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.

Required Courses

  • Five units of geology; must include Geol 203 (Mineralogy); Geol 350 (Structural Geology) and Geology Senior Seminar.
  • Four and one half units of physics; must include Phys 151 & 152 (University Physics); Phys 307 (Classical Mechanics); Phys 317 (Instrumentation Lab); and Phys 333 (Mathematical Methods of Physics).
  • 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. Students should register for Phys 151, 152 (University Physics) and not Phys 103, 104 (College Physics).