Geophysics Minor

Geophysics seeks to understand the inner workings of inner earth and its surroundings. A variety of physical measurements – involving seismic waves, magnetic fields, gravity, electric potential and satellite-based geodesy – are made to probe the interior and study the surface and internal process of our planet. The geophysics study encompasses field work as well as theoretical and experimental studies, through which students will learn about the mechanics of landslides, earthquakes and other natural hazards. Employment opportunities include oil, gas, petroleum and mineral exploration companies and environmental consulting companies. This minor could also serve as a pathway for entry to a graduate program in seismology.