2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics: Concentration in Geophysics [PHY_GEOP]

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The study of geophysics includes a knowledge of the physical laws that govern the earth and a range of geology topics such as the earth's interior, crustal movements, mineral and fossil fuel resources. Crucial to these topics are the mathematical tools needed to describe them. For more information, contact the Physics Department .

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand, recall and apply the core principles, concepts, theories, and laws of physics such as: Classical Mechanics, electromagnetic theory, thermodynamics, optics, circuits and electronics, introductory quantum mechanics, and the special theory of relativity.
  2. Understand, recall and apply basic mathematical theorems, strategies, concepts and applications commonly used in physics such as: Calculus, vector analysis and vector calculus, differential equations, complex analysis and matrices.
  3. Collect, evaluate, and interpret experimental data, including having a familiarity with the electronic and other equipment commonly used in laboratory settings.
  4. Present scientific information using accepted writing techniques.
  5. Present scientific information in oral presentations.
  6. Use computers and other information technology resources to locate, assemble and critically evaluate information from scientific literature.
  7. Design and create computer programs capable of performing numerical computations and data analysis.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in PHY 201, 202, 203, 410, 420 or 450
  • Physics Major and GEOP Concentration Requirements
    • 21 credits in PHY 201, 202, 203, 410, 420 or 450

Career Potential

  • Graduate work in geophysics
  • Technical specialist
  • Energy exploration
  • Government

C. Required Elective Courses: 9 credit hours

Select one from the following:

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

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