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Tectonophysics Core Curriculum

Center faculty offer course work in structural petrology, experimental rock deformation, geomechanics, advanced structural geology, and a variety of additional topics through seminar courses.

  • GEOL 665. Structural Petrology. (2-3). Credit 4.|
    Mechanisms of rock deformation from single crystal to mountain range; techniques of mapping stresses and strains and for inferring physical conditions and mechanical behavior at time of deformation; laboratory assignments on descriptive techniques include petrographic microscope-universal stage methods, field procedures and data analysis.
    Prerequisites: GEOL 303, 312; approval of instructor.
  • GEOP 615. Experimental Rock Deformation. (2-3). Credit 4.
    Results of laboratory testing of mechanical properties of rocks at high pressure and temperature; interaction of theoretical, experimental, petrofabric and field studies of rock deformations as applied to problems in structural geology, seismology and engineering; philosophy of experimentation, apparatus design, data interpretation and extrapolation. 
    Prerequisite: GEOP 611 or GEOL 665 or approval of instructor.
  • GEOL 664. Mechanical Analysis in Geology. (3-0). Credit 3.
    Mechanical analysis of geological problems based on concepts of stress, strain, strength, elasticity, viscosity and plasticity; folding, faulting, dike formation, hydraulic fracturing, magma and glacial flow, and cooling of magmatic bodies.
    Prerequisite: MATH 253; approval of instructor.
  • GEOP 611. Geomechanics. (3-0). Credit 3.
    Development of continuum mechanics and its application to rock deformation; stress, strain, stress equilibrium, constitutive relations; governing equations for elastic solids and viscous fluids formulated and used to solve elementary boundary-value problems which have application to structural geology and solid-state geophysics. 
    Prerequisite: MATH 221 or equivalent.
  • GEOL 629. Tectonics. (3-0) . Credit 3.
    Study of the geology of North America by examining the accumulation and deformation of the rock units involved. Structural form and style are emphasized, but the entire geologic history is investigated. Emphasis is placed on the processes by which structures develop rather than memorization of facts.
    Prerequisite: approval of instructor, GEOP 657. Interior of the Earth. Credit 3.
  • GEOP 690. Theory of Geophysical Research. (2-0). Credit 2.
    Theory and design of research problems and experiments in various subfields of geophysics; communications of research proposals and results; evaluation of current research of faculty and students and of that in the scientific literature. May be repeated for credit.
  • GEOL or GEOP 689. Special topics in ... Credit 1 to 4.
    Selected topics in an identified area of geology. May be repeated for credit. 
    Approval of instructor required.
    Examples:
    GEOL 689. Special topics in Adavanced Structural Geology.Credit 3. 
    GEOL 689. Special topics in Brittle Faulting. Credit 3. 
    GEOL 689. Special topics in Active Tectonics in Engineering Evaluations. Credit 3.
  • GEOL or GEOP 681. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1.
    Reports and discussions of current research and selected from geologic literature.
    Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
    Examples:
    GEOL 681. Origin and Interpretation of Veins in Sedimentary Rocks. Credit 1.
    GEOL 681. Geometry of Normal Faults. Credit 1.
    GEOL 681. Taiwan: Geophysics, Active Tectonics and Sedimentation. Credit 1.
    GEOL 681. Geometry of Thrust Faults. Credit 1.
    GEOL 681. Tectonic Geomorphology. Credit 1.
  • GEOL or GEOP 685. Problems. Credit 1 or more each semester.
    A course to enable graduate students to undertake limited investigations outside their thesis or dissertation research and not covered in established curricula
    Prerequisites: Graduate classification; approval of advisor.
  • GEOL or GEOP 691. Research. Credit 1 or more each semester.
    Original research on problems in various phases of geology. Research for thesis or dissertation.
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