Faculty William D. Underwood, Ph.D., University of Tulsa

Exploration Geoscience | One semester (1/2 unit of credit)

This course covers current techniques used in exploration for oil and gas, minerals, and near-surface investigations. Techniques covered include seismic, gravity, magnetics and various EM technologies.  A term project gives students hands-on experience in collecting, processing and interpreting near-surface geophysical data on the OSSM campus.  One of the highlights of the course is a field trip to the Chesapeake Energy 3-D visualization room.

Prerequisites:  This course is open to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Mechanics (with the instructor’s permission).

Geoscience Seminar | One semester (1/2 unit of credit)

This seminar involves class discussion of student research into a broad range of geologic topics of interest to the class. A class term project requires students to research, evaluate and present a single, coherent position paper on a geologic topic of national and international importance.  Past topics have included a U.S. National Energy Policy and an understanding of climate change.

Prerequisites: Geoscience Seminar requires successful completion of Exploration Geoscience or by permission from the instructor.

All geoscience courses are electives, and may not be offered every semester.