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Earth Sciences Master Information
Electives
Courses can be chosen from the complete offerings of the ETH Zurich and University of Zurich (according to prior agreement with the MSc Committee).
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
651-1852-00LAdvanced Electron Microprobe Analysis Restricted registration - show details W Dr3 credits4GJ. Allaz, E. Reusser
AbstractAdvanced operations of the Electron Microprobe to obtain high quality quantitative analysis at the micron-scale. Discussion of challenging cases (beam sensitive material, high spatial resolution, peak interference, quantitative element mapping, etc.). Discussion about the data treatment and how to optimally present the results.
ObjectiveFull autonomy on the use of the JEOL Electron Microprobe, the software “Probe for EPMA”, and other "advanced" software. Ability to develop a complete and optimum analytical setup corresponding to the analytical and research needs, and to test this setup for accuracy and precision. The student should also be able to treat the analyses results and to usefully incorporate them in his/her research.
ContentThis class is a mixture of presentations, discussions, lab exercises and some homework. If the eventuality the lab access is not possible due to the Covid situation, live demonstrations will be organised using remote control of the machine. Students should preferably have access to a Windows computer to be able to run the programs “Probe for EPMA” and “Casino” that will be used throughout the course. Instructions to install these programs will be given to the registered students shortly before the course begins.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents must either follow the ETH course “Electron Microprobe Class” (651-0048-00L) or must present an excellent knowledge of the electron microprobe (e.g., similar EPMA course taken at another institution).
GESS Science in Perspective
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Master Project Proposal
Registration only possible with a special approval.
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
651-4060-00LMSc Project Proposal Restricted registration - show details
The MSc Project Proposal is only offered in autumn semester, a registration in spring semester is subject to special approval by the study director.

The introductory lecture on conduct as a scientist takes place as a self-study course in spring semester. Please contact the study coordination.
W10 credits21ALecturers
AbstractThe main purpose of the Master Project Proposal is to help students organize ideas, material and objectives for their Master Thesis, and to begin development of communication skills. An integral part of the MSc Project Proposal is the lecture on Conduct as a Scientist.
ObjectiveThe main objectives of the Master Project Proposal are to demonstrate
the following abilities:
- to formulate a scientific question
- to present scientific approach to solve the problem
- to interpret, discuss and communicate scientific results in written form
- to gain experience in writing a scientific proposal
Prerequisites / NoticeAll students writing the MSc Project Proposal must attend an introductory lecture on "Conduct as a Scientist" held in autumn semester.
Master's Thesis
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
651-4062-00LMaster's Thesis Information Restricted registration - show details
Only students who fulfill the following criteria are allowed to begin with their master thesis:
a. successful completion of the bachelor programme;
b. fulfilling of any additional requirements necessary to gain admission to the master programme;
c. have successful completed the MSc Project Proposal
O30 credits64DLecturers
AbstractThe Master Programme is concluded by means of a thesis and the subject of the thesis is defined in the MSc Project Proposal. The focus is in the major study area and will represent either an applied or fundamental research project. The Master's thesis is often written in the form of an internationally publishable paper.
Objective
Course Units for Additional Admission Requirements
The courses below are only available for MSc students with additional admission requirements.
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
406-0062-AALPhysics I
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
E-5 credits11RA. Vaterlaus
AbstractIntroduction to the concepts and tools in physics: mechanics of point-like and rigid bodies, elasticity theory, elements of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, periodic motion and mechanical waves.
ObjectiveIntroduction to the scientific methodology. The student should develop his/her capability to turn physical observations into mathematical models, and to solve them.
The student should acquire an overview over the basic concepts in mechanics.
ContentBook:
Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Douglas C. Giancoli, Pearson Education (2009), ISBN: 978-0-13-157849-4

Chapters:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (without: 6-5, 6-6, 6-8), 7, 8 (without 8-9), 9, 10 (without 10-10), 11 (without 11-7), 13 (without 13-13, 13-14), 14 (without 14-6), 15 (without 15-3, 15-5)
Literaturesee "Content"

Friedhelm Kuypers
Physik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler
Band 1: Mechanik und Thermodynamik
Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2002, 544 S, ca.: Fr. 68.-
406-0243-AALAnalysis I and II Information
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
E-14 credits30RM. Akveld
AbstractMathematical tools for the engineer
ObjectiveMathematics as a tool to solve engineering problems. Mathematical formulation of technical and scientific problems. Basic mathematical knowledge for engineers.
ContentShort introduction to mathematical logic.
Complex numbers.
Calculus for functions of one variable with applications.
Simple types of ordinary differential equations.
Simple Mathematical models in engineering.

Multi variable calculus: gradient, directional derivative, chain rule, Taylor expansion. Multiple integrals: coordinate transformations, path integrals, integrals over surfaces, divergence theorem, applications in physics.
LiteratureTextbooks in English:
- J. Stewart: Calculus, Cengage Learning, 2009, ISBN 978-0-538-73365-6
- J. Stewart: Multivariable Calculus, Thomson Brooks/Cole (e.g. Appendix G on complex numbers)
- V. I. Smirnov: A course of higher mathematics. Vol. II. Advanced calculus
- W. L. Briggs, L. Cochran: Calculus: Early Transcendentals: International Edition, Pearson Education
Textbooks in German:
- M. Akveld, R. Sperb: Analysis I, vdf
- M. Akveld, R. Sperb: Analysis II, vdf
- L. Papula: Mathematik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler, Vieweg Verlag
- L. Papula: Mathematik für Ingenieure 2, Vieweg Verlag
529-2001-AALChemistry I and II
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

All other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
E-9 credits19RJ. Cvengros
AbstractGeneral Chemistry I and II: Chemical bond and molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, acids and bases, electrochemistry
ObjectiveIntroduction to general and inorganic chemistry. Basics of the composition and the change of the material world. Introduction to the thermodynamically controlled physico-chemical processes. Macroscopic phenomena and their explanation through atomic and molecular properties. Using the theories to solve qualitatively and quantitatively chemical and ecologically relevant problems.
Content1. Stoichiometry

2. Atoms and Elements (Quantum Mechanical Model of the Atom)

3. Chemical Bonding

4. Thermodynamics

5. Chemical Kinetics

6. Chemical Equilibrium (Acids and Bases, Solubility Equilibria)

7. Electrochemistry
Lecture notesNivaldo J. Tro
Chemistry - A molecular Approach (Pearson), Chapter 1 - 18
LiteratureBrown, LeMay, Bursten CHEMIE (deutsch)
Mortimer, Müller CHEMIE (deutsch)
Housecroft and Constable, CHEMISTRY (englisch)
Oxtoby, Gillis, Nachtrieb, MODERN CHEMISTRY (englisch)
651-3050-AALFundamentals of Geophysics
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
E-6 credits13RJ. A. R. Noir
Abstract
Objective
651-3070-AALFundamentals of Geology
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
E-6 credits13RV. Picotti, W. Behr
Abstract
Objective
651-3400-AALFundamentals of Geochemistry
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
E-6 credits13RC. Liebske, O. Bachmann
AbstractSelf-study course, the contents of which will be defined by consultation with the study advisor.
ObjectiveClose knowledge gaps in geochemistry to fulfill the respective requirements for the earth science MSc programme.
651-3521-AALTectonics
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
E-3 credits6RT. Gerya, W. Behr
AbstractComprehensive understanding of role and evolution of oceanic and continental lithosphere in global plate tectonics and evolution of earth. Understanding principles of theoretical and experimental geothermics and fundamentals of mantle and lithosphere rheologies.
ObjectiveComprehensive understanding of role and evolution of oceanic and continental lithosphere in global plate tectonics and evolution of earth. Understanding principles of theoretical and experimental geothermics and fundamentals of mantle and lithosphere rheologies.
ContentConcept of lithosphere-asthenosphere system in plate tectonics. Physics, chemistry, and rheology of crust and uppermost mantle. Thermal, chemical, and mechanical evolution and destruction/subduction of oceanic lithosphere and evolution of continents. Continental growth, example Europe. Fundamentals of rheology and geothermics of the mantle-lithosphere-crust system.
Lecture notesDetailed scriptum in digital form and additional learning moduls (www.lead.ethz.ch) available on intranet.
Literaturesee list in scriptum.
Prerequisites / NoticePPT-files of each lecture may be played back for rehearsal on www.lead.ethz.ch.
651-3525-AALIntroduction to Engineering Geology
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
E-3 credits6RS. Löw
AbstractThis introductory course starts from a descriptions of the behavior and phenomena of soils and rocks under near surface loading conditions and their key geotechnical properties. Lab and field methods for the characterization of soils, rocks and rock masses are introduced. Finally practical aspects of ground engineering, including tunneling and landslide hazards are presented.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the basic geotechnical and geomechanical properties and processes of rocks and soils. Understanding the interaction of rock and soil masses with technical systems. Understanding the fundamentals of geological hazards.
ContentRock, soil and rock mass: scale effects and fundamental geotechnical properties. Soil mechanical properties and their determination. Rock mechanical properties and their determination. Fractures: geotechnical properties and their determination. Geotechnical classification of intact rock, soils and rock masses. Natural and induced stresses in rock and soil. Interaction of soil masses with surface loads, water and excavations. Slope instability mechanisms and stability analyses. Underground excavation instability mechanisms and rock deformation. Geological mass wasting processes.
Lecture notesLecture Material as defined in German PPT Slides of the German Course “651-3525-00L Ingenieurgeologie”.
LiteratureFor English speakers study chapters 1-3 of Part I of the book “Geological Engineering” (Gonzalez de Vallejo & Ferrer 2011, CRC Press), without groundwater flow, consolidation time, geophysical methods, details of triaxial tests in soils and rocks, details of clay mineralogy.
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipate on all exercises of “651-3525-00L Ingenieurgeologie”, Thursday 13-14 pm.
Participate in Written Exam together with students of the German Course
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