Geophysicists explore problems by application of physical, numerical, and computer technology to study Earth and the exploration of natural resources. They apply mathematics, the principles of physics, and modeling to study Earth’s interior, electromagnetic and gravitational fields. Earth is a complex system that has evolved over history and Geophysicists attempt to understand the processes that drive these changes over time. Student studying geophysics typically specialize in an area such as seismology, oceanography or volcanology. Geophysicists work on field-based research projects that require very sophisticated lab analyses or high levels of computation, as well as the use of electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, and supercomputers, among other tools.
Geophysicist students typically have interests in:
High school preparation should include science and math courses, especially geographic sciences and physics.
Graduates from OU's School of Geosciences in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy are among the most highly recruited students in the energy industry, and 98 percent of graduating seniors are placed in full-time positions or choose to continue onto graduate school. With some of the highest starting salaries in the nation, we prepare students for success in their professional careers by instilling knowledge, skills, confidence, pride, principled leadership, and the ability to contribute to the wise stewardship of the earth and its resources. Curriculum is taught by exceptional faculty with the finest equipment and highly focused on providing hands-on learning through labs and field trips.
Geophysics courses include:
Geophysics students have the opportunity to study abroad through a variety of programs:
There are numerous clubs’ paleontology students can be a part of. Check them out: