Bachelor of Science (BSc)
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What you will learn in this program
Geophysicists ask questions such as: How are earthquakes and tsunamis generated? What are the properties of the Earth's gravitational and magnetic fields? How can seismic waves be used to study the Earth's interior and find natural resources?
Geophysics is the application of the laws and techniques of physics to uncover knowledge about the earth’s dynamic processes and subsurface structure. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class, during tutorials, and in the laboratory. This degree will provide you with a foundation in geology, geophysics, physics, mathematics, chemistry, and geophysical fundamentals covering geophysical exploration, global studies, rock properties, and data acquisition methods.
Geophysicists have global opportunities to work in areas such as environmental assessment, consulting, the oil and gas industry, and more. A degree in Geophysics can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.
Courses you'll take:
General Chemistry (Change andEquilibrium), General Chemistry (Structure and Bonding), Mechanics, Applications of Geoscience, Principles of Geoscience
Admission requirements and information
When I arrived at UCalgary as a new geophysics instructor in 2015, I was excited to see the strong support for experiential learning at this institution. In particular, the geophysics field school, which gives senior undergraduate geophysics students hands on experience with data collection and analysis, was visited by several members of the senior executive staff in the Faculty of Science. This clearly demonstrates the importance that is placed on connecting theory with practice at UCalgary.
Brandon Karchewski, PhD — Instructor, Geophysics
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I decided to go to UCalgary because it was close to home. It seemed like a no-brainer. Little did I know what a great experience it would turn out to be! The geoscience department is tight knit, with opportunities to contribute outside of class, including different academic clubs, talk series, social events and even a cèilidh (a traditional Gaelic social gathering with music and dancing) taught by one of our own professors! The rigorous geophysics program, combined with this sense of community, created a great environment to study.
Zoe V., geoscience student
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