Master of Science in Geophysics

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  • Course description
    The Department of Geophysics' welcomes graduate students and faculty from throughout the United States and around the world. Together we are all creating a fertile global climate for stimulating cultural interaction.

    Most graduate students in the Department of Geophysics receive financial aid from teaching assistantships, fellowship support from philanthropic gifts, government or private grants, and funded research projects. Financial aid is offered only to full-time students in a degree program. International students must demonstrate financial support for their first year. Support may be available through funded research projects for outstanding international candidates. Complete applications should be submitted by the deadline to insure priority consideration for fall semester financial support.

    Geophysics, along with other geoscience and engineering disciplines, is relevant to solving important problems locally and globally:

    Characterizing aquifer dynamics in the Western US
    Exploring for water for the 20% of Earth’s population that lacks it

    Characterizing soil, assessing irrigation in precision agriculture

    Exploring and developing oil and gas, coal, coal bed methane, geothermal

    Investigating sites for subsurface construction, tunneling
    Locating and characterizing underground infrastructure and utilities

    Monitoring, non-invasively, the utility infrastructure: natural gas, water, telecommunications, roads, railroads

    Isolating toxic (nuclear, chemical) waste

    Monitoring, forecasting, and mitigating risks associated with earthquakes, volcanoes, avalanches, tsunamis.

    Locating land mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO)

    Understanding climate change and its implications

    Exploring the planets, e.g., looking for water on Mars

    Using non-invasive methods to locate subsurface sites/structures/artifacts

    Locating old mine tunnels and underground facilities
    Exploring for mineral resources and characterizing in situ and mine leach processes

Other programs related to geophysics

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