Courses

Spring 2023

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

Fall 2024

Mineralogy (SEN)
Subject associations
GEO 378 / MSE 348

Minerals are the fundamental building blocks of the Earth. Their physical, chemical, and structural properties determine the nature of the Earth and they are the primary recorders of the past history of the Earth and other planets. This course will provide a survey of the properties of the major rock-forming minerals. Topics include crystallography, crystal chemistry, mineral thermodynamics and mineral occurrence. Emphasis will be on the role of minerals in understanding geological processes.

Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy

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
Fall 2023

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