Below is a detailed listing of the courses that I have completed during the pursuit of my degrees:
Undergraduate Geology: 3.485/4.0
GEOL 1401 Physical Geology - A
This course covers the nature and properties of the materials which make up the earth, the distribution of these materials throughout the earth, the processes (volcanism, glaciation, stream erosion, weathering, etc.) by which these materials are formed, altered, transported, and deformed and the nature and development of the landscapes.
GEOL 1402 Historical Geology - A
A study of the record of life forms (fauna and flora) that evolved throughout the geologic time 4.5 billion years ago up to the occurrence of man. It also covers the physical changes of the earth through 4.5 billion years of advancing and retreating seas, of deposition, and of erosion of rocks, fashioned into mountain ranges-the entire chronological history of how processes of physical geology have operated.
GEOL 2401 Crystal & Optical Mineralogy - A Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry, and optical mineralogy. Identification of minerals by physical, optical, and X-ray diffraction techniques.
GEOL 3401 Interdiscip. Geographic Info. Sys. - A This course is designed to introduce the concepts of computer- based spatial data handling, referred to as geographic information systems (GIS). The interdisciplinary approach focuses on bringing students from diverse academic backgrounds together in a team effort to learn the fundamentals of GIS, including data, sources, input, manipulation, and output presentation.
GEOL 3402 Structural Geology - A
A study of the deformation of Earth’s crust. Covers stress and strain as well as geometric analysis of the structures (faults, folds, joints, shear zones) that comprise deformation. Construction of geologic maps and cross sections will be included, as will field trips.
GEOL 4402 Campus GIS Project - A.
This course was designed to build on the skills learned in the Interdisciplinary GIS class, as well as a review of advanced vector analysis, and a detailed coverage of raster based analysis. The project included the creation and manipulation of digital elevation models, classification on aerial and satellite imagery, and vector to raster conversion and analysis. The project and assignments utilized an extensive Trans-Pecos spatial database housed in the Sul Ross GIS lab. Software used included the Spatial and 3D Analyst extension for ArcGIS and ERDAS Image.
GEOL 3408 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation - B
A study of the processes governing the formation and distribution of recent sediments, which established the guiding principles used in the classification, correlation and interpretation of ancient, stratified sedimentary rocks. The stratigraphic record is largely the result of the continuity of sedimentary processes through the dimension of geologic time.
GEOL 3412 Geomorphology - A
An introduction to the study of geologic processes operating at the Earth’s surface and the landforms produced by those processes. Fluvial, glacial, coastal, groundwater, soil, and both wind and water weathering processes will be studied along with lithologic and structural influences. Labs include interpretation of air photos and topographic maps as well as field studies.
3601 Field Geology - A
A capstone summer field course reviewing methods of geologic mapping, construction of geologic cross sections, measurement of stratigraphic sections, hydrogeologic surveys, and preparation of geological reports, in the context of regional geologic settings.
GEOL 4308 Tectonics - A
A detailed study of geologic features related to tectonic-plate margins around the world, with emphasis on convergent margins and the frontier research currently conducted there. Topics also include plate reconstruction, mantle plumes, and early-Earth tectonics.
GEOL 4401 Sedimentary Petrology - B
The course concerns the laws of sedimentation, the origin, history, description, classification, and interpretation of sedimentary rocks. It also involves determination of the rock types in the source areas. Laboratory work consists of petrographic investigation of thin sections of sedimentary rock types.
GEOL 4403 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology - B
A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments.
GEOL 4402 Lunar and Planetary Geology - A
A study of the terrestrial planets and moons in which a systematic description of the planetary surfaces will be integrated with geochemical data, mineralogic data, and experimental studies in theories of the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets.
GEOL 5401 Remote Sensing - A
A course dealing with the uses of remote sensing for geological interpretation. The lab provides practical application of a technique used in almost all fields of geology.
GEOL 4101 Subsurface Core Analysis - A
Students will learn about subsurface reservoirs thru hands on description of carbonate and siliciclastic cores recovered from wells drilled in the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. In addition to macroscopic description, thin sections will be used for microscopic description. Carbonate and siliciclastic depositional environments and classification schemes will be discussed. Each student will, step by step, macroscopically describe cores from Permian Basin reservoirs. Depositional environments, structures, textures, and fossil assemblages and diagenetic features will be identified. Students will be introduced to core analysis with a trip to a commercial core analysis firm where they will be instructed on how a core is analyzed for reservoir properties. Microscopic (thin section) description of the structures, textures, and fossil assemblages and diagenetic features will be introduced to complement the macroscopic examination. The students will then compare reservoir properties from different cores. Methods learned in the description of core in the lab are transferable to measured sections in outcrop.
GEOL 4101 Subsurface Sample Analysis - A
This course looks at well cuttings from the standpoint of sample description and reservoir facies analysis. Each student will, step by step, microscopically describe samples from Permian Basin formations. Depositional environments, structures, textures, and fossil assemblages and diagenetic features will be identified. Students will learn about subsurface reservoirs thru hands on evaluation of carbonate and siliciclastic samples recovered from wells drilled in the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Carbonate and siliciclastic depositional environments and classifications will be discussed. Using a binocular microscope and hand lens, students will review a collection of classic textures, fossils, and examples of depositional environments. Students will study samples/well cuttings from a water well, and an exploration well and be able to present the description in a graphic and written format.
Graduate Geology: 4.0/4.0
GEOL 6305 Advanced Structural Geology and Tectonics - A
Concepts and principles of structural geology and tectonics, with emphasis on physical factors responsible for the deformation of the earth’s crust, and the results of the deformation through geologic time.
GEOL 6307 Carbonate Petrology, Petrography, and Diagenesis - A-
Study of the origins, grain types, textures, and diagenesis of recent and ancient carbonate sediments and rocks.
GEOL 6308 Carbonate Depositional Systems and Sequence Stratigraphy - A
Study the marginal-marine, shallow- and deep-marine carbonate depositional environments and their sequence stratigraphic expression.
GEOL 6311 Clastic Petrology, Petrography, and Diagenesis - A
Study of the origins, grain types, textures, and diagenesis of recent and ancient clastic, volcanoclasstic, and biogenic sediments and rocks.
GEOL 6312 Clastic Depositional Systems and Sequence Stratigraphy - A
Study of terrestrial, marginal-marine, shallow- and deep-marine clastic depositional environments and their sequence stratigraphic expression.
GEOL 6335 Arid-Lands Hydrology - A
Study of hydrologic systems in arid and semi-arid environments.
GEOL 6347 Subsurface Methods - A
Systematic and accurate acquisition, evaluation, and interpretation of subsurface data as applied in the search for oil and mineral deposits.
GEOL 6348 Petroleum Geology - A
Advanced studies in petroleum exploration. Porosity and permeability as related to lithology and hydrodynamics of fluid flow. Stratigraphic and structural traps; regional trends and basin analysis; the origin of oil; log interpretation; and geophysical exploration.
GEOL 6349 E&P Logging - A
Formation Evaluation (or Exploration and Production well log analysis, or petrophysics) is at the intersection of a number of disciplines, including, but not limited to, geology, geophysics, and reservoir engineering. Students will be immediately confronted upon entering the petroleum industry with the need to be capable of processing the actual measurements as provided by the data logging companies, and with the skills presented herein, to interpret that data into usable information about the subsurface.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to identify, correlate and interpret singularly or as a set: Electric Logs, Mud Logs, Drill Stem Tests, and Core Analyses and Descriptions. The student will also understand the roll of the geologist, petrophysicist, engineer and land personnel in making decisions pertaining to drilling and completing wells, creating a reservoir characterization, and the geologist roll in economic decisions pertaining to producing properties. The goal is to be able to make a single cohesive model of the subsurface that can be consistently applied to reservoirs.
GEOL 6389 Scientific Communications - A
Instruction on how to relay advanced scientific thought in a structured, articulated writing style. This course will discuss the proper technique for producing scientific reports, papers for peer review, and thesis writing.
GEOL 6699 Master’s Thesis:
Subsurface analysis and cycle stratigraphy of the upper Cambrian Wilberns Formation, western Llano Uplift region, McCulloch County, Texas with comparison to Wilberns on outcrop
Graduate Business: 3.793/4.0
ACCT 6301 Accounting Analysis - A
A foundation in the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting information designed for the planning, assessment, and control of business entities. Emphasizes the use of information for decision making.
MRKT 6310 Marketing Management - A
An analysis of the customer/market relationships with the company in an open market system characterized by the presence of strong competition within a very fluid business environment. Managerial decision making with this matrix will be stressed.
FINA 6320 Financial Management - B
Investment, financing and dividend decisions of firms seeking to maximize shareholder wealth. Analytical techniques, economic and behavioral theories and financial environment.
ACCT 6311 Information Systems Mngt - A+
Methods and problem resolution in developing and managing company-wide
MNGT 6366 Strategic Management - A
Opportunity for development and implementation of knowledge from multiple disciplines and integration of viewpoints of different functions of an organization. Case evaluation and discussion are stressed.
MRKT 6309 Global Energy Business - A
Study of the dynamic markets, and strategies, of businesses in the Global Energy Industry.
MNGT 6324 Energy Law - B
A Business Law elective that will focus on the legal concepts involving ownership, exploration, and development of natural resources, particularly oil, gas, and wind.
MNGT 6360 Organizational Behavior - A
The systematic study of individual, team, and structural characteristics that influence behavior within organizations. Cross-cultural applications are discussed.
MNGT 6301 Legal Environment of Business - A
A foundation in the role of law in our system of business and commerce, both facilitating and constraining business decision- making. In addition, this course will introduce the operation of legal institutions and the fundamentals of legal reasoning.
MNGT 6320 Production & Operation Mngt - B
The role of the operations management function within the context of an organization, be it public or private, profit or nonprofit, manufacturing or service. The course emphasizes the application of concepts of in process analysis, material management, and quality management. Both quantitative and behavioral perspectives are presented.
FINA 6330 International Finance - A
A comprehensive study of international financial markets that covers currency exchange mechanisms in theory and practice, including international monetary systems; offshore financial markets; and currency risk management, including interest rate and currency futures, options, and swaps.
MNGT 6303 Analytic Models for Dec. Making - B
An examination of deterministic linear programming, networks, and dynamic programming. The course emphasizes formation and utilization of programming computer packages.
MNGT 6361 Mngt. and the Research Process - A
The course looks at research in the business environment. The research process paradigm is thoroughly investigated with a sp ecial emphasis on the role of business research in management decision-making
MRKT 6389 International Business - A
The course investigates government and businesses across borders and the dynamics between countries/regions, including country profiles, regional integration, trade, law and foreign direct investment. This course is macro in nature and focuses on international business and its overriding theories, and how to apply them in management decisions.
ACCT 6315 Topics in Federal Income Tax - A
The course examines Federal Income Tax law, rules, accounting, and regulations relating to partnerships, corporations, estates, and trusts.
FINA 6325 Options, Derivatives, & Futures - B
An introduction to futures and forward contracts and their markets, including how these derivatives are created and traded. The course covers how businesses can use these contracts to hedge risk. Topics include the principles of valuation and pricing for these securities and the mathematical models that apply. Swaps may be covered if time permits.
ACCT 6310 Energy Accounting - B
The course will cover advanced topics in energy accounting. Topics include joint interest audits, contractor audits, asset valuations, direct charges, carried interests, farm outs/ farm-ins, transportation and refining, gas balancing, sub chapter K elections, tax credits, reclamation costs.
FINA 6322 Mngt. of Financial Institutions - A
This course is a study of management of financial institutions in a global financial services environment. The course covers risk identification, measurement, and management; regulatory compliance; capital adequacy; liquidity; and profitability from the perspective of a financial manager.