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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geophysics, B.S.

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Geophysical techniques are used to understand the physical behavior of Earth, including plate-tectonic processes, earthquake mechanisms and nuclear test-ban verification. The B.S. degree in geophysics provides a strong quantitative background in seismology, geothermics and digital signal processing.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 33 hours in Earth sciences and a minimum of 30 hours of support courses, selected from the following:

Earth Science Electives (9 Credit Hours)

At the 3000 level or above; with at least 3 credit hours in geophysics.

Total: 63 Credit Hours


  • Participation in a recognized geology or geophysics summer field camp is strongly recommended for all geophysics majors.
  • Experience with a modern scientific computing language is essential and can be gained in a course such as GEOL 3359 - Computer Methods in Earth Sciences .
  • The requirements for the geophysics major are considered minimal. Students should consult a faculty adviser for recommendations on additional coursework that best fits their goals.

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