Jan 30, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


How to Read Catalog Course Descriptions

Texas Tech offers nearly 5,000 courses as part of its curriculum. These courses are listed alphabetically by subject prefix within each college and departmental section of this catalog. The courses appear in numerical order, moving from beginning freshman or developmental level courses to graduate, research, and professional courses.

Not all courses listed in this catalog are offered every year. An online class schedule published before each registration period indicates courses that will be available during the upcoming term or semester and when each class will meet. The class schedule can be found at (www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/class_schedule/index.php). The university reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course or withdraw any program from the list of offerings when the best interests of the institution require such action.

Courses are designated by a subject prefix and number along with a descriptive title. Learn more  about interpreting the course descriptions found throughout the catalog.

 

GPH - Geophysics (Graduate Courses)

  
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    GPH 5300 - Individual Studies in Geophysics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. A structured independent graduate studies course under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.
  
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    GPH 5303 - Seismic Data Analysis

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Principles and methods for analyzing digital seismic date, including sampling, Fourier analysis, filtering, deconvolution, and introduction to seismic migration and tomography.
  
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    GPH 5305 - Velocity Model Building

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Principles and usage of major seismic velocity model building approaches, including seismic refraction, semblance, migration, and tomographic velocity model building methods.
  
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    GPH 5307 - Seismic Migration

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in GPH 5303  and instructor consent. Theory and practicality of Kirchhoff, f-k, FD, and reverse-time migrations for subsurface imaging.
  
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    GPH 5310 - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Survey of dominant modes of wave motion in the atmosphere. Scale analysis for problems in atmospheric dynamics with application to mid-latitude synoptic scale systems.
  
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    GPH 5321 - Advanced Seismic Exploration Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in MATH 1451  or instructor consent. Discusses methods to collect, process, and interpret seismic reflection data.
  
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    GPH 5323 - Advanced Potential Field and Electromagnetic Methods in Geophysics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: C or better in GEOL 3401  and MATH 2450 , or instructor consent. Covers methods to explore Earth’s subsurface using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and electromagnetic methods.
  
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    GPH 5324 - Radiative Transfer

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Principles of radiation, the radiative transfer equation. Applications to absorption, emission, and scattering processes. Determination of physical properties from satellite measurements.
  
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    GPH 5330 - Geophysical Data Processing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites C or better in MATH 2450 . Emphasizes geophysical data analysis and modeling using Matlab.
  
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    GPH 5353 - Basin Analysis

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Systematic understanding (and developing models) for the origin, maturation, and accumulation of hydrocarbons in sedimentary basins in the context of their geologic evolution.

GPH - Geophysics (Undergraduate Courses)

  
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    GPH 3300 - Geophysics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: 2.5 overall GPA, C or better in MATH 1451  and either GEOL 1303  and GEOL 1101  or GEOL 3324 . An overview of geophysical principles and methods with case studies in the use of geophysics to understand the three-dimensional structures of Earth.
  
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    GPH 3310 - Introduction to Geophysical Data Processing

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in MATH 2450, PHYS 1403 or 1408, and GPH 4321 (concurrent enrollment allowed). Emphasis is on Matlab programming and geophysical data analysis. (CL)
  
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    GPH 4300 - Independent Studies in Geophysics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Independent studies in geophysics. May be repeated for credit.
  
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    GPH 4321 - Seismic Exploration Methods

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in MATH 1452 , PHYS 1403  or PHYS 1408 GEOL 3401 , and GPH 3300 . Methods to collect, process, and interpret seismic data are discussed.
  
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    GPH 4322 - Solid-Earth Geophysics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in GPH 3300 , GPH 3310 , GPH 4321 ; and GEOL 3402 . Application of geophysical principles and multiple investigative methods for solving real-world geoscience problems.
  
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    GPH 4323 - Potential Field and Electromagnetic Methods in Geophysics

    3 Semester Credit Hours
    Prerequisites: C or better in GPH 3300 ; GEOL 3401 ; and PHYS 1404  or PHYS 2401 . Covers methods of exploring Earth’s subsurface using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and electromagnetic methods.