The world needs professionals who aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. Geophysicists are closely involved in gathering subsurface data for laboratory interpretation—and a bachelor’s degree in applied geophysics from Michigan Tech will equip you to conduct site investigations using advanced technology and geophysical techniques, such as signal processing.
Apply engineering to solving the complex geologic, atmospheric, and environmental problems facing humankind. At Michigan Tech, you will explore the industrial practices for safely and efficiently adapting geologic features to society’s needs, while protecting the Earth and its inhabitants.
Geological engineers play an important role in identifying and mitigating man-made and natural hazards that pose a threat to civil structures, infrastructure, or people.
At Michigan Tech, you will dig deep into your studies to understand our planet—and learn how to strike a delicate balance between our society’s need for natural resources and our responsibility to preserve the environment.
Geology is the study of the earth, earth materials, and earth systems; it is a physical and natural science. Geologists inquire into some of humankind’s most enigmatic challenges.
Through Enterprise, you’ll work with other Michigan Tech students from multiple disciplines to find solutions for some of business and industry’s most intriguing problems. You could work directly with organizations like 3M, Ford, IBM Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, the National Science Foundation, and others. In the end, you will have gained on-the-job skills, an opportunity to use world-class equipment and technology, and made meaningful connections with industry leaders.
You will gain the skills necessary to conceive, specify, develop, test, implement, and market engineered solutions. You will connect theory and application while working on open-ended, industrial projects.
Working as a member of a team, you will have the kind of real-world design experience that can launch you into a successful engineering career.
The department invites applications from high-quality, motivated students seeking to understand and safely manage earth and its resources for the future. The departments programs are challenging yet flexible; they are designed to accommodate individual needs, backgrounds, and interests. Interdisciplinary study is encourages and a majority of graduate students are involved in international field-oriented research. Increasingly they incorporate a sociocultural facet in hazards-related work. Unique international graduate programs are available in developing countries through our partnership with the US Peace Corps and in Italy and France through our international dual-degree program.
The advanced degree program in Mining Engineering has been a tradition at Michigan Tech for more than 100 years. Students seeking to specialize in a specific interest will flourish under expert advisors covering disciplines from environmental impact, rock fragmentation to mine health and safety.
The interdisciplinary program of Atmospheric Science combines the physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting the atmosphere, with the fundamentals of atmospheric systems to contribute solutions to the most challenging atmospheric sciences questions of our day. Students will work with faculty spanning five departments, incorporating expertise and research over multiple areas of emphasis.
Assist communities in developing countries with responding to natural disasters such as earthquakes, water scarcity, floods, landslides, and volcanoes. The Peace Corps Master’s International Program in Mitigation of Geological Natural Hazards affords students the opportunity to incorporate Peace Corps service into a Master of Science in Geology, Geological Engineering, Geophysics, or Civil Engineering.
Meet the nation’s need for earth science teachers, and help enrich the education system. Earth science education is a critical component of middle- and high-school curricula because it teaches processes that students can observe in everyday life and apply to their own experiences. A solid understanding of the natural world makes other science course work more meaningful for students.
See the world through the lens of physics. You will study how physics and signal processing can be applied to investigating the Earth’s structure, searching for energy and mineral resources, and detecting contaminants in the natural environment—with the overarching goal of bettering the environment and quality of human life.
Interested in working with infrastructure, site investigation/development, natural-hazard mitigation, or natural-resource development? Enhance your education with a minor in geological engineering, and build a practical skill set that covers the investigation, assessment, and design of systems influenced by geologic conditions. You will gain aptitude in applying science, technology, and engineering to solve problems commonly confronting such systems.
Learn about the many facets of the natural world: this minor affords students a broad education in geology and earth sciences. Electives range in content area—from natural hazards to geology field excursion to oceanography to geomorphology and glacial geology. Choose the courses that suit your interests and career goals.
Discover remote sensing—an interdisciplinary field employing advanced technology to remotely collect data and take measurements. Remote sensing techniques are used in field studies when direct sensing is difficult or impossible, on scales ranging from microscopic to satellite to astronomical. Michigan Tech’s Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) fosters interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration in remote sensing; opportunities to research on RSI teams are available to undergraduate students.