Applied Geophysics

Geophysics, Applied

You know that playing with rocks isn’t just for kids. At Michigan Tech, applied geophysics majors do crazy-smart stuff like conduct site investigations using advanced geophysical techniques and state-of-the-art technology. The construction of dams, roads, buildings, landfills, and waste repositories; mining for precious metals; and drilling for oil and gas—it all depends on you.

What You Need to Know About This Program

  • Research is available in a wide variety of areas, such as volcanology, oil exploration, mineral exploration, field geology, remote sensing, and archeological geophysics.
  • Earn a minor in applied geophysics, geological engineering, earth sciences, mining, or remote sensing. Or you can earn a certificate in international sustainable development engineering.
  • You’ll learn from faculty in our nationally recognized department who emphasize the understanding, utilization, and protection of our Earth.
  • You’ll have opportunities to take field trips to sites of geological—and scenic—interest in the local area.
  • You can take part in research projects with faculty members and graduate students in areas such as laboratory testing, library research, computer programming, and assistance in field projects. Many of these projects lead to student-authored papers and presentations at professional-society meetings.

In addition, you’ll take ten credits of field geology courses to prepare you for real work activities—one reason why employers feel Michigan Tech graduates are so well prepared. Your experiences at Michigan Tech will prepare you pursue careers in industry, government, the Peace Corps, or for further education in graduate school.

Learn more about applied geophysics at Michigan Tech!