Geophysics is an interdisciplinary physical science that applies the knowledge and techniques of physics, mathematics and chemistry to understand the structure, subsurface and dynamic behaviour of the earth and its environment. Professionals work in resource exploration, environmental, engineering, and other earth science disciplines. Science electives are normally selected from Geophysics, Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry courses.
The department offers a Major and Honours degree in Geophysics and a Combined Honours degree in Geophysics and another subject. If you have maintained 68% GPA and have not failed a course you are encouraged to enroll in honours. Normally this happens before the beginning of the third year.
About the Discipline
Geophysics is an interdisciplinary physical science concerned with the nature of the earth and its environment and as such seeks to apply the knowledge and techniques of physics, mathematics and chemistry to understand the structure and dynamic behavior of the earth and its environment. The required sequence of math, physics and geophysics courses is designed to provide a basic structure on which to build a program with science electives normally selected from geology, astronomy, oceanography, mathematics, physics and chemistry courses.
Geophysicists are scientists who study the structure and composition of the Earth. Many geophysicists are part of a team with other Earth scientists working on exploration, construction, and environmental problems. They use sophisticated instruments and computing methods to measure and calculate the physical properties of the Earth including density, seismic velocity, gravity, magnetism, resistivity, and radioactivity. Complicated visualization of the Earth's interior is an important part of the geophysicists job, and state-of-the art computing and imaging technologies are important parts of the geophysics tool kit. Geophysicists are employed in the oil & gas and mineral exploration industries. In addition, geophysicists identify environmental hazards and evaluate areas for dams or building construction sites. Geophysicists seek employment within industry, government, and academia.