For more information please contact: Prof. Phil Skemer (Director of Undergraduate Studies)
Geophysics uses methods of physics to understand the structure and evolution of the Earth and other planets. In addition to other requirements, Geophysics students must take courses in differential equations and matrix algebra. These are prerequisites for the advanced level geophysics courses that are available to the Geophysics Track students.
Core courses: EPSc 201 (Earth and Environment), EPSc 352 (Earth Materials), and EPSc 353 (Earth Forces).
Additional required coursework: Chem 111A, 112A (or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam); Math 131, 132, 233, 217, 309; Phys 117A, 118A (or Phys 197, 198).
Electives: At least four courses must be selected from those listed below, with at least three in Geophysics & Remote Sensing and one in Geology or Geochemistry.
Geology: EPSc 385 (Earth History), EPSc 400 (Planetary Crusts), EPSc 409 (Surface Processes), EPSc 413 (Intro. Soil Science), EPSc 422 (Sedimentary Geology), EPSc 429 (Environ. Hydrogeology), EPSc 430 (Environ. Mineralogy), EPSc 437 (Intro. Petrology), EPSc 460 (Intro. Structural Geology), EPSc 473 (Planetary Geology)
Geochemistry: EPSc 323 (Biogeochem.), EPSc 401 (Earth Systems Science), EPSc 441 (Intro. Geochem.), EPSc 444 (Environ. Geochem.), EPSc 445 (Organic Geochem.), EPSc 446 (Stable Isotopes), EPSc 474 (Planetary Geochem.)
Geophysics & Remote Sensing: EPSc 319 (Physical Oceanography), EPSc 407 (Remote Sensing), EPSc 408 (Earth's Atm. & Global Climate), EPSc 410 (Earth Remote Sensing Methods & Instr.), EPSc 428 (Hydrology), EPSc 452 (Intro. Seismology), EPSc 453 (Interior of the Earth), EPSc 454 (Explor. & Environ. Geophysics), EPSc 459 (Geodynamics), EPSc 553 (Geophys. Data Analysis), EPSc 558 (Adv. Geodyn.), EPSc 561 (Adv. Seismology), EPSc 570 (Planet. Geophys. & Dyn.)
Capstone experience: All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year.
Senior Honors (optional): Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Seniors Honors and Research Distinction).