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Geophysics Major

BS in Geophysics
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Degree Plan

Geophysics is the study of the earth by physical methods but particularly by seismic, electromagnetic and radioactivity methods, that have the ability to propagate waves making it easier to study the earth. Applied geophysics uses techniques that measure these physical properties to find out the near-surface characteristics of rock and soil. Applied geophysics, is used in the environmental, mining, and petroleum industries. Geophysical techniques are used the construction of dams, roads, buildings, landfills, and waste repositories and before mining for precious metals and drilling for oil and gas.


Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements . You are also urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language.

Transfer Admissions

Applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements .


Possible careers with a degree in Geophysics include positions such as Petroleum Geologists, Environmental Geologists, Hydrologists, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers. For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services.

Contact Information

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
312 Science and Research 1
Houston, TX 77204-5007
Phone: 713-743-3399

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