The geophysics graduate certificate offers a coherent curriculum in geophysics that can complement and supplement a student's regular 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. This program was approved by the CU Boulder Graduate School in spring 2002.
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 submitting a 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.
All students must take at least three geophysics core courses and the Seminar in Geophysics. At least one of the three geophysics core courses must be from the earth and planetary physics (EPP) series, and another must be from outside the student's home department. Most geophysics core courses are offered once every two years.
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 credit hour for the Seminar in Geophysics.
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.
Required Courses and Credits
|ASTR/GEOL/PHYS 6650||Seminar in Geophysics||1|
|Choose at least three of the following:||9|
|Earth and Planetary Physics 1|
|Earth and Planetary Physics 2|
|Earth and Planetary Physics 3|
|Seminar in Geophysics|
|Nonlinear Waves and Integrable Equations|
|Space Flight Dynamics|
|Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems|
|Radar and Remote Sensing|
|Engineering Data Analysis Methods|
|Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Software and Applications|
|Astrophysical and Space Plasmas|
|Introductory Plasma Physics|
|Introduction to Magnetospheres|
|Introduction to Fluid Dynamics|
|Planetary Surfaces and Interiors|
|Origin and Evolution of Planetary Systems|
|Continuum Mechanics and Elasticity|
|Mechanics and Dynamics of Glaciers|
|Introduction to Rock Mechanics|
|Remote Sensing of the Environment|
|Petroleum Reservoir Characterization and Modeling|
|Tectonic History of the Western United States|
|Geophysical Inverse Theory|
|Solid Mechanics 1|
|Total Credit Hours||10|