Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics with emphasis areas in:
What will I be studying if I choose this academic field?
- Groundwater and Environmental Geochemistry
- Petroleum Geology
You'll be investigating the origin and history of the Earth, the structure of the Earth, and the materials that make up the Earth. Geophysics is the branch of geology, which studies the Earth and planetary bodies using quantitative physical methods. You'll get a strong background in science including courses in chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics. In addition, you'll take courses in basic, intermediate, and advanced geology & geophysics, take numerous field trips, and take part in a 5-week summer field camp in southern Utah. Our students have also attended field camp in South Africa.
Several branches of the geological sciences that are represented in courses and research at Missouri S&T include:
- Mineralogy (the study of minerals)
- Petrology (the study of rocks and rock-fluid interactions)
- Stratigraphy & sedimentology (the study of layered sedimentary rocks)
- Structural geology and tectonics (the study of the structure and processes within the Earth)
- Paleontology (the study of past life).
Students who are interested in or enjoy mathematics and computer science should consider the field of geophysics. Geophysicists use physical principles and state-of-the-art computers, tools and techniques to investigate the subsurface soils and rocks without drilling or excavating. Our program offers a large number of undergraduate courses in geophysics, and we have an active program in exploration and deep crustal geophysics in which undergraduates can play an important role. Participation in these projects gives students great experience that strengthens their resume when it comes to the job hunt upon graduation. We would be happy to send you a brochure that discusses the areas of employment and exciting activities of the geophysicist.