Organic Geochemistry


Petroleum geologists, geophysicists, exploration managers, and research geologists.


An introductory course to the role of organic geochemistry in the exploration and development phases. The course consists of a series of lectures followed by practice exercises.


  • Origin of fossil fuels
  • Factors influencing source-rock deposition
  • Kerogen formation, composition, and conversion to hydrocarbons
  • Thermal models for hydrocarbon formation
  • Bitumen and petroleum, formation composition, and transformations
  • Migration of hydrocarbons
  • Analytical techniques for kerogen, bitumen, petroleum and natural gas
  • Source rock evaluation and data interpretation
  • Correlation techniques
  • Case studies