Applied geophysics students running an experiment in the field.

Geophysics, Applied

Geophysicists are closely involved in gathering subsurface data for laboratory interpretation. You’ll apply physics to study the Earth, with the benefit of humankind and the environment at its core. Gain an understanding of the Earth’s climatic history and paleogeography for the identification of oil and gas reserves or water supplies, and the evaluation and mitigation of natural hazards.

Customize your degree with
Minors available in

  • Earth Sciences
  • Geological Engineering
  • Mining

Take courses like

  • Understanding the Earth
  • Structural Geology
  • Field Geophysics
  • Formation Evaluation and Petroleum Engineering
  • Plate Tectonics and Global Geophysics

Get hands-on experience like

  • Studying geophysics and social geology--the methods for mitigating natural hazards through effective communication and community involvement
  • Accompanying faculty members on research trips abroad including volcanoes in South America, the Precambrian rocks in Australia, or the Bering Glacier’s melt rate in Alaska.
  • Learning from world-class faculty in small classes, allowing you to know your professor on a first-name basis

Get a job like

  • Exploration geophysicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Petrophysicist
  • Professor

Work for companies like

  • Schlumberger
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Cliffs Natural Resources
  • Shell Exploration

Learn more about applied geophysics at Michigan Tech!