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Gravity, electricity, vibrations, magnetism — these phenomena and others can be studied when we apply physics to the area of earth sciences. As a result, geophysics helps us do things like locate mineral deposits and determine the thickness of glaciers.

What to Expect

As a geophysics major, you will benefit from a combination of quality classroom education, laboratory experience and field based activities. You will focus on the physics of the earth and its atmosphere, including seismology, oceanography and volcanology.

You will also have the unique opportunity to complete a six-week field course in Colorado to get valuable hands-on experience. This opportunity synergizes your education in geophysics to understanding the earth's formation in an observational setting.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.S. with a major in Geophysics

Within the College of Arts and Science, the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment is one of only two institutions in the Southeast that offers a geophysics undergraduate degree. The department boasts a large and diverse faculty with broad scientific expertise.

The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics:

  • Internal Earth
  • Mountain Building: Structure and Tectonics
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Applied Seismology
  • Elementary Seismology
  • Seismic Reflection Interpretation
  • Introduction to Groundwater Modeling
  • Marine Hydrodynamics
  • Environmental Geophysics

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

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