GPS offers a wide variety of courses in the fields of both earth and planetary sciences. Classes cover all areas of these fields of study and are available at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Ge 193 Tectonics of New Zealand. 3 units (1-0-2), first term.  Prerequisite: permission of instructors.  A weekly meeting to discuss the current knowledge and major unanswered questions about the tectonics of the New Zealand region, with specific focus on the Pacific-Australia plate boundary and surrounding continental and oceanic deformation. Reading assignments (journal articles) will cover plate kinematics and dynamics, results of recent large-scale geophysical surveys both onshore and offshore, and relevant information obtained from seismicity and drill holes.  Instructors: Stock and Gurnis.

Ge 194 Juno and Cassini. 6 units (3-0-3), first term. Prerequisite Ge103 or equivalent. A coverage of the key science addressed by Juno (currently in orbit around Jupiter) and Cassini (end-of-mission part only, close in to Saturn). Topics include the internal structures (gravity and magnetic field), atmospheric structures, composition and dynamics. The emphasis will be on how the spacecraft instruments work, what they measure and how the resulting data are interpreted. Outside speakers will be used on occasion. The big questions (origin of these planets) will also be addressed. Each student will do a small project related to the data or their interpretation. Instructors: Stevenson and Ingersoll.