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What is geophysics?

Geophysics is a discovery science of the earth and other planets using state-of-the-art technology that integrates geology, mathematics, physics, and computer modeling. Geophysicists explore the earth’s natural resources such as oil, gas, minerals, and groundwater and detect earthquakes, cavities, and contaminant hazards aiding to societal and environmental sustainability.

Why geophysics at OSU?

OSU Geophysics faculty are committed to enhance student success through engagement in high-quality research spanning from protecting the environment and climate, discovering water resources as well as oil and gas reservoirs, or understanding mountain-building processes around the world. We provide hands-on domestic and international research experiences and prepare students for internships and careers in various industries as well as state, federal, and non-governmental organizations.

Career paths

Through studying the property's of the Earth, students discover, recognize and use the physical process of the Earth's athmosphere to improve the quality of life, making Geophysics majors ideal candidates in the workforce. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of fields:


  • Petroleum and mining industry
  • Environmental and geotechnical firms
  • Governmental research labs
  • Environmental Protection
  • Teaching Earth Science
  • Graduate school
  • Management, scientific and technical consulting



  • Students gain quantitative and computational skills as well as lab, fi­eld or instrumentation experience through geophysical data collection, processing, and analysis.
  • Internship and career opportunities in Geophysics are on the rise with the increasing demand for energy, the protection of the environment, and responsible stewardship of natural resources and climate including carbon management solutions.
  • Our Geophysics labs consist of state-of-the-art instruments and facilities.
  • Geophysics prepares the students for graduate school at nationally and internationally recognized universities.
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