Program at a glance

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What will I learn in a geophysics degree program?

Geophysics applies mathematical and physical principles to the study of the Earth and planets. Students will gain experience in the integrated application of geologic observations and geophysical measurements to the analysis of Earth science and related engineering problems using current, industry-standard computational and GIS tools.

Learning outcomes

Armed with an array of cutting-edge technologies and tactics, the geophysics program prides itself on bringing traditional classroom subjects, such as mathematics and physics, into the great outdoors. Hence its motto: "The earth is our laboratory." Geophysics applies mathematical and physical principles to the study of the Earth and planets.

Graduates of the bachelor's degree in geophysics are trained to:

  • Understand the global properties of the Earth (gravity, magnetic field, crustal motions, interior dynamics)
  • Use seismology, electromagnetics, potential fields, remote sensing, geodesy and GPS to explore the properties of the Earth
  • Use current, industry-standard computational and GIS tools
  • Explore Earth’s context in the solar system

Learn more about the geological sciences and engineering department

Faculty in our department work closely with undergraduate students to provide hands-on experience in a wide range of work environments, helping you to graduate with a set of skills that are in high demand in Nevada and around the world.

What it means to earn a Mackay degree

This degree is awarded by the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Find out what Mackay's rich history, strong connection to industry and dedication to student internship and career support can do for you.

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Careers with a degree in geophysics

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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