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Advance your career ambitions in one of the most demanding, exciting and interdisciplinary programs at the University of Saskatchewan. Participate in a field school that covers the complete range of geophysical tools with industry participation. Join a dynamic profession with global scope.

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Bachelor of Science - Geophysics

  • B.Sc. Four-year
  • B.Sc. Honours

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What is Geophysics?

Geophysics is the application of physics to problems in Earth science. Many people are familiar with a branch of geophysics known as seismology, which is used extensively in the search for petroleum. Besides seismology, geophysicists use gravity, magnetic and electromagnetic fields, and even remote sensing from satellites to probe beneath the Earth’s surface. The obvious applications of geophysics are in oil and mineral exploration, but geophysics is widely used in any situation where information on the subsurface is required—for example, environmental assessment and remediation, civil engineering, oceanography and space exploration.

Geophysics: Is it for you?

  • Small class sizes and accessibility of faculty to students are one of the big advantages of the Geophysics program.
  • A dedicated computer lab with up-to-date software for labs and projects is available.
  • We were the first geophysics program in Canada to offer a field school. We still see this as our most important course and maintain it as one of the best and most comprehensive field schools available anywhere.
  • The participation of industry in the field school and the active involvement of faculty in research means that students have hands-on experiences with modern equipment.

Sample Classes

  • GEOL 224: Mineralogy
    Crystalline materials and their properties; crystal chemistry and chemical equilibria in natural systems; mineral properties and classification, and particularly rock-forming mineral groups; mineral genesis. .
  • GEOL 335: Seismology and Ground Penetrating Radar Methods
    Introduction to seismological and ground penetrating radar methods; their integration with other geophysical techniques. Application of geophysical measurements to geological engineering, groundwater, and prospecting problems.
  • GEOL 485: Geophysics Field Camp
    Practical experience in conduct of geophysical surveys; operation of equipment, data manipulation, computer processing and interpretation, preparation of reports. Normally held in late August, two weeks prior to the beginneing of on-campus classes.

Career Opportunities

  • Conservationist
  • Parks and Recreation Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Groundwater Geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Mine Geologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Petrologist
  • Sedimentologist
  • Seismologist
  • Stratigrapher

Skill Sets Gained

  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Communications skills: written and oral
  • Computer skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethical standards
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Laboratory skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Conducting field research
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills

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