Geophysics (GPHY)


1103 Adventures in Geophysics. The field of applied near-surface geophysics will be introduced within the broader scope of the geophysical sciences. Key geophysical techniques and tools will be covered through exploration of existing case studies involving fields such as archaeology, law enforcement and ground water resources. There will also be opportunities for 'hands on' experience with high-tech geophysical tools. (Sp) [II-NL]

3423 Introductory Petroleum Geology and Geophysics. Prerequisite: GEOL 1114, MATH 2924 or MATH 2423, PHYS 2514, and GEOL 3003. Fundamentals of the utilization of geological and geophysical data in the exploration for and development of petroleum reserves. Fundamental principles, geological and geophysical data acquisition, processing and interpretation. (F)

3960 Honors Reading. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Consists of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. The topics will cover materials not usually presented in the regular courses. (F, Sp, Su)

3970 Honors Seminar. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Subjects covered vary. Deals with concepts not usually treated in regular courses. (Irreg.)

3980 Honors Research. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Will provide an opportunity for the gifted Honors candidate to work at a special project in the student's field. (F, Sp, Su)

3990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and junior standing. May be repeated once with change of content. Independent study may be arranged to study a subject not available through regular course offerings. (F, Sp, Su)

4102 Advanced Field Geophysics (Slashlisted with 5102). Prerequisite: senior standing. Provides students with practical experience in designing and executing geophysical field studies as well as experience in interpreting the acquired data. Basic principles are reviewed at the beginning of the course. Up to five field studies will be performed and students will process and interpret processed data. No student may earn credit for both 4102 and 5102. (F)

4133 Colorado Field Geophysics. Prerequisite: 4113; Geology 3123; or permission of instructor. Students become familiar with field methods in geophysics and apply principles of geophysical methods to survey design, data acquisition, data processing, and interpretation. Students plan geophysical surveys, collect field geophysical data in small groups, interpret the acquired datasets in terms of earth structure, and learn about the tectonics and structure of the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Field course is taught at the OU field camp near Canon City, Colorado, and is predominantly field based. Three-week field experience required. (Su)

4243 Computational Geosciences (Slashlisted with 5243). Prerequisite: MATH 2934 or MATH 2443. MATLAB is a C-based programming environment that has become a standard in scientific computing. Beginning with basic concepts of MATLAB programming the course proceeds to one-, two-, and three-dimensional graphics, interpolation and filtering. No student may earn credit for both 4243 and 5243. (F)

4413 Global Geophysics (Slashlisted with 5413). Prerequisites: GEOL 3114; MATH 2924 or MATH 2423; PHYS 2524; or equivalent coursework or permission of instructor. Introduces students to geophysical methods, the structure and physical properties of earth's interior, active processes on earth, and the use of geophysical methods to study structure and processes. No student may earn credit for both 4413 and 5413. Laboratory (Alt. F)

G4874 Seismic Exploration. Prerequisite: PHYS 2524; MATH 2934 OR MATH 2443 or concurrent enrollment. Lectures and laboratory/problem sessions covering theory and applications of reflection and refraction seismic exploration methods. Emphasis is on the common-depth-point reflection method. (F)

4953 Senior Thesis in Geophysics. Prerequisite: senior standing with a major in geophysics and permission. May not be repeated. Individual research of a geophysical topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. The project may involve fieldwork, theoretical analysis, computer modeling, and/or data analysis and interpretation, culminating in a written thesis. (F, Sp, Su) [V]

4960 Directed Readings. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed for upper-division students who need opportunity to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits. (Irreg.)

G4970 Seminar. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. (F, Sp)

4990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: three courses in general area to be studied; permission of instructor and department. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for topics not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (F, Sp, Su)

G5020 Computational Geophysics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change in content; maximum credit 12 hours. Algorithm design. Implementation and application for numerically intensive geophysical problems. Focus will cycle semester to semester from Interactive algorithms (using Matlab and C# languages) to more computationally demanding seismic processing, imaging and inversion algorithms (using Fortran 90, C, and MPI). (F, Sp)

G5102 Advanced Field Geophysics (Slashlisted with 4102). Prerequisite: graduate standing. Provides students with practical experience in designing and executing geophysical field studies as well as experience in interpreting the acquired data. Basic principles are reviewed at the beginning of the course. Up to five field studies will be performed and students will process and interpret processed data. No student may earn credit for both 4102 and 5102. (F)

G5243 Computational Geosciences (Slashlisted with 4243). Prerequisite: MATH 2934 and MATH 2443. MATLAB is a C-based programming environment that has become a standard in scientific computing. This course begins with basic concepts of MATLAB programming and then proceeds to one-, two-, and three-dimensional graphics, interpolation and filtering. No student may earn credit for both 4243 and 5243. (F)

G5364 Paleomagnetism. Prerequisite: permission. Concerns the magnetic properties of minerals and rocks and the physical and chemical processes which produce them. Laboratory techniques used in investigations are discussed. (F)

G5413 Global Geophysics (Slashlisted with 4413). Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Introduces students to geophysical methods, the structure and physical properties of earth's interior, active processes on earth, and the use of geophysical methods to study structure and processes. Will be taught every other fall semester. Laboratory included. No student may earn credit for both 4413 and 5413. (Irreg.)

G5513 3D Seismic Interpretaton. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Principles of seismic stratigraphy, seismic geomorphology, structural geology, and rock physics to interpret seismic reflection data and associated attributes to delineate faults, fractures, folds, fluvial-deltaic complexes, turbidites, mass transport complexes, Karst, and other structural and stratigraphic features of interest. Course is intended for graduate students in geophysics, geology, and petroleum engineering. Laboratory (F)

G5523 3-D Seismic Processing. Prerequisite: GPHY 4874 or equivalent and MATH 3333. Theory and applicaiton of seismic signal analysis to modern 3-D surface seismic surveys including sorting, statics, deconvolution, coherent noise suppression, velocity analysis and migration. At the end of the course, the student will be able to apply appropriate modern work flows to 3-D land data surveys resulting in prestack time migrated images amenable to AVO, attribute, and velocity anisotropy analysis. (Sp)

G5533 Quantitative Seismic Interpretation. Prerequisite: graduate standing, and GPHY 5513 or current research work in reservoir characterization or simulation. This course is the second part of a two-course sequence on seismic interpretation and will investigate the theoretical foundation and application of tools used in quantitative reservoir characterization. This course is intended for upper level graduate students in geophysics, geology, and petroleum engineering doing research in reservoir imaging, characterization, and simulation. (Sp-even yrs)

G5613 Introduction to Seismic Stratigraphy. Prerequisite: Physics 2524, Mathematics 3333, or permission. Introduction to the stratigraphic interperetation of reflection seismic data, emphasizing 2-D exploration seismic reflection group analysis. Topics covered include the theory and practice of borehole constrained interpretation, analysis, and mapping of seismic sequences, fault mechanical stratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, seismic facies, relative changes in sea level, and integrated geohistory analysis with emphasis upon providing a foundation for petroleum system analysis. Seismic sections for the analyses are taken from varying tectonic and depositional settings worlwide. (Alt. F)

G5723 Tectonophysics. Prerequisite: Physics 2524, Mathematics 3333, Geology 5813 or permission. Strongly recommended are 5713 or 5813. Overview of tectonics of plates through the integration of geology and geophysics. Theory, analysis, and modeling of the creation, modification, and destruction of plates, basins, and mountains through geologic time and space through the integration of borehole and outcrop geology with such geophysical disciplines as: earthquake seismology, refraction geophysics, reflections geophysics, heat flow, magnetics, and gravity. Required fieldtrip to the western U.S.

G5733 Tectonics and Sedimentation in Rift Basins (Crosslisted with Geology 5733). Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Provides a basic understanding of the geodynamics of rifting and the resulting sedimentary response. A series of lectures outlining fundamental concepts of rift dynamics and rift sedimentology, followed by discussion-based analysis of rift case studies that highlight interesting components of the relationship between tectonics and sedimentation in rift systems. (F)

G5864 Gravimetric and Magnetic Exploration. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, MATH 2924 or MATH 2433, PHYS 2524, or permission of instructor. Lectures and laboratory/problem sessions covering theory and applications of gravimetric and magnetic exploration. Includes potential theory, filtering, modeling and interpretation. Emphasis is on exploration for minerals, oil and gas. Concepts of geodesy and isostasy are briefly considered. Laboratory (Sp)

G5960 Directed Readings. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of department. May be repeated; maximum credit twelve hours. Directed readings and/or literature reviews under the direction of a faculty member. (F, Sp, Su)

G5970 Special Topics/Seminar. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

G5980 Research for Master's Thesis. Variable enrollment, two to nine hours; maximum applicable toward degree, four hours. (F, Sp, Su)

G5990 Special Studies. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Advanced special studies in geophysical problems. May include directed reading in geophysics, fieldwork, laboratory research or preparation of reports. (F, Sp, Su)

G6523 Advanced Seismic Processing. Prerequisite: 5513, or permission. Advanced topics in 2-D and 3-D seismic data processing. Theory and practice with intensive use of mathematical software on selected 2-D and 3-D seismic data sets from around the world. Topics addressed include processing design for complex geologies, advanced amplitude-phase-frequency normalization techniques, advanced filter design including time and spatially variant processes, Q analysis, linear and parabolic Tau-P filtering, 2-D and 3-D AVO data preparation, inversion, and analysis, DMO, pre-stack depth migration, finite-difference, Stolt, Kirchhoff, and other time and depth migration and cascaded model-driven migration methods, surface consistency, coherency, and other topics. (Alt. Sp)

G6623 Advanced Seismic Stratigraphy. Prerequisite: 5613 or permission of instructor. Advanced topics of theory and practice in seismic stratigraphy with an emphasis upon wavelet analysis in 3-D and 4-D development geophysical settings. Topics covered include the theory and practice of modeling, interpreting, and mapping principle reservoir characterization tools: velocities, frequency, phase, attributes, 2-D and 3-D AVO, and DHIs as well as the seismic characterization of wedges and fans (deltas and turbidites), and carbonate buildups (reefs and banks). Seismic projects are taken form various fields worldwide and include the integration of borehole petrophysical data. (Alt. Sp)

G6873 Seismic Modeling and Migration. Prerequisite: graduate standing. The theory and limitations of seismic modeling algorithms for both forward (synthetic generation) and reverse applications (i.e. migration). Emphasis will be on the use of commercial modeling and imaging software (primarily 2D) to gain an intuitive understanding of seismic elastic wave propagation and imaging of the subsurface. (odd-Sp)

G6950 Research. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of faculty supervisor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Individual research in various areas of geophysics. (F, Sp, Su)

G6960 Directed Readings. 1 to 6 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of faculty supervisor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Supervised reading at an advanced graduate level. (F, Sp, Su)

G6970 Seminar. 1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing, permission. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit twenty hours. Directed seminar on selected aspects of geophysical knowledge and inquiry. (F, Sp)

G6980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation. 2 to 16 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (F, Sp, Su )

G6990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

 



Updated: November 11, 2013