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Geology | GEL Upper Division Electives
Marine and Coastal Science | MCS Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate GEL Courses

Academic Year 2021-2022

NOTE:  Courses are subject to change.

  • Fall 2021 | Undergraduate
  • last updated 7/20/2021

    GEL 001—The Earth (4)
    Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the study of the Earth. Earth's physical and chemical structure; internal and surface processes that mold the Earth; geological hazards and resources. Not open for credit to students who have taken GEL 050; only 2 credits for students who have taken GEL 002. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.

    Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to biological evolution. Emphasis on historical development, major lines of evidence and causes of evolution; relationships between evolution and Earth history; the impact of evolutionary thought on other disciplines. GE credit: SE, SL, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
     

    GEL 010—Modern and Ancient Global Environmental Change (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Fundamental scientific concepts underlying issues such as global warming, pollution, and the future of nonsustainable resources presented in the context of anthropogenic processes as well as natural forcing of paleoenvironmental change throughout Earth's history. GE credit: SE, SL, VL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 012—Evolution and Paleobiology of Dinosaurs (2)
    Lecture—2 hour(s). Introduction to evolutionary biology, paleobiology, ecology and paleoecology, using dinosaurs as case studies. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 016—The Oceans (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Introductory survey of the marine environment. Oceanic physical phenomena, chemical constituents and chemistry of water, geological history, the seas biota and human utilization of marine resources Not open for credit to students who have taken GEL 116. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 017—Earthquakes and Other Earth Hazards (2)
    Lecture—2 hour(s). Impact of earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, landslides, and floods on humans, structures, and the environment. Discussion of the causes and effects of disasters and catastrophes, and on prediction, preparation, and mitigation of natural hazards. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 025—Geology of National Parks (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Appreciation of the geologic framework underlying the inherent beauty of U.S. National Parks. Relationship of individual parks to geologic processes such as mountain building, volcanism, stream erosion, glacial action and landscape evolution. GE credit: SE, SL, VL. Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 050—Physical Geology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): High school physics and chemistry. The Earth, its materials, its internal and external processes, its development through time by sea-floor spreading and global plate tectonics. Students with credit for GEL 001 or the equivalent may receive only 2 units for GEL 050. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 050L—Physical Geology Laboratory (2)
    Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 050 (can be concurrent). Introduction to classification and recognition of minerals and rocks and to interpretation of topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs. Students with credit for GEL 001L or the equivalent may receive only 1 unit for GEL 050L. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 055—Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (GEL 001 or GEL 002 or GEL 050); (CHE 002A or CHE 002AH); (CHE 002B or CHE 002BH). Introduction to key geochemical principles in Earth & Planetary Sciences; chemical bonding, geochemical affinity of elements, redox & acid base equilibria in geological systems, radioactive decay, isotopic fractionation and paleoclimate records. GE credit: QL, SE, VL. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 056—Introduction to Geophysics (4)
    Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (GEL 001 or GEL 050); (PHY 007B or PHY 009B). Introduction to geophysical topics essential to all aspects of Earth and planetary sciences: theory of plate tectonics, gravitational field of planets, diffusion, rheology, seismology, and earthquakes. GE credit: QL, SE, VL. Effective: 2019 Spring Quarter.

    GEL 060—Earth Materials: Introduction (4)
    Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CHE 002A; (MAT 016A or MAT 017A or MAT 021A); (GEL 001 or GEL 050, GEL 050L). Physical and chemical properties of rocks, minerals and other earth materials; structure and composition of rock-forming minerals; formation of minerals by precipitation from silicate liquids and aqueous fluids and by solid state transformations. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 081—Learning in Science and Mathematics (2)
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork—2 hour(s). Limited to 26 students per section. Exploration of how students learn and develop understanding in science and mathematics classrooms. Introduction to case studies and interview techniques and their use in K-6 classrooms to illuminate factors that affect student learning. (Same course as EDU 081.) (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 107—Earth History: Paleobiology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 003 or BIS 002A or BIS 010. Evolution and ecological structure of the biosphere from the origin of life to the present. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 107L—Earth History: Paleobiology Laboratory (2)
    Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (GEL 003, GEL 003L) or BIS 002B; GEL 107 (can be concurrent). Exercises in determining the ecological functions and evolution of individuals, populations, and communities of fossil organisms in field and laboratory. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 109—Earth History: Sediments & Strata (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (GEL 001 or GEL 050); GEL 050L. Sediment formation, transport, and deposition. Interpretations of sedimentary processes across landscapes and through time in the context of environmental and geological problems. Reconstruction of ancient environmental change from sedimentary rocks. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 109L—Earth History: Sediments & Strata Laboratory (2)
    Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 109 (can be concurrent). Methods of stratigraphic and sedimentologic analysis of modern and ancient sediments. Identification of major sediment and sedimentary rock types. Outcrop and subsurface analysis of sedimentary basins. GE credit with concurrent enrollment in GEL 109. Includes four one-day field trips. GE credit: SE, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    Lecture—3 hour(s). Risk, prediction, prevention and response for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, storms, fires, impacts, global warming. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
     
    GEL 140Introduction to Process Geomorphology (4)
    Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (GEL 001 or GEL 050); (MAT 016B or MAT 017B or MAT 021B). Quantitative description and interpretation of landscapes with emphasis on the relationships between physical processes, mass conservation, and landform evolution. Topics covered include physical & chemical weathering, hillslopes, debris flows, fluvial systems, alluvial fans, pedogenesis, eolian transport, glaciation and Quaternary geochronology. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.
     

    GEL 181—Teaching in Science and Mathematics (2)
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Major in mathematics, science, or engineering; or completion of a one-year sequence of science or calculus. Class size limited to 40 students per section. Exploration of effective teaching practices based on examination of how middle school students learn math and science. Selected readings, discussion and field experience in middle school classrooms. (Same course as EDU 181.) (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 183—Teaching High School Mathematics and Science (3)
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): Major in mathematics, science, or engineering; or completion of a one-year sequence of science or calculus and consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 students per section. Exploration and creation of effective teaching practices based on examination of how high school students learn mathematics and science. Field experience in high school classrooms. (Same course as EDU 183.) GE credit: OL, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 186—Facilitating Learning in STEM Classrooms (1)
    Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). STEM Learning Assistant Seminar. Theoretical and practical issues of effective teaching in discussion/labs: student-centered, active, cooperative learning environments, responsive teaching, and differentiated classroom instruction. GE credit: SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 190—Seminar in Geology (1)
    Discussion—1 hour(s); Seminar—1 hour(s). Presentation and discussion of current topics in geology by visiting lecturers, staff, and students. Written abstracts. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

  • Winter 2022 | Undergraduate

  • last updated 12/3/2021

    GEL 001—The Earth (4)
    Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the study of the Earth. Earth's physical and chemical structure; internal and surface processes that mold the Earth; geological hazards and resources. Not open for credit to students who have taken GEL 050; only 2 credits for students who have taken GEL 002. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 003History of Life (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 001 recommended. The history of life during the three and onehalf billion years from its origin to the present day. Origin of life and processes of evolution; how to visualize and understand living organisms from their fossil remains. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 012—Evolution and Paleobiology of Dinosaurs (2)
    Lecture—2 hour(s). Introduction to evolutionary biology, paleobiology, ecology and paleoecology, using dinosaurs as case studies. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 017—Earthquakes and Other Earth Hazards (2)
    Lecture—2 hour(s). Impact of earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, landslides, and floods on humans, structures, and the environment. Discussion of the causes and effects of disasters and catastrophes, and on prediction, preparation, and mitigation of natural hazards. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 028—Astrobiology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Origin, evolution and distribution of life in our solar system and the Universe. Detecting habitable worlds, Drake equations, necessities and raw materials for life, philosophical implications of the search for life elsewhere. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 030Fractals, Chaos & Complexity (3)
    Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 016A or MAT 017A or MAT 021A. Modern ideas about the unifying ideas of fractal geometry, chaos and complexity. Basic theory and applications with examples from physics, earth sciences, mathematics, population dynamics, ecology, history, economics, biology, computer science, art and architecture. Offered in alternate years. (Same course as PHY 030.) GE credit: QL, SE. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 036—The Solar System (4)
    Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Nature of the sun, moon, and planets as determined by recent manned and unmanned exploration of the solar system. Comparison of terrestrial, lunar, and planetary geological processes. Search for life on other planets. Origin and evolution of the solar system. (Former course GEL 113 & GEL 113G.) GE credit: SE, VL, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 050—Physical Geology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): High school physics and chemistry. The Earth, its materials, its internal and external processes, its development through time by sea-floor spreading and global plate tectonics. Students with credit for GEL 001 or the equivalent may receive only 2 units for GEL 050. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 050L—Physical Geology Laboratory (2)
    Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 050 (can be concurrent). Introduction to classification and recognition of minerals and rocks and to interpretation of topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs. Students with credit for GEL 001L or the equivalent may receive only 1 unit for GEL 050L. GE credit: SE.Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 053—Introduction to Geobiology (3)
    Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 001 or GEL 002 or GEL 050. Introduction to interactions between Earth and life with an emphasis on how metabolism, cellular processes, evolution and ecology emerged within natural environments and have changed Earth’s surface. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 081—Learning in Science & Mathematics (2)
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork—2 hour(s). Limited to 26 students per section. Exploration of how students learn and develop understanding in science and mathematics classrooms. Introduction to case studies and interview techniques and their use in K-6 classrooms to illuminate factors that affect student learning. (Same course as EDU 081.) (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 101—Structural Geology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 050; GEL 050L; (PHY 007A or PHY 009A); (MAT 016A or MAT 017A or MAT 021A); Consent of Instructor. Limited to 35 students. Study of processes and products of rock deformation. Introduction to structural geology through a survey of the features and geometries of faults and folds, techniques of strain analysis, and continuum mechanics of rock deformation. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 101L—Structural Geology Lab (2) | IN-PERSON FIELD TRIPS
    Laboratory—6 hour(s); Fieldwork—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 050; GEL 050L; (PHY 007A or PHY 009A); GEL 101 (can be concurrent); Consent of Instructor. Limited to 15 students per session. Laboratory study of the processes and products of rock deformation. Introduction to the practice of structural geology through observations and analysis of rock deformation, including field measurement techniques and geologic mapping. GE credit: SE, VL. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 105Earth Materials: Igneous Rocks (4)
    Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 060; (MAT 016A or MAT 017A or MAT 021A); CHE 002B (can be concurrent). Origin and occurrence of igneous rocks. Laboratory exercises emphasize the study of these rocks in hand specimen and thin section. GE credit: SE, WE. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 107—Earth History: Paleobiology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 003 or BIS 002A or BIS 010. Evolution and ecological structure of the biosphere from the origin of life to the present. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 107L—Earth History: Paleobiology Laboratory (2)
    Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (GEL 003, GEL 003L) or BIS 002B; GEL 107 (can be concurrent). Exercises in determining the ecological functions and evolution of individuals, populations, and communities of fossil organisms in field and laboratory. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 133Environmental Geochemistry (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CHE 002A; CHE 002B. Introduction to Earth surface processes with a focus on topics of current environmental interest such as nuclear power and waste disposal, acid mine drainage, carbon sequestration, history of polar ice sheets and sea level change. Effective: 2020 Spring Quarter.

    GEL 141—Evolutionary History of Vertebrates (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 003 or BIS 002A. Evolutionary history of vertebrates; fossil record and phylogeny; timing of major evolutionary events; appearance of major vertebrate groups; physical constraints in vertebrate evolution; paleobiogeography of vertebrates; effect of continental movement on vertebrate evolution; dinosaurs and other strange vertebrates. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 150BGeological Oceanography (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 050 or (GEL 116N or ESP 116N). Introduction to the origin and geologic evolution of ocean basins. Composition and structure of oceanic crust; marine volcanism; and deposition of marine sediments. Interpretation of geologic history of the ocean floor in terms of sea-floor spreading theory. (Same course as ESP 150B.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 160—Geological Data Analysis (3)
    Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (MAT 016A (can be concurrent) or MAT 017A (can be concurrent) or MAT 021A (can be concurrent)); GEL 056; or prior introductory level programming in Python, Matlab, or R. Introduction to quantitative methods in analyzing geological data including basic principles of statistics and probability, error analysis, hypothesis testing, inverse theory, time series analysis and directional data analyses. GE credit: QL, SE. Effective: 2021 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 181—Teaching in Science and Mathematics (2)
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Major in mathematics, science, or engineering; or completion of a one-year sequence of science or calculus. Class size limited to 40 students per section. Exploration of effective teaching practices based on examination of how middle school students learn math and science. Selected readings, discussion and field experience in middle school classrooms. (Same course as EDU 181.) (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 183—Teaching High School Mathematics and Science (3)
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): Major in mathematics, science, or engineering; or completion of a one-year sequence of science or calculus and consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 students per section. Exploration and creation of effective teaching practices based on examination of how high school students learn mathematics and science. Field experience in high school classrooms. (Same course as EDU 183.) GE credit: OL, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 186—Facilitating Learning in STEM Classrooms (1)
    Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). STEM Learning Assistant Seminar. Theoretical and practical issues of effective teaching in discussion/labs: student-centered, active, cooperative learning environments, responsive teaching, and differentiated classroom instruction. GE credit: SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 190—Seminar in Geology (1)
    Discussion—1 hour(s); Seminar—1 hour(s). Presentation and discussion of current topics in geology by visiting lecturers, staff, and students. Written abstracts. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

  • Spring 2022 | Undergraduate

  • last updated 12/3/2021

    GEL 001—The Earth (4)
    Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the study of the Earth. Earth's physical and chemical structure; internal and surface processes that mold the Earth; geological hazards and resources. Not open for credit to students who have taken GEL 050; only 2 credits for students who have taken GEL 002. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 009—Geology Field Experience (1)
    Fieldwork—1 session(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. At least one previous GEL class, or concurrent enrollment. Pass One open to non-Geology Majors only. Exposure to geologic features and earth processes in the field. Experiential instruction in earth-science concepts, spatial visualization, landscape evolution, deep time, critical thinking skills, and integrative scientific themes. One 4-5 day field trip. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when field trip destination differs. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 012—Evolution and Paleobiology of Dinosaurs (2)
    Lecture—2 hour(s). Introduction to evolutionary biology, paleobiology, ecology and paleoecology, using dinosaurs as case studies. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 016—The Oceans (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Introductory survey of the marine environment. Oceanic physical phenomena, chemical constituents and chemistry of water, geological history, the seas biota and human utilization of marine resources Not open for credit to students who have taken GEL 116. GE credit: SE, SL.Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 017—Earthquakes and Other Earth Hazards (2)
    Lecture—2 hour(s). Impact of earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, landslides, and floods on humans, structures, and the environment. Discussion of the causes and effects of disasters and catastrophes, and on prediction, preparation, and mitigation of natural hazards. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 020—Geology of California (2)
    Lecture—2 hour(s). The geologic history of California, the origin of rocks and the environments in which they were formed, the structure of the rocks and the interpretation of their structural history, mineral resources, and appreciation of the California landscape. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SE, SL, VL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 035—Rivers (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Introduction to geomorphology, climate and geology of rivers and watersheds, with case examples from California. Assessment of impacts of logging, agriculture, mining, urbanization and water supply on river processes. Optional river field trips. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 050—Physical Geology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): High school physics and chemistry. The Earth, its materials, its internal and external processes, its development through time by sea-floor spreading and global plate tectonics. Students with credit for GEL 001 or the equivalent may receive only 2 units for GEL 050. GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 050L—Physical Geology Laboratory (2)
    Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 050 (can be concurrent). Introduction to classification and recognition of minerals and rocks and to interpretation of topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs. Students with credit for GEL 001L or the equivalent may receive only 1 unit for GEL 050L. GE credit: SE.Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 081—Learning in Science and Mathematics (2)
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork—2 hour(s). Limited to 26 students per section. Exploration of how students learn and develop understanding in science and mathematics classrooms. Introduction to case studies and interview techniques and their use in K-6 classrooms to illuminate factors that affect student learning. (Same course as EDU 081.) (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 103—Field Geology (3)
    Fieldwork; Laboratory. Prerequisite(s): GEL 101L; GEL 101; Consent of Instructor. Field mapping projects and writing geological reports. Weekly classroom meetings devoted to preparation of maps, cross sections, stratigraphic sections, rock descriptions, and reports. Seven-eight days on weekends during quarter. GE credit: SE, VL, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 107—Earth History: Paleobiology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): GEL 003 or GEL 053 or BIS 002A or BIS 010. Evolution and ecological structure of the biosphere from the origin of life to the present. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 107L—Earth History: Paleobiology Laboratory (2)
    Laboratory—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (GEL 003, GEL 003L) or GEL 053 or BIS 002B; GEL 107 (can be concurrent). Exercises in determining the ecological functions and evolution of individuals, populations, and communities of fossil organisms in field and laboratory. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 108—Earth History: Paleoclimates (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (GEL 001 or GEL 050 or GEL 116N or ESP 116N); CHE 002A; Consent of Instructor. Geological and environmental factors controlling climate change, the greenhouse effect with a detailed analysis of the history of Earth's climate fluctuations over the last 600 million years. Past and present climate records are used to examine potential future climatic scenarios. GE credit: SE, SL, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
     

    GEL 116N—Oceanography (3)
    Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): GEL 001 or GEL 002 or GEL 016 or GEL 050. Advanced oceanographic topics: Chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes; research methods and data analysis; marine resources, anthropogenic impacts, and climate change; integrated earth/ocean/atmosphere systems; weekly lab and one weekend field trip. (Same course as ESP 116N.) GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 120—Origins: From the Big Bang to Today (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Long-term and large-scale perspectives on the origins of the universe, stars and planets, life, human evolution, the rise of civilization and the modern world. Multi-disciplinary approach to ‘Big History’ involving cosmology, astronomy, geology, climatology, biology, anthropology, archeology and traditional history. GE credit: SE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 136—Ecogeomorphology of Rivers & Streams (5)
    Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—2 hour(s); Fieldwork; Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division or graduate standing in any physical science, biological science, or engineering. Restricted to advanced students in the physical sciences, biological sciences, or engineering. Integrative multidisciplinary field analysis of streams. Class project examines hydrology, geomorphology, water quality and aquatic and riparian ecology of degraded and pristine stream systems. Includes cooperative two-week field survey in remote wilderness settings with students from diverse scientific backgrounds. GE credit: SE, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 144—Historical Ecology (3)
    Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division course in environmental science or ecology, or an introductory course in paleobiology. Ancient ecosystems and the factors that caused them to change. Species, expansion, evolution of new modes of life, geologically induced variations in resource supply, and extinction provide historical perspective on the biosphere of future. GE credit: SE, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 150A—Physical & Chemical Oceanography (4)
    Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (ESP 116N or GEL 116N); (PHY 007B or PHY 009B); (MAT 016C or MAT 017C or MAT 021C); (CHE 002C or GEL 055); and Consent of Instructor. Physical and chemical properties of seawater, fluid dynamics, air-sea interaction, currents, waves, tides, mixing, major oceanic geochemical cycles. (Same course as ESP 150A.) GE credit: QL, SE. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.

    GEL 181—Teaching in Science and Mathematics (2)
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Major in mathematics, science, or engineering; or completion of a one-year sequence of science or calculus. Class size limited to 40 students per section. Exploration of effective teaching practices based on examination of how middle school students learn math and science. Selected readings, discussion and field experience in middle school classrooms. (Same course as EDU 181.) (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 183—Teaching High School Mathematics and Science (3) Review all entries
    Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): Major in mathematics, science, or engineering; or completion of a one-year sequence of science or calculus and consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 students per section. Exploration and creation of effective teaching practices based on examination of how high school students learn mathematics and science. Field experience in high school classrooms. (Same course as EDU 183.) GE credit: OL, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 186—Facilitating Learning in STEM Classrooms (1)
    Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). STEM Learning Assistant Seminar. Theoretical and practical issues of effective teaching in discussion/labs: student-centered, active, cooperative learning environments, responsive teaching, and differentiated classroom instruction. GE credit: SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

    GEL 190—Seminar in Geology (1)
    Discussion—1 hour(s); Seminar—1 hour(s). Presentation and discussion of current topics in geology by visiting lecturers, staff, and students. Written abstracts. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

 

  • Summer Field | Undergraduate
  • Summer 2022 | Undergraduate
    GEL 110A | Summer Field Geology: Structures & Neotectonics

    CRN: 60370
    Dates: Summer Special Session, June 21 - July 11, 2022 (July 11th is a transition day for students taking both GEL 110A and GEL 110B, so there is no schedule conflict for students taking both in the same summer)
    Location: White Mountain Research Station, Bishop, CA
    Units: 4
    Course Description: Advanced application of geologic field methods to the study of deformed rocks and their interpretation in terms of tectonic processes. Includes development and interpretation of geologic maps, cross sections and stratigraphic sections. Six days/week for three weeks in an off-campus location.
    Prerequisite: GEL 060; GEL 103; GEL 109
    Instructor: Cowgill
    Fees: In addition to the per unit Course Fee and Summer Campus Fee, this course has a program fee to partially cover transportation, lodging, and dinners while in the field. Health insurance is not included in this program fee.
    Fees for UC Undergraduate Students*:
        Course fee: $1,116 ($279 per unit x 4 units)
        Summer Campus fee: $360.14
        Program fee:  $600
        Total Fees Charged to UC Undergraduate Students: $2,076.14

        *Higher unit-based fees are charged to non-UC students: $349 per unit X 4 units. Total fees charged to non-UC students is $2,356.14.
    For refund information, see Summer Session
     

    Summer 2022 | Undergraduate
    GEL 110B | Summer Field Geology: Volcanology and Petrology
    CRN: 60371
    Dates: Summer Special Session, July 11 – July 31, 2022 (July 11th is a transition day for students taking both GEL 110A and GEL 110B, so there is no schedule conflict for students taking both in the same summer)
    Location: White Mountain Research Station, Bishop, CA
    Units: 4
    Course Description: Advanced application of geologic field methods to the study of volcanic and plutonic rocks and their interpretation in terms of igneous processes. Includes development and interpretation of geologic maps, cross sections, stratigraphic sections, and outcrop scale observations. Six days/week for three weeks in an off-campus location.
    Prerequisite: GEL 105; GEL 109
    Instructor: Ratschbacher
    Fees: In addition to the per unit Course Fee and Summer Campus Fee, this course has a program fee to partially cover transportation, lodging, and dinners while in the field. Health insurance is not included in this program fee.
    Fees for UC Undergraduate Students*:
        Course fee: $1,116 ($279 per unit x 4 units)
        Summer Campus fee: $360.14
        Program fee: $600 
        Total Fees Charged to UC Undergraduate Students: $2,076.14
     
        *Higher unit-based fees are charged to non-UC students: $349 per unit X 4 units. Total fees charged to non-UC students is $2,356.14.
    For refund information, see Summer Sessions.


    Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.

Graduate GEL Courses

Geology Graduate Courses by Academic Year (pdfs)
2022-2024 | 2021-2022 | 2020-2021 | 2019-2020 | 2018-2019 | 2017-2018 | 2016-2017
NOTE: Courses are subject to change.

See https://eps.ucdavis.edu/students/grad/handbook for graduate program course requirements.

Academic Year 2021-2022

Last updated March 2022

  • Fall 2021 | Graduate
  • GEL 206: Stratigraphic Analysis | Sumner
    Graduate course breadth area: #2 or 4
    This course will provide students the opportunity to learn and apply sedimentary geology, regional stratigraphy, and sedimentary basin analysis to tectonically active basins. It will be divided into three components: 1) specific techniques (tailored to student prior experience level); 2) a 3-day field trip (likely to the Ridge Basin, Southern California) and application of analysis techniques to those data; and 3) small group projects on topics of interest. Small group projects can focus on Martian stratigraphy for students interested in planetary science.

    GEL 240: Foundations of Geophysics | Rudolph
    Graduate course breadth area: #6
    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 294: Structure-Tectonics-Geophysics seminar | Roeske
    1-unit
    This on-going discussion group meets once/week to discuss a paper selected by participants in the group. The theme of the articles varies each quarter; the seminar's goal is to emphasize breadth and we read and discuss a range of articles that cover the diverse interests of members of the group. As an example, we have recently read articles on subduction zone processes, ranging from UHP metamorphism and exhumation, to response of the upper plate to degree of coupling in the subduction zone. If schedules allow, we plan a multi-day field trip to examine rocks that may show some of the processes of interest to the group and focus the reading around the field trip.

    GEL 298: Planet Formation | Stewart
    Graduate course breadth area: #7; Course Registration Number (CRN): 35500
    This course presents foundational concepts in the physics and chemistry of planet formation, focusing on the early stages of growing planets and incorporating recent observations from exoplanets. Course provides foundational material related to protoplanetary disk physics, the solar nebula chemical condensation sequence, meteorite components and chemistry, chondrules and planetesimal formation, accretion of terrestrial planets, accretion of giant planets, current grand challenges in planet formation. The material is targeted at beginning graduate students and accessible to upper-level undergraduates.
  • Winter 2022 | Graduate
  • GEL 216: Tectonics | Cowgill
    Graduate course breadth area: #3
    Tectonic processes provide the fundamental mechanisms by which the exosphere (atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere) and the deep interior of Earth interact. This course seeks to understand tectonic systems by examining processes of mass and energy flux at modern and ancient plate boundaries. Our approach will be fundamentally geological in nature, in the sense that we will strive to link the rock record of processes with observations from modern settings. The course will involve readings/lectures based on Global Tectonics (Keary, Klepeis, Vine) and the primary literature, problem sets, and a research project and presentation. Planned topics: 1. Basics of Plate Motion on Sphere; 2. Basics of Isostacy & Flexure; 3. Divergent Boundaries & Passive Margins (e.g., Red Sea, Atlantic); 4. Transform Boundaries (e.g., San Andreas, Alpine, North Anatolian faults); 5. Convergent Boundaries (e.g., Andes); 6. Collision & Orogeny (e.g., Alpine-Himalayan Belt & Demise of NeoTethys); 7. Tectonics, Climate & Ocean Chemistry; 8. Tectonics and Life. Simultaneous enrollment in GEL253 is strongly encouraged.

    GEL 260: Paleontology | Vermeij
    Graduate course breadth area: #1
    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 298: Microbial Photosynthesis | Grettenberger
    Graduate course breadth area: #1; Course Registration Number (CRN): 26810
    Photosynthesis is one of the most important evolutionary innovations in Earth’s history. It permanently changed Earth’s surface geochemistry, fundamentally reshaping the cycling of key elements and altered the evolutionary path of life by allowing widespread aerobic respiration. This course will explore the importance of oxygenic photosynthesis in biogeochemical cycling, its evolutionary history, and the history of it in the fossil record. The course will include classroom, field, and laboratory components. Students will participate in a quarter long hands-on project during which they will 1) collect samples from a nearby field site, 2) extract DNA and sequence it using a MinION sequencer, 3) analyze the data using common bioinformatic pipelines, and 4) present their findings in a 10 minute talk format.


    GEL 298: Geodynamic Modeling | Rudolph
    Graduate course breadth area: #6; Course Registration Number (CRN): 26818
    We will cover the design and implementation of numerical geodynamic models. We will address problems involving advection of material properties, advection and diffusion of heat, viscous flow, and visco-elasto-plastic deformation. Students will produce a 2D geodynamic modeling code that can be used to model the deformation of the lithosphere and mantle. The coursework will involve programming in a language of the student's choice.

    GEL 298: Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry | Cooper
    Graduate course breadth area: #TBD; Course Registration Number (CRN): contact professor
    The goal is to give graduate students an introduction to radiogenic isotope geochemistry at the upper-division undergraduate level, for those who haven’t had an undergraduate course and/or who would like a refresher. It will be run as a sort of guided independent study, where for each week’s topic students will be expected to independently read relevant sections in a textbook (or textbooks) and work problems related to the topic. There will be no lectures, but we will meet as a group twice each week – the first time will be an opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on concepts from the reading, and the second meeting will be an opportunity to get help with working through problems and to check solutions/calculations. The course will be for three units and will be offered as S/U grading only.

    GEL 298: Tools for Becoming a Successful Professional and for Enhancing Your Well-being and Work Environment | Billen
    Graduate course breadth area: N/A; Course Registration Number (CRN): 26833
    This is a course that was developed by public health, psychiatry and behavioral scientist. Professor Carolyn Dewa and mental health consultant Kathy Holmes-Sullivan and piloted in several graduate groups on campus in 2019 and 2020. In September, I was part of a cohort of faculty who were trained to teach this course within our own graduate programs/groups. The overall goals for the course are: 1. Explain the role of stress in work life; 2. Discuss types of self-care tools; 3. Discuss how to evaluate the scientific evidence; 4. Describe the application of effective problem-solving; 5. Recognize psychosocial environmental factors associated with stress. The course will meet in 6 sessions (see description and course goals below), each 1.5 hours long, with a hybrid option (a minimum of 3 online participants is needed because there are multiple breakout activities in each session and it is difficult to mix in-person and on-line participant in breakout groups). The meeting time will be determined by a When2Meet Poll of the registered participants to be completed by the end of the first week of winter quarter. Approximately 30 minutes of time outside of class is expected for reflection and practice. There is also optional reading that provides the research background for the material presented in the course. 

  • Spring 2022 | Graduate
  • GEL 219: Fracture and Flow of Rocks | Billen
    Graduate course breadth area: #3 or 6
    This revised course is designed to provide students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds with a strong foundation in brittle, ductile and viscous behavior of rocks. Compared to how the class was taught previously there is a shift to more time spent on brittle/ductile behavior of the lithosphere, including the rheologies used to model earthquake rupture, and less time spent on the viscous behavior of the mantle (but this is still covered). For each topic, I will present the experimental data, the equations used to describe the behavior and a discussion of the microscopic origin of the observed behavior. Targeted paper discussions will occur at key junctures in the course to help synthesize the topics and learn how to critically read papers establishing or applying rheological concepts. Each student will also complete a literature review-based term project on a specific type of rheology of relevance to their own research. Please also see detailed syllabus.

    GEL 230: Geomorphology and River Management | Pinter
    Graduate course breadth area: #5
    The course is a multidisciplinary study of the ecology, geomorphology and management of rivers of the US West, and one river (TBD) in particular. The field of watershed science, including the study of rivers and streams, is inherently multidisciplinary, involving a broad array of physical, biological, and social sciences. Traditional education programs emphasize in-depth study within a specific discipline, whereas most careers in waterrelated science and management rarely are limited to a single discipline. The ability to work collaboratively with professionals from different backgrounds is fundamental to success in watershed science and management, and indeed in most applied-science fields. Comprised of upper division undergraduate students and first-year graduate students, this course will bring together students from a range of biological and physical sciences to address the geology, ecology, and management of a targeted river and watershed. The course will be followed by an optional, private rafting and research expedition on the study river. Trip participants will be expected to help organize logistics for the field trip, including food, gear, transportation and field itineraries.

    GEL 251: Thermodynamics for Earth and Planetary Scientists | Yin
    Graduate course breadth area: #4
    If you are a geologist, or a planetary scientist, or aspired to become one in the near future, and were ever pondering on the questions such as why magma ocean crystallization proceeds from bottom up; if you ever wondered about what the heck does it mean by oxygen fugacity, and why it is a useful measure for a planetary object interior (Earth included); if you ever questioned why geochemists are so crazy about trace and ultra-trace elements in rocks and minerals, instead of (well, in addition to) major rock forming elements; or if you wanted to brush up your knowledge about how pressure and temperature of rocks, minerals and their assemblages were determined; if you were wondering what is solidus, liquidus, and what is adiabat, what is the “potential” temperature of the mantle; what is bridging oxygen and non-bridging oxygen and their roles in elemental partitioning from magma; what are the thermodynamic reasoning behind mass dependent isotope fractionation and its associated temperature dependance (another way of reading temperature record of minerals in nature)……the list could go on and on…… I know you have wondered about these questions in your mind, because I did too. If the answers to the list above were yes to most of them, I recommend you plan on taking GEL 251 in the Spring Quarter 2022 and we will learn together and build up our knowledge bases.

    GEL 253: Petrology seminar | Ratschbacher
    Graduate course breadth area: #4

    This seminar will focus on recent topics of arc magmatism with an emphasis on understanding the physical, chemical, and temporal evolution of arc magmas in the crust. Lecture and paper discussion topics will include differentiation processes in the crust, magma ascent and emplacement, the volcanic-plutonic connection, and the role of water in magmatic processes. In addition, the seminar will focus on introducing students to petrological tools such as geothermobarometry, trace element  studies, optical analysis of rocks, and identification of magmatic to solid-state fabrics in the field.

    Meeting times and location:
          Lecture section: Mondays 11 am to noon, Durrell room

          Discussion section: Wednesday 11 am to noon, Durrell room

    GEL 294: Structure-Tectonics-Geophysics seminar | Roeske
    1-unit
    This on-going discussion group meets once/week to discuss a paper selected by participants in the group. The theme of the articles varies each quarter; the seminar's goal is to emphasize breadth and we read and discuss a range of articles that cover the diverse interests of members of the group. As an example, we have recently read articles on subduction zone processes, ranging from UHP metamorphism and exhumation, to response of the upper plate to degree of coupling in the subduction zone. If schedules allow, we plan a multi-day field trip to examine rocks that may show some of the processes of interest to the group and focus the reading around the field trip
Academic Year 2022-2023

Last updated January 2022

  • Fall 2022 | Graduate
  • GEL 214: Active Tectonics | Oskin

    Graduate course breadth area: #3
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 262: Paleobiology Seminar | Motani
    Graduate course breadth area: #1
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 290: Seminar | TBD
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 294: Structure & Tectonics forum | Roeske
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    This on-going discussion group meets once/week to discuss a paper selected by participants in the group. The theme of the articles varies each quarter; the seminar's goal is to emphasize breadth and we read and discuss a range of articles that cover the diverse interests of members of the group. As an example, we have recently read articles on subduction zone processes, ranging from UHP metamorphism and exhumation, to response of the upper plate to degree of coupling in the subduction zone. If schedules allow, we plan a multi-day field trip to examine rocks that may show some of the processes of interest to the group and focus the reading around the field trip.

    GEL 390: Methods of Teaching Geology | Billen
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    Description coming soon.

  • Winter 2023 | Graduate

  • GEL 230: Geomorphology & River Management | Pinter
    Graduate course breadth area: #5
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 240: Geophysics of the Earth | Rudolph
    Graduate course breadth area: #6
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 251: Thermodynamics for Earth and Planetary Scientists | Mukhopadhyay
    Graduate course breadth area: #4
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 281: Instrumental Techniques | Yin
    Graduate course breadth area: N/A
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 290: Seminar | TBD
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    Description coming soon.

  • Spring 2023 | Graduate

  • GEL 253: Petrology seminar | Ratschbacher
    Graduate course breadth area: #4
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 2XX: TBD | Atekwana
    Graduate course breadth area: #4
    The goal of this course is to discuss factors that affects the chemical composition of natural waters: (1) understanding of the main classes of reactions that control the behavior of major chemical species in natural waters and (2) learn to use some geochemical “tools” (including sampling and analyses equipment, software, etc.) to study major reactions in natural waters i.e., perform simple geochemical modeling. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the main classes of reactions, knowledge of the factors regulating chemical processes in natural waters, as well as the ways in which these processes influence the behavior of the major chemical species. Knowledge of a few basic pieces of information concerning the system of interest (e.g., temperature, pH, redox conditions, soil/sediment/rock composition, etc.) should allow students to readily apply such understanding to new situations to make reasonable predictions about the chemical composition of natural waters, and about the transport and fate of chemical species in natural waters.

    GEL 2XX: TBD | Sumner
    Graduate course breadth area: #TBD
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 290: Seminar | TBD
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 294: Structure & Tectonics forum | Roeske
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    This on-going discussion group meets once/week to discuss a paper selected by participants in the group. The theme of the articles varies each quarter; the seminar's goal is to emphasize breadth and we read and discuss a range of articles that cover the diverse interests of members of the group. As an example, we have recently read articles on subduction zone processes, ranging from UHP metamorphism and exhumation, to response of the upper plate to degree of coupling in the subduction zone. If schedules allow, we plan a multi-day field trip to examine rocks that may show some of the processes of interest to the group and focus the reading around the field trip.

Academic Year 2023-2024

Last updated January 2022

  • Fall 2023 | Graduate
  • GEL 227: Stable Isotopes Biogeochemistry | Atekwana
    Graduate course breadth area: #4
    Stable Isotopes biogeochemistry is an important discipline within the earth sciences. The use of stable
    isotopes is widespread from studies that seek to understand natural variations in isotopes in geologic system to those that relate to human perturbation of the world’s ecosystems. This course is an introduction to the basic principles of stable isotope. Students will study of the production, distribution, and use of select naturally occurring stable isotopes applied to geology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and environmental change. The main objective of this course is to provide an elementary understanding of the principles and application of stable isotope in earth and environmental systems. The course will focus on commonly used light stable isotopes (e.g., H, C, N, O and S). The course will also cover other stable and radioactive isotopes as appropriate. At the end of the course, students should have a working knowledge of the principles of stable isotopes and be able to apply their use in geologic studies and in their research.

    GEL 240: Geophysics of the Earth | Stewart
    Graduate course breadth area: #6
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 298: TBD | Mukhopadhyay
    Graduate course breadth area: #TBD
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 290: Seminar | TBD
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 294: Structure & Tectonics forum | Roeske
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    This on-going discussion group meets once/week to discuss a paper selected by participants in the group. The theme of the articles varies each quarter; the seminar's goal is to emphasize breadth and we read and discuss a range of articles that cover the diverse interests of members of the group. As an example, we have recently read articles on subduction zone processes, ranging from UHP metamorphism and exhumation, to response of the upper plate to degree of coupling in the subduction zone. If schedules allow, we plan a multi-day field trip to examine rocks that may show some of the processes of interest to the group and focus the reading around the field trip.

    GEL 390: Methods of Teaching Geology | Billen
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    Description coming soon.

  • Winter 2024 | Graduate

  • GEL 218: Analysis of Structures in Deformed Rocks | Cowgill
    Graduate course breadth area: #3
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 298: TBD | Stewart
    Graduate course breadth area: #TBD

    Description coming soon.

    GEL 2XX: Topics in Terrestrial Paleoclimatology | Montañez
    Graduate course breadth area: #TBD

    Description coming soon.

    GEL 290: Seminar | TBD
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    Description coming soon.

  • Spring 2024 | Graduate

  • GEL 219: Fracture & Flow of Rocks | Billen
    Graduate course breadth area: #3 or 6
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 232: Oceans and Climate Change | Hill
    Graduate course breadth area: #2

    Description coming soon.

    GEL 251: Isotope Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry | Yin
    Graduate course breadth area: #4
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 253: Petrology seminar | Ratschbacher
    Graduate course breadth area: #4
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 290: Seminar | TBD
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    Description coming soon.

    GEL 294: Structure & Tectonics forum | Roeske
    Does not count as a breadth or general course for graduate degree requirements.
    This on-going discussion group meets once/week to discuss a paper selected by participants in the group. The theme of the articles varies each quarter; the seminar's goal is to emphasize breadth and we read and discuss a range of articles that cover the diverse interests of members of the group. As an example, we have recently read articles on subduction zone processes, ranging from UHP metamorphism and exhumation, to response of the upper plate to degree of coupling in the subduction zone. If schedules allow, we plan a multi-day field trip to examine rocks that may show some of the processes of interest to the group and focus the reading around the field trip.