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Applied Geophysics

Kevin Brewer

Olivet Nazarene University
Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


Methods of geophysical exploration for natural resources and environmental analysis. Field trips.

We will be using lectures to cover the foundational concepts of various geophysical methods. The lab periods and field trips will be used to apply our lecture knowledge and gain experience in performing various surveys and in processing/analyzing the resulting data

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Exploration Methods
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geophysics
Course Type: Upper Level:Geophysics
Course Size:

less than 15

Course Context:

This is an upper-level geology course required of all geology majors. It is typically taken during Junior or Senior years. The course is focused on introduction of the basics of geophysical methods, with a required lab so that students are exposed to the application of those methods.

Course Goals:

  • Students should be able to master the basic scientific principles and concepts behind geophysical methods.
  • Students should be able to demonstrate a proficiency in performing geophysical field work.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Lectures are used to communicate the basic scientific principles and concepts behind the methods. Exams, article reviews, and homework problems are used to assess student understanding. Labs are used to provide geophysical field work experience. Lab reports are used to assess student understanding.



Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 30kB Jun20 07)

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