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Undergraduate Geophysics Programs

Presently two departments offer undergraduate tracks in geophysics. Neither track results in a degree with "Geophysics" written on it, but both provide an education suitable for pursuing geophysics both at higher levels in graduate school or professionally. Undergraduate degrees in many other fields can be suitable preparation for graduate work in geophysics.

Listed below are the requirements for the geophysics track in Geological Sciences and in Physics to provide some guidance. Both are in addition to regular Arts and Science requirements. Not surprisingly, the geophysics track in Geological Sciences requires more geology and less physics than the track in Physics. Please consult the appropriate departments for complete details



Geological Sciences

Geophysics track (track 3)

GEOL requirements:
GEOL 1010-3 Intro to Geology 1
GEOL 1030-3 Intro to Geology Lab
GEOL 1020 OR 1040 OR 1060-3 (Intro Earth History/Geol. Colorado/Global Change)
    The above 2 classes are prerequisites for all GEOL courses below

GEOL 2700-2 Intro to Field Geology
GEOL 3010-3 Intro to Mineralogy (prereq. CHEM 1113+1114)
GEOL 3020-3 OR 3320-3 Petrology (prereq. GEOL3010) OR
               Intro to Geochemistry (prereq. MATH 1300, CHEM 1113+1114)
GEOL 3120-4 Structural Geology
GEOL 4130-3 Principles of Geophysics (prereq. MATH 1300, PHYS 1110)
GEOL 4714-2 Field Geophysics (prereq. GEOL2700, MATH 1300, PHYS 1110)

PHYS requirements:
PHYS 1110-4 and 1120-4 General Physics 1 and 2
PHYS 1140-1 Experimental Physics 1
PHYS 2130-3 OR 2170-3 General Physics 3
PHYS 2210-3 (co-requisite is APPM 2360) Classical Mechanics

MATH requirements:
MATH 1300 AND 2300 (or APPM 1350/1360) Calculus 1 and 2
MATH 2400-4 OR APPM 2350-4 Calculus 3
APPM 2360-4 Differential Equations w/ Linear Algebra

Two of the following MATH or PHYS courses:
PHYS 3210/3310/MATH 4470/APPM 4350-3 Mech 2/ E&M/Part Diff Eq

CHEMISTRY requirements:
CHEM 1113-4 AND 1133-4 General Chemistry 1 and 2
CHEM 1114-1 AND 1134-1 General Chemistry 1 and 2 lab

Physics (consult the Physics Advising Guide)

Plan 2 (interdisciplinary physics; requires approval of advisor; from 2010-2011 physics advising guide)

PHYS requirements:
PHYS 1110-4 General Physics 1 (coreq MATH1300 or APPM 1350)
PHYS 1120-4 General Physics 2 (coreq MATH 2300/APPM1360, prereq PHYS 1110)
PHYS 1140-1 Experimental Physics 1 (prereq PHYS 1110, coreq PHYS 1120)
PHYS 2150-1 Experimental Physics (prereq PHYS 1120 & 1140)
PHYS 2170-3 or PHYS 2130(by petition) Found. of Modern Physics/General Physics 3 (prereq PHYS 1120, coreq MATH 2400/APPM 2350; prereq for 2130 also PHYS 1140 or ECEN 2250 & ECEN 3400)
PHYS 2210-3 Class Mech & Math Methods I (prereq PHYS 2130/2170, MATH 2400/APPM2350)
PHYS 3210-3 Class Mech & Math Methods 2(PHYS 3210, Analytical Mechanics, was taught the last time in Fall '05) * (prereq PHYS2210 & APPM 2360)
PHYS 3220-3 Quantum Mechanics 1 (prereq PHYS 2210/3210 and PHYS 2130/2170)
PHYS 3310-3 Electricity & Magnetism 1 (prereq PHYS 2210 and PHYS 2130/2170)
PHYS 3320-3 Electricity & Magnetism 2 (prereq PHYS 3310)
PHYS 3330-2 Junior Laboratory Electronics for Phys. Sciences (prereq PHYS 2130 & 2150)
PHYS 4230-3 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics (prereq PHYS 3220 & APPM 2360)

Plus 3 hours of one of the following: PHYS3340, 4150, 4340, 4410, 4430, 4450, 4510, 4610/20/30, 4801, 4810/20/30, 4840/50, 5030, 5040, 5700, 5770

MATH requirements:
MATH 1300-5 or APPM 1350-4 Calculus 1
MATH 2300-5 or APPM 1360-4 Calculus 2
MATH 2400-4 or APPM 2350-4 Calculus 3
APPM 2360-4 OR MATH 3130-3 and 4430-3 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

CHEM requirements:
CHEM 1113-4 & 1114-1 General Chemistry 1 & lab (or CHEM 1351)
CHEM 1133-4 & 1134-1 General Chemistry 2 & lab (or CHEM 1371)

GEOL suggestions:
(12 hours from list below)
GEOL 3010-3 - Introduction to Mineralogy
GEOL 3030-3 - Introduction to Hydrogeology
GEOL 3120-4 - Structural Geology 1
GEOL 4060-3 - Oceanography
GEOL 4093-4 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEOL 4130-3 - Principles of Geophysics
GEOL 4640-3 - Glaciology (not given regularly)
GEOL 4714-2 - Field Geophysics



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