The AB degree requires a total of 14 courses, including 6 geoscience courses, 3 physics or engineering courses, and 3 math and applied math courses. The ScB degree requires a total of 20 courses, including 8 geoscience courses, 4 physics or engineering courses, and 3 math and applied courses; students can choose courses from both solid Earth geophysics and climate science themes. Geoscience courses emphasize an analytical and process-oriented approach, with hands-on experiences in labs and on field trips. Active and collaborative learning is encouraged, as is practice in written and oral communication. There are many opportunities for students to engage in research (typically in paid positions) during the academic year or in the summer, in areas such as analysis of seismic waves in subduction zones, theoretical modeling of convection in the Earth's mantle, modeling the effects of the warming climate in the oceans and atmosphere, and remote sensing of how climate change affects vegetation.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand the history of the earth and its development across geological time
  • Study physical processes and phenomena, applying scientific principles to understand the Earth
  • Learn to formulate a scientific problem
  • Develop critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
  • Employ theoretical modeling to predict, or 
explain past, geologic events

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstone Graduates Honors Graduates

Alumni Pathways

GeoPhysics concentrators can find a variety of employment opportunities with their undergraduate degree, including the private sector (e.g. environmental and energy consulting firms), government (research positions at state and US Geological Surveys,PeaceCorps), academic (research internships and universities, teaching high school science), and non-profits (community and national organizations). About half of all concentrators eventually go on for a professional or advanced degree, either in basic science or in one of the increasing number of interdisciplinary programs.

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