Skip to main content
Bachelor of Science
Physics: Geophysics (B.S.)
Geophysics is the study of the earth with tools of physics. Geophysics includes the exciting field of petroleum exploration. Positions in this field also occur in places like police work, archeology, civil engineering, near-earth space environment, atmospheric sciences, seismology, and even crystallography.
Physics Lab 150
Getting to Know You
The Physics Department offers students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Geophysics students take an additional 12 credits in geology. Because the field of geophysics is so broad, options are available to better fit your career choice.

Faculty are always on hand to help guide students throughout their coursework and experiences on campus. Courses are specifically designed to allow for the maximum interaction possible to help students get to know the faculty on a more personal level. Students have the chance to be mentored towards a future career path that will be best suited and rewarding to them.
"The faculty dedicate so much time and energy for their students to make sure we are receiving the best quality of education that the school can offer. They are amazing advisers and give guidance and counsel to their students whether it is related to the major or just personal life and encourage students to do what they feel is right."

Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Physics, with an emphasis in Geophysics, have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Geophysics is the application of physics to study the Earth, oceans, atmosphere and near-earth space. Geophysicists can develop in a broad range of careers, including those in natural resource exploration, satellite based Earth observation, natural hazard mitigation, archaeological studies, conservation and climate studies, government policy and military applications.
Meteorologist/Remote Sensing
Meteorologists use science and math to understand and predict weather and climate. They also study how the atmospheric and weather conditions affect the earth and its human inhabitants.
Seismologists are earth scientists, specialized in geophysics, who study the genesis and the propagation of seismic waves in geological materials. These geological materials can range from a laboratory sample to the Earth as a whole.

Related Majors