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Geophysics

Geophysics is the study of the physical properties and processes within and surrounding the Earth. Many problems in the Earth Sciences require geophysical techniques for study. The interdisciplinary minor in geophysics is for students with backgrounds in the physical sciences, engineering and other fields who are interested in pursuing a graduate or professional career in geophysics, or those who desire a career in the energy, minerals, or environmental industries.

The minor is sponsored by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Requirements: 

19-26 units

    Choose one course (4 units)

    • ENG 006 Engineering Problem Solving (4 units)
    • ECS 030 Programming and Problem Solving (Discontinued) (4 units)
    • EME 005 Computer Programming for Engineering Applications (4 units)

    Choose two courses (6 units)

    • GEL 160 Geological Data Analysis (3 units)
    • GEL 161 Geophysical Field Methods (3 units)
    • GEL 162 Geophysics of the Solid Earth (3 units)
    • GEL 163 Planetary Geology and Geophysics (3 units)
    • EME 115 Introduction to Numerical Analysis and Methods (4 units)

    Choose one course sequence (5-12 units)

    • Sequence A (12 units)
      • ATM 120 Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics (4 units)
      • ATM 121A Atmospheric Dynamics (4 units)
      • ATM 121B Atmospheric Dynamics (4 units)
    • Sequence B (5 units)
      • GEL 101 Structural Geology (3 units)
      • GEL 101L Structural Geology Lab (2 units)
    • Sequence C (12 units)
      • MAT 118A Partial Differential Equations: Elementary Methods (4 units)
      • MAT 118B Partial Differential Equations: Eigenfunction Expansions (4 units)
      • MAT 118C Partial Differential Equations: Green's Functions and Transforms (4 units)
    • Sequence D (12 units)
      • ENG 180 Engineering Analysis (4 units)
      • PHY 105A Analytical Mechanics (4 units)
        • OR ENG 104 Mechanics of Materials (4 units)
      • PHY 105C Continuum Mechanics (4 units)
        • OR HYD 103N Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals (4 units)

    Total = 19-26 units

     

    Minor Advisor

    MagaliI. Billen
    [email protected]
    530-752-4169