Teach the Earth > Course Design > Course Goals/Syllabus Database > Introduction to Geophysics

Introduction to Geophysics

Author Profile
Constantin CRANGANU

Brooklyn College, City University of New York
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs


This introductory course aims at familiarizing students with a number of important geophysical issues, both fundamental and applicative (seismotectonics, isostasy, well logging, prospections for oil and gas, etc.)

Course URL:
Subject: Geoscience
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Course Type: Entry Level:Earth Science
Course Size:

less than 15

Course Context:

This is an introductory course with no pre-requisites and does not serve as a prerequisite for other course, although we offer a graduate level Geophysics course. Typically, 50% of the students take the course as pre-service earth science teachers, and 50% of the students take the course to satisfy a general education requirement and prepare for a graduate school in geophysics. The course has a mandatory lab.

Course Goals:

After completing the geophysics course,

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

The course activities and course structure are geared toward increasing the body of geophysical knowledge, computational literacy, modeling, etc. The homeworks, small class projects and exams are specifically designed to assess whether students have met/exceed the achieving goals.


Final grades are be based upon the arithmetic average of the examinations, class projects and homework. The weighting will be as follows: midterm exam 30%, final exam 30%, class projects 20% and homework 20%.


Syllabus (Microsoft Word 37kB Jul20 07)

See more Course Goals/Syllabus Database »