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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 benefitting societal and environmental sustainability.

Why geophysics at OSU?

OSU geophysics faculty are committed to enhancing student success through engagement in high-quality research ranging from protecting the environment and climate to discovering water resources and oil and gas reservoirs to 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 atmosphere 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
  • 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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