Introduction
The Geosciences and Physics Departments offer a program of study leading to a major in geophysics. Students choosing this program of study are also required to take mathematics courses which correspond to a minor in mathematics. Students contemplating a geophysics major should contact the Geosciences Department as early as possible for advising.
Total Major: 4244 hours
MAJOR CORE: 4041 hours
Required Courses  Geosciences (22 hours)

GEOS 1300 
Physical Geology 
4 hrs 

GEOS 1310 
Historical Geology 
4 hrs 

GEOS 4300 
Structural Geology 
3 hrs 

GEOS 4390 
Geologic Mapping 
3 hrs 

GEOS 5010 
Geologic Communications and Presentations 
1 hr 

GEOS 5600 
Introduction to Geophysics 
3 hrs 
Plus one of the following

GEOS 3010 
Minerals and Rocks 
4 hrs 

GEOS 3350 
Mineralogy 
4 hrs 
Required Courses  Physics (1819 hours)


University Physics I 
4 hrs 


University Physics I Laboratory 
1 hr 


University Physics II 
4 hrs 


University Physics II Laboratory 
1 hr 


Introductory Modern Physics 
4 hrs 


Introductory Modern Physics Lab 
1 hr 
Plus one of the following


Introduction to Astrophysics 
3 hrs 


Thermodynamics 
3 hrs 


Electronics 
4 hrs 


Waves and Optics 
3 hrs 


Electromagnetism 
4 hrs 
Electives : 34 hours
One elective from upperlevel geosciences, physics, and engineering courses to be chosen with consent of advisor (34 hours).
Required Math Minor (19 hours)

MATH 1700 
Calculus I, Sci. & Eng. 
4 hrs 

MATH 1710 
Calculus II, Sci. & Eng. 
4 hrs 

MATH 2720 
Multivariate Calculus and Matrix Algebra 
4 hrs 

MATH 3740 
Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 
4 hrs 

MATH 5070 
Numerical Analysis I 
3 hrs 
NOTE: MATH 1220  Calculus I can be substituted for MATH 1700, and MATH 1230  Calculus II can be substituted for MATH 1710.
Baccalaureate Writing Requirement
Students who have chosen the Geophysics major will satisfy the Baccalaureate Writing Requirement by successfully completing one of the following courses:
ENGL 3050 Practical Writing (4 hours)
GEOS 4320 Geomorphology ( 3 hours)
GEOS 4350 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (4 hours)
Required Supporting Courses (8 hours)
Either CHEM 1100/1110 General Chemistry I (4 hours) or CHEM 1120/1130 General Chemistry II (4 hours);
and CS 1110 Computer Science I (4 hours).