Applied Depositional Geosystems Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Depositional Geosystems (ADG) trains both traditional (those with BS degrees in geosciences) and non‐traditional students (those with Bachelors degrees in other science and engineering fields) for career opportunities in the energy industry, in government agencies, and in academia. Providing students with training in this field enhances their skills in geology, mathematics, and the physical sciences, forming a basis for work in petroleum and water exploration, as well as environmental geology and engineering.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Depositional Geosystems will be awarded to students successfully completing the five courses (15 hours) from the following options. No substitution of courses or transfer credit is permitted.  

Two from the list below:

GEOL 4044 Petroleum Geology - Modern concepts of the origin, migration, entrapment and production of hydrocarbons from sedimentary basin.

GEOL 4060 Solid Earth Geophysics - Principles and methods of geophysics applied to investigate the structures and dynamic processes of the solid earth system. Emphasis on tectonic plate motions, geomagnetism, global seismology, gravity, and isostasy.

GEOL 4062 Exploration and Environmental Geophysics - Principles and methods of acquisition, processing and interpretation of geophysical data used to investigate the shallow subsurface; seismic refraction, seismic reflection, gravity, magnetics, electrical resistivity, well logs and ground penetrating radar.

GEOL 4068 Reflection Seismology - Seismic reflection techniques used to investigate shallow earth structure; waves in layered media, correlation, convolution, deconvolution and spectral analysis; interpretation of seismic record sections.

GEOL 4131 Basin Analysis - Basic environment of sediment deposition; sedimentological models and their relationships within depositional

basins; analysis of theoretical basin models and comparison with modern and ancient sedimentary basins.

GEOL 4164 Deltaic Geology - Processes of deltaic sedimentation and the nature of deltaic sediments; Mississippi River delta compared to other modern and ancient deltas.

And three from the list below:

GEOL 7061 Sequence Stratigraphy - Principles of physical stratigraphy with emphasis on contemporary concepts about the interaction of tectonics, sea level and sediment supply in generating a predictable architecture of sedimentary basin fills.

GEOL 7062 Seismic Stratigraphy - Interpretation of seismic reflection data in terms of sedimentary facies, stratigraphic sequences and implications for local and eustatic sea-level fluctuations.

GEOL 7132 Dynamics of Sedimentation - Fluid mechanics as applied to sedimentation, fluid-particle interactions, erosion, mechanics of sediment transport including fluid and sediment flows, deposition and the origin of primary structures, and hydrodynamic instability and soft-sediment deformation.

GEOL 7195 Reservoir Characterization - Origin, description, exploration and development of oil and gas reservoirs; topics include accommodation space, reservoir occurrence, origin of petroleum, oil and gas properties, rock properties, drilling, exploration and appraisal, reservoir flow modeling and production engineering; emphasis on integration of geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering.

GEOL 7200 Scientific Communication and Visualization - Methods for written, oral and visual communication with an emphasis on scientific approaches, analysis and presentation of scientific quantitative information.

GEOL 7900 Special Topics in Geology and Geophysics - Advanced and/or emerging topics in geology and geophysics.

GEOL 7972 Seminar in Geophysics - Structure and composition of the mantle; physical processes at ridges, trenches and transform faults; dynamics of plate interiors; intraplate stress; and thermal histories of the earth and other terrestrial planets; physics of rock magnetism; and hydrodynamics of sedimentary basins.


*** Admission to the LSU Graduate School and to the Department of Geology & Geophysics is required. For specific information on graduate school admission, 
      please see the
Graduate Admission Procedure page.