University of California, Riverside

Department of Earth Sciences



The Geophysics Major


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Major Requirements

Geophysics is the study of the Earth by quantitative physical methods. Students who choose the Geophysics major employ field, laboratory and computational methods to study the problems in Earth Science. Geophysics includes geodesy, geomagnetism, hydrology, mineral physics, seismology, and volcanology, among other fields. Geophysics uses analytical and mathematical, rather than purely descriptive, techniques.

What can I do with a Degree in Geophysics?

Jobs in the Geophysics field are starting at $50,000 for B.S. degrees.

  • Seismologist
  • OIl/Gas Exploration Geophysicist
  • Mineral Exploration Geophysicist
  • Environmental Geophysicist
  • Earth Observation/Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist
  • Instructor/Lecturer/Professor
  • Marine Geophysicist
  • Geotechnical  Engineer
  • Geophysical Surveyor
  • Land Planner
  • Hazard Assessor
  • Computer Software Developer
  • Marine Geophysicist
  • Technical Writer/Editor
  • Planetologist
  • Volcanologist

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Earth Sciences Information

Department of Earth Sciences
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Tel: (951) 827-3434
Fax: (951) 827-4324
E-mail: john.herring@ucr.edu

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