Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geophysics, B.A.

The primary objective of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students for both immediate careers and graduate-level study in geophysics. The program differs from the Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Geological Sciences and Physics since it provides the background in both mathematics and physics that is required for solution of problems in the field of solid earth geophysics.  

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Identify, describe, and interpret Earth materials, and evaluate the physical, geometric, and temporal relationships in a geophysical context.
2. Use advanced mathematics to solve physics problems of increasing complexity
3. Use scientific instrumentation to make measurements
4.Design experiments to solve scientific questions
5. Use appropriate field and analytical tools for the purpose of data collection and analysis.
6. Critically evaluate data and interpretations, and succinctly communicate data and observations using spreadsheets, graphical and/or spatial analysis tools.
7. Access and utilize the geologic literature.
8. Communicate effectively in both oral and written formats as well as be comfortable with the language of geology.
9. Create, read, and interpret topographic maps, geologic maps, and cross-sections.

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 76

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: GSCI 160 , GSCI 161 , GSCI 170 , GSCI 210 , GSCI 220 , GSCI 341 , GSCI 343 , GSCI 391 ; PHYS 123 /PHYS 114 , PHYS 125 /PHYS 116 , PHYS 223 , PHYS 224 , PHYS 226 , PHYS 335 , and PHYS 362 .

Department Writing Requirement

Students in Geophysics will satisfy the writing requirement of either the Department of Geological Sciences or Physics. The determination will be made by the Coordinator and/or advisor upon review of student’s course selection. Students must consult with their advisor to ensure that they meet the College’s writing requirement.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (14-15 Credit Hours)

Spring (15-16 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Fourth Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 120

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisor for additional information.