Department of Physics and Geosciences
- Chair: Brent Hedquist
- Phone: 361-593-2618
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Building Name: Hill Hall
- Room Number: 113
The Department of Physics and Geosciences offers graduate courses in Geology and in Physics. Each of these is a strong supporting field for a major in another science, mathematics or engineering.
Albataineh, Hisham Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Geosciences; B.S., Yarmouk University (Jordan); M.S., Aligrah Muslim University (India); M.S., New Mexico State Univeristy; Ph.D., New Mexico State University.
Su, Haibin Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Geosciences; B.S., Beijing University (China); M.S., Chinese Academy of Sciences (China); Ph.D., University of Cincinnati.
Hedquist, Brent Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Geosciences; Chair; B.S., Brigham Young University; M.A., Arizona State University; Ph.D., Arizona State University.
Norwine, James Professor Physics and Geosciences, Department of Physics and Geosciences; Regents Professor; B.S., Southeast Missouri State College; M.S., Southeast Missouri State College; Ph.D., Indiana State University.
GEOL 5306 Thesis 3 SCH (3)
Designed for thesis option students. The course requires completion of thesis research. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for maximum of 6 semester hours.
GEOL 5310 Advanced Topics in Geology 1-3 SCH (1-3)
Intensive study at a graduate level of selected advanced topics. May be repeated for credit under different topics.
GEOL 5311 Geochemistry 3 SCH (2-3)
GEOL 5312 Geographic Info Systems 3 SCH (3)
Principles and practice of geographic information systems (GIS) using vector-based GIS as the primary software package. Students will demonstrate the use of GIS through individual class projects oriented toward their area of interest.
GEOL 5313 Advanced GIS 3 SCH (2-3)
Research applications of advanced techniques of Geographic Information Systems. Vector-and raster-based GIS modeling: terrain modeling, hydrological modeling, 3-D modeling: hands-on research topics. GIS programming for problem solving in students¿ research applications. Prerequisite: GEOL 5312 or permission of instructor.
GEOL 5319 Geology of Ground Water 3 SCH (3)
Principles and practice of physical and chemical hydrogeology in uncontaminated and contaminated settings. This includes the influence of geologic conditions on groundwater quality, production, contamination and resource evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on a geology/hydrology course involving the presentation of theory, the collection of field data, the use of industry-validated computerized models for the analysis of the field data and the presentation of reports. Prerequisite: graduate standing, GEOL 1303/1103 and GEOL 1304/1104.
GEOL 5352 Remote Sensing 3 SCH (3)
Principles and practice of remote sensing involving analysis and interpretation of aerial photos and digital images. Students will demonstrate the use of remote-sensed through individual class projects oriented toward their area of interest.
PHYS 5382 Exploration Geophysics 3 SCH (3)
Application of classical physics to the study of the Earth and the solution of problems in Earth sciences, including gravity, magnetic, seismic, heatflow, electrical, electromagnetic, and well log methods, instruments, data acquisition, processing and interpretation. Applications to petroleum exploration. Prerequisites: GEOL 3370 or permission of the instructor.
PHYS 5385 Seismology 3 SCH (3)
Basics of seismology: wave propagation, seismic reflection and refraction. Application of physics in the seismic velocity and anisotropy structure of the Earth. Earthquake generation, post-seismic deformation and creep events, relation to faulting and plate tectonics. Prerequisites: GEOL 3370 or permission of the instructor.
PHYS 5388 Borehole Geophysics 3 SCH (3)
Basic rock properties concepts; evaluating formations from geophysical well logging. Instrumentation, the physics of logging, and well log interpretation. Rock physics tools and well logs for petroleum and geothermal exploration, as well as water prospecting. Prerequisites: GEOL 1303/1103, GEOL 3370, PHYS 2325/2125, PHYS 2326/2126.
PHYS 5390 Special Topics in Advancd Phys 3 SCH (0)
A detailed study of one or more specific sub-disciplines of physics. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes.