“… some institutions have turned to prerequisites as a way to ensure appropriate preparation, these extra courses can place undue financial, temporal, and academic burdens on interested students, keeping them from enrolling in science courses that may interest them.” (Wenner 2013, EOS 94(49))
Current graduate classes
|GEO 391 Modeling flow and transport in porous media
This class introduces the student to the modeling of flow and transport in porous media with applications to problems in the geosciences: topography driven flow, gas flow in soils, solute transport, thermal convection, salt-water intrusion. These basic physical processes are introduced and analyzed in the lectures and and simulated numerically in the homeworks. At the end of the class the student will be able to perform independent research in flow and transport in porous media. This class will be part of the new Graduate Research Portfolio in Computational Geosciences and will be offered next in Fall 2017 (unique # 27203).[Syllabus 2013, 2015] (was called “Essentials of Flow in Porous Media”)
Current undergraduate classes
|GEO 325J/GEO 391 Computational Geoscience
The actual class is called “Programming in Fortran/Matlab”, but that is miss leading since we will not use Fortran. This class is offered fall 2017.[Syllabus]
|GEO 391 Reactive transport in porous media
Reactive flow is a pervasive phenomenon in geosciences that creates patterns at all length scales that contain information about geologic processes. This course provides foundation for the subject based on the theory of hyperbolic conservation laws. All three major reaction phenomena sorption, dissolution/precipitation, and multi-phase flows with phase change are treated in a unified way. Lectures on general modeling concepts are complemented with seminar style discussion of research papers. This class will be part of the new Graduate Research Portfolio in Computational Geosciences [Syllabus 2012, 2015].
|GEO 346C Introduction to physical and chemical hydrogeology
An introduction to physical and chemical hydrogeology for geologists and environmental scientists. Emphasis on basic principles groundwater flow, the dynamic response of wells, principles of aqueous chemistry and contaminant transport. This class is offered every fall.[Syllabus 2012, 2013]
|GEO 391 Geodynamics
A modern comprehensive introduction to continuum methods of physical modeling for Earth scientists. The conservation equations are discussed with a view towards modern computational geosciences. The general theory is specialized to limiting cases of linear elasticity and viscous flow as well as elastic plates and lubrication flows. Simplified geodynamic models are analyzed to provide physical insight and complemented with finite element analysis.This class is currently taught by Luc Lavier.