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Geology - Physics/Mathematics

Geophysics concentrators apply physical and mathematical principles and approaches to investigate processes that operate on and within the Earth and other planets.

Geophysics addresses many pressing and fascinating topics including Earth’s changing climate, the mitigation of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides, and the internal structure and dynamics of our planet.  This concentration is a good choice for students who enjoy quantitative thinking and are keen to study the Earth, its environment, and other planets.

Both AB and ScB degrees are offered; the ScB requires more (19) courses, including a research course. DEEPS provides a highly collaborative learning environment that emphasizes process-oriented, hands-on approaches in the classroom, in labs and on field trips.  There are many opportunities for students to do research working with faculty, graduate students, and researchers. The degree builds students’ skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication, data analysis and modeling, and applying systems approaches to problem solving, which prepare students for a wide variety of careers.