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.
- 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:
|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|
|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 full 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.
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.
Small class sizes and accessibility of faculty to students are one of the big advantages of the Geophysics program.
- Parks and recreation officer
- Environmental planner
- Exploration geologist
- Environmental geologist
- Groundwater geologist
- Mine geologist
- Petroleum geologist
|Canadian students||International students|
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.
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
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