Geophysics M.S.

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Minimum Requirements for Geophysics M.S.: 30 credits

Concentrations: Solid-Earth GeophysicsSnow, Ice and Permafrost GeophysicsRemote Sensing Geophysics

General University Requirements
Complete the graduate general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master’s degree requirements.
As part of the master's degree requirements, complete the following:
GEOS F699Thesis6
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 Program Requirements
Complete the following:
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
Thesis credits or credits from courses that are F400 level or higher. 16
Total Credits30

The minimum number of credits required is 30. The required M.S. coursework above represents 18 credits. The minimum number of thesis credits required is 6. The remaining 6 credits can either be thesis credits or courses that are F400 level or higher.


Solid-Earth Geophysics

Solid-Earth Geophysics Concentration Requirements
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Applied Seismology
Geodetic Methods and Modeling
Volcano Seismology
Total Credits6

Snow, Ice and Permafrost Geophysics

Snow, Ice and Permafrost Geophysics Concentration Requirements
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Sea Ice
Ice Physics
Total Credits6

Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing Concentration Requirements
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Atmospheric Radiation
Digital Image Processing in the Geosciences
Geodetic Imaging
Microwave Remote Sensing
Visible and Infrared Remote Sensing
Total Credits6

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

  • 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

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are measurable statements that describe knowledge or skills achieved by students upon completion of the program.

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Attain a level of technical ability and knowledge to function as professionals in their discipline
  • Have performed research using technical and problem solving skills to contribute to their field
  • Demonstrate communication and presentation skills consistent with professional standards
  • Obtain employment or continue education in the field following graduation