450 or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5651, Hydrogeology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 1121; Math 1152 or above
  • Earth Sciences 5655, Land Surface Hydrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, Chemistry 1210 or above, and Physics 1250 or above
  • Earth Sciences 5661, Petroleum Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 4423 & 4502 or written permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5680, Deep Earth Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 and Physics 1251
  • Earth Sciences 5687, Energy Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5751, Quantitative Reservoir Modeling, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 2245 & Math 1152, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5780, Reflection Seismology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5781, Gravity Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5782, Magnetic Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • GEOSCIM 5781, Geodesy & Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, or Physics 1251, or permission of instructor