Student examining a specimen

See what's below the surface

Use methods based in physics to investigate the Earth

Minor in Geophysics

Offered by: Geography, Geology, and the Environment

How did the Earth come to be? How has it changed and evolved? With a minor in Geophysics at SRU, you'll learn how to use methods based in physics-such as seismic refraction, seismic reflection, magnetic, and gravity-to investigate Earth properties and Earth structure. You'll also learn how to apply those methods for environmental investigations and mineral, oil, and natural gas explorations.

Why Choose Geophysics?

If you love learning about the Earth and what's happening deep below the surface, then you should consider a minor in Geophysics. The curriculum teaches multiple methods on how to study the Earth's interior. Studying Geophysics prepares you for the growing fields of groundwater studies, development of energy resources, and environmental studies.

What Will You Learn?

As a Geophysics minor, you'll learn how to apply geophysical methods to both environmental and exploration scale surveys. You'll also learn:

  • Which method to use in a given situation
  • How to design a geophysical survey
  • How to acquire data
  • How to interpret data in a geologic context

Careers In Geophysics

Most career opportunities in Geophysics today are with oil and natural gas exploration companies working with seismic data. Opportunities also exist with environmental firms. Within both types of organizations, you can pursue several different areas including data processing, analysis, acquisition, and interpretation. You will be prepared to excel in a high-demand field of environmental investigations and mineral, oil, and natural gas explorations.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Geography, Geology, and the Environment Club
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Geoscience Honorary)