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
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.
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
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