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
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.
Learn more about Geophysics
- Geophysics program website
- Explore career possibilities and involvement opportunities in Geophysics
- Learn more about the specialization admission pre-requisites
- Check out the Academic Calendar for program requirements
- Get advice on choosing your specialization