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Geophysics Graduate Certificate

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The CU geophysics graduate certificate offers a coherent curriculum in geophysics that can complement and supplement a student's regular graduate degree program and encourages multi-disciplinary education in the area of geophysics. The Geophysics certificate program allows students to obtain recognition for their accomplishments in geophysics, without having to switch into the Geophysics degree program. Participation in the certificate must coincide with pursuit of an MS or PhD. This program was approved by the CU graduate school, spring 2002.

Description of Curriculum

All students must take at least 3 Geophysics Core Courses, and the Geophysics Seminar course, listed below. At least one of the three Geophysics Core Courses must be from the Earth and Planetary Physics (EPP) series, and at least one of the remaining core classes taken must be from outside the student's home department. Most geophysics core courses are offered once every two years.

A Certificate in Geophysics will be awarded upon the student's completion of degree requirements in their home department. Upon request from a student, the Program Director and the student's advisor will determine whether a student has met the requirements for the certificate and will generate a letter to the appropriate department head and Dean. The certificate is not intended as a substitute for a degree and will be awarded only upon completion of a graduate degree.

Geophysics Graduate Certificate Core Courses
ASTR/GEOL/PHYS 6610 Earth and Planetary Physics 1. (Seismology)
ASTR/GEOL/PHYS 6620 Earth and Planetary Physics 2. (Geodesy)
ASTR/GEOL/PHYS 6630 Earth and Planetary Physics 3. (Geodynamics)
ASTR/GEOL/PHYS 6650 Geophysics Seminar
APPM 7300 (3) Nonlinear Waves and Integrable Equations
ASEN 5050 (3) Space Flight Dynamics
ASEN 5090 (3) Introduction to the Global Navigation Satellite Systems
ASEN 5245 (3) Radar and Remote Sensing
ASEN 5307 (3) Engineering Data Analysis Methods
ASEN 5335 (3) Aerospace Environment
ASEN 6090 (3) Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems Software and Applications
ASEN 6519 (3) Special Topics: Advanced Astrodynamics and Celestial
ASTR/PHYS 5140 (3) Astrophysical & Space Plasmas
ASTR/PHYS 5150 (3) Plasma Physics
ASTR 5300 (3) Magnetospheres
ASTR 5400 (3) Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
ASTR/GEOL 5800 (3) Planetary Surfaces and Interiors
ASTR/ATOC/GEOL 5820 (3) Origin and Evolution of Planetary Systems
CVEN 5131 (3) Continuum Mechanics and Elasticity
CVEN 5718 (3) Mechanics and Dynamics of Glaciers
CVEN 5768 (3) Introduction to Rock Mechanics
CVEN 6595 (3) Earthquake Engineering
GEOG 5231 (4) Physical Climatology: Field methods
GEOL 5110 (3) Geomechanics
GEOL 5240 (4) Remote Sensing Image Analysis
GEOL 5550 (3) Petroleum Reservoir Characterization and Modeling
GEOL 5690 (3) Tectonics of the Western U.S.
GEOL 5714 (2) Field Geophysics (note description is out of date in catalog)
GEOL/PHYS 6670 (3) Geophysical Inverse Theory
MCEN 5023 (3) Solid Mechanics 1
MCEN 7123 (3) Dynamics of Continuous Media

Requirements for Certificate

i) Completion with a grade of B or better of a total of three geophysics core courses (at least one from the EPP sequence) and one semester credit for the Geophysics Seminar.

ii) Completion of degree requirements for graduate degree within the student's home department, with a thesis on a topic that uses geophysics in some way, including the successful defense of this thesis before a committee that includes at least one of the geophysics certificate faculty members listed below.

Geophysics Certificate Faculty Members

The geophysics certificate faculty members indicated here are a subset of the faculty associated with the Geophysics Graduate Program.

Department of Geological Sciences:
Roger Bilham, Brian Hynek, Craig Jones, Peter Molnar, Anne Sheehan, Joseph Smyth, James Syvitski.

Department of Physics:
Michael Ritzwoller, Shijie Zhong.

Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences:
Fran Bagenal, Nick Schneider, Robert Ergun, Daniel Baker.

Department of Geography:
Waleed Abdalati.

Department of Aerospace Engineering Science:
Kristine Larson, Steve Nerem.

Department of Civil Engineering:
Tad Pfeffer

Admission Requirements

A student wishing to be considered for a Certificate in Geophysics must first be admitted as a graduate student into one of the participating graduate departments (ASEN, APS, CEAE, ECEN, GEOG, GEOL, MCEN, PHYS). Students from outside the participating departments can apply for entry to the geophysics certificate program by letter addressed to the Geophysics Graduate Program Committee. A student must have a course background that includes mathematics through three semesters of calculus and four undergraduate science or engineering courses.

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