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Exploration of the Earth's Sub-Surface

This 14-15 credit certificate includes imaging the interior of the Earth to find oil, gas, hydrological flow, earthquakes, and much more.  (14-15 credits required in addition to completion of Understanding the Earth's Processes Certificate).

Required Courses* (8 credits)

PHYS 211 (GN) General Physics: Mechanics (4 credits) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, and rotation. Concurrent: MATH 140

MATH 140 (GQ) Calculus With Analytic Geometry I (4 credits) Functions, limits; analytic geometry; derivatives, differentials, applications; integrals, applications. Students may only take one course for credit from MATH 110, 140, 140A, 140B, and 140H. Prerequisite: MATH 022, MATH 026; or MATH 040 or MATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics FTCAP examination 
MATH 083 (GQ) Technical Calculus (4 credits) Limits, derivatives of algebraic functions, implicit differentiation, related rates, applied extrema problems, curve sketching, integration, numerical integration, applications of integration, integration techniques, differential equations. Prerequisite: MATH 082.

Select 2 Courses* (6-7 credits)

E B F 472 Quantitative Analysis in Earth Sciences (3 credits) Quantitative analysis of decision making in atmospheric/geophysical sciences: exploratory data analysis, quantification of uncertainty, parametric/non- parametric testing, forecasting, time series analysis.

GEOSC 402Y (IL) Natural Disasters (3 credits) Case studies of the causes and consequences of natural disasters; analysis of disaster impact in different economic, cultural, and social conditions. Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing

GEOSC 452 Hydrogeology (3 credits) Hydrologic cycle: occurrence, movement, quality, and quantity of groundwater; solute transport; quantitative hydrogeologic methods; role of water in geologic processes. This course includes from one to several field trips for which an additional charge may be required. Prerequisite: CHEM 112; GEOSC 001, GEOSC 020 or GEOSC 071; MATH 140 or MATH 110

GEOSC 483 Environmental Geophysics (3 credits) This course presents the principles and applications of the variety of techniques geophysicists use to address environmental problems. Prerequisite: PHYS 211, PHYS 212

GEOSC 488 An Introduction to Seismology (4 credits) An overview of the observations, methods, and frameworks used in seismogram analysis for earthquake and earth-structure investigations (includes laboratory). Prerequisite: MATH 140, MATH 141

*Students are responsible for completing any required prerequisite courses.