GEOL 581
3 credit hours

  • Instructor

Assistant Professor:   Ali Osman Oncel
Location: Bulding 26, Room:319

e-mail:                               Office Hours:  Sunday and Monday.  2:00 pm-4:00pm or by appointment


  • Textbooks:
  1. Exploration Geophysics of the Shallow Subsurface,  H.Robert Berger
  2. An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, John M. Reynolds, 2004, John Wiley and sons, 796 pages.
  3. Field Geophysics, John Milson, 2002, 232 pages.
  4. Geophysical Methods, Robert Sheriff, 1989, 605 pages.
  5. Basic Exploration Geophysics, JRobinson, E. S., and C. Coruh, ohn Wiley, 1988

  • Readings: Assigned readings will be made from the lists of published case histories to select from are linked in the syllabus below or the current literature on exploration geophysics or given current list under the title of selected papers on Geophysical Exploration. Emphasis will be made on timely topics in geophysical exploration and usage of geophysical exploration methods for engineering applications will be given.  Each student is required to write a 3 abstract of scientific papers and give a short oral presentation about his reading project. See also pointers writing good abstracts and A scrutiny of abstract (Landes, 1951) and Editorial Instructions of Geophysics to Authors gives the proper forms of many specialized geophysical terms and SI units, since your abstracts are going to be graded depending on the writing quality.  The abstract should be typed on a word processor using double spaced Times Roman 12 point font and should be between 200 words and 1 page long.  Suggested list of papers for reading assignments.  See also handout on comparing abstracts.

    • On-line resources

    • Exam format
    •  Two exams will be given: One mid term and one final. Both exams will be open book and open notes.




  • Scope of  Course:

  •  The course will provide basic theoretical foundation of applied geophysical methods on seismology, electric, gravitational, magnetic, which is commonly used for natural resources and environmental problems.

  •  Develop an perspective on geophysical measurements of seismology, electric, gravitational and magnetic, which can be used to characterize physical aspects of underlying geological structures.

  • Provide information with the different type of geophysical data using direct analytical and computer aided estimation of subsurface geological materials. 

  • Non-Geology Majors

  • The course will prove useful for Civil engineering,  Hydrology and Applied Physics students to have skills including  problems related to  oil exploration, engineering studies, groundwater, pollution and hazardous waste. Majors outside geology are welcome and encouraged to consider Geol 581 as an elective course. Provided material in the class will cover experience useful to engineering and physics majors interested in finding employment with environmental, engineering, and geotechnical companies. Please ask about the course to get further information by phone (3980*1161) or e-mail

  • Course Schedule:

  • Saturday-Monday: 6.00-7.15/ Place:114-A

  • Term Project: A term project or constructing a website that will be written up as a term paper and will be due the last week of class with a presentation. Topics should include recent applications or new techniques of geophysical exploration.  The copies of selected papers with their summary along  should be submitted and presented during the last day of class.
  • The term paper is a minimum of 10 pages not including figures and should be typed on a word processor using double spaced Times Roman 12 point font. References are limited to 1 page. Term report oral presentations will be made the final day of class. A paper copy of your term report will be due on Monday the last week of classes. See also Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students.  See also grading term papers.
  • Presentation handouts:  A handout for all members of the class on the oral presentation is to be accompanied, that will consist of the abstract to your report, significant references (not all of them) and significant figures from your written reports. This provides each class member with a future reference to the subject you are discussion.
  • Research Channels under the KFUPM: Consider the prepared materials on AcademicPremierSearch and Times Cited to use provided research channels of KFUPM.
  • Special Lectures
    Invited speakers will provide timely lectures on such topics as refraction and reflection seismology, resistivity.
  • Software

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updated November 6-2004