What can I do with a BSc in Geophysics?

Geophysics applies concepts from physics, math and chemistry to understand the structure, subsurface and dynamic behavior of Earth and other planets.

Why should I major in Geophysics?

Here's your chance to better understand the planet you live on by applying methods from physics, math and computation to real world problems. The transferable and quantitative skills you develop, including physics-based modelling and data analysis, leave you well positioned for careers within and beyond the earth and planetary sciences. Graduates in Geophysics have gone on to pursue a range of careers in environmental consulting and engineering-related fields, software development, scientific research in earth and space sciences, and the natural resource sector. Some have launched their own technology-related startup companies.

Where can I see Geophysics in the real world?

  • Climate change, including the physics that controls Earth's climate and the impact of climate change on the Earth.
  • Plate tectonics, earthquakes, seismic hazards and volcanoes.
  • Gravity of the Earth, including the moon's interaction with ocean tides.
  • The structural properties of planet Earth, like radioactivity and magnetism.
  • How Earth and other planetary bodies evolve. 
  • Tracking ground water resources (e.g. water table).
  • Assessing the spread of pollutants in an environment.
  • Exploration for oil and minerals.

"I think it's important to...have curiosity and a drive. It's not an easy program so you do need the drive and the commitment to really finish what you're starting." - Meghan, fourth year Geophysics

Is Geophysics for me?

  • Are you interested in volcanoes, earthquakes, or glaciers?
  • Are you curious about how and why the earth works the way it does?
  • Are you looking for a career that allows you to work outdoors?
  • Do you enjoy physics and math?
  • Do you want to build your experience in computational modeling?
  • Are you curious about the physical structure and processes of other planets?

What skills will I gain?

Check out the key skills employers are looking for.

What questions are UBC Geophysicists researching?

Dr. Catherine Johnson

Dr. Christian Schoof

  • What is the likely future behavior of West Antarctica and Greenland?
  • Ice Ice Baby

Dr. Valentina Radic

Dr. Mark Jellinek

Dr. Michael Bostock

Learn more about Geophysics

Thank you to Dr. Valentina Radic and Meghan (BSc undergraduate) for sharing their experiences and knowledge of Geophysics to create this blog post.

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