Geophysics is the application of physics to problems in Earth science. Geophysics is widely used in any situation where information on the subsurface is required—for example, environmental assessment and remediation, civil engineering, oceanography and space exploration.

Quick facts
  • 4 year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will study the earth’s interior using techniques based on physics and mathematics. You will participate in a field school that covers the complete range of geophysical tools including seismology, gravity, magnetics and electromagnetic methods which are used extensively in the search for natural resources. You will learn about the physics of earth processes like earthquakes and how to mitigate risks of natural hazards.

A first-year schedule sample

Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:


Fall Term
GEOL 121 Earth Processes
MATH 110 Calculus I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
PHYS 115 Physics and the Universe
ENG 110* Literature and Composition

Winter Term
GEOL 122* Earth History
MATH 116 Calculus II
PHYS 125* Physics and Technology
CMPT 116* Computing I
ENG 110* Literature and Composition

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

  • GEOL 282: Earth Physics
    Physical processes in the origin of the Earth and Moon, and in the subsequent development of internal structure. The generation of the geomagnetic field by dynamo action, and the use of magnetics and gravity in geophysics. Earthquakes and global seismology. The use of satellite data in geophysics.

  • GEOL 335: Seismology and Ground Penetrating Radar Methods
    Introduction to seismological and ground penetrating radar methods; their integration with other geophysical techniques. Application of geophysical measurements to geological engineering, groundwater, and prospecting problems.

  • GEOL 485: Geophysics Field Camp
    Practical experience in conduct of geophysical surveys; operation of equipment, data manipulation, computer processing and interpretation, preparation of reports. Normally held in late August, two weeks prior to the beginning of on-campus classes.

Hands-on experience
We were the first geophysics program in Canada to offer a field school. We still see this as our most important course and maintain it as one of the best and most comprehensive field schools available anywhere.

The participation of industry in the field school and the active involvement of faculty in research means that students have hands-on experiences with modern equipment.

Class size
Small class sizes and accessibility of faculty to students are one of the big advantages of the Geophysics program.


  • Conservationist
  • Parks and recreation officer
  • Environmental planner
  • Exploration geologist
  • Environmental geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Groundwater geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Mine geologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Petrologist
  • Sedimentologist
  • Seismologist
  • Stratigrapher

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Geophysics degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Science Four-year 
  • Bachelor of Science Honours

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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