M.S., Geophysics

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Complete the following admission requirements:

  • Submit GRE scores.
  • Complete a background at least to the level of a B.S. concentration in geology, geophysics or an appropriate physical science or engineering.
  • Complete MATH F302
  • Recommended: MATH F314, MATH F432, PHYS F220

Minimum Requirements for Geophysics M.S.: 30 credits

Concentrations: Solid-Earth Geophysics; Snow, Ice and Permafrost Geophysics; Remote Sensing Geophysics

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master’s degree requirements.
Complete 6-12 thesis credits
Complete any deficiencies concurrently with this degree.
Submit a written thesis proposal and pass an oral comprehensive examination centered on this proposal.
Complete and submit a written thesis and pass an oral defense of thesis.
Geophysics Core Requirements
GEOS F631Foundations of Geophysics4
GEOS F682Geoscience Seminar (fall semester)1
Complete 6 credits from relevant graduate-level courses agreed by the advisory committee or select one from the following concentrations:6
Solid-Earth Geophysics
Snow, Ice and Permafrost Geophysics
Remote Sensing
Complete 7 credits of courses approved by the advisory committee7
GEOS F699Thesis6
Thesis credits or credits from courses that are F400-level or higher. 16


Solid-Earth Geophysics

Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Applied Seismology
Tectonic Geodesy
Volcano Seismology

Snow, Ice and Permafrost Geophysics

Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Sea Ice
Ice Physics

Remote Sensing

Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Atmospheric Radiation
Digital Image Processing in the Geosciences
InSar and Its Applications
Visible and Infrared Remote Sensing
Microwave Remote Sensing