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Chair:
Moataz Emam
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Physics: Concentration in Geophysics [PHY/GEOP] (Major)

The study of geophysics includes a knowledge of the physical laws that govern the earth and a range of geology topics such as the earth’s interior, crustal movements, soil composition, mineral and fossil fuel resources. Crucial to these topics are the mathematical tools needed to describe them. For more information, contact the Physics Department.

Career Potential

  • Graduate work in geophysics
  • Technical specialist
  • Energy exploration
  • Government

A. Required Courses in Physics and Geology: 42 credit hours
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 301 - Mineralogy (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 302 - Petrology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 469 - Structural Geology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 203 - Principles of Physics III (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 410 - Modern Physics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 420 - Classical Mechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 450 - Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr. hr.)
B. Required Related Courses: 26 credit hours
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 425 - Methods of Applied Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 430 - Differential Equations (3 cr. hr.)
C. Required Elective Courses: 12 credit hours

Six in physics and six in geology from the following:

  • GLY 367 - Geomorphology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 371 - Meteorology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 396 - Aqueous Geochemistry (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 422 - Applied Mechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 440 - Electronics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 565 - Solid State Physics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 595 - Geophysical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124