Geology-Physics

Students with an interest in geophysics may prepare for graduate study in this field by choosing the interdisciplinary major in geology and physics.  The requirements of this major include advanced work in both physics and geology, but there is some flexibility in the choice of courses to meet the specific needs of the student.

Major Requirements

  • Five units of geology; must include 203, 350 and Geology Senior Seminar plus Comprehensive Exams.
  • Four and one half units of physics; must include 307, 317 and 333 (prerequisites are University Physics and Modern Physics, 4 units)
  • Two additional units chosen from appropriate courses in geology or physics at the 200 level or above.
  • A senior research project in some area of geophysics, with advisors from both geology and physics departments.

Recommended Courses

  • Math 205 - Multivariable Calculus
  • Math 230 - Differential Equations

Advising is provided through both the geology and physics departments. Since this major is expected to serve students with a wide range of interests, anyone considering it is encouraged to consult with these departments about appropriate scheduling of courses, including interdepartmental offerings.

Students contemplating this major should also be aware of possibilities for advanced placement in chemistry, mathematics and physics courses that could provide added flexibility to their programs. For instance, students with good high school backgrounds in physics should register for Phys 151, 152 and not Phys 103, 104.