Earth and Planetary Sciences Major: Geophysics

As an earth and planetary sciences major in the geophysics track, your studies concentrate on the geological aspects of Earth and other planets. Specifically, the specialized track in geophysics relies on methods of physics to understand the structure and evolution of the Earth and other planets.

sample courses:

Earth Forces

Basic concepts regarding the forces that act upon the Earth, how geological materials react to these forces, and the time scale over which they respond. Emphasis on physical concepts needed to understand the geodynamical behavior of the Earth over a broad range of length and time scales. Application and interpretation of geophysical methods to probe the interior of the Earth.

Interior of the Earth

Composition and temperature of Earth's mantle and core, determined by geophysical methods. Inferences about mantle and core dynamics, especially interactions. Current understanding and history of interior in fields of seismology, geomagnetism, mineral physics, geodynamics.

our students have gone on to become:

Economic Geologists

Environmental Consultants

Mining Geologists

Petroleum Geologists

Pollution Remediators

Planetary Scientists

Government Scientists (E.P.A., NASA, Fish & Wildlife Service, etc)