Courses

Fall 2023

Physics and Chemistry of Earth's Interior
Subject associations
GEO 419 / PHY 419

This class will introduce students to the modern study of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth's interior. We will integrate findings from geophysical observations, laboratory experiments, and computational models to develop a holistic picture of the large-scale behavior of our planet. The course will be divided into four major sections: 1) origin and composition of the Earth; 2) physical and chemical properties of Earth materials; 3) global Earth structure; 4) Earth dynamics. The course will introduce current topics and the latest findings from the scientific literature.

Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy

Spring 2024

Fundamentals of the Geosciences
Subject associations
GEO 505

A yearlong survey, in sequence, of fundamental papers in the geosciences. Topics in 505 (Spring) include the origin and interior of the Earth, plate tectonics, geodynamics, the history of life on Earth, the composition of the Earth, its oceans and atmospheres, past climate. Topics in 506 (Fall) include present and future climate, biogeochemical processes in the ocean, geochemical cycles, orogenies, thermochronology, rock fracture and seismicity. A core course for all beginning graduate students in the geosciences.

Instructors
Curtis A. Deutsch
Thomas S. Duffy
John A. Higgins
Satish C. Myneni
Blair Schoene
Bess Ward
Xinning Zhang

Previous Semesters

Undergraduate Courses

Mineralogy (SEL)
Subject associations
GEO 378 / MSE 348
Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy
Spring 2023
Physics and Chemistry of Earth's Interior
Subject associations
GEO 419 / PHY 419
Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy
Spring 2018

Graduate Courses

Fundamentals of the Geosciences II
Subject associations
GEO 506
Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy
Laure Resplandy
Blair Schoene
Jeroen Tromp
Gabriel A. Vecchi
Bess Ward
Fall 2020
Physics and Chemistry of Minerals
Subject associations
GEO 501 / MSE 541
Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy
Fall 2021
Responsible Conduct of Research in Geosciences (Half-Term)
Subject associations
GEO 503 / AOS 503
Instructors
Leo Donner
Thomas S. Duffy
John A. Higgins
Larry W. Horowitz
Allan M. Rubin
Daniel M. Sigman
Frederik J. Simons
Rong Zhang
Spring 2023
Topics in Mineralogy and Mineral Physics: Multidisciplinary Studies of the Deep Earth
Subject associations
GEO 507 / MSE 547
Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy
Jessica C. Irving
Spring 2019

Freshman Seminars

All That Glitters: The Science of Diamond and Gemstones (SEL)
Subject associations
FRS 158
Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy