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.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand fundamental processes that shaped Earth through time 
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, data analysis, and communication
  • Learn how to formulate and test a scientific hypothesis
  • Learn mathematical and computational approaches to study the Earth
  • Employ theoretical modeling to explain and predict processes in and on the Earth and planets

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014
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2016
2017
2018
2019 7 7 5

Alumni Pathways

Concentrators have a wide variety of employment opportunities with their degree, including positions in the private sector (e.g. environmental consulting firms, the energy industry, data analytics), government (national research labs, US Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency), education and academia (K-12 schools and museums, research positions at universities, science journalism), and non-profits (think-tanks, community and national organizations). About half of our concentrators eventually attain an advanced degree; our department’s undergraduate program is ranked in the top five nationally and our concentrators are sought after by graduate programs and employers.

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